Taking Offense

by Jim Manney

I tend to get angry when I encounter acrimony and incivility in discourse among Catholics.  Fr. Jim Martin, who has seen more of it than I have, has a healthier response.  He laughs at it.

No matter what you write, there are Catholics ready to take immediate offense, to explode in righteous anger, to threaten to report you to the proper authorities or, most of all, to correct.  The most common responses are these five: 1.) Your soul is in mortal danger.  2.) You’re uneducated and need to be schooled. 3.) I hate the church and so I hate you.  4.) You’re an unthinking tool of the Vatican.  5.) You’re disobedient and must be reported.

The rest of it is hilarious.

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Jim Manney

Senior Editor at Loyola Press
Jim Manney is a popular writer on Ignatian topics (God Finds Us, A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer) as well as the editor of many books on Ignatian spirituality, including What Is Ignatian Spirituality? He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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April 18, 2012

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Lynda April 18, 2012 at 12:48 pm

This is totally priceless, proving that a sense of humour is one of God’s great gifts to us!


Meredith Gould April 18, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Over and beyond hilarious and so true! Sometimes I like to ignore all the doctrinal sputtering and correct errors in spelling and grammar by the overwrought faithful…for sport.


Linda G April 18, 2012 at 3:16 pm

Didn’t we just do this one the other day?


Lynda April 18, 2012 at 5:50 pm

I think one of the people provided the link in their comment last week but it wasn’t the post on the blog.


Linda G April 18, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Ah. It was rather hilarious all right and that’s lots to say since it made me forget my coffee. Nobody got hurt though. Yes I see and hear many ad nauseum comments about religion. I learned to not bother to argue — that’s what they want so they can prove how right they think they are.


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