There’s a lot of talk about in social media about “red pilling” on this or that about the Catholic Church.
The red pill vs. blue pill is from the movie the Matrix, where the main character is offered a red pill that would enable him to see the reality behind the false dream construction he lives in; the blue pill would enable him to stay “asleep” to reality and remain in the dream.
Let’s say the red pill does wake one up to disconcerting realities of sin in the Church or contradictions in teaching. How obligated are we to pass this on to others who are content in their Catholic faith and going about their business, that is, if they are not mired in sin or another Gospel?
People “red pilled” after becoming scandalized, confused or upset by this or that and start looking for answers to confirm whether they are in fact crazy or not. There is a lot out there in the Catholic internet to confirm almost any reaction, for good or ill.
My spiritual director has shared his concerns about people being so critical of the Pope or this or that in the Church that consequently they miss how the Holy Spirit is moving. Do people need to be red-pilled to bring people to Christ? To serve God in other ways? Or are the blue-pilled people, who love their Pope because it’s the default position of Catholics to love the Pope, going to do just fine in the long run. Is there another way?
I frankly think priests giving homilies at Mass should stick to expounding on the readings and not use Sunday as a time to inject politics or their personal opinions into the mix. I remember a priest who had personal opinions that veered towards universalism—-not the bland kind of “everyone goes to heaven no matter what” but based on his personal experience of the overwhelming love of God in the Holy Trinity that he believed would prove irresistible in the end, even to the most hardened sinner. But he also knew this was not the teaching of the Church, and consequently he never promoted his personal opinions, only what the Church has taught.
Even a pope can have personal opinions that do not hold magisterial weight.
The other concern I have about the “red pill” is that one can easily overdose and become angry, and despairing, and become tempted to give place to critical spirits, spirits of division, of rebellion, of contempt. Then one can fall to temptations of sedevacantism, schism and heresy in the opposite direction to the apparent heresy which one condemns.
If one has “red-pilled” how does one best think with the Church?
Blue pill or red pill, it is best to be a Catholic of Communion, first and foremost, Communion with Christ. It is best to be moved by the Holy Spirit who can alone bring about unity in Christ and not to be partisan with one’s elbows up, shoving aside those with whom one disagrees. Catholicism is not only about doctrine, as a dear friend told me this morning, but about love.