You may recall that after the Boston Globe reported on the situation with the Boston Catholic blogs critical of Fr. Hehir and archdiocesan leadership, the archdioese came out with this statement:
Cardinal O’Malley and his staff are dedicated to building unity in Christ and Christian community within the Archdiocese. Toward that end, we have reached out to bloggers on numerous occasions to ask them to enter into a professional and Christ-centered conversation with us. We are concerned about the harm caused to individuals and to the community by anonymous and unfounded claims on blogs.”
They never identified a single “unfounded claim” on this blog, nor did they explain how the sort of dissent from Church teachings they tolerate and keep propagating helps building unity.
Anyway, with that as a backdrop, you can skip the advertisement about coming programs in this short video clip, and jump right to around the 40-second point.
For those who prefer to read instead of view, here are some of the highpoints:
“One of the non-stop criticisms that faithful Catholics hear for pointing out problems in the Church–serious and soul threatening problems–is that they are causing disunity. [Sound familiar?] This charge is getting so old it is starting to grow hair, as it is as old as it is baseless and false.”
There can be no unity unless those who claim to be united are united in the truth.
What is passed off as Catholic truth is quite often a grab bag of politically correct water-downed half-truths. In the absence of truth, there can be no charity. All love, all charity must be rooted in truth. If not rooted in truth, then as our Holy Father has said, it is false charity. Unity must be around truth. Those who unite around a lie are neither truthful nor charitable.
This is why hurling invective at people about potential loss of souls says much more about the bomb-throwers than the target.
Too many progressives and heretics have been allowed to run wild spreading their errors. [Recognize anyone with this comment?]
The way you counter an error is with the truth. To do so is an act of charity. That is wwhat unifies us. To speak falsely or in an unclear manner—regardless of your intention—opens the door for the spiritual collapse of the faithful.
You can’t talk about being charitable or having unity if you first don’t speak the truth.
Speaking of the truth and unity, we couldn’t help but notice that the infamous policy about children of gay and lesbian parents being admitted to Catholic schools that Fr. Bryan Hehir spoke about in mid-May is starting to get out. Our initial read of the draft policy is that it’s laden with deception and mistruths, but we need to look it over more carefully. The situation which drove the writing of a formal policy brought about one of our most popular blog posts, The Big Picture on Catholic Education for Children of Gay Parents.
From what we’ve just read, it looks like the Archdiocese of Boston totally ignored our input. When we complain this time, who much you wanna bet we’ll be the ones accused of upsetting unity once again? More on that topic another time.