Tagged: division

Is Liturgical Diversity Divisive?

The National Catholic Register recently published a blog post by Kevin Di Camillo, which argued that the “Traditional Latin Mass” shouldn’t be “silenced,” since a diversity of liturgical expressions doesn’t threaten Church unity. He writes: My liberal Catholic friends usually...

Is Liturgical Diversity Divisive?
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Is it our job to divide?

Is division a necessary part of being a truth-telling Christian? Some Catholics, including clergy, point to Jesus’ statement in Luke 12 as a clear indication that divisiveness is part of our calling as Christians: Do you think that I have...

Is it our job to divide?

Political Divisions and the Path to Unity

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, the Preacher to the Papal Household, did not mince words during his homily on Good Friday this year. “Fraternity among Catholics is wounded! Divisions between Churches have torn Christ’s tunic to shreds, and worse still, each shredded...

Political Divisions and the Path to Unity

Still, A Time to Give Thanks

This has been a Thanksgiving like no other. A national holiday that we otherwise celebrate with abandon is being observed with utmost caution, restraint, devoid of large family gatherings, and perhaps, even alone. A pandemic Thanksgiving – it almost sounds...

Still, A Time to Give Thanks

Jeremiah, the wounded prophet of Church unity

The experience of the Old Testament figure Jeremiah with God and his people makes this prophet a fitting model for unity in a divided world. Much like the world we live in today, Jeremiah’s time was one of extreme uncertainty,...

Jeremiah, the wounded prophet of Church unity

Bursting the Tower of Bubble

We, as Catholics, are called to unity. This was Christ’s prayer on the eve of his death, that we may all be one (Jn 17:21), as he and the Father are one. Sadly, we’ve been doing a lousy job of...

Bursting the Tower of Bubble

The Matter of Words

Let us consider the matter of words, specifically the terminology and argumentation used by extreme critics of Pope Francis.  Words matter. Words are symbols of underlying meaning.  Words set tone and establish context.  What is striking is the tone of...

The Matter of Words

The Church of Discomfort

Those who grew up without access to the internet, cell phones, or a host of screens on demand are familiar with the experience of boredom in a way that many young people today are not. Long ago we would whine...

The Church of Discomfort