I tend to get angry when I encounter acrimony and incivility in discourse among Catholics.Â Fr. Jim Martin, who has seen more of it than I have, has a healthier response.Â He laughs at it.
No matter what you write, there are Catholics ready to takeÂ immediate offense, to explode in righteous anger, to threaten to report you to the proper authorities or, most of all, to correct.Â The most common responses are these five: 1.) Your soul is in mortal danger.Â 2.) Youâ€™re uneducated and need to be schooled. 3.) I hate the church and so I hate you.Â 4.) Youâ€™re an unthinkingÂ tool of the Vatican.Â 5.) Youâ€™re disobedient and must be reported.