can't we all just get along?

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 11, 2006

One sure-fire hallmark of conservatives is their contempt for unity where inclusiveness might jeopardize doctrinal uniformity. They're always keen to exclude, right? Check out the language of this recent editorial:

Though unity is always a good thing, it must not come at the expense of clarity about what we believe ...

See what I mean? That constant harping on doctrinal clarity, as if God's revelation took the form of deniable propositions. And of course, this obsession means they're always on the hunt for "enemies" of the faith. The same editorial stigmatizes sincere but questioning Catholics as dissenters, in this wise:

Theirs is a full frontal challenge to the teaching of an ecumenical council, which has traditionally been understood as the most formal and binding expression of the Church's Magisterium.

So, which right wing throw-away rag penned this defense of Magisterial discipline? The National Catholic Reporter (subscriber-only content,regrettably). The bad guys threatening the unity of faith are the Lefebvrists. OK, I fiddled with the text to the extent of capitalizing the initial letters of "Church" and "Magisterium" -- the NCR hasn't abandoned all its principles, after all -- but the rest is verbatim.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 13, 2006 12:38 PM ET USA

    (subscriber-only content,regrettably) No regret here. I invested in a susbscription to CWN instead!

  • Posted by: - Apr. 11, 2006 6:17 PM ET USA

    "Binding expression of the Church's Magisterium," ha! Where were NCR's "binding expressions" when the liberation theologists were deriding and mocking Pope JP II during his Nicaragua visit? I'll tell you where - They were leading the charge! That this aberrant newspaper has a sizeable reading base, indicates just how NOT UNIFIED we are. I am not totally happy with the Lefebvrists intransigence, but given the choice of unity with them or aligining with the chthonic modernism of NCR, well . . .

  • Posted by: - Apr. 11, 2006 3:48 PM ET USA

    The Church’s “unity of faith” is not being threatened by any individual or group, Di. Why? Because what previously existed as the outward sign of that unanimity—a unity of worship—no longer exists. That unity was shattered about 40 years ago with the advent of the New Order and the accompanying “full frontal challenge” to the dogmatic teachings of the Council of Trent.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 11, 2006 12:56 PM ET USA

    "Full front challenge" Smacks of "full frontal nudity". Even in their outrage, the pelvic imperative wafts through the NCR's sentences like Pepe Le Pew's aroma in a field of daisies. Its like they have something to get off their chest.