Tuesday, December 27, 2016

QUOTATION: Clerical Authority

Cardinal Marc Ouellet
We can’t not exercise the service of authority: leave everything be, not intervene, not speak the truth which can hurt but which clarifies and helps us to get back up. We then leave people in confusion for fear of hurting them or speaking a truth that is not at all popular and which goes against the ambient culture. This applies to bishops, priests and pastors. It is a greater charity to communicate a truth that alienates a person from us for a time, a time during which he can come to realize that we acted in his favour.

--Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Actualité et avenir du Concile oecuménique Vatican II