Friday, December 27, 2013

#361 / Who Am I To Judge?

Pope Francis, Time Magazine's Person of the Year, has been hailed by NBC News for asking "Who am I to judge?" when he was invited to address the issue of gays in the church:

The fact that the pope — the infallible leader of the world's one billion Roman Catholics — refused to sit in judgement of gay priests (who were banned by his predecessor) was hailed as remarkable, even revolutionary.

Reminds me of what Jesus is reported to have said, in that speech on the mountainside that got such good coverage in the Gospels (Matthew 7): 

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

Good advice, whoever is giving it!

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