(Desensitization is a real word. I looked it up.)
I would like to alert you to a New York Times article written by Frank Rich about how desensitized we as a nation have become towards the actions of a corrupt government during the Bush years. Since we have come to expect corruption within our government, there is little outcry anymore when scandals are exposed.
A collective outcry is missing from the Catholics as well. Our faith is rooted in the love of God and calls for actions that proclaim that love. Anything that challenges that love of God and the rules he sets forth (love thy neighbor) should be met with a strong uproar.
I’m going to use the problem of poverty as an example. I would say that feeding the rich while forgetting the poor is something all Catholics should be outraged about and thus take action. It seems like a pretty simple idea to get behind doesn’t it? And there’s not much controversy surrounding it. All you do is act in ways that directly help the poor. So why is a collective cold shoulder turned when actions and policies are made that benefit the haves and ignore the have nots?
Currently these situations seem to be met with cynical, defeated attitudes. I’m sure most would say they find the plight of the less fortunate important, but sympathy alone means nothing. Making all Catholics realize this is important.
I’m asking a lot for such a multitude to get behind crucial moral subjects, but I don’t think I’m at all out of place for making such a statement. The potential strength of the Church is huge. Our outcry could move mountains. We just have to remember how we felt before we became so used to a system that through its corruption leaves behind millions of the less fortunate.