Are YOU “Non-Judgemental”?

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Here’s a great piece from The Catholic Thing:

Non-Judgmental Shepherds

2 thoughts on “Are YOU “Non-Judgemental”?

  1. sshields

    You make a case, dear friend, on the importance of discerning who has an obligation to pass judgement and what the limits of that judgement are. We come to Doctors for help and by doing so, give them our permission to be judged. We do the same when we come to a Priest for help. We open ourselves and put ourselves in their hands. We send our children to Catholic school and by doing so, give them our permission to (help) teach them the Catholic faith. However, giving permission to judge does not always mean the situation requires judgement. Professionals know this and use their authority carefully because they know that they are in the business of saving lives, souls and families.

  2. Steven

    Admonishing the sinner is on the list of spiritual works of mercy, though it clearly requires prudence and charity — I suspect that most admonishments of sinners are, in fact, acts of pride.

    I, too, heard about the religion teacher whose charge’s father wanted the Church’s teachings on homosexuality avoided. I would have liked to be a fly on the wall in that conversation. I would hope that if I were in that position, I would, on the one hand, not back down from the issue directly at hand, but also make the following points: 1. most obviously, that you have a problem with your sister’s lifestyle doesn’t require that you not love your sister — in fact, it should be *because* you love your sister; 2. the overwhelming majority of sexual sin in contemporary America is not homosexual “and, don’t worry, we’ll be covering fornication, too,” and 3. I wouldn’t be inclined to encourage a girl to push her older sister on this issue unless her older sister suggests that — for example — Pope Francis has said her behavior is okay. The purpose of admonishing a sinner should be to cause the sinner to change her behavior and save her soul, and if the older sister knows the Catholic teaching and doesn’t care, direct confrontation is unlikely to bear fruit. None of this means the younger sister shouldn’t be taught the full doctrine.


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