As I wake up every morning to new "Catholic battles" on Twitter and as Ambassadors try to broker peace here's some suggestions
- As much as Amoris Laetitia, perceived personal attacks, doctrinal matters anger you, you are part of the same body of Christ.
- De-escalation: if your Catholic "opponent" tweets something you agree with like it or retweet it.
- Do you pray for the catholic tweeters that you "do battle" with every day? You share the same Faith (of love).
- Thomas Aquinas always gave the opponent's view a very fair go before arguing his position. Fight on arguments not personally.
- Don't assume your "Catholic opponent" fights in a dishonest way. He might think the same of you.
- Disagreeing on catholic positions is possible, but doing nasty battle gives a pitiful message to observers.
- Before you shoot out a hard reply to a "Catholic opponent" say a prayer for that person. That might achieve more than a Tweet.
- The "Catholic #Twettiquette" suggestions are meant NOT just for "your opponent", but surprisingly for you, too.
- You want as many people as possible get to know and love God? Your Catholic behaviour on Twitter makes a difference.
- Before simply blocking an opponent, suggest to stay civil in future. Seek dialogue. And don't block.
- Don't forget what the Jesus man said: "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you on Twitter".
- Remember what the Peter man said: "How often should I not block my opponent on Twitter? Seven times? And Jesus said seventy seven times".