Loving The Sinner

Christians should never forget that God is Truth and Love. Therefore as Christians we are called to act in truth and love. These two concepts can not be separated.

In the Encyclical Caritas in Veritate, Pope Benedict wrote:

Charity in truth, to which Jesus Christ bore witness by his earthly life and especially by his death and resurrection, is the principal driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. Love — caritas — is an extraordinary force which leads people to opt for courageous and generous engagement in the field of justice and peace. It is a force that has its origin in God, Eternal Love and Absolute Truth.

In this blog on the U.S. Catholic Magazine web site (often not orthodox), has a reminder that when we speak or write about the Church’s teaching on homosexual related issues we must do so with charity.

Note: the author writes his post in the context of a Mexican Cardinal who accused members of the Mexican judiciary of taking bribes. The blogger Brian Cones thinks that the Cardinal is, due to his accusation, guilty of being “against gay” people and homophobic. Sigh. I don’t know the details, but perhaps the Cardinal knows something Brian does not.

But he still has a valid point. When teaching about controversial issues in the RCIA and other faith formation classes, I am aware that there is always someone who has had an abortion, someone with a homosexual loved one, people who have not lived chaste lives. Brian writes:

“Second, there are more and more Catholic families with openly gay and lesbian children, many of whom are grown and have partners and families of their own.”

The Church teaches that all of her doctrines and teachings is to “arrive at love” (CCC #25)

But this does not mean that we skirt the issue, or accept sin. We must always speak the truth, with great charity, but speak it we must. Even if we are accused of being bigots. I am not so sure that the author of the post gets that.

We all fall short of the glory of God. But when we sin, if we repent and turn back to the Lord, God will shower us with his great love and mercy.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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