Judge With Right Judgment

I have always mocked the modern “non-judgmentalism”; something completely extraneous to the Catholic world in which I grew in and, certainly, the poisonous fruit of Protestant faithlessness and accommodation to the times.

Christianity has, though, always not only allowed us to judge, but positively demanded that we do so. Not, of course, concerning the last destiny of a soul – because this is known to God alone, and would be a sin of presumption – but concerning what we can see in our daily life, and involving the choices we have to make for ourselves and those entrusted to our care.

A criminal rapes your daughter, and leaves her bleeding and unconscious in the parking lot. Shall you say “who am I to judge?” and “only God knows a person’s mind” concerning the rapist’s action?

A man blasphemes the name of the Lord: not in a moment of confusion – say: because he has just hammered his finger very hard by mistake – but with a lucid, deliberate, hostile intent. Shall you say that this is not for you to condemn, the Lord only knowing whether the man really, really, really wanted to blaspheme?

A woman proclaims loudly her atheism, and encourages all the present not to believe in what she calls “fairy tales”. Your son, ten years old, is listening. Will you tell him that her is an “opinion” that “must be respected”, although you personally “disagree”; and invite him to “not judge” her?

Non-judgmentalism is something for heathens, and the favourite food of reprobates. In many cases, it is the rancid fare of those who, rolling in mud themselves, think they are fine because they allow others to do the same.

Do not be deceived. If you are a Christian, you will have to judge all the time. Not only for yourself, as you compare Christian rules of behaviour with the facts happening around you; but for those entrusted to your care, to whom you are called to give a solid guidance – by example, yes; but also by instruction, exhortation and admonition; and yes, certainly by condemnation – as they themselves are confronted with the many challenges to a Christian soul.

To refuse to judge means to discard responsibility not only for one’s own spiritual wellbeing, but for the souls of those entrusted to one. Very soon, this refusal to judge according to known rules will become the discarding of those same rules, and their substitution for fluffy feelings and the acceptance of everything and everyone. In the meantime, the sons and daughters raised without guidance will start to go astray; and at this point, few parents will admit they have done all wrong. Most will talk of “bad choices”, of “phases”, or “heart in the right place”, and prefer to look the other side as their offspring march toward hell. But hey, who are they to judge?

Judge with right judgment, but judge all right.

The one who is most comfortable with you “not judging” is the Devil.

M

 

 

 

Posted on December 23, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Catholics are called to be judicious.

  2. Exactly, the most often quoted and taken out of context quote in the bible is ” thou shall not judge”

  3. “poisonous fruit of Protestant faithlessness and accommodation to the ( vicissitudes of all) times”; how true, and how ironic that Protestant Puritanism has fathered nothing but a neurotic fear of recognising sin/that thing that corrupts minds and souls and bodies. As for the ‘sin of presumption’, Protestants and New Catholics are wallowing in the delights of it. The new doctrine of ‘intentions that save’ relitavises God into ‘gods’ of our own making. Well, we get what we worship, I guess. The most condemnatory folks are usually vociferously ‘non-judgemental’. Yep, those folks who do not deign to judge actions, words, deeds, and omissions, are more than happy to condemn those who do establish discerning opionions/judgements about actions, words, deeds, and omissions. The most hated people in media are usually those who have sound judgements about good actions and damaging actions.

  4. Amen. Very well said.

  5. Dear Mundabor, Inspired by you for the most part, but also others, I began my own and first blog last week. I have been seething since just after Easter because of the “who am I to judge?” pass given by Pope Francis to sinners and then quickly furthered by Cardinal Dolan of New York, after a man came to me admitting adultery and I was silenced due to these leaders’ comments. I wrote a long post last night about this and how they led me to miss Mass deliberately which was made worse as I kept my children from Mass also. The came Pope Francis and telling the adulteress to go receive the Eucharist. I spent months in despair. I’d be honored if you chose to read it at this link https://exmagnasilentium.wordpress.com/2014/12/23/the-unheard-of-francis-effect/

    You had the courage to speak out strongly and you gave me much comfort to know it wasn’t just me. You also raised the call to arms that we must point out the problems and so I have joined in the fray. You were and are right that we have a duty to speak up. And so my blog I call Ex Magna Silentium, or Out of Great Silence.

    Today I read this post of yours and it’s as if you added to my post what was not said. I am going to link to your blog post but I wanted to say thank you for helping me when I really really needed it.

    • Good luck to you, though it seems to me you are very emotional and you must reflect how to keep this out of your blog.

      As to the title, I would say the right concordance is “ex magno silentio” (silentium, ii, neuter, second declension), but I went to school a long time ago.

      M

  6. Dear M,
    This commonly mangled meaning of right judgment, has proven to be a major means of undermining the work of the Church over the past 60 years or more – taking direct aim at the proper use of intellect, and causing much division among “Catholics”, including many in our extended families; along with general corruption in society.
    But in our conversations through the years, with modernist priests and Bishops, we were initially rather shocked to find that their attitudes of non-judgmental-ism rested heavily on their equally firm belief in a “god” who, “if He were to allow hell to exist, could never allow any of his children to be sent there.” Inherent in that, they explained, were their beliefs that Divine Love and Mercy must always override Divine Justice- at least for humans.

    Those are, of course, rejections of the dogmatic teaching -that each soul’s eternal destination is determined by whether or not it possesses Sanctifying Grace at the moment of death,
    (with a single, un-repented mortal sin being sufficient cause for damnation). They also ignore the serious warnings of Scripture, and that of Fatima -that “Many souls go to Hell.”
    So it boiled down to stubborn determination to make apparent “progress” at the expense of truth, and denial of the value of the past while presuming guidance of the Holy Spirit for the present..

    Our Lady warned both that Russia would spread her errors and of diabolic disorientation in the hierarchy. Those certainly seem to have come to pass, with a Pope who says forget proselytism, while telling people to thank their parents for whatever Faith they were taught, and claiming that “God isn’t Catholic”. It’s apparently come as you are to the wedding-feast-, time, and be prepared to dance the once-banned Tango.

  7. Well, that is classic reformed theology as well: the rule of Valentian applies — what is the practice of the kirk in all times and in all places is probably not an error. And that has always included such judgments.

    Quoted, with one comment — the poison is liberalism, and it is, sadly, everywhere.

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