Is it sinful publicly to call out the sin of another publicly?
After all, Christ told us to confront our brother who sins against us privately and then only to go to witneses and finally to go to the whole Church.
However, I’ve always thought that sometimes it is proper to call out sin publicly especially if to cause a little bit of (good) shame to the person who has sinned and also even to make a negative example of him. Of course, one should not do so simply out of hatred for him as a person with the sole intention to embarrass him so as to cause him personal pain just because you, as it were, hate his guts. Of course, this latter situation would always be wrong.
Arre there indeed any examples in either Sacred Scripture or T/tradition where calling out an individual’s sin publicly was done for these or other reasons?
There wee indeed many examples of Christ Himself calling out collective groups such as the Pharisees for their sin, though I cannot recall off-hand any instance where He called out an individual’s sin publicly either against Him or anyone else (though that does not mean there is no instance; perhaps I just don’t recall it).
I might bring up Paul’s calling out the Chief Priest before a crowd, though he even seems to chastise himself later because he was apparently not to speak ill of a leader of his people (though still others could take that as a kind of sarcastic “apology”, pointing out that he is no leader at all or, at least, an illegitimate one).
Still, if calling out a person’s sin publicly is ever justifiable for the reasons I stated above or for others, why, then, does Christ tell us, when someone sins against us, first to confront him privately? What other reason for this could there be? If Christ advised us toward initial public rebuke in the Church so as to prevent hateful action against a brother like I mentioned earlier, should this not apply in all situations both within and outside of the Church?
Also, if this is a matter of collective vs. individual sin being called out, what, exactly, is the difference? Why can one be done and not the other? Or, again, are both permissible under certain circumstances/conditions?
If it is permissible publicly to honor a person, then, why would it not be permissible publicly to dishonor a person, again, for the purpose of turning him around and also to make an example for others as to what not to do?