59 – Who am I to judge? Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person

Ever since antiquity, every time that men get together in societies, the power of judgment has always been attributed to people or groups qualified in order to judge issues and infractions that tend to arise within human interaction. In the Old Testament, Moses determined that wise, intelligent and experienced men be elected among the people in order to guide and judge the tribes in their concerns and controversies, for alone, he could not continue (Deut 1:12-1). Unfortunately, human wretchedness ended up corrupting many of those who occupied such positions; such that in his day, Jesus was very severe with the hypocrites who pointed out the ‘splinter’ in their brother’s eye while not taking the ‘beam’ out of their own (Mt 7:3). Consequently, he warned in the Sermon on the Mount: ‘Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.’

However, further He taught how one should judge: ‘Stop judging by appearances, but judge justly’ (Jn 7:24). To Him had been given the ‘power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man’(Jn 5:27), and when He conceded the apostolic primacy to Peter, through the ‘power of the keys’ He constituted him as supreme judge of His Church, investing him with power to judge and condemn evil, and commend good. This power to judge is extended, naturally, into the entire ambit of human morals, including when they enter the temporal sphere. Herein lies the grave responsibility that weighs upon the one who assumes the Pontifical throne. Saint Augustine cautions: ‘If you have been constituted judge, if you have received the power to judge, if someone is accused before you, and proven guilty of sin, through real proofs, and truthful witnesses: oblige him, correct him, excommunicate him, degrade him, in conformity with the ecclesiastical norm. May tolerance be kept awake in such a way that discipline does not sleep.’(Sermon 164, 7,11). Above all in these days of confusion, the Pope has the obligation to be the ‘faithful echo and authentic interpretation of the permanent conviction of the Church’- which is not a collection of ‘personal opinions’! – especially regarding such timely and serious topics as the question of homosexuality and the ideologies accompany it, with the objective of undermining the entire moral order down to its very roots. On the contrary, unfortunate and ambiguous declarations bring about insufferable concessions even, sadly to say, on the part of many pastors who should defend the truth. Saint Alphonsus de Liguori warns: ‘The pastor that does not correct his sheep will give an account to Jesus Christ for the wrongdoings that resulted’.

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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ContentsAuthorsIV – Basics of Christian Doctrine Regarding Homosexuality

I – The Primacy of Peter makes the Pope the Supreme Judge who no one may judge
II – Hidden works are subject to the judgment of He who knows the i
nterior of the consciences
III – Exterior works are known and subject to the judgment of the pastors of souls, above all if they provoke scandal: the Pope has the duty to judge
IV – Basics of Christian doctrine regarding homosexuality


I – The Primacy of Peter makes the Pope the Supreme Judge who no one may judge


Vatican Council I (Ecumenical XX)

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Innocent I

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Council of Ephesus (Ecumenical III)

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Clement VI

The Roman Pontiff may judge all and be judged by no one

Council of Florence (Ecumenical XVII)

The Pope has full power to feed, rule, and govern the universal Church

Saint Zosimus

No one can retract from any decision made by the authority of the Pope

Boniface I

It is not licit to put up opposition to the apostolic supremacy

Gregory XVI

The government and administration of the whole Church rests with the Roman Pontiff

Leo XIII

The Supreme Pastor has all power to judge
Peter has the power of commanding, forbidding, and judging...
... binding and loosing, making laws and punishing
The jurisdiction of the Roman pontiffs extends to the whole Christian world

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The ‘power of the keys’ designates authority to govern the Church

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Vicar of Christ has full, supreme and universal power

II – Hidden works are subject to the judgment of He who knows the interior of the consciences


Sacred Scripture

Rev 2:23

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Sins are known to God in our heart although not known to men by deed

Stephen V

The hidden crimes should be left to the judgment of He who alone who knows the hearts

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Man has in his heart a law written by God; according to it he will be judged

John Paul II

The interior judgment of the conscience demands a ‘convincing concerning sin’

Catechism of the Catholic Church

To treat the wounds of sin, it must first be uncovered

Pius XI

Confessors have the grave responsibility to guide each penitent according to his spiritual need

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

Correct privately, especially if the crime is hidden

III – Exterior works are known and subject to the judgment of the pastors of souls, above all if they provoke scandal: the Pope has the duty to judge


Sacred Scripture

Jesus severely condemns the sin of scandal

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Scandal may induce spiritual ruin due to a lack of rectitude

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

The scandalous take from Jesus Christ the souls that he redeemed by his blood

Code of Canon Law

It belongs to the Church to render judgment insofar as the salvation of souls requires

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Church needs the dedication of pastors in applying Christian morality

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Duty of the Roman Pontiff to provide for the common good of the Church and the care of souls

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

The Successor of Peter has a specific ministerial grace for serving the unity of faith of the Church
The Roman Pontiff must guarantee a rigorous fidelity to the Word of God

Benedict XV

Peter is the common teacher and rector of all

Boniface I

The Pope may never feel free from the cares of the Chair of Peter

John Paul II

The Successor of Peter has the duty to admonish, to caution and to declare certain opinions as irreconcilable with the unity of faith
The forceful expressions of the Roman Pontiffs are only the faithful echo and authentic interpretation of the Church’s permanent conviction

Pius IX

Words of conformity constitute an error and a danger for the Church

Pius X

The pastors of the Christian people have the duty to resist neutrality and compromise

