“You dishonor me.”

We – especially priests and bishops, but not limited to them – dishonor others when we assume, presume, and act in deliberate and purposeful negligence, a failure to engage in reasonable dialogue, a failure to exercise compassionate care, a failure to understand and know the other, i.e., when we preach to forgetting we have a pastoral role and relationship with the other. As Jesus said in the Gospel of John, Chapter 8: “You dishonor me.” So to do you ‘dishonor’ His people.

To “dishonor” someone requires forgiveness from God, not the dishonored person.

1. Deliberate – in a careful and unhurried way
2. Purposeful – with resolution, determination, and depending on the motive, possibly with malice