Prodigals, I was troubled by . . . .
I think that Fr. Svet's talk reinforces my point.
I am to show mercy to my brothers and sisters by admonishing them of their sin. I am not
to do so in sanctimony fueled by a sense that I am better or holier than they are, and therefore I may speak to the sinner's punishment ("judge") because of his sin. God alone can give sentence. Indeed, if my love for my brother is pure, I pray that God in His mercy and compassion will blot out his offense, and cleanse him from his sin as Christ did with the adulterous woman and the repentant thief on Calvary.
My reprimand of him for his sin must
be given in humility and borne out of my love for him as my brother in Christ, and that in this love I want the best for him. I pray that my advising him of his sin will allow the Holy Spirit to show him his error, and allow him via his free will to confess and repent of it. If I vengefully thrust his face in his sin (as Fr. Svet's suggests) then I am no better than a Pharisee.
My problem with the "ex-priest" is not so much that he is an ex-priest (demonstrating bad discernment of his life path), but rather that now that he has made the decision to vacate the "in Persona Christs capitis"
role he still wants to be our shepherd and teach us theology. Here's a guy who couldn't accurately discern his role in life who now wants to still be our 'expert' theologian. Making it worse, it is erroneous theology he is offering.
Problems arise when in speaking about homosexuality a pope says "Who am I to judge?"
If he means "Who am I to pass sentence on this sin?" then the pontiff is completely correct.
However, without further clarification, the imprecision of the statement allows the world's media to place their own interpretation on it that the pope is admitting
that he doesn't know if homosexuality is sinful or not because he will not "judge" it. If this is truly what the pope meant, then he is at odds with Church doctrine, and worse he is guilty of the sin of spreading false doctrine. In an older, harder, more unforgiving age the spreading of false doctrine was known as heresy and those who were guilty of it were known as heretics. But let's be merciful and not go there and pray that Francis is just a poor wordsmith.
To conflate real mercy with confirming another in their sin by your own silence is itself sinful and destructive to the health of our faith.
My comment "You should know that"
was only a gentle reminder of an important element of our faith that plays directly into this discussion.
I'm sure you knew it, but just didn't remember it at that moment. 'Senior moments' happen to the best of us . . .