If I had a chance for a brief meeting with Pope Francis, the topic about which I would inquire is not liturgy, but unity.
For years, and especially online, one brand of Catholics made it a cottage industry to tattle on other believers, scold them, suggest they become Episcopalians, and otherwise go away. In the name of Truth, the rhetoric has been quite vigorous.
As a parent, I have scolded. I don’t find it effective. I’ve done it as a choir director in my younger days. It is less effective against volunteers who, unlike the young miss, can simply walk away. Usually the scolder thinks she or he is right. And often this is correct. So what’s the problem? My sense is the lack of an important, but overlooked virtue: prudence.
I would ask Pope Francis where he thought we American Catholics could find the answer. The non-Right felt scolded by the Conservatives. The Right feels scolded by the pope. How does it all hold together? Or are we just trapped in a motto, “Don’t do to others what you dislike done to yourself”?