I am soon to leave on a trip to visit relatives in Germany, and it’s likely there will be discussion about the Pope’s trip to the US, his “Who am I to judge?” line regarding homosexuality, the prevailing secularism there, etc. No one in my family there is Catholic, much less Christian. Most were not baptized or raised in any faith.
Although I am furiously reading up on the Holy Father’s recent speeches, I’m struck by how much ink is generated by others per speech trying to explain his points. I want clarity so I can represent our Faith accurately to some pretty fiercely anti-Catholic people.
At the heart of things, here’s my question: is evaluating something the same as “judging”? Can I as a faithful, reasonably well-formed Catholic, have an opinion based on my faith, about some social or political or ethical issue without “judging” as it is proscribed by Our Lord - and the Pope?
I’m really torn about this! How are we to discuss and “dialogue” with others about the truth and goodness of our Faith when we can’t “judge” things in the world?
I know this is a big topic, but very much appreciate your thoughts.