“Scandal”- What exactly is scandal and what is it to be scandalized? Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary offers a variety of definitions that give insight into the depth of this word. One definition of scandal that seemed to stand out among the others is: Conduct that causes or encourages a lapse of faith or of religious obedience in another. In regard to the verb “scandalized” the dictionary adds: to offend the moral sense of: shock.
Why the vocabulary lesson? Over the course of the last few weeks many in our parish have heard about scandal in the Catholic community, and have been scandalized by the information that has been shared about events in two of our neighboring parishes. These accounts describe parishioners interrupting Mass and shouting at clergy as they delivered their homilies. In one case Continue reading “Scandal and healing grace”