LENTCAzT 34: Monday 5th Week of Lent – “Who am I to judge?”

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Today is Monday of the 5th Week of Lent, 1st Sunday of the Passion. Passiontide is underway.

This was a hard podcast to make, not because of technical problems, but because of hard hitting content.

Anyone who wants to reflect on Pope Francis’s remark “Who am I to judge?”, might reflect on this.

Examine your consciences and then…


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LENTCAzT 34: Monday 5th Week of Lent – “Who am I to judge?”
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11 Responses to LENTCAzT 34: Monday 5th Week of Lent – “Who am I to judge?”

  1. Excellent LENTCAzT Father, thank you so much.

  2. Nancy D. says:

    True, only He Who Is The Just Judge, can judge our souls, but this does not change the fact that in order to abide in The Word of God, we must discriminate between acts that respect our inherent personal and relational Dignity as human persons created in the Image and Likeness of God, and acts that do not. Identifying oneself or someone else as an object of sexual desire is not only a sinful act, refusing to call sin, sin, is sinful. When it comes to sinful acts, who am I to judge is the battle cry of those who do not desire to call sinful acts, sin. What does the Prayer say? And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen

    God desires we overcome our disordered inclination to sin, and become transformed through God’s Gift of Grace and Mercy. We are called to be chaste in our thoughts, words and deeds.

  3. kpoterack says:

    Thank you Fr. Z. This really helps me to put Pope Francis’ comment even more into a proper context.

  4. Nancy D. says:


    Here is the effect of the context of “who am I to judge” in Boston. Mass. Confusion.

  5. StWinefride says:

    I wonder why the following, which appears near the beginning of the text in the original French after the sentence “Do not judge those whose judge you are not” was left out of the English translation that appears in “Meditations for Lent”.

    Ce que St Paul ajoute, juge téméraire, vous ferme encore plus la bouche. Vous prononcez sur l’état du serviteur d’autrui, et vous dites, ou qu’il tombe, ou qu’il va tomber. Mais, il ne tombera pas, dit St Paul : Dieu est assez puissant pour l’affermir. Ne jugez donc pas qu’il va tomber.

    « What St Paul adds, you who judge rashly, must cause you to close your mouth even more. You pronounce on the state of the servant of another, and you say, or he falls, or he will fall. But, he will not fall, says St Paul: God is powerful enough to strengthen him. Do not judge then, that he will fall.” (my translation)

    This references Romans 14 :4 :

    « Who are you to to pass judgment on the servant of another ? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Master is able to make him stand.”

  6. Sonshine135 says:

    I actually did an article on “judgement” that I haven’t published yet. It analyzes “judgement” in Luke 6:37 versus “rebuke” in Luke 17:3. Rebuke and judge are not synonymous. Judge is to form a conclusion. Rebuke means to chastise, and is only helpful to those who are receptive of the chastisement. This is constructive criticism, so that someone will repent, and then be forgiven. It is similar to how a parent disciplines a child so that they alter their behavior. It should have to be done rarely.

    The conclusion is that we do not judge, ever, but we do instruct others in ignorance or chastise on occasion so that the person can understand, and ultimately seek repentance and forgiveness. This fits the model of how Jesus forgave sinners, and you can easily see how Jesus practiced what he preached.

  7. jacobi says:


    That seems a good conclusion. I would also add, that any Pope, as the keeper of the Keys and acting “in persona Christi ” is required to judge, on on-going matters of Faith and Morals, as is any priest in the Confessional, acting “in persona Christi” when he has to decide whether to grant or withhold absolution.

  8. Vecchio di Londra says:

    Thank you again Father. Lots of food for thought…
    We cannot possibly even begin to grasp the unfathomable Mercy of God. Sometimes we are like the indignant regular vine harvesters, who complained when the latecomers received the same payment as they did.

  9. Bea says:

    Excellent, Father. This is a keeper to reflect on.
    Thank you
    We took our parish priest (a retired Jesuit/ex-Jesuit?) out for breakfast and spoke on this very subject.
    We spoke on the authority of The Pope to make judgements in order to lead the people, just as parents have the authority to judge their children, as they grow, in order to guide them in the right direction.

  10. Allan S. says:

    Fr., why was this a “hard” podcast for you? There is no content in it from you – only readings. Thanks all the same, even if I am clearly missing something.

  11. Mariana2 says:

    Thanks, Father!