Marc Barnes of Bad Catholics looks at Christina Pesoli’s article, Why This Catholic Girl Is Praying for a Schism that appeared on the Huffington Post (so you know it is bound to be theologically insightful).
The article is mostly typical boilerplate of complaints such as the Vatican and the LCWR and it is written in some humor so it is a kind of piece you can enjoy while pretty much disagreeing with every point made.
Contrary to Jesus High Priestly Prayer to the Father that “they may be one”,
For decades I prayed that the Catholic Church would evolve, but not anymore. Now I’m holding out for a schism, instead. We’ll be the Social Justice Catholic Church and they can be the Conservative Catholic Church.
In part this is an understandable temptation and even faithful Catholics can sometimes wish for a smaller but more faithful Church and that some of the less-faithful divisions would just pick up and move.
The piece makes me wonder if there is some strange genetic learning disability for people’s whose last name uses the letters “eilpso” such as Christina Pesoli and Nancy Pelosi.
Marc Barnes though replies to this article quite thoughtfully and makes many good points in reply. There were many parts I loved about his reply
… Her singular focus on women’s issues. And yes, it’s truly novel, this bizarre move by the Church to call her universal claims universal, her doctrines doctrinal, and her dogmas dogmatic.
…The heart and soul of the Catholic Church cannot — therefore — be social justice. The heart and soul of the Catholic Church must be Christ Himself, for the command to love and work for justice rests on the reality of Him and His love.
Well I can just keep on quoting from it, but ignore me and just go straight to his post.