Benedict XVI

The Pope bears the highest responsibility for Catholic Christianity

Saint Alphonsus Liguori

The pastor that does not correct his sheep will give an account to Jesus Christ for the wrongdoing that resulted

IV – Basics of Christian Doctrine Regarding Homosexuality


1 – Sacred Scripture

The Lord rained down sulphurous fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah
Abominations that defiled their land
An abomination to the Lord
The mutual degradation of their bodies - God handed them over to degrading passions
The law is meant for the lawless - practicing homosexuals, and those opposed to sound teaching
Neither boy prostitutes nor practicing homosexuals will inherit the kingdom of God
No impure person has any inheritance in the kingdom of God
The licentious conduct condemned Sodom and Gomorrah
For having indulged in unnatural vice it underwent the punishment of eternal fire

2 – Magisterium of the Church

Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

Duty to respect homosexual persons, but without legitimizing behavior opposed to moral law

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Homosexual acts constitute a grave depravity and can under no circumstances be approved
Homosexual persons are called to chastity

Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

No pastoral method with homosexuals can be employed which would give moral justification to these acts
Every direct violation of the moral order of sexuality is objectively serious
Although the particular inclination of the homosexual person is not a sin, it must be seen as an objective disorder - living out of this orientation is not a morally acceptable option
The Church rejects erroneous opinions regarding homosexuality
Protecting those who have no intention of abandoning their homosexual behavior is opposed to the teachings of the Church
Homosexual orientation is an objective disorder evoking moral concern
Homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered – this same moral judgment is unanimously accepted by Catholic Tradition

Congregation for Catholic Education

Sacred Scripture and Tradition has considered the practice of homosexuality as intrinsically immoral, a grave sin and an impediment to Holy Orders

Pontifical Council for the Family

Homosexuality must be presented to the youth in light of the documents of the Church
The demand to grant ‘marital’ status to unions between persons of the same sex is incongruous

International Theological Commission

The dynamism towards procreation is intrinsically linked to the natural inclination that leads man to woman and woman to man

Pius V

The nefarious crime against nature
The crime which caused the destruction of the corrupted cities

Catechism of Saint Pius X

The sin against nature provokes God and cries out for His vengeance

John Paul II

Saint Paul declares that the immoral are excluded from the Kingdom of God

Benedict XVI

Christian faith and ethics do not wish to stifle love, but to make it healthy
There is a biological basis of the difference between the sexes
Profound falsehood of the ‘anthropological revolution’ in the new philosophy of sexuality of our times
Denying the natural structure of marriage between a man and a woman brings serious harm to justice and peace
A radical denial of the nature of the creature

3 – Fathers of the Church, Doctors and Saints

Saint Polycarp of Smyrna

It is needful to abstain from all these things

Athenagoras of Athens

Those who dishonor the fair workmanship of God

Saint John Chrysostom

Sodomites ruin the soul with the body – nothing more grievous than this insolent dealing

Saint Augustine of Hippo

Offences contrary to nature are to everywhere and always be detested and punished

Gregory the Great

By their just punishment they might be taught the gravity of unjust desire

Saint Peter Damian

Sodomy should not be considered an ordinary vice, for it exceeds in gravity all of the other sins – it destroys the body and lances the soul into the abyss

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Unnatural vice transgresses what has been determined by nature, is gravest of all, and an injury to God the Author of nature

Saint Catherine of Siena

A divine revelation: the devils themselves who incite to sin cannot endure the sight of the horrendous sin

Saint Bonaventure

The death of the sodomites was necessary for the restoration of chastity on the earth

Saint Peter Canisius

Nature itself abhors this horrible and abominable sin

3 thoughts on “59 – Who am I to judge? Religion has the right to express its opinion in the service of the people, but God in creation has set us free: it is not possible to interfere spiritually in the life of a person

  1. Refusal to welcome the stranger by allowing the stranger (i.e., one’s guest) to be sodomized by an unruly mob ready to break down the door of Lot’s home? Robert, are you trying to rewrite the Old Testatment as an exercise in revisionist history? Believe what you will and write what you will but God will not be mocked. Welcome to the days of Noah. Welcome to the days of Sodom and Gomorrah. But who am I to judge?

  2. If Bergoglio is not being a ‘faithful echo and authentic interpretation of the permanent conviction of the Church’, then the God-sent priests of the Denzinger-Bergoglio have the clear mission to denounce this puppet’s heretical and continuous blathering of personal opinions! I would suggest to Robert Edward Lewis that he hastily procure some bibliotherapeutic treatment for his brutally judgemental views and erroneous criteria and doctrine on such a serious topic as of homosexuality. Robert Edward Lewis, you’ve made of yourself an excellent example of the depraved low level that the proponents of homosexuality will stoop to. The accompanying ideology of homosexuality does not recognize dignity for the human person, not even for or among themselves; therefore, respect for authority is unheard of!
    The unfailing Magisterium of the Church is always very clear, and I uphold the priests of the Denzinger-Bergoglio as beacons of truth in these times of confusion. They are being true pastors to the many forlorn sheep of the Catholic Church.

  3. This is largely bullshit. As a simple example, the sin of Sodom was N O T homosexuality, it was the sin of refusing to welcome the stranger. Appeals to authority rather than to reason, science, and logic are one of the reasons that the tridentine wing of the Roman Church is destined to become marginalized along with its counterpart, the bibliodalatrist wing of the Protestant faith.

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