The Holy Ghost always wants the good for the Church: so when bad things happen in the Church, they are within His permissive will but not His active will. Satan always wishes the bad for the Church, and while God brings good out of evil, the direct evil is desired only by Satan. It is … More The implications of the involvement of the Holy Ghost (and Satan) in the Church are too enormous for us to handle well.
The damage in relationships occur when the discussion turns from what is Catholic to who is Catholic–typically accompanied by strong implications that the person disagreeing with you is not really Catholic. Of course, this is sometimes true, but when you are dealing with a fellow orthodox Catholic, making such claims is spectacularly unwise. To use … More What is Catholic vs Who is Catholic
But the common saying, expressed in various ways and attributedto various authors, must be recalled with approval: in essentials,unity; in doubtful matters, liberty; in all things, charity. Pope John XXIII: Ad Petri Cathedram (1959) But there really are no “doubtful matters”, are there? I mean according to us, not according to the Church. And charity? … More Are there really any “doubtful matters” concerning which we may disagree?