“However, is it not also the case that often it is the ideological manipulation of religion, sometimes for political ends, that is the real catalyst for tension and division, and at times even violence in society?”
Though there has been a lot of political language focusing on “change” recently, Archbishop Burke affirmed, “the change which brings hope can only be the renewal of our nation in the divine love which respects the inviolable dignity of every human life, from the moment of its inception to the moment of natural death, and which creates and gives growth to new human life through the love of man and woman in marriage.”
“Any hope which is incoherent with the great hope is truly illusory and can never bring forth justice and its fruit, peace, for our nation and world,” he added.
Perhaps Latin is not so much preferred?
You can get out into the weeds pretty quickly here, so I won’t lead you on, but I will point out that people seeking power use any and all tools available including religion, and that power infects the religious as well as the secular with equanimity, and truth be told, many Popes were more interested in temporal power than the faith or well being of the faithful.
Nor should we be blind to the the other side of the coin, as I have pointed out, of religion manipulating political factions to advance Roman religion. IF the Christ cannot stand on his own then what slim reed are you?