I updated a recent post http://noontimeatthewell.blogspot.com/2010/04/alinsky-loving-groups-are-not-going.html and put down to browser, so to speak, my concerns and attitudes about the wasted and ineffective programs aimed at promoting "social justice" and why I don't feel their missions are effective. It came for a challenged of a friend who said people need it spelled out. The problem is that to spell it out means that one is put on the chopping block for lacking charity. Yet, not saying it plainly leaves the field solely to the advocates.
Today's climate always brings the politically tolerated criticism of the Catholic world that is often agenda driven to bring down the Church as the prominent voice of morality by tearing it down with the bad acts of individuals who exercise some power and authority. The secular media many times just loves a good scandal. But for us in the pew, who love the Church and adhere to Her teachings, we don't have the opportunity to address our concerns with how some choose to use Her for agendas that step on our toes in the exercise of prudential decisions in the public policy arena.
Personally, I would love to see the local Church facilities provide the space for honest and vigorous exchanges about current issues with a purely Catholic genre that has rooms for all aspects of the controversies. The guiding Catholic principles can be presented as a backdrop to begin the discussion. Such rhetoric used to be the backbone of Catholic education. It needs to be brought back as does respect for truthful discussions in science, medicine and education.