.- Bishop Luis T. Stöckler of Quilmes, Argentina, said this week the proclamation of the Good News should lead people to a conversion of heart and a change of habits.
The bishop warned that unfortunately fraternal correction has come to be seen as something uncomfortable and a source of tension, adding that both parties are tempted if the one who corrects remains quiet and the one being corrected refuses to listen. “This happens not only in the public sphere, but in homes, friendships, the workplace and in diverse civil organizations. Thus in order to avoid conflicts we try to justify being indifferent by appealing to the phrase: ‘It’s none of your business’.”
Bishop Stöckler noted it was unfortunate that people complain about others without having spoken with them first or having considered the teachings of Jesus regarding fraternal correction.
“First you must take this step, and only after should you go to the community. We should always defend the good reputation of another and give him the opportunity to amend his life without his faults being revealed,” the bishop said.
Lastly, he encouraged Argentineans to not remain silent when someone commits serious sin, “because the Lord Jesus assures us that what we do here always has repercussions for eternal life.”