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Daily Poll: Does “Admonish the Sinner” Mean “Judge Gaga”?

Stefan Lochner- Public Domain

The Daily Catch - published on 05/17/16

The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:31
Stop judging, that you may not be judged
For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Matthew 7:1

Sister Theresa Aletheia Noble wrote an article about the “Internet Eucharist Police” and their judgment of Lady Gaga’s recent comments to her priest. She writes of what she saw:

But most of the comments on Lady Gaga’s post assumed that 1) Lady Gaga received Communion, 2) she did not go to Confession first, and 3) she was not in a state of grace. That’s a lot of assumptions to make about anyone, but particularly someone wholly unknown to us, personally. Most dismaying was being witness to the ungenerous mindset of “piling on,” whereby Christians, seeing several hundred people charge blasphemy or grave sin, chose to join in rather than restrain that instinct and offer up a prayer instead.

The hard truth is that we are not perfect. Out of instinct we form first impressions in a tenth of a second, then we make assumptions based on these impressions, which often leaves us so focused on someone else’s soul that we don’t notice the state of our own.

The comedian Louis C.K. has an incredibly insightful scene in his show Louie:

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