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The 'Gospel' of Tolerance: You Must Approve Comments

The Gospel of Tolerance really only has one rule: thou shalt tolerate any action, belief, lifestyle, agenda, and person except the person who believes a certain lifestyle, action or agenda is wrong and has the gall to say so out loud. The real goal here is not acceptance but submission.  It's not enough to "get along" or tolerate quietly. You must approve.  You don't dare disapprove publicly.  Those who don't tow the line ... Continue Reading

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  1. Pete Brady
    2 years ago

    Barney Frank. Says it all. What else did, could, we expect? Elect immoral politicians such as he and "tolerance" and "diversity" are sure to be the result. We need to return to an America in which its government is best summed up in the words of the two Adams of our nation's founding, to wit: John Adams: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other," and Samuel Adams: "The only true basis of all government is the laws of God and nature. For government is an ordinance of Heaven, designed by the all benevolent Creator." Christian charity, not "tolerance," is the mark of a just society.

  2. Tran
    2 years ago

    OK. Count me in as 'hate monger', then. I am in a complete agreement with her. I wanted to say what she says for so long.

    Thank you Jennifer. I guess I am 'intolerant' for sins.

  3. Pete Brady
    2 years ago

    TDJ: I just don't see how you feel you have the authority or competence to define what is a "Christian virtue." You make more of "tolerance" than you ought. A "good habit" is not always a "virtue." Virtue, if lived, can make the habit, but habit does not produce virtue. Virtue is, by the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a "firm disposition to do the good" (CCC 1803), that in practice can lead to a "habit" of doing good and avoiding evil. Good does not tolerate evil. And homosexuality is evil. You err greatly when you fraudulently tie the modern notion of "avoiding judgment" to "love of neighbor." Particularly for those in "grave sin." God alone judges; the Christian does not judge when he/she affirms what God has declared to be sin. In fact, by your definition you foreclose on that spiritual work of mercy by which we are to "admonish sinners." Nowhere in any of my Catholic resources do I find "tolerance" listed as a virtue. The closest I come to it is in the book, "The Everyday Catholic," by Fr. Martin Harrison, O.P., in which he addresses the concept of "forbearance." He describes it as "the exercise of patience, self-control, or keeping oneself in check." But in no way does he apply this to sin in others, and definitely not to "grave sin." He applies it more or less strictly to the annoyances we experience in living with others, whether they are too chatty, too fastidious, too impulsive, too insecure, too needy, etc. We are to try to be considerate, to endure the difficulties others may make for us, to try to return good for evil, to forbear idiosyncrasies. Forbearance, then, deals with the "temperament" in others, and ourselves. But Father Harrison also specifically excludes from consideration those "exhibitions of uncontrolled temper" (as in actors, artists, etc.) that is more often than not excused as "artistic temperament" when it is simply a lack of "self-control when things do not suit." And for which he says they have "no right at all to trade on 'temperament' and cause others to suffer by their tantrums; they need to learn sell-control." And that also sounds just as applicable to the homosexual outcry currently being discussed. Bishop Chaput is right when he says that " tolerating grave evil within a society is itself a form of serious evil." He says that "tolerance is not a Christian virtue." But you disagree. With your own bishop. And why? Because, lacking the required full disclosure, you reference your own blog as an "authentic" Catholic resource to export your own creative definition of "tolerance" as a "Christian virtue" from your blog to the comment you make here. Doesn't wash. I'll take Abp. Chaput over you any day.

  4. Vincent
    2 years ago

    That's right, "Tolerance" is intolerant. And it is based on fear tactics. I agree with the person who said to read Ezekiel 33:7-9. We face the wrath of God for giving into the pressure of those who preach for sexual perversion, against the sanctity of human life, and for the punishment of anyone who objects.

  5. Bill
    2 years ago

    TDJ - Are you joking? What do you mean avoid judging? If your neighbors lives in grave sin, do you not teach your children that their lifestyle constitutes a grave sin? Please do not think that being politically correct about a lifestyle that is an abomination and an affront to God is demonstating a Catholic Christian virtue! Loving your neighbor is a Catholic Christian virtue, but please dont water down the concept of this virtue with political correctness.

