Deacon Keith Fournier of Catholic Online, has written a interesting piece on the Catholic Church's Fifth Column.
I use the phrase “fifth column” in reference to people within our Church, fellow Catholics. These folks have rejected the teaching of the Church in an area of moral truth and, rather than honestly admit it and seek to change themselves so that they can properly inform their conscience and give a religious submission of intellect and will,(which is our obligation as faithful Catholics), they now attempt to confuse the faithful. However, they go even further.
They engage in a covert operation intended to undermine the Church. This is done in several ways. Sometimes it is through a kind of slow drip of dissent. Other times through a concerted campaign which overtly opposes the ‘Magisterium’ , the teaching office of the Catholic Church, though still containing its rebellion and opposition within the family of the Church. Still other times it goes beyond all propriety by overtly rejecting the clear teaching of the Church. Then, using a public forum, they intentionally try to hurt the Church and cause a scandal. It is to the last group that I now address this article.
Almost every week brings another instance (sometimes repeated) of this type of activity in the Archdiocese of Washington DC, such as the regular meetings of Voice of the Faithful at Holy Trinity, the DC City Council members (who are "practicing Catholics") who voted to recognize gay marriage or Knights of Columbus who support the Most Merciful, Lord High Barack Obama.
Do you know of a Catholic institution (or maybe a priest of nun) in the Archdiocese of Washington that would fit the Fifth Column profile? Here is your chance to let everyone know.
Send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the reason why (just a couple of sentences -- not a research paper). If it is not just some rant and rave, dripping with hate, it may get published over the course of the next few weeks.
Please note, that I may wish to ask some further questions, so if there is an email address at which I can contact you at, that would be best.