Q. 1. In John 8:1-11, we read:
"while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making her stand before all of them, they said to him, 'Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?' They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, 'Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.' And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, 'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?' She said, 'No one, sir.' And Jesus said, 'Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.'”
Having been involved in sexual immorality and deserving death according to the law, Jesus forgave her, telling her to sin no more. Such is true forgiveness.
Nowadays, if someone wants to volunteer in the Catholic Church, they are required to obtain a criminal clearance. In many instances, if their record show any form of criminal acts, even dating back thirty years, the Catholic Church wants nothing to do with that person. The Catholic Church has lost the true meaning of forgiveness.
How can the Catholic Church say it is forgiving when it does not forgive those who have a criminal record? On one hand, in the Sacrament of Confession, the Catholic Church claims to forgive all sins. Yet, publicly, it renounces sinners and does not want them involved in their Church, other than for the need to fill the collection plate.
Is that the Catholic way?
A. 1. First of all, I would like to praise you for speaking on behalf of past sinners who have repented of their sins and now live holy lives.
As you indicated, a shameful injustice is now taking place at all levels of the Catholic Church. The lay committees of thousands of Catholic Church are refusing to forgive and forget the sins of others. These individuals shall be severely judged by Jesus. It would have been better that they never would have been a member of the Parish lay committee that was involved in the process of eternally condemning sinners.
For Jesus said, "For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." [Matthew 7:2]
The Catholic Church is now composed of ttwo classes of parishioners, the sinless who are welcomed to participate in the life of the Church and the undesirable sinners who are required to keep their distance. May Jesus have mercy on His Church!