The Culture of Nice:
- is characterized by the idea of "country before Catholicism". Are you a Catholic Canadian or a Canadian Catholic? Yes, there is a distinction to b made.
- emphasizes "pastoral sensitivity" at the expense of Christ's teaching. In other words, when push comes to shove, faith takes a backseat to secular "norms".
- confines religion to the private sphere.
- tolerates those who agree with the politically correct status quo.
- The Catholic mission necessarily includes respect for the dignity of all people, not just those who agree with us. Catholic hospitals and schools serve Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Catholics pray for and welcome those who persecute others in the hope that by extending Christ's love, even the most badly behaved adversary may abandon his evil agenda and allow himself to be embraced by Jesus Christ. Have some Catholics failed in their love for others? Indeed, yes, and some miserably so. Only with the grace of Christ can man life fully the saving message of the Gospel. It should come as no surprise that some Catholics have failed to live the Gospel. Even when Catholics fail to put the Gospel first, God accepts the plea of a truly penitent man who, recognizing his failings, takes up his cross and is united again with God through the Sacrament of Penance. Peter abandoned the Son of God, yet he turned back to Jesus after the resurrection. Peter's threefold denial was undone by the Lord Who restored Peter by providing him the opportunity to make a threefold affirmation (confession) of his love for Jesus.
- Authentic hospitality requires a skilled use of language to engage people in dialogue. The Church employs the language of sacrificial love. That love issues forth from the perfect love Jesus extends to all who desire truth, mercy and justice.
- The Catholic mission is primarily about the salvation of souls (St. Matthew 28:18-20). Yes, the Church still makes a habit of praying for the conversion of souls.
- Speaking the truth in love, especially when Catholics speak truth to power, is frequently perceived as not very nice by people who, perhaps blinded by arrogance or some form of bigotry, do not share the Church's God-given understanding of the true identity of man.
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- the Catholic Church has the best story because God is its author.
- the Catholic Church is the most diverse and yet unified by that story we share.
- Catholics are the best organized and informed because we seek truth wherever it may be found. Catholic scientists initiated the scientific method. Catholic physicians have made innumerable contributions to improving the health of all. Catholic artists, musicians, philosophers and architects have contributed a vast legacy of art and knowledge to civilization and justice. Augustine, Aquinas, Newman, Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and countless other men and women saints testify to the truth which all men seek, the truth which draws all to Jesus Christ. Jesus is, for the Catholic Christian, the way, the truth and the life.
- Faithful Catholics love God and love our fellow human beings who need what God offers and what has been given to the Church to share.
- The Holy Spirit guides and guards the mission of the Catholic Church. Through the efforts of faithful Catholics, the Holy Spirit communicates the Holy Gospel.