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... “I’m a Catholic priest. You have presented me with the fact that you are already living together. Now, do you think I would approve or disapprove?”
Ken finally speaks up, “Disapprove.”
I say, “That is the correct answer.”
Barbie demurs, “I thought because you are a married priest you would be more welcoming.”
... I reply, “Oh, don’t get me wrong. I’m giving you a complete and unconditional welcome, but it is also my job to help you build a Catholic marriage not just a church wedding. I explain the difference
... why has Barbie started to cry?
Is it compunction for sin? Has she been given the gift of tears? Is she repentant? Does she wish to turn from her sin and seek God?
I see no sign of that.
Barbie is crying because someone has challenged her just a little–even in a very gentle way.
[Hat tip to Fr. D.B.]