“Who am I to Judge?” for Dummies

UPDATE: With the Pope’s visit to the US & the MSM spinning the above phrase it is a good time to provide this post to unspin those being played by the media.

There is no phrase of Pope Francis that has been more spun by the world’s media than Francis’ famous words from an early interview concerning homosexuality.

When taken in context the Pope’s meaning is quite clear:

Pope Francis said it was important to “distinguish between a person who is gay and someone who makes a gay lobby,” he said. “A gay lobby isn’t good.”

“A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?” the pope said. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains this very well. It says one must not marginalize these persons, they must be integrated into society. The problem isn’t this (homosexual) orientation — we must be like brothers and sisters. The problem is something else, the problem is lobbying either for this orientation or a political lobby or a Masonic lobby.”

However many articles & pieces in context one might write, this can not prevent ignorant & dishonest people from using the “Who am I to judge” phrase as an excuse to not only justify and advance Gay Marriage but to attack Catholics who point out that homosexual acts (rather than the orientation itself) have always been and remain a mortal sin.

So in the interest of explaining this to those who the media would deceive here is what you need to know:

What the Pope said in the most generic sense is this:

A person inclined to a sin, who is seeking God who is of good will–well who am I to judge him?

What the Pope didn’t say in any way shape or form, but what the media wants you to think he did is this:

A person who is proud of and flaunts their sin, well. who am I to judge him?

If you require further information let me go into detail after the jump:

If we are to believe the media’s interpretation of Pope Francis’ explanation of his words he could easily have said any of the following:

One who publicly denies God,  who is seeking God, who is of good will –well who am I to judge him?
One who publicly curses God name… well who am I to judge him?
One who wantonly breaks the sabbath… well who am I to judge him?
One who publicly curses his parents… well who am I to judge him?
One who takes pleasure in murder who is seeking God… well who am I to judge him?
One who is a serial adulterer who openly cheats on his wife…well who am I to judge him?
One who lies to your face …well who am I to judge him?
One who is a professional thief… well who am I to judge him?
One who flirts with his neighbor’s wife… well who am I to judge him?
One who covets his neighbors goods…well who am I to judge him?

One who hates God well… who am I to judge him?
One who hates his neighbor …well who a I to judge him?

Now if the media tried to sell any of these phrases to people they would fail and rightly so.  All of these actions are directly contrary to seeking God or being of good will.

So how does that differ to what Pope Francis said, its orientation to sin, vs the act of sin.  Individuals might be inclined toward a particular sin, but in choosing to seek God and do his will would attempt to avoid that inclination so lets take those phrases and modify them slightly

A man who doesn’t believe,  who is seeking God, who is of good will –well who am I to judge him?
A man who tends to swear who is seeking God, who is of good will — well who am I to judge him?
A person who can’t seem to take the time for God who is seeking God, who is of good will — well who am I to judge him?
A person who has problems with his parents who is seeking God, who is of good will –well who am I to judge him?
A person who is inclined to violence who is seeking God, who is of good will — seeking God… well who am I to judge him?
A person  inclined to sleep around or cheat on his wife,  who is seeking God, who is of good will well who am I to judge him?
A person who has trouble with honesty , who is seeking God, who is of good will –well who am I to judge him?
A person who is a kleptomaniac, or feels they must steal to survive who is seeking God, who is of good will — well who am I to judge him?
A guy who is attracted by neighbors wife,  who is seeking God, who is of good will –… well who am I to judge him?
A guy who has trouble with jealously over his neighbors goods who is seeking God, who is of good will –well who am I to judge him?

A guy who can’t seem to love God,  who is seeking God, who is of good will –well… who am I to judge him?
A guy who has real trouble with people, who is seeking God, who is of good will –well who a I to judge him?

Unlike the first set of phrases all of these talk of inclination , the Pope could have said any one of them and it would have been completely consistent with what he said about Homosexuality that is:

“A gay person who is seeking God, who is of good will — well, who am I to judge him?”

No matter what sin a person is inclined to from disbelief, to violence, to sexual sins, to avarice to jealously and anger a person of Good will does their best to resist it.  There are many time when such a person fighting off such a sin will fall due to weakness, habit or temptation, natural or supernatural.  That’s normal, it’s what the sacrament of  confession if for, it’s why Christ died for our sins, but if someone is honestly making that fight against sin, even if they sometimes fall, then of course who am I or anyone to judge as we fight to master our own sins.

But if you choose instead to celebrate your sins, flaunt them and proclaim them good, well that’s not going to end well and Pope Francis will (and has) said that loud and strong.

Any questions?