I have a close friend who was recently in an arguement with his local priest regarding a personal matter. The priest told him that he was “stifling the holy spirit”, and that he committed a mortal sin. He repeated it to my friend several times in the couse of the conflict, and he not only said that “it was a mortal sin” but also “you have committed a mortal sin”. That last statement implies judgement I believe.
I spoke to my friend and reassured him that he should never have been judged, and that nobody has the right to judge another person’s soul. To tell someone that they are in “mortal sin” is a vey serious thing.
Objectivly speaking, judging someone like that - especially it being a priest - is mortally sinful. I want to be clear, I am not judging that priest’s soul - I am speaking objectivly.
Should I advise my friend to take this matter to his Bishop, as he is very upset, and if this priest has told him this - who knows if he has judged others. I believe that it should be nipped in the bud at any rate.
I appreciate your input -
I appreciate facts on this one, not just speculation, its really important.