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Hello all. I was reading the article “Pope Francis: correction without charity is ‘a slap in the face’” on EWTN’s website, and our dear Pope Francis has said some things that I would like to better understand. The link to the article is below:
First of all, does one have to be absolutely perfect in order to admonish or correct another? Even before reading this article, I had this question in mind ever since I learned of the bible regarding “Jesus’ instruction to take the wooden beam from our own eyes before trying to take the splinter from our brother’s eye.” I am pretty sure that no human being on earth is perfect or will ever be. Does this mean that no one should ever correct anyone else? Is it hypocritical for one to preach or share the faith even though one is not perfect?
Secondly, is it not one’s duty to admonish another? In the aforementioned article, Pope Francis says that:
“…when we feel ‘a certain delight’ when we see a fault, and we see it as our duty to make the correction. We must be careful, he said, “because that is not coming from the Lord.’”
I thought admonishing the sinner was a spiritual work of mercy. Is not such an activity a Catholic Christian duty?
Please help me to understand. And pardon me for my ignorance. I thank you all in advance.