Some basics about making Rash Judgments

December 3, 2021 • 1 min

From The Sinner’s Guide, page 381
By Venerable Louis of Granada

Section III.

On Rash Judgments.

Those who are addicted to detraction and raillery do not confine themselves to what they know, but indulge in suppositions and rash judgments.

When they no longer find matter to censure they invent evil intentions, misinterpret good actions, forgetting that our Saviour has said: “Judge not, that you may not be judged; for with what judgment you judge you shall be judged.” [St. Matt. vii. 1, 2.]

Here also the offence may frequently be a mortal sin, particularly when we venture to judge in a matter of grave importance upon very slight evidence.

If it be only a suspicion, not a real judgment, it may be only a venial sin, because the act has not been completed.

Even by suspicion, however, a mortal sin can be committed by suspecting virtuous persons of enormous crimes.

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