Polarisation Amidst The Faithful

An interesting article from Massimo Faggioli appears in La Croix International, where he discusses the increasing polarisation in the Catholic Church and some of its causes. While writing from a specifically US context, where I think he would argue this polarisation is exceedingly evident, there can be little doubt that the phenomenon that Faggioli points to will be found in the local (national) Churches that constitute the ‘Western world’.

I would hasten to add that this polarisation is a dangerous thing for the life and mission of the Church, because it breeds disagreement about what should be the focus of the Church’s missionary activity and causes scandal in the wider world which sees a Church unable to agree with the existence of diversity or, indeed, on what the primary task of the Church is.

Polarization in the Church and the crisis of the Catholic mind – La Croix International

It was not too many years ago the dominant narrative of the Catholic Church was its fight against atheism, Communism, and secularization. The sub-narrative was the institutional Church’s battle against liberal theologians. But now the overriding narrative seems to concern the Catholic Church’s war with itself.

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Article by Andrew Doohan

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