Now, given all of the extreme positions being taken by some people in response to Synod 2014’s Relatio post disceptationem, we should all be asking ourselves two questions:
1) Do I find myself agreeing with the extremes on either side? Do you side with Muller/Burke or with Kasper? Are you demonizing “the other side” as you define it? Now, few people may answer that question directly, preferring to say, with St. Paul, “I stand with Christ.” Honestly, though, every Christian will say that, won’t they, even when they take contradictory positions?
2) IF you find yourself on one of the extremes, I’m curious: what will you do if the “other” side (whichever that is) should become the preferred position taken by the Church? What if the Church adopts positions which do not precisely correspond with your own? What will you do?
As a followup to yesterday’s blog post (here), I just hope and pray that ALL of us can find the virtue that stands “in the middle.” What is necessary now is a proper sense of reason and balance. Aristotelian ethics, which would later influence St. Thomas Aquinas, held that every virtue is a balance between extremes: courage lies between cowardice and foolhardiness, for example.
Please, fellow Catholics, take a deep breath, exhale slowly, and pray. As a people of faith, we believe that the Holy Spirit is in charge; we should all act like it!