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The word ‘Judgmentalism’ does not appear in most dictionaries of the English language.

Many text writing programs ‘flag’ it as being suspicious either due to spelling or not existing in the computer’s lexicon.

As a word, ‘judgmentalism’ is ‘monstrous’ insofar as it is a chimera consisting of the word ‘judgmental’ (pertaining to the exercise of one’s reason in differentiating, or discriminating, between good and evil, right and wrong) and the suffix ‘-ism.’

With respect to ‘-isms’ consider the following words of Mark Ursell-Smith:

Isms place politics, religion, health, art, science, nature, environment – you name it – into a box from which, when so labeled, it is hard to escape.

This ‘box’ of which Ursell-Smith speaks is the same one that a person who accuses another of exercising judgmentalism incarcerates the other.

Interestingly, and sadly, folks who are weak in the art of ‘arguing persuasively’ occasionally resort to accusing their rhetorical opponent as  exercising ‘judgmentalism.’

Here’s Fr. Paul Ward’s take on judgmentalism:

… there are certain Catholics who have wholesale bought into the liberal movement of dissent, anti-clericalism, disbelief in sin, lax morals, worldliness or other such malaises, and, finding themselves incapable of providing any intellectual, sound argument in favor of positions they arbitrarily embrace…

…they accuse those who are faithful to the Church as being ‘judgmental.’

[Accusing another of being judgmental] is the moral posture of the arrogant man, who feels threatened and angry about his neighbor’s opinion of him.

… a hypocrite… practices a vice he apparently condemns… to call anyone judgmental is nothing but a judgment.

This said, let it be known, that of course we Catholics judge.

Christ commands us to judge (e.g., Lk 7:43; Lk 12:57; Mt 19:28, etc.), which we clearly distinguish (cf. Rom 14:4) from the Eternal Son’s judgment of men’s consciences and of the eternal fates of men.

St. Paul also commands us to judge, it is shameful when we cannot judge, we will judge even spirits, and the power to judge the world in the End is one of the rewards promised to the saints (1 Cor 6:2 ff.; 1 Cor 11:13; 1 Cor 14:24, etc.) and St. John says too we must judge spirits (1 Jn 4:1).

… of course we are to judge between good and evil.

Still more, St. Augustine, in his Anti-Pelagian discourses, says that we must judge certain sinners, because their sins cannot be done on accident or without assent, “like blasphemy, adultery, and the like.”

So YES, we judge.

Another reason why the world hates Catholicism and wants to stomp it out of existence: because we judge its materialist, greedy, sensual and arrogant ways, in union with God, judging not to condemn, but to call to repentance and save.

Amen!