If I were more plugged into the mainstream media, maybe I would have heard more about this supposed mobilization to turn to Catholic churches this weekend for protesting now that the Supreme Court building has been fenced off.
A social media friend mentioned it yesterday. Then I did a google search. Most of the sites mentioning it were on the Right to Far Right–Fox, NCReg, Catholic Vote, Newsmax, the Examiner–folks like that. Maybe it’s just that center to far left, it’s just not news. Or newsworthy. Yet.
By this time of day tomorrow, I guess we’ll know if this is a real thing or just more fake news.
I’ve seen Mass disrupted by the very occasional outlier. A penitential rite with an insertion from a pew commentator, “Father (N), you are going straight to hell.” The person just walked out at that point, but it was pretty disturbing to experience. More frequently, a warning floats to us that some disgruntled organization might contribute mischief-makers. Over the past decade, that’s been Catholics bothered by sex abuse and cover-up. Never seen it happen on that front–just cautions that never panned out.
I’ve lived through intramural parish-level church divisions that were played out loudly and at length with agitprop and, in one case, with avid coverage of local media. People who in principal should be opposed to such things can move with alacrity in the opposite direction in terms of process when they rationalize their consequentialism. Peace and love … and he’s not my neighbor. I know of no ideological camp as such in the Church that I would trust to avoid such.
Folks with well-nursed chips on shoulders are a fairly good indicator of folks to be at the front lines. It’s a very different energy from the truly long-oppressed, who’ve typically been so worn down they no longer have shoulders on which to lay and keep chips.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit” – πτωξο,”poor”, means, literally, one who is bent or folded, or, metaphorically, one who is utterly destitute. Cringing and cowering. Devoid of ego.