In light of the statement of dissent published by 19 dissident priests in Quebec, I went to read Waiting in Joyful Hope. True to form, Fr. Dowd pointed to some excellent reflections at The Great Pumpkin on the how the Roman Catholic Church should deal with dissenters (Part 1) (read the comments too) and Part 2, where Linda quotes him extensively. I confess I had been rather troubled in my Protestant days by 1 Corinthians 5, and Fr Dowd explains it well. Most certainly the corrective force of ostracism as recommended to the Church in Corinth is undermined these days by the existence of so many ecclesial communities, so that if one body attempts to discipline a member, well, there's always some other denomination down the road where the sin in question isn't considered a problem.
And God bless Fr Dowd for his reflections on frustration.
Beyond this, though, I see a sad trend among some Catholics whose love and defense of Faith seems to make them myopic when it comes to Hope. The result is that they try harder and harder to defend the faith to the point of getting frustrated and wondering if it's all worth if, wondering where it's all going — in other words, losing hope. And when Hope is lost, Charity is not far behind. It is possible to have faith and still be on the road to perdition.