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Reparation for past offenses
« Reply #15 on: September 25, 2011, 02:19:44 PM »
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  • It would have been less adversarial (savoring of "wrangling") if you had made such a fraternal correction via PM.

    Isn't that the advice Our Lord gave us?  He specifically outlined the steps we should take in fraternal correction.

    We are to correct our brother IN THIS ORDER, only moving to the next step if a given step fails to bring results.

    1. Correct him privately.
    2. Correct him in the presence of a couple of witnesses.
    3. Tell the Church (maybe this is where posts on public fora would come in...)

    And then, if he still doesn't correct himself, we are to treat him as the heathen and publican -- that is, with fraternal charity but we should be careful how much we hang around him lest he influence us for the worse: "Bad company corrupts good manners." (1 Cor 15:33)

    But to wrangle with someone for weeks and months, losing peace of soul as a result? That was never recommended.
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    « Reply #16 on: September 25, 2011, 02:22:58 PM »
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  • What would the saints do, honestly?

    If a man repented of 8 sins, but was still guilty of a ninth -- wouldn't a saint react with some level of optimism and joy, and gently and carefully let the sinner know (privately) of the ninth sin he hadn't repented of?

    A quote about honey and vinegar comes to mind...
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    « Reply #17 on: September 25, 2011, 02:27:27 PM »
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  • Sorry, Raoul --

    I'm going to lock this thread, since it's hopelessly off course.

    I recommend you copy & paste the original text into a new post -- I'll write some kind of "warning" below it, in an attempt to ward off this kind of thing from happening again. I'll recommend members to downvote any responses. Hopefully my influence will have some effect.

    I am very confident about the righteousness of what I'm doing here.

    Maybe it's too little, too late -- but sometimes the lack of charity and tact on this forum gets to me.

    And yes, I'm doing this for Raoul, who is no fan of the SSPX. But right is right, and wrong is wrong. I don't care who they are. God forbid I should ever start letting human respect cloud my judgment.
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