By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Undeniably Cold, Hostile, Arrogant

Yes, all of us see those types of personalities everywhere. We see them in business, in academia, in government, in families--and, yes, in religious settings.

The cold, the hostile, and the arrogant--this wretched trinity is especially scandalous in Christian settings where the Blessed Trinity is one of warm compassion, of kindness, and of meekness. Yet, we Christians are faced with the scandal of Christians--some of whom make a career of working as professionals in religious settings--who incarnate the wretched trinity of coldness, hostility, and arrogance, rather than the Blessed Trinity of compassion, kindness, and meekness.

I think we have a duty not to enable this wretchedness. It is a favor to all concerned. We cannot duck rejecting what is so patently contrary to the Gospels. But, most importantly, we have to continue to be the opposite of this wretchedness which has no place in any setting, especially in a Christian setting.

I recall once that a conservative Catholic asked me why it seemed that some so-called "liberal" Catholics seemed closer to God than some conservatives. I really did not know at the time what to make of that observation since I rarely, if ever, encounter stereotypical "liberal" Catholics in person. But I do know now about what he implied about self-styled conservative Catholics who lack the "Jesus persona," so to speak. There is a pattern of smugness, condescension, habitual correctitis, and, frankly, lack of compassion in the personalities of not a few who consider themselves more Catholic than the Pope. Instead of the "Jesus persona," we get the "Pharisee persona." Not good. In fact, disastrous.