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Monday, April 11, 2016

Revising 1 Corinthians in Light of Amoris Laetitia

Written by  Michael Lofton
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Dear Holy Father:

In light of your release of Amoris Laetitia, I thought I would do you a favor by revising 1 Corinthians chapter five to be in accord with your new Apostolic Exhortation. Please consider having all Bibles rewritten to reflect this revision.

1 Corinthians 5: It is reported that there are irregular unions among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife. And you are judgmental! Should you not rather have accompanied the man, so that he who has done this would have been welcomed among you?

For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present I have already withheld judgment in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing, so that he need not feel as an excommunicated member of the Church. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to show understanding, forgiveness, and accompaniment and above all are to fully integrate this man into the Body of Christ, so that he may experience the Church as a mother who welcomes all always, and takes care of all with affection.

Your judging is not a good thing. The full ideal of the Gospel and the Church’s teaching must treat the weak with compassion, avoiding aggravation or unduly hard or hasty judgments. Do not sit in the chair of Moses, hurling stones and judging him with superiority and superficiality. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us not think everything is black or white but allow our lives to become wonderfully complicated.

I wrote to you in my letter to associate with sexually weak persons— 10 meaning those in irregular unions, and the greedy and robbers, and idolaters, since you would then be attentive to the goodness which the Holy Spirit sows in the midst of human weakness. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who is judgmental of the sexually weak or greedy, or of the idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber. Do not even eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with those who think they can judge others to be living in a state of mortal sin and deprived of sanctifying grace? Is it not those who judge based on the objective who are already judged by God? Therefore, embrace all show respect to those who don’t live up to your ideal standard.

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