Just some thoughts …
“Why is there all this resentment?”. It may be time to vent ... constructively ... so here it goes. Some posters have been posting for a long time, and perhaps have been members of CM longer than others. It is frustrating to not find what you are looking for, and frustrations can come out in ways that can create misunderstandings. Moroever, not only differences of opinion, but also of temperament and communication styles can sometimes create misunderstandings. We type out words that come from our hearts and minds but everyone doesn’t always know where we are coming from.
This is what I observed in my time here: many posters come and go, but amongst the “regulars” in the fora at any given time, there definitely are people who reinforce each other and feed off each others’ viewpoints and comments – either negative or positive. Noticeable patterns start to emerge. “Oh look, Miss X just posted, guess what, Mr. Y and Mr. Z are going to attack / reinforce/ or post something that they posted six months ago that caused an uproar back then” – somehow oblivious to why and how they caused the uproar in the first place.
Sadly, this also happens. I can think of several examples of threads in the past that degenerated because of striving to be “more Catholic” than everyone else. Our faith is not a contest, there is no mathematical probability of being an 8/7 Catholic, and the Pharisees were not popular in the Bible either. That type of behavior and trying to deal with it in the forums in a charitable way that involves self-examination on everyone’s part (i.e. am I doing the right things/ being the best I can be/ following the faith properly / being kind in my words and deeds) can be utterly and completely exhausting. When we are exhausted, it is easier for frustrations and resentments to come out. We are human.
As Catholics, we may be in different places in our faith journey. Some experience doubt, discouragement, confusion or just lack the knowledge and information. That may come out in ways that rub people the wrong way. I’ve seen this too - instances where posters are disrespectful about their own faith and perhaps need to seriously reflect on where they are spiritually.
On CM, there are plenty of joke threads, music threads, cooking threads, and lighthearted word games, as well as prayer threads. In a broader context, there is so much about our faith that is uplifting, in which we can find encouragement and experience joy. Perhaps a greater focus on the positive is part of overall better spiritual well-being.