The frightening duty of fraternal correction

The practice of fraternal correction, encouraging and admonishing those around us when they fall into sin, is a harrowing experience.  This Christian duty has often been neglected and even disparaged in our individualist culture where we risk being told to ‘mind our own business’. But Christians have always recognized that our brother’s sin is our business because sin is an offense not only against God, but also the Church.  We are affected by the sins of those around us and cannot turn a blind eye when they put their soul in jeopardy. Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the need for fraternal […]