Polarisation Amidst The Faithful

An interesting article from Massimo Faggioli appears in La Croix International, where he discusses the increasing polarisation in the Catholic Church and some of its causes. While writing from a specifically US context, where I think he would argue this polarisation is exceedingly evident, there can be little doubt that the phenomenon that Faggioli points to will be found in the local (national) Churches that constitute the ‘Western world’.

I would hasten to add that this polarisation is a dangerous thing for the life and mission of the Church, because it breeds disagreement about what should be the focus of the Church’s missionary activity and causes scandal in the wider world which sees a Church unable to agree with the existence of diversity or, indeed, on what the primary task of the Church is.