Taking Offense

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 is the author of highly praised popular books on Ignatian spirituality, including A Simple, Life-Changing Prayer (about the Daily Examen) and God Finds Us (about the Spiritual Exercises). He is the compiler/editor of An Ignatian Book of Days. His latest book is Ignatian Spirituality A to Z. He and his wife live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

5 Comments on Taking Offense

      • 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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