I think it is so important for vigilant Catholics to constantly remind everyone with a pulse of the dangers of just welcoming sinners, don’t you? Why, if sinners are merely made to feel loved by Christ without reminding them constantly of how repulsive they are, they might not be filled with a sense of terror, rejection and anxiety! And then how would a doctrine of force, fear, blood, iron, power, and control ever be able to pound them into shape? How can we hope to dominate sinners and remold them according to our wills if we do not tell them 24/7/365 that they place their souls in grave danger if they do not repent
I speak, of course, of the sin of cheating workers of a just wage.
Many Christians actually admire Donald Trump for his famous practices of stiffing workers, praise him for it as a “savvy businessman” and wish that they could emulate him. Many do in fact emulate him, including countless MAGA Catholics who then endanger their souls by approaching the Eucharist. How many Catholics, for instance, oppose a raise in the minimum wage despite the fact that it is literally impossible, anywhere in the entire United States, to afford a place to live on such a wage, all while simultaneously demanding that poor fellow Catholics be “open to life” no matter how many children they wind up having? The biblical term for this is “tying up heavy burdens for people’s backs while not lifting a finger to help them”.
And yet these same Catholics will then complain at poor families working two and even three jobs when they feel forced to abort their fifth child (after they have done their best to be open to life and gotten no help from “prolife Christians” beyond a couple of weeks of diapers from the local crisis pregnancy center)? When O when will we hear a sermon on this? Where are the vigilant Catholics in the pews, carefully scrutinizing their neighbors for the telltale signs of corrupt business practices or chintzy voting habits (you can just tell from the way these people dress and talk during the coffee hour). When will Real Catholics[TM] grow a spine and bravely slap the Host out of the hands of these sinners in righteous zeal for Eucharistic coherence that is the sure sign of their superior holiness to all the rest of us?