Wednesday, June 24, 2015
DYLANN ROOF AND THE REACTION OF THE CHURCH, CLERGY AND LAITY, TO HIM
But for the Catholic Church, do we see scum and a worm like creature, a wretch? No, we are not Lutherans. We are Catholic. We see a person created in the image and likeness of God, though disfigured by Original sin and the disorders this produces in individuals and the world in general.
We see a sinner in need of salvation no matter what the State of South Carolina decides to do with him after his trial and presuming he is found guilty.
I was listening to the famous Father Jonathan Morris who often appears on FOX news and has his own call-in radio show on Mondays on Catholic Radio.
He really degraded Dylann. Fr. Jonathan sounded like a Lutheran. But if Fr. Morris was a prison chaplain, how would he reach out to Dylann? How should the Church, meaning clergy and laity reach out to people like Dylann, especially through prison ministry? Do we push them further into the muck of their sins like putting a dog's face into his business done in the home or do we wash them clean with the grace of mercy recognizing they must still face what the state will do to them?
Shouldn't the Church use the language of compassion and outreach rather than the crude language of disordered society? Wasn't the sister of one of the victims murdered on the right track when she confronted Dylann with what his despicable crimes have done to so many and then ultimately offered him the healing words of "I forgive you"?
Sounds to me like "love the sinner; hate the sin." Isn't that what we are called to do even in the most difficult of situations?