Over the years the different factions, political or philosophical have not often surfaced to need a spotlight, but recently this has not been the case, and one of the columnists alludes to this right beside the editorial in the Catholic Times, which considers the problem serious enough to bring it to the attention of the readers. Especially after finishing the Year of Faith, which was meant to grow closer to Jesus, become more familiar with his teaching, and to renew ourselves and the Church.
With this as a background, the editorial mentions that many priests, religious, and lay people who are sensitive to the political issues in society are expressing their views, which are giving rise to discord and conflict within the Church. The evils that are seen in society are connected to our understanding of justice and when this is expressed, we have hostility and division.
The editorial goes on to say they do not see this tension and discord completely as something negative. The Church is made up of members of society and consequently, to have differences of opinion on some matters is not strange. However, this disunity should not harm our community and the love we have for one another that comes from the Gospel message of Jesus.
We need to have respect for one another, and patiently work to communicate in dialogue wanting to understand the other, and remembering the fellowship and unity that we have been called to embrace as disciples. We are coming to the end of the calendar year, and we should ask ourselves how we are preparing for the New Year.