Judge that should not be judged

In a parish of a diocese, let’s say mine, what sometimes happens has happened: that a parish priest considers that the person chosen to be godmother, or godfather, of a baptized person, is not the right person: for not having the old enough, for not having been confirmed, for not living, at least externally, in conformity with the Catholic faith, etc. It is obvious that someone who lives as a couple without having contracted their cohabiting canonical marriage deviates, externally, from the law of God and from the discipline of the Church. Not wanting to see it would be denying the obvious.

That the bishop supports that decision of the priest is normal and fair. Because, parish priest and bishop, they are subject to canon law, whose ultimate responsibility is the pope.

In Christianity, care must be taken that what appears corresponds to what it is. Appearance should reflect reality, not overshadow it. To baptize a child is to introduce him to the world of faith, of supernatural realities. He is equivalent to making him a member of the family of the Church, with all his heritage of truth, with all his commitment to goodness, with all his power of beauty.

A child is not baptized for the purpose of being a pagan or an apostate. He is baptized so that he may become a saint. And, if possible, help is provided. Like a godfather or a godmother, or a godfather and a godmother. If you can, if not, no. If not, it will suffice for a baptized person to act as a witness that this baptism has been celebrated. And if you can’t even do that, well, don’t do that.

Better the lack of godparents than a costume ball, passing off as suitable godfathers or godmothers those who, for public and objective reasons, could not be. Selecting whether someone can perform a ecclesial service well does not mean unfairly discriminating against anyone, or making a judgment about the goodness or badness of their hearts. It simply means trying to do things right.

In a newspaper in a city, let’s say it’s mine, a columnist pretends to be indignant: “Who are the priest and the bishop to judge?”. It is almost impossible to respond to what this columnist writes. It completely lacks logic. He mixes it all up. He confuses everything. He messes everything up.

Of course, he does not deprive himself of judging. He can do it, without knowing who has invested him with that authority in Catholic sacramental matters, and, even citing Christ, as if he were on a par with the Messiah, he launches on the parish priest and bishop, the accusation of “hypocrites”. ” and of “whited graves”.

In one of the platonic dialogues, one of the characters asks about another: “Is he Greek and does he speak Greek?” Without a language understandable by both parties, and without a reason that is intended to be universal, dialogue is not possible. It would be what is commonly called a bream dialogue, where logic is absent.

In the columnist’s text I have not grasped the logic anywhere. He limits himself to shouting, to expressing his prejudices and his cognitive deficiencies. Of course, do not deprive yourself of judging. As if he knows what he’s talking about.

William Juan Morado.

Judge that should not be judged