Catholic World News

Polish archbishop: 'pseudo-merciful' attitude discourages correction of sinners

April 06, 2016

A Polish archbishop who participated in the Synod for the Family has cautioned against a "pseudo-merciful" attitude toward irregular marital unions.

Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw said that "political correctness" has hampered discussion of the essence of Christian marriage. In an interview with EWTN Germany, which appears in translation in the National Catholic Register, he remarks that the statement of Jesus Christ, condemning remarriage as adulterous-- a statement that appears twice in the Gospels-- was not quoted in the Synod's working document. He asks, "how can it be that these key statements were missing?" The term "sin" is also rarely found in the Synod document, he says.

Archbishop Hoser observes: "We know that correcting the sinner belongs to the good deeds for the soul. And that is not being practiced today."

Further information:
Sound Off! supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 10, 2016 5:54 PM ET USA

    "And Jesus said: Neither will I condemn thee. Go, and now sin no more." The mercy of Christ requires _both_ parts: (1) acknowledgment of and contrition for my present status before God, and (2) firm purpose of amendment.

  • Posted by: brenda22890 - Apr. 07, 2016 9:26 AM ET USA

    Courage today is rare. Each time I hear someone within the Church with the courage to stand up to secular ideas of goodness and mercy, I am encouraged that all is not lost. May God richly bless Archbishop Hoser.