Admonishments

 

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of all admonishments posted (there are four so far).

 

PLEASE NOTE:

 

Sometimes Catholics have to admonish another person. However, members of the Church are not to behave like Catholic fundamentalists (CFs) when doing so, about whom you may read here. Instead, there are rules to follow. For instance, a Catholic does not need to admonish for minor (venial) sins. He also must leave private sins alone --- even if they’re major (mortal) --- unless the one who sins invites him to become involved. The only exception would be if the private sin could grievously harm another. E.g., if the private sin involved a profession of heresy, or a plot to murder someone. Similarly, a Catholic must never admonish a cleric or reveal his sin unless it is a matter of heresy or could otherwise grievously injure another. In any case, he must be sure of his facts. He cannot assume that the objectively mortal matter of a sin exists without personal eyewitness certainty, or without the reliable & consistent eyewitness testimony of other Catholics. Then, when it comes to admonishment itself, he must be gracious and not needlessly harsh. He must give the accused every chance to defend himself. Given that this cannot be done logically --- and that the sinner is both Catholic and unrepentant --- he must gather, if possible, at least one or two more Catholics to be involved. They, too, must witness a further admonishment of the sinner. At that point if the sinful Catholic is still impenitent, they would turn the matter over to a parish priest. This is described in brief by Jesus in Matthew 18:15-17. Details regarding proper admonishment can be gleaned in the link mentioned above about CFs, along with much other information. Similar details can be gleaned from here, and here, which are about CFs, also.

 

I have therefore followed these rules when it comes to admonishment. Granted, in earlier years I was not as knowledgeable. Nonetheless, because of my caution, I ended up doing the right thing, regardless. Each of the admonishments below, thus far, involves the sins of heresy or schism. In such situations, the Church normally gives the transgressor at least six months to come clean and renounce his sin after the first official admonishment. If he remains obstinate, then a second admonishment follows and he is usually excommunicated from the Catholic Church. Notwithstanding, I am not a priest, bishop or pope. Ergo, I do not claim to have spiritual authority over these souls or over other Catholics; I cannot punish or make official pronouncements. What’s more, this is the Great Apostasy (about which you may learn here), when, to the best of my ability to know, there are no licit & valid clergy to be found anywhere in the world. Consequently, things are not normal. If the sin of the transgressor involves a deeper dogma or certain kinds of schism, then I cannot command other Catholics to avoid them religiously or pretend that they are certainly excommunicated. I cannot because I do not have jurisdictional authority to do so. All I can do is warn the transgressor of the serious sin in which he is involved, and warn other Catholics of the danger that this transgressor holds for them. Nevertheless, if the sin of the transgressor involves a common dogma or a schism other than the ones already mentioned, then the Church’s Canon Law automatically excommunicates them. In which case, I can inform the transgressor that he is outside the Catholic Church due to his grievous sin, and I can inform other Catholics that they should have nothing religious to do with this transgressor since he is no longer (or never was, as the case might be) Roman Catholic. Further information involving the individual cases is given as necessary. You will find this information when you go to a selected link below the next paragraph.

 

Finally, while it should be obvious by now, I’ll say it just to be sure: I am not admonishing these people or broadcasting their names publicly to ‘punish’ them or take ‘vengeance’ on them. I have no desire to publicly disgrace them, nor have I any spiritual authority over them. It is not my place to revenge myself on them --- that is the duty of the proper religious authority, a bishop with jurisdiction. Rather, I have performed a good work of spiritual charity by warning them of the objectively precarious state of their souls, and I have done so knowing the facts for a moral certainty… facts that are either publicly known to begin with, and thus not hidden from public sight, or else facts about pertinacious heresy, schism or etc., which require everyone to know about them whether or not they could have known it without my revealing it. And I have necessarily expanded this spiritual charity to include my fellow Catholics by warning them of these obstinately grievous sinners, heretics or schismatics in our midst lest they, in their lack of awareness, become poisoned or attacked by these dangerous persons. Nevertheless, I do not wish ill upon these poor souls. I do not want them to go to Hell! To the contrary, it is our duty as Roman Catholics to pray for them and earnestly seek their conversion to Catholic Faith, Hope & Charity! It is also our duty, as Roman Catholics, to assist them in any way we can wherever it is needed… and whether or not they have reconciled themselves to us and God. In other words, we are to love our enemies. All the same, when it comes to religion and those who are outside the Catholic Church, loving our enemies means separating from them religiously and not worshipping or praying with them, or pretending that we’re united in a Single Religion. This shows how we love God more than anything else, Who commands us to do so, and shows our enemies that they must do the same, obeying His Commandments in order to save their souls. Anything less is both hatred of God and of our neighbors --- among which are included our foes. Most Sacred Hearts of Jesus & Mary, have mercy on us poor sinners!

 

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       Fr. Eugene Heidt

 

       Fr. Nicholas Gruner

 

       Michael Lipscombe

 

       Stan & Joan Heidt

 

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