Saint Peter Damian…

…judges Francis’ idea that the Pope should not judge

  • Sodomy should not be considered an ordinary vice, for it exceeds in gravity all of the other sins – it destroys the body and lances the soul into the abyss

Sodomy should not be considered an ordinary vice, for it exceeds in gravity all of the other sins, as it destroys the body, throws the soul into the abyss, pollutes the flesh, extinguishes the light of reason, expels the Holy Spirit from the temple of the soul and introduces the devil of impurity. Sodomy induces error, expels the truth from the deceived spirit, deceiving the pilgrim and projecting him into the abyss from where he may never escape, opening to him the gates of hell, closing to him the entrance to Paradise, transforming him from a citizen of the Celestial Jerusalem to an heir of the Infernal Babylon. This vice is considered as precisely the worst of crimes for it is the only that provokes divine vengeance, in violating austerity, suffocating purity, enslaving chastity, definitively destroying virginity with the violence of impure contagion, as it makes all filthy, stains all, and renders the survival of anything pure, chaste or clean impossible. (Saint Peter Damian. Liber Gomorrhianus, XVI: PL: 145, 175-176)