When I was a kid, and the neighborhood or schoolyard argument wasn’t going one’s way, a surefire escalation was to usher in one’s favorite team, one’s mother, or someone’s sexual activity–ion a negative light. Fisticuffs sometimes ensued. The blogosphere seems little different at its worst moments.
I have to say that in the ongoing Fr Stravinskas-Fr Ryan debate over the new Roman Missal, I was a little surprised to see this kind of argument surfaced by one of the chief players:
MANY of the original ICELites were known theological dissenters (e.g., birth control, ordination of women), which is one reason Liturgiam Autenticam (sic) required a total vetting of future members, with a nihil obstat. You will recall my first characteristic for a liturgical translator was one who subscribed to the Faith once received.
I can only imagine the reaction of my grad school profs if I tried to channel Karl Rove to tackle a troublesome theological point.
This casual libel passing as a theological discussion is evidence of a serious problem for the Church. It seems no less a danger to unity. And unity, let’s remember, is enshrined in the Creed. Not translation principles. Not even contraception or matters of priestly discipline.
But you’re not likely to see bishops or the pope address these “Galatian episodes” on the part of their overzealous watchdogs. More of a concern are the meanieheads in the secular press.