  6. Dr. John
    2 years ago

    There are so many good examples on here of what I was saying earlier. People who do not believe what we believe think that we have no right to be heard. To hear us is to trample on their right not to believe. That is simply not true. You have the right to believe whatever you want. I have no desire to take away your right to do so. I have an equal right to believe and be heard for what I stand for. I do not espouse hatred or discrimination for any group be it homosexuals, atheists or any other group that holds different beliefs from my own. We live in a democracy. The majority of people in this democracy have standards that are based either on theology or on natural law. If for instance you believe in human sacrifice then you have a right to that belief. If you practice it you will be put in jail. This is because our basis of law and government do not allow for that particular practice. You are still free to believe it. You practice it at your own risk.
    This is still the freest nation on earth and always will be. We are tolerant of other beliefs. As a people however we must stand up and say that those beliefs must not be made public policy and that we will not accept them as public policy. Your right to have them must be protected as God himself granted us free will to do whatever we want with our minds hearts and bodies. Your expectation that you can shove them down the throat of the majority of decent God fearing Americans is misguided and wrong. The majority's right to set standards for a society is the basis of our freedom. As others have pointed out, just try that in any other country. I will defend to the death your right to do and say anything you wish but I will defend to the death my absolute right to reject it as well.

  7. Theresa
    2 years ago

    Where is there any teaching in Scripture about a "virtue" of "tolerance?" A so-called "Gospel of Tolerance" is nothing more than "Moral Relativism"--which is directly contrary to the teaching of Sacred Scripture and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. Moral Relativism says: "It's okay for you to do whatever you think is best for you. I can't 'judge' what you do." St. Paul tells us that we CAN know what is "right" and what is "wrong." It's not a matter so much of "judging" the person; it's a matter of clarity re. what is "right"--by God's Law and what is "wrong" by God's Law--and we are supposed to "instruct" one another in this regard. (Rom 15:14) If the "other" doesn't accept what they hear from us, we don't have to "answer" to God for them, but we do have to "answer" to God if we fail to "instruct...." This false interpretation of what Jesus said ("Judge not and you will not be judged" (Mt 7:1)) has worked havoc in families and in society today, because we are talking about the Natural Law, (This "Law" remains--as well as the "inclination" to sin that we must reject.) Yes, thanks, Jennifer, for your clarity! And many of the Comments are also "right on" regarding the the Will of God, as St. Paul reminds us still today: "Make no mistake, God is not mocked....For he who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption."(Gal 6:8)

  8. Andy Holland
    2 years ago

    Excellent article as usual. You left out that Adopted children are now going to Homosexual couples. This means that innocent children are being given over to those practicing peversion to be raised in perversion.

  9. JoAnn
    2 years ago

    Jennifer: Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Larry
    2 years ago

    Good article - Christian concepts are being co-opted and redefined. Tolerance is not the same as acceptance. Christianity does not accept anything from anyone in any form. We all judge - even those to say we should not judge are judging others. What they mean is you don't judge me and my ideas, thoughts or actions or those of others I support but I can judge you for what you do, think or say that I don't like or want to tolerate - - - - - Christians have concepts of forgiveness and charity which includes judgments of what was done wrong that needs forgiveness but secular society does not think anyone does anything wrong - - - it all depends - situational morals and theology. Liberals are judging conservative concepts and interpretations as 'wrong', old hat, old fashion under the guide of acceptance of anything that they think is good. Liberals are some of the most intolerant people around, under the guise of acceptance of things that have been considered 'wrong' in the past. I'm glad we have changed what we consider ok, acceptable and life but I think we would have come to those conclusions as part of Christian development - - - anti-slavery attitudes and movements were spearheaded by Christians and Catholics over the centuries. Many of those in the civil rights movement were Chrisitans, Catholics, Jews - - - we often forget in today's world. Civilization and development means we move from one way to another way of thinking, judging, feeling and viewing the world.


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