Laudatur Iesus Christus.
The Lord said:
If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. (Matthew (RSV) 18:15-17.)
Does the Church implement this teaching? Are there procedures for bringing disputes between members of the Church to mediation or even to arbitration, so that rifts can be healed and unity between members meaningfully realized? Do parish priests or deacons have duties to assist in such interpersonal disputes?
It seems that many parishes have long-standing feuds (or at least rifts) between parishioners, which ought to be resolved, if the above directions were taken at face value.
Pax Christi nobiscum.