Friday, January 04, 2019

What kind of untity are you talking about?

 I keep seeing all these dreary posts on Catholic Twitter demanding that people be nice and stop disagreeing with one another in the name of unity. Unity ofwhat?  If you're going to call people stupid, weird, uncouth, and so far beneath you that it's not even worth being civil to them because they dare to disagree with you on a non dogmatic matter then you're way too much like the initially bland but ultimately vicious pod people in Invasion of the Body Snatchers screaming at some survivor who managed not to get assimilated into the alien union.

 Think how boring Catholic Twitter and Catholic blogland would be if everyone was the same. I don't want unity with the pod people. One person that I really liked became downright ugly towards anyone who has questions about Pope Benedict's abdication. I lost respect for this person and just feel a bit sad when I see this individual's posts, articles, and Tweets. It's rather like the moment when Nancy in Invasion realizes that Donald Sutherland didn't make it and has become one the aliens.

14 comments:

Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

Unity is only as good as its basis. As long as their is evil in the world and in the very echelons of the Church, there had better be a lack of unity for truth and falsehood simply cannot coexist.

Lazarus Gethsemane said...

"Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division." ~ Luke 12:51

meetdeathinthestateofgrace said...

Unity is neutral, as change is neutral: desired only when virtue results.

Michael Dowd said...

The truth is ugly to those who prefer lies.

jane perdue said...

In essentials, unity.
In non-essentials, liberty.

St. Augustine

Justina said...

What I am concerned about, now that Father Mark Goring has received a Cease-and-Desist order and has announced his intention to comply with it, is that UNITY is the club with which Team Bergoglio intends to beat us all over the head, starting with this year's March for Life.

If Donald Wuerl is calmly accepted at the March itself (on the grounds that we have to swallow his guilt regarding child abuse in order to present a happy face to the world) then the pro-life movement is done. Then it won't be a question of which bishops are covering up; we ourselves will be doing the covering up for THEM.

We are being backed into a corner. Are we going to surrender after all? Is "unity" worth all that?

Mark Docherty said...

“I came not to bring peace, but the sword.” Matt 10:34

Garden Cat said...

Those who place unity above all else are of course thinking that the "others" will come around to "their" thinking; there's never a thought the other way around. Kind of like Henry Ford who said that, when it came to purchasing one of his first cars, you can have any color you would like, as long as it is black.

Mrs. H. said...

Justina: I agree with you, especially about Father Mark. But Team Bergolio's strategy is to just keep "kickin' that can down the road" and it is working. Time passes, people move on to other things.....the strategy works. Say nothing and just wait....it will all go away. And, so sadly, I think they are right. I cannot imagine that 25 or so years from now the Catholic Church as we know and love her will remain. Can anyone honestly think that the young people of today will continue funding the Church of tomorrow? The churches and cathedrals of today will be museums and only the faithful remnant will remain. Visit any small town or village in Italy (or most likely anywhere in Europe) and you will see a vision of the future. No priests, no young people, no future. Only lovely small churches with only old people caring for them. And soon, no one at all. 12 years ago our little Italian village had , at least, weekly Mass,,,,now... once a month....maybe.
No weddings, no baptisms, no priest. A vision of the Church in America.

Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

Father Goring is complying only because he, as a religious, is vowed to obedience. We the laity are under no such constraint. We don't have to be backed into a corner. We can and we must render these miscreants uncomfortable.

Lynne said...

And *obedience* was how this whole mess began, when the Novus Ordo was imposed on Catholics and most were "obedient".

Michael Dowd said...

Lynne--Should we obey an order to maintain concealment of a crime? That's what Fr. Goring is being asked to do.

Squiggyberkley said...

Certainly the arguments between those who want Mass all in Latin (quaintly referred to as EF- the extraordinary form) and those that want it in the language of the country that Mass is being held (also quaintly called OF- the ordinary form) are doing a great job of dividing the people of God. So theses terms are thrown around: liberal, conservative, progressive, and traditional. All of which have no real metric and are rather divisive than incisive, and more elitist than pastoral/

Squiggyberkley said...

And, if good bad or indifferent- the padre leaves or dies, there may be nobody to replace him and the petty arguments of how to do Mass will be supplanted by no Mass at all!!!!