More Scandalous than Its Teaching on Contraception, Abortion, Divorce, Closed Communion, and the Male-Only Priesthood….
is the Church’s teaching on Mercy. The natural, fallen, human reaction is summed up in “You expect me to forgive *him* after what he’s done? And when he doesn’t show a hint of remorse?!” To which our Lord replies, “Yes.” and attaches the warning that if we do not forgive we shall not be forgiven. Note that he does not append to that any hint that we are off the hook if the offending party does not repent. Our forgiveness is to be unconditional. It’s his task to condemn, not ours. That is, hands down, the most offensive Catholic teaching in the world. It’s also the most liberating, for those who will obey it.