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When Does Gratitude Get Ugly?
It’s not a rhetorical question.
When I heard that James Martin’s Twitter effort to express gratitude to American women religious was picking up steam, I was also thinking, uh-oh the ugly is on its way, too. He has the results in a WaPo feature today. I applaud this effort to bring ugly and sinful trends in the Church into the light. If only Rome were clued in.
When I was a graduate student, I did a handful of papers in various courses on Catholic-Orthodox ecumenism. “Orthodox” came to mean something more to me than a label for a group of Christians. I would not have hesitated to use that word to describe my approach to Christianity. But I think many Roman Catholics, even the most well-intentioned ones, have polluted the term and perverted it into a badge of infantile angry and ugly. While they might not admit it, many of its adoptees have twisted the “spiritual but not religious” meme into another: “orthodoxy but not orthopraxis.” Jesus nailed it long ago and we should approach the attitude of the self-styled orthodox with the same caution:
How does the Catholic Right metamorphose into the Catholic Wrong? Lack of discernment. Lack of charity. Indulging the passions. Ideological inbreeding. The hermeneutic of subtraction: cutting away the virtues of the Body without regard for the harm it does.
About catholicsensibilityTodd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.