G. K. Chesterton is said to have remarked once that the Church is bigger on the inside than it appears from the outside. Saints come in all kinds and sizes and from all manner of origins to become the baptized people of God. On the outside the Church appears monolithic, homogenized, and narrow. From the inside, we see the marvel of many members (organs) of the body, so very different and yet functioning together as one by God’s grace and design.
The critics see “the Church” as one voice, very often a hard, uncaring, judgmental, dogmatic, and aloof voice. That once voice is, in reality, many voices speaking and singing and acting together (like the voices that become one in