“We May And Must Judge And Rebuke” Vs “Keep Quiet!”

If we want to follow the way of Jesus, the Pope concluded, “more than accusers, we have to be defenders of others before the Father. I see a bad thing in someone – do I go defend him? No! But keep quiet!  Go pray and defend him before the Father as Jesus does. Pray for him, but do not judge! Because if you do, when you do something bad, you will be judged. Let us remember this well; it will do us good in everyday life when we get the urge to judge others, to speak ill of others, which is a form of judging. “

Pope Francis


“Concerning those things, then, which are known to God, unknown to us, we judge our neighbors at our peril. Of these the Lord hath said, ‘Judge not, that you may not be judged.’ But concerning things which are open and public evils, we may and must judge and rebuke, but still with charity and love, hating not the man, but the sin, detesting not the vicious man but the vice, the disease more than the sick man.

For unless the open adulterer, thief, habitual drunkard, traitor, or proud man were judged and punished, in them would be fulfilled what the blessed martyr Cyprian hath said, ‘He who soothes a sinner with flattering words provides fuel for his sin”.

Saint Augustine

May the Lord have mercy of the wolves in Popes’ clothes. 



Posted on June 24, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. A pity he doesn’t follow his own advice. But, then, the faithful are such bad Catholics.

  2. Thank you for publishing these words of St Augustine.

    As another blogger has put it, “admonishing the sinner is one of the seven spiritual works of mercy”. Francis (as usual) appears to be preaching in contradiction to what we as Catholics have always understood.

    And again with the “gossip”… It is like religion in the kindergarten. What is the obsession here? Is this where a Pope’s mind goes when he decides not to “obsess” about actual moral emergencies?

  3. prudentissima

    Modernism tries to redefine what charity actually is. It doesn’t stop there and has been going on for so long that even priests and religious gave accepted the doublespeak and are spreading it. Of course, that is what modernists intend. Nearly everything we hear from Catholics these days needs to be set side by side with the correct definitions and be taught or reinforced, because the flood of the errors is corrupting of its nature, I think.

  4. I believe that when he says “gossip” he is referring primarily to uncomplimentary comments about himself. That is the great and serious sin – not appreciating his unique wonderfulness and getting in the way of his mission to transform the Catholic Church into something more worthy of his brilliant personality.

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