Judge Me Not.
The usual muck surfaced again this week, I heard the dreadful defense, "Do not judge me, you are not a priest". How awfully simplistic and foolishly illogical this defense is. When I see and hear such unintelligent drivel I immediately suspect a lack of sanctifying grace and a descent below the level of tepidity. Even the tepid earn Heaven. I judge no one, it is the Church who does. There is not Catholic who cannot judge as the Church does, and any denial of this point is completely off the wall. "Mind you," as the welsh would say, "you had better be knowledgeable enough to do so". A Catholic who has taken the time to inform his or her conscience, who lives the mystical life of the Church in the Sacraments and has a strong prayer life, who is sanctified and righteous is extremely likely to be correct in their suppositions and observations. When you or I watch any Catholic Pontiff, Prelate, Priest or Laity, either in error or misinformed, or any catholic committing spiritual suicide by deliberate acts or otherwise then we have to speak. Aquinas, Canesius and Bellarmine all recommended this action. The failure to defend another's soul from sins or the Church's teachings is by Catholic Teaching complicity one way or the other in the sin.
I can or you can say, That action you do is wrong. When you do then stand back for with the ingrained pride in many catholics or the awakening of the irritated conscience in others, I urge you to be very aware, be very aware you will not be considered fraternal. The Church teaches about sin, about reparation, about satisfaction, about the Sacraments of the Living and both of the loss of Christ's Charity or the State of the Grace that sanctifies, that comes from committing a mortal sin. An informed conscience is a must for us. We should have spent a great deal of time in private reading, if we do not then there are consequences that will be lasting. I remind you all of the words in the Mikado which tell us, "I am the Lord High Executioner and my object all sublime is to make the punishment fit the crime". Christ will confirm to all who need it whether His punishment will be the severing of His presence with Him forever, or grant us an eternal unity with Him in everlasting grace.
Labels: Catholic Church. Conscience. Complicity, Catholic. Sin, Grace, Judge