The devil and the 'world' get way too much credit for our sin!
"We, though many, are one Body in Christ and individually parts of one another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us exercise them..." Romans 12:5-16
It sounds so beautiful. It is, moreover, absolutely true--in the sense that the Holy Spirit of God keeps us in the tattered unity that we seek to destroy every day. Before fingers are pointed, disunity starts in the hearts of each and every Catholic, through their sin, and yours truly (have a little mercy on me on my birthday!) is included. But there is far too much competitiveness and pride in our Catholic parishes to display to a visitor the 'One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church' with the fullness of dignity it deserves in gratitude to Jesus for being ripped to shreds for our sake!
Negative is not negativity if it is true!
I have personally met bishops who turned a blind eye to doctrinal innovation--occurring in their personally endorsed Diocesan 'Pastoral Ministry' educational, and catechetical, programs. I have personally witnessed Catholic nuns practicing the New Age Enneagram. I have had to endure 'Catholic' professors teaching that there really is no devil. I have rubbed elbows with numerous Catholics who proudly point to their 'Obama' bumper sticker--I wonder how the unborn souls in heaven think of this? I have met priests who were more into Buddhism than Catholicism--this is not an opinion, but what they told me. I have personally experienced the blacklisting from a diocesan diaconate program because of my 'Ave Maria University' degree, and my belief in purgatory and the Rosary. I have endured years in an unforgiving diocese.
And then there is the ugliness of my own personal sin.
"O LORD, my heart is not proud, nor are my eyes haughty..." Psalm 131:1-3
Oh yes they are! My own personal lack of forgiveness, bitterness, and the myriad of personal sins I have committed, have allowed me to participate in the flagellation I, and my fellow Catholics, have perpetrated, and perpetuated, against the Bloody and beaten Body of Jesus our Savior. It is ugly, it is sad, and it is continual. Only the Mercy of God, and the miracle of (my) our submission to God's Will will change things.
“Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.” Luke 14:15-24
There are no quick fixes here. Just grace, time, prayer, and the Sacraments. Confession will loosen our grip on sin; the Eucharist will fill our emptiness with Love. But we are free, and we will re-grip our old habits from time to time.
'But God is good, all the time.' And we can count on that.
Human dart-board here: firstname.lastname@example.org