surrexit enim, sicut dixit”
(Saint Matthew 28.6)
“He is not here, for
He is risen, as He said”
He is not here.
the Last Judgment,
when the bodies of all who ever lived arise and are reunited with their
souls to stand before God in judgment to receive the just recompense
for the way they had chosen to live, perhaps many of those who hear
— and enter Heaven — will ask of others there also, “Where
and they will be told these same words, but in a frightfully different
context: “Non est hic” — “he is not here ... nor is she.” There
is only one other place that they may possibly be — and it is a Hell
of a place to be! Our Blessed Lord admonishes us not to
judge and we must never take it upon
ourselves to assume who is in Heaven and who is in Hell. Only
God knows the heart of man. Most of us will be very surprised where
we will find them ...
and perhaps ourselves.
am I to judge?”
This — by the way — is quite
different from Francis’s notorious “Who
am I to judge?”
or more precisely “If a person is gay and seeks the Lord and has
good will, who am I to judge that person?”
To judge what?
Whether he goes to Heaven or Hell? No! Of course not!
That was not at all the context
of the question which concerned the suitability and wisdom of allowing
homosexuals into the priesthood — ESPECIALLY
in light of the widespread homosexual abuses in the priesthood and seminaries
for the past 20 years!
able to — and expected
to — judge
the suitability of candidates for the priesthood —
not whether or not they will go to Hell.
It is a warranted
and necessary judgment to
protect the innocence of children and youth, and the trust
of their parents — to say nothing of the now scandalized
vocation of a Catholic priest
in the community at large —
a scandal which you refuse to seriously address
— and correct
— in any meaningful way discernible to Catholics.
Avoiding the Near Occasion
(which some may have)
seek the Lord”
(which some may do) what would your answer be
to the question of allowing them into seminaries and upon graduation,
foisting them onto parishes? It should be that by definition
are, for the most part, wicked men — and to allow them the opportunity
to manage the finances and to “groom”
the trust of a parish is — to say the least — unwise — if not
complicitous through criminal negligence of duty. It is
A temptation into which you
should not lead them
... nor allow them the opportunity to submit
to that temptation and violate
trust. At one time (before Vatican II) Catholicism called it
the near occasion of sin”!
The same goes for homosexuals —
dare you discriminate
... in their favor!
Geoffrey K. Mondello
Boston Catholic Journal
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