My post below (Missa in cantu) has engendered a sort of combox war. I guess I should feel that I've arrived in the blogosphere, but I don't. And yes, I've seen much worse in other comboxes in the blogosphere; this stuff is mild. However, Sherry W (of the Intentional Disciples blog) said something that is very true and right on the money, that I wish all of us who take this silly medium way too seriously would be wise to ponder.
This fighting and re-fighting the wars of 40 years ago has breed an atmosphere of ideologically driven contempt that is beginning to poison some of our most promising young leaders. We are beginning to regard this sort of derision as normal, acceptable discourse among Catholics.Thanks Sherry.
This is not a joyful re-discovery of aspects of the faith that one generation lost track of. It is driven by the sort of bitterness which is always a spiritual and ecclesial dead-end and inevitably leads to another pendulum swing back in the other direction.
Because healthy people can't live off hatred. In the end, they will either be repelled or - more terrible still - they will lose their Catholic faith altogether.
Because they came seeking Christ and his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and found . . .this.
It was hard enough becoming Catholic from my background in the Seattle of the late 80's. If I had approached the Church and encountered this stuff, I would have run a hundred miles in the other direction and not looked back. I would have known instantly that this was not of the Spirit of Christ and probably drawn the conclusion that a Church that seemed to accept and fostered it could not be of Christ either.
I would have been wrong - but how would I know? Especially if,(God forbid!) I was getting most of my understanding of the Church from blogs!