About "understanding" false teachers
"It is a common debater's tactic to impute attitudes and motives to your opponent that he does not have. To quote St. Paul and the Popes against public dissenters is simply that, to quote them; it is not to liken oneself to them. And to point out that dissenters dissent is not 'hatred.'
"Only God can judge the state of our souls. We all need His mercy. But that does not mean we should be silent when people make blatant attacks on the Church and the right to life, when glaring problems beset the Church and when unwary Catholics are being told that sins are not sins."
I would add that being forceful and forthright in tone does not equal, as some think, lacking compassion and understanding. Remember that the first three Spiritual Works of MERCY are to Counsel the Doubtful, to Instruct the Ignorant and to Admonish the Sinner. Sounding "understanding" is not going to convert longtime, obstinate, prideful public dissenters who dare to deceive religion teachers into going home and parroting their false doctrines to Catholic youth.
We would protect a child from a rattlesnake; how much more do we need to protect our children and their immortal souls from evil, death-dealing, soul-killing heresy!
St. Vibiana, holy virgin and martyr and patroness of our Archdiocese, pray for us and for our Catholic teachers and Catholic children! Amen.