Jesuit-run American magazine is getting some attention for the editorial of its youngish new editor, Matt Malone SJ, “The mission of ‘America’ in a 21st-century church.”

WaPo picked up right away on this interesting line in the editorial:

The church in the United States must overcome the problem of factionalism. This begins by re-examining our language. America will no longer use the terms “liberal,” “conservative” or “moderate” when referring to our fellow Catholics in an ecclesiastical context.

Whaddayathink? Should US Catholics avoid the terms “liberal” and “conservative” and “moderate” to refer to each other? Or are the labels helpful? Or necessary at times?

You don’t have to say in your comment whether you’re liberal or conservative, though it would help us all know what box to put you in. Discuss away.

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