Tuesday, December 09, 2003
Below are excerpts from an article by Linda P. Campbell: No scarlet letters, please , which was printed in the Providence Journal on Dec. 9, 2003.
I have added my personal 2 cents after her comments for reading pleasure!
"WHAT WOULD Jesus do?
Somehow, public flogging, shunning and outright humiliation don't seem his style."
WWJD fails when people don't know WHO JESUS IS!
Check out Jesus'style with the Pharisees...
MT 23:33 "You snakes! You brood of vipers!
MT 12:33 "...You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good?
MT 23:25 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!
MT 23:26 "Blind Pharisee!"
MT 23:27 "You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.
Matthew 10:14 "And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
WHAT IF SOME ARE OBSTINATE IN THEIR SIN???
Mt 18: 15-18 "If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church. 14 If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector."
John 2:12-22: Cleansing of Temple (Now that's style!)
Yet these are techniques that some U.S. Roman Catholic bishops apparently would favor employing against politicians who they feel have strayed too far from church teachings -- at least on some incendiary topics.
If only there were more of that style of Shepherd!!!
Already, some bishops bar politicians who favor abortion rights from speaking on church-affiliated property.
Unfortunately not in RI...Patrick Kennedy spoke at a parish banquet and Jack Reed spoke at an interfaith service in a Catholic Church...both approved by a high ranking diocesan official! We need a dose of fortitude...come Holy Spirit!
The bishops can be influential advocates for social improvement. But it seems that they'd be more effective by appealing to reason than by heavy-handed use of that old standby: guilt.
Guilt (possible effect of sin) can lead to repentance and repentance could lead to eternal salvation...Could it be that excommunication and sanctions are actually acts of charity...moving one towards repentance and conversion....alas, the role of the Church and her leaders!!!