114 – A pastor is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He risks his life, his reputation, losing his comforts, his status, even lose his ecclesiastical career as well. He cannot be content, keeping to himself. It is so easy to condemn others, but it is not Christian!

To pardon and show mercy are characteristic attitudes of every good Christian. However, it happens that at times we do not know what, or who, to pardon. Contemplating Jesus Christ, we find the most extraordinary example: mercy toward those who were on the path of evil, the repentant sinners. Nonetheless, others who were taken for saints, such as the Pharisees, often received the severest reproaches from Jesus. So how can it be said that whoever condemns an error does not live according to the wise commandments of the Lord, if he is actually following Jesus’ example? Furthermore, the good shepherd should go after the lost sheep. But, to save them, should he get his hands ‘dirty’? What does this term mean? Once again we encounter incomplete expressions that bring up doubts. Of course the shepherd must be ready to face sufferings and difficulties for the good of his flock, but this does not mean that he should put his own salvation, or that of others, at risk. Along this line, is it licit for clrergy members to risk their reputation and their vocation with the supposed intention of saving souls? Once again, pronouncements of uncertain meaning fill us with perplexity, and each is left to his own devices to interpret at will… So then, let us cling resolutely to the teachings that Church has always given to the faithful.

Francis

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Quote A

Being a half-way shepherd is a defeat. A shepherd must have the heart of God, go to the very limit because he does not want anyone to be lost. The true shepherd, the true Christian has this zeal within: no one should be lost. And this is why he is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He is not afraid. He goes where he needs to go. He risks his life, he risks his reputation, he risks losing his comforts, his status, even lose his ecclesiastical career as well, but he is the Good Shepherd. Even Christians have to be this way. It is so easy to condemn others, as they [the Pharisees] did – the tax collectors and sinners – its so easy, but it is not Christian! It is not [the attitude of] the children of God. The Son of God goes to the very limit, the giver of life, as Jesus gave his for others. He cannot be content, keeping to himself: his comfort, his reputation, his peace of mind. Remember this: no half-way shepherds, never! No half-way Christians, never! That’s what Jesus did. (Homily in Domus Sanctae Marta, November 6, 2014English: ‘Condemning others is not Christian)

Quote B

I ask the Lord for the grace that our hearts might be simple, luminous with the truth that He gives us, and thus we might be able to be lovable, forgiving, understanding of others, [to have] a large heart with the people, to be merciful. Never to condemn, never to condemn. (Homily in Domus Sanctae Marta, December 15, 2014)

Quote C

The Spirit is the first gift of the risen Lord, and is given above all for the forgiveness of sins. Here we see the beginning of the Church, the glue that holds us together, the cement that binds the bricks of the house: forgiveness. Because forgiveness is gift to the highest degree; it is the greatest love of all. It preserves unity despite everything, prevents collapse, and consolidates and strengthens. Forgiveness sets our hearts free and enables us to start afresh. Forgiveness gives hope; without forgiveness, the Church is not built up. The spirit of forgiveness resolves everything in harmony, and leads us to reject every other way: the way of hasty judgement, the cul-de-sac of closing every door, the one-way street criticizing others. Instead, the Spirit bids us take the two-way street of forgiveness received and forgiveness given. (Homily, Pentecost, June 4, 2017)

Teachings of the Magisterium

Table of contents

I – Does being like Jesus mean never condemning anyone?
II – One should not put his own soul at risk to save others
III – Purity of life and vigilance are virtues necessary for missionaries
IV – A true description of a good shepherd
V – The desire to save souls should not undermine the truth


I – Does being like Jesus mean never condemning anyone?


Sacred Scripture
– Jesus did not let Himself be ‘dirtied’ by sin
– Judge justly
– ‘My judgment is valid’
– Capernaum will go down to the netherworld
– ‘The queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it’
– On the Day of Judgment all will render an account
-‘Condemnation of the Pharisees
– ‘Because I speak the truth, you do not believe me’
-The Lord knows how to punish the unrighteous at the Day of Judgment


II – One should not put his own soul at risk to save others


Sacred Scripture
– What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose himself?

Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus
– Our principle obligation is to care for our own soul

Saint John Chrysostom
– While taking care of others, do not neglect yourself

Pius X
– The necessity of the cultivation of the virtues which lead to personal sanctification

Innocent XI
– It is a condemned error to seek a proximate occasion for sinning for our good or that of a neighbor

Pius IX
– Do not be contaminated by false doctrines that lose all things under the pretext of saving all

Pius VI
– Spiritual or apostolic pretexts may in fact be dangerous inclinations of the heart


III – Purity of life and vigilance are virtues necessary for missionaries


Vatican Council II
– The Lord Jesus preached holiness of life to each and every one of His disciples of every condition

Pius XII
– Clerics must live both interiorly and exteriorly a holier life than lay people

Saint John Chrysostom
– Order our own life with strictness, for thus we shall also guide the lives of those in darkness

Benedict XV
– Preaching by deeds is more efficient than by words

John Paul II
Nothing speaks more eloquently than the example of a holy priestly life

Pius IX
– It is better to have fewer upright ministers than many who accomplish nothing for the Church

Saint Augustine
– The shepherd who lives a wicked life is a murderer of the sheep entrusted to his care

Benedict XV
– Sanctity of life is of highest importance for apostolic work – whoever preaches hatred of sin must himself hate sin

Saint John Chrysostom
– When the teacher is bad, the disciples are worse

Benedict XV
– To be endowed with intelligence and culture is of no use without innocence of life

John XXIII
– It is necessary to warn against imprudent actions

Pius XII
– Avoid every familiarity – let your interest be confined to the demands of the sacred ministry


IV – A true description of a good pastor


Sacred Scripture
– Set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity

Gregory I, the Great
– Pastors who are hirelings, fearing to lose human favor, shrink from speaking freely the things that are right
– The priest does not differ from the people when he does not surpass the people by the merits of his life

Saint Benedict of Nursia
– A monk should hate vice, but correct with prudence

Gregory I, the Great
– Keep watch lest you seek that they love you more than truth

Saint Boniface
– Let us not be dumb dogs, sleeping sentinels, hirelings that fly from the wolf


V – The desire to save souls should not undermine the truth


Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)
– They should not seek to please men, but act in accord with the demands of Christian doctrine

Pius X
– Produce fruit for the salvation of souls without liberal concessions

John Paul II
– Train them to remain clear and consistent in their faith
– Seeking free adherence to the faith does not imply promoting indifference


I – Does being like Jesus mean never condemning anyone?


