Jesus from yesterday's Gospel
"Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna."
What does this say to use about what we should do about "dissent?" Obviously I'm biased, but Jesus seems to be saying something similar to what I wrote last week. Rather than trying to drive people out of the Church, we need to boldy proclaim the Truth.
Many times, we Catholics complain that today's culture, particularly here in the US, is not receptive to these values we know to be true. That may be the case, but we cannot let it stop us. Jesus and the martyrs of the Church faced death for speaking the Truth -- it doesn't seem too much to ask for us to withstand a few sideways glances for saying that maybe killing isn't the best solution to crime or an unplanned pregnancy.
Again, I say that procaliming the Truth this looks more like portraying the beauty and reason of this Truth, than calling people who don't believe in it names, and trying to shut them up. I found yesterday's first reading from Jeremiah especially relevant -- we need to trust God, not ourselves. It seems to me that things like "zero tolerance" policies and banning gays from the priesthood are examples of us trusting ourselves more than trusting God. It takes a different level of faith to trust that God will take care of our enemies.
Disputations has an interesting discussion about how what is good and true is also beautiful. I pray that we Catholics will trust that beauty, and proclaim from the house (and blog) tops what we have heard whispered.