It's funny how progressives, and liberals, or whatever they call themselves today, parrot the Catholic Church on certain issues, sounding (almost) genuinely concerned for vulnerable people, and persecuted victims. Yet, in the snap of one's fingers, they are as anti-Christian as one can be, concerning vulnerable people in other categories, and persecuted victims of other types.
One can only surmise that the progressives sympathy is so very far from genuine Catholic compassion.
And here's why.
"Now there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of the Candace, that is, the queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of her entire treasury, who had come to Jerusalem to worship, and was returning home. Seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. The Spirit said to Philip, 'Go and join up with that chariot'... As they traveled along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, 'Look, there is water. What is to prevent my being baptized?' Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and Philip and the eunuch both went down into the water, and he baptized him." Acts 8:26-40
For the Jewish people of the time, a eunuch was an unclean person, someone to be avoided at all costs. This eunuch was also a foreigner, an officer of a pagan Queen. St. Philip, however, was not driven by any earthly spirit, toward any worldly goal of political conversion, or personal ambition, through manipulation. His compassion, moreover, was inspired by the Passion of Jesus Christ, which gave Philip new in-sight, not seeing the man as a mere eunuch, nor seeing him as a mere Ethiopian foreigner, but as a brother in Jesus Christ.
His motive, far from manipulative sympathy, far from an act, far from a leverage for power, was His Love of the Crucified Savior, Risen in the Spirit of true compassion, in solidarity with the faith and the suffering of his fellow brother.
Philip's goal was to elevate his Ethiopian brother to the same heavenly faith, not to enslave him, through false sympathy, into ideological, political, and popular servitude.
"Blessed be God who refused me not my prayer or his kindness!" Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20
A simple litmus test for phony sympathy, versus genuine Catholic compassion, is in the Cross which Jesus bestows upon our lives in Love. Genuine compassion comes from genuine obedience to the Lord's Apostolic Teaching, even when it is unpopular, even when it is inconvenient, and even when it demands an abrupt change in us!
Phony (progressive) sympathy, however, is revealed in a superfluous show of piety, which mimics the best of Catholic religion, and the wisdom of Catholic Social Teaching (which, while hijacked, is called 'social justice'), and manifests itself in HHS mandates, which persecute religious liberty, in abortion on demand, in increased euthanasia, in massive embryonic proliferation for profit $, in gay 'marriage,' in increased racial and class warfare, and in the enslavements of entitlement.
When Nancy or Michelle or Barack or Joe or Harry, or whatever herd member from the media, or academia, or Hollywood, cries for 'women's reproductive rights' or immigrants rights or the rights of gays or Moslems, check their attitudes and behaviors towards other groups and see the diabolical inconstancies.
Compassion comes from genuine prayer and consistent action. Phony sympathy only dialogues with a self-absorbed spirit, manifesting a pick and choose sympathy.
"Jesus said to the crowds: 'No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day.'" John 6:44-51
There is concern for caution, however.
God only knows the intentions of the human heart. As finite creatures we must, of necessity, discern good and evil through our senses and our imperfect intellect. It is our duty, moreover, to promote good, and fight evil. For, in the sin of omission, or in PC silence, we are an accomplice to the devil's work. We must keep in mind, however, that we cannot ultimately Judge. That is God's work alone.
Therefore, when the fruit is rotten, we must alarm the people of the tree's poisonous danger! And in the mystery of Mercy, we must pray for the conversion of the falsely sympathetic, while fighting 'the good fight' in extending genuine Catholic compassion, and upholding unchanging Truth.
And we must do this even if our compassion enters us into a Passion through the envy of false sympathy.