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Ronda Chervin received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Fordham University and an MA in Religious Studies from Notre Dame Apostolic Institute. A widow, mother, and grandmother, she currently teaches philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Connecticut. Write to her at chervinronda@gmail.com.
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That the Mass is the central feature of the Catholic religion hardly needs to be said. During the Reformation (and always) the Mass has been the test. The word of the Reformers—“It is the Mass that matters”—was true. The long persecution of Catholics in England took the practical form of laws chiefly against saying Mass; for centuries the occupant of the English throne was obliged to manifest his Protestantism, not by a general denial of the whole system of Catholic dogma, but by a formal repudiation of the doctrine of Transubstantiation and of the Mass.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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The Prophetic Role of the Teacher of Morals
published 23 May 2012 by Dr. Ronda Chervin

“What a harsh judgment!” a friend challenged me. I was talking about something I considered to be less than holy. That was okay, but what bothered my friend was the tone I used in describing an 80 year old woman exhibiting the fault I was describing.

“I bet she is struggling with a lot more important issues than this minor flaw you are pin-pointing!”

Sigh! I thought about it a long time. I excused myself on the basis that a teacher of ethics, such as myself, has a prophetic role in denouncing vices, flaws, and defects, so it is part of my vocation to denounce such things in a colorful, descriptive way.

“But this poor old woman is probably better than you in many important ways!”

Pondering this painful matter in prayer, I decided that two things were being confused. Out of hatred of sin I absolutely should denounce IN GENERAL TERMS everything I believe to be evil and victimizing of others directly or indirectly.

BUT, I should avoid making juicy illustrations out of specific persons, even if nobody knows or ever will know them. The flaw might make this individual less than holy, but a final judgment on his/her degree of culpability is not for me to make but for God to make on Judgment Day.

In the meantime, by using him/her as an example of a point I am trying to make, I am in danger of the worse sin of, as Dietrich Von Hildebrand puts it, “enjoying hurling denunciations from the throne of truth.”

“Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Immaculate Heart of Mary, make my heart like unto thine.”

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