Admonition 26

 

Day 29

Admonition 26:

That the Servants of God should honour clerics 1.

  1. Blessed is the servant of God who exhibits confidence in clerics who live uprightly according to the form of the holy Roman Church.
  2. And woe to those who despise them:
  3. for even though they [the clerics] may be sinners,
  4. nevertheless no one ought to judge them, because the Lord Himself reserves to Himself alone the right of judging them.
  5. For as the administration with which they are charged, to wit, of the most holy Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which they receive and which they alone administer to others—is greater than all others,
  6. even so the sin of those who offend against them is greater than any against all the other men in this world. 2.

 

The numerals are mine, I think it easier to divide this one into its precepts.

  1. Those who have confidence in clerics who live uprightly according to t he NORMS of the Holy Roman Church are bless-ed. Those Clerics who keep their vows and are known to be upright in character.
  2. We can understand the ‘woe’ here  practicing Catholics of that time understood the sin of contempt for the upright cleric, and any  non practicing Catholic knew the intent to tarnish God’s representative and through that the Church.
  3. for even though they [the clerics] may be sinners“: and in today’s world uppermost in many of our minds is the terrible, almost unspeakable sin of pedophilia. In St Francis times a partial list was as follows: Clerical marriage;- homosexuality, sodomy, (and considering that I am an Ordained Priest who is Transsexual I want to speak on these later ) for the moment I shall place them, along with marriage under the category of breaking the vow of Chastity; conspicuous displays of wealth and heresy are only a few.
  4. No one ought to judge them: Is the act of thinking or regarding such priests as unsuitable or sinners, much as we might regard others an act of judgement or discernment? The Douay-Rheims says in James 4:12: 12There is one lawgiver, and judge, that is able to destroy and to deliver.13But who art thou that judgest thy neighbour? 3.    There is our answer!
  5. Here, once again Francis touches upon his theology of Eucharist. The Priest, whether saint or sinner, and only the Priest can validly confect the sacrament of the Eucharist. Note this – “which they receive and which they alone administer to others—is greater than all others, “ Receive from where? Francis explains this in Admonition 1 and in his other writings. There is no other source of Eucharist except from the Priest! Though history does record that the judgement of unrighteous priests was being taken from the Church into the secular courts even in the 13th and 14th centuries.
  6. Because God alone is their judge  Francis “the sin of those who offend against them is greater than any against all the other men in this world.”

  • 1. Saint Francis of Assisi, The Writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, newly translated into English with an Introduction and Notes by Father Paschal Robinson (Philadelphia: The Dolphin Press, 1906). 15/10/2015. http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1172#lf0535_label_164
  • 2. Saint Francis of Assisi, The Writings of Saint Francis of Assisi, newly translated into English with an Introduction and Notes by Father Paschal Robinson (Philadelphia: The Dolphin Press, 1906). 15/10/2015. http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1172#StFrancis_0535_74
  • 3. James 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor?. 2015. James 4:12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you–who are you to judge your neighbor?. [ONLINE] Available at: http://biblehub.com/james/4-12.htm. [Accessed 15 October 2015].
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