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Idle questions for Monday musings

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles - email) | Mar 10, 2014

If you say that you’re not going to judge someone, can you then say “Bravo” about his public statements? Isn’t it perfectly acceptable to judge someone’s public statements (as opposed to his private actions, or the state of his soul)? And isn’t “Bravo” a clear judgment?

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  • Posted by: koinonia - Mar. 10, 2014 8:13 PM ET USA

    There is some solace to be taken in candor, honesty. It allows others to know where one stands. It is difficult to maintain any credibility in speaking to Catholic understanding with regard to the natural law when our commentary excludes the objective. It's a feel good story; we live in a feel good time, and it is not good press to dispense with the feel good in order to cut to the chase. And we all enjoy a great big smile from time to time.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Mar. 10, 2014 4:46 PM ET USA

    I've noticed that the "No judgments,please!" Street is strictly one-way. If I say, for instance, that G W Bush was a knucklehead, well now, that's only a common sense observation. But if I say that Barack Obama is a hypocrite who uses religious talk to paper over an essentially evil agenda, I cross the line; I'm being 'judgmental'. And if my interlocutor happens to be a case-hardened liberal, he'll probably throw in that I'm a racist to boot!

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