Friday, 23 May 2008

Murmuring




A variety of factors are being blamed for the state of faith, religion and morals in the UK prompted by the HF&E Bill debate. Secularism, relativism, apathy, hedonism and a host of other 'ism's are often (rightly) blamed.
As you were warned this blog would have a Benedictine twist, I would identify another villain of the piece, murmuring.
'Murmuratio' is a word which is difficult to translate directly into a modern English word; Columba Stewart notes
Endemic to organisations and communities of every kind, this resistant and whiny attitude creates black holes of negativity...it has destroyed individuals and communities...he proclaims an absolute ban on murmuring (RB34.6 40.9)
For example, Catholics are generally right behind the Church's concern for the poor, the importance of liturgy (of whatever hue) and even if there are those who do not believe in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist, there is no 'Catholics for only a symbolic presence movement'.
When it comes to Catholic teaching on sexuality, the level of murmuring is often deafening. Cherie Blair's admission on contraception is simply the latest example of dissent in the areas such as contraception, homosexuality and divorce.
Murmuring on Catholic sexuality has not only weakened the faithful, it weakens our witness to others. I know many non-catholics who admire the Church on much of its work but shake their head at it's teaching on sexuality. "Not even your own people believe it" I've been told.
So perhaps the best path if you don't accept a teaching of the Church (whatever it is) is to work it through yourself, not to loudly voice dissent. Whatever the effect on yourself, what is it saying and doing to others?
For Benedict, murmering was about being obedient but complaining about it. Much of the above is about dissent but, as in the Cherie Blair example, claims of being an obedient Catholic are made except for..., or murmering on one issue is mixed with dissent on another, a heady cocktail.

1 comment:

berenike said...

Hello? anyone here?