Sacred Scripture

Jesus did not let Himself be ‘dirtied’ by sin
Judge justly
‘My judgment is valid’
Capernaum will go down to the netherworld
‘The queen of the south will arise with this generation and condemn it’
On the Day of Judgment all will render an account
Condemnation of the Pharisees
‘Because I speak the truth, you do not believe me’
The Lord knows how to punish the unrighteous at the Day of Judgment

II – One should not put his own soul at risk to save others


Sacred Scripture

What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose himself?

Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus

Our principle obligation is to care for our own soul

Saint John Chrysostom

While taking care of others, do not neglect yourself

Pius X

The necessity of the cultivation of the virtues which lead to personal sanctification

Innocent XI

It is a condemned error to seek a proximate occasion for sinning for our good or that of a neighbor

Pius I

Do not be contaminated by false doctrines that lose all things under the pretext of saving all

Pius VI

Spiritual or apostolic pretexts may in fact be dangerous inclinations of the heart

III – Purity of life and vigilance are virtues necessary for missionaries


Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Lord Jesus preached holiness of life to each and every one of His disciples of every condition

Pius XII

Clerics must live both interiorly and exteriorly a holier life than lay people

Saint John Chrysostom

Order our own life with strictness, for thus we shall also guide the lives of those in darkness

Benedict XV

Preaching by deeds is more efficient than by words

John Paul II

Nothing speaks more eloquently than the example of a holy priestly life

Pius IX

It is better to have fewer upright ministers than many who accomplish nothing for the Church

Saint Augustine

The shepherd who lives a wicked life is a murderer of the sheep entrusted to his care

Benedict XV

Sanctity of life is of highest importance for apostolic work - whoever preaches hatred of sin must himself hate sin

Saint John Chrysostom

When the teacher is bad, the disciples are worse

Benedict XV

To be endowed with intelligence and culture is of no use without innocence of life

John XXIII

It is necessary to warn against imprudent actions

Pius XII

Avoid every familiarity - let your interest be confined to the demands of the sacred ministry

IV – A true description of a good shepherd


Sacred Scripture

Set an example for those who believe, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity

Gregory I, the Great

Pastors who are hirelings, fearing to lose human favor, shrink from speaking freely the things that are right
The priest does not differ from the people when he does not surpass the people by the merits of his life

Saint Benedict of Nursia

A monk should hate vice, but correct with prudence

Gregory I, the Great

Keep watch lest you seek that they love you more than truth

Saint Boniface

Let us not be dumb dogs, sleeping sentinels, hirelings that fly from the wolf

V – The desire to save souls should not undermine the truth


Vatican Council II

They should not seek to please men, but act in accord with the demands of Christian doctrine

Pius X

Produce fruit for the salvation of souls without liberal concessions

John Paul II

Train them to remain clear and consistent in their faith
Seeking free adherence to the faith does not imply promoting indifference

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To see Christ in the marginalized means leaving them where they are or raising them up to Christ?

 

3 thoughts on “114 – A pastor is not afraid to get his hands dirty. He risks his life, his reputation, losing his comforts, his status, even lose his ecclesiastical career as well. He cannot be content, keeping to himself. It is so easy to condemn others, but it is not Christian!

  1. What a tremendous grace! It is available to all who ask. We have at least 4 abandoned spouses in our own prayer groups and a widow living chaste lives in complete happiness. If only all would ask what Our Lord desires of them. And we do continue to pray, love and lead by example. If it were not for people like you, we would have ‘no example’ but even in the lives of the Saints, sometimes in terrible suffering during marriage, there are those beacons of light, showing us that faithfulness and charity are not an ideal but all is possible by God’s grace.

  2. to condemn is not Christian! Hate the sin, love the sinner. Admonish the sinner is a spiritual work of mercy. After my divorce after 6 years of marriage now 40 years ago I was confused. My priest was giving communion to remarried, my friends remarried, my ex-husband had a steady girlfriend. I heard so many voices but I also heard JPII preaching contradicting what I had heard in my parish. I went before the Lord and cried out to him WHAT IS THE TRUTH. Wow, the Lord answered, it was like a fall off your horse into the light experience. And I knew, I can not remarry and I raised the children and God’s grace embraced me and he blessed the marriages of my children. What tremendous divine gifts would remarried couples bring to the church if they take that penance of not receiving Holy Communion and if they would offer up their longing to the Divine Bridegroom. This papacy will confuse many people. GO TO JESUS. We follow our Savior, the Crucified, to glorify him and then we will share in his glory.

  3. The information gathered here is truly an amazing work of charity and so very helpful and encouraging. Immediately when I read that ‘to condemn was not Christian’, I thought of St Paul and all the condemning he did, of behaviours, attitudes, even people- the church member sleeping with his father’s wife, who he implored be cast out. So by Jorge Bergoglio’s standards, St Paul would not be a Christian and that part of scripture would somehow be “wrong”. And these words and attitude may make a person (even if just one) falter and refrain from correcting a brother clearly…

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