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  • The blog header depicts an important and yet mis-understood New Testament scene, Jesus flogging the money-changers out of the temple. I selected it because the faith that gives us consolation can also make us very uncomfortable. Both Divine Mercy and Divine Justice meet in Jesus. Priests are ministers of reconciliation, but never at the cost of truth. In or out of season, we must be courageous in preaching and living out the Gospel of Life. The title of my blog is a play on words, not Flogger Priest but Blogger Priest.

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SHOULD we read Hyperbole as a Ranking of Sins?

During this public debate, mention was made of Pope Francis’ GAUDETE ET EXSULTATE and a passage that the American bishops voted not to include in their document: “equally sacred [as the innocent unborn] . . . are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection” (No. 101). I suspect that the worry was that this rhetorical emphasis of the Pope might be wrongly interpreted as a grocery list from which one might pick-and-choose. While one might delineate a hierarchy of sins; the great injustices often include within themselves the lesser ones. There may be many issues such as the death penalty, infanticide, euthanasia, insufficient welfare for the poor, a lack of welcome for immigrants, unjust wages, human trafficking, etc.; but in abortion we find the penalty of death imposed upon the innocent— we find both infanticide and the wrongful compassion of euthanasia— we find bigotry against the poorest of the poor— we find a lack of welcome to a tiny visitor— we find one stripped of rights and value— we find a person reduced to a commodity, etc. We should not listen to the voices who oppose the tyrants of the right so that they might impose the tyranny of the left.