Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was born Josef Ratzinger. Named after the holy Saint Joseph, we celebrate his “Name Day” with a post from years past. This post on fraternal correction is so needed in our world today. Thank you, “Father” Benedict, as you wish to be called. Your words Still help us.
Benedict XVI: “Christians should accept fraternal correction when they are wrong”
by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, September 4, 2011 A.D.
There is a “mutual responsibility” of all believers “in the way of Christian life”, and all are called to correct the faults of others and at the same time to “welcome the fraternal correction.”The Pope said this during the Angelus.”Brotherly love involves a sense of mutual responsibility, so, if my brother sins against me, I must practice charity towards him and, above all, talk to him personally, pointing out that what he has said or has done is not good – the Pope said, commenting on today’s Gospel -. This approach is called fraternal correction: it is not a reaction to a suffered injury, but it is moved by love for his brother.”
“And if my brother does not listen to me?, – he continued – in today’s Gospel Jesus tells a progression: first go back to him to talk with two or three more persons, to help him to better realize what he has done, if, despite this, he still rejects the observation, then it must be communicated to the community; and if he will not even listen to the community, it is necessary to make him feel the distance that he has caused, separating himself from the communion of the Church. ” “All this – pontiff added – indicates that there is a shared responsibility in the way of Christian life: everyone, aware of his limitations and defects, is called to welcome the fraternal correction and help others with this particular service.”
At the end of the Angelus in the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo, addressing the Italian-speaking pilgrims Pope Benedict XVI greeted them” to the large group of ACLI (Christian Associations of Italian Workers) at the conclusion of their study-meeting on the theme of work- after 30 years of the Encyclical “Laborem Exercens” of Blessed John Paul II. ” “I appreciated, dear friends, your attention to this document, which remains as one of the cornerstones of the Church’s social doctrine,” the Pontiff said.
On video connection with the area of Fincantieri Ancona, where the opening Mass of the National Eucharistic Congress was celebrated, Benedict XVI addressed his “cordial greetings to all who participate in this event of grace that in the Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist worships and praises Christ, source of life and hope for every man and for the whole world.”