So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Messy Blogging

An article by Terry McDermott at Catholic Insight merits a slow read. Access the complete article at: http://catholicinsight.com/when-a-catholic-blogger-makes-a-mess/

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"Sometimes, readers take offense at what we write. My article on NFP resulted in a strongly worded letter to my editor. Someone else called me a member of the “communion police” when I wrote an article that was critical of a supposedly Catholic funeral that really wasn’t. An atheist website threatened to “expose” me (whatever that means). As Catholic bloggers and writers who strive to be true to Holy Mother Church and uphold the teachings of the Magisterium, at times what we write doesn’t sit well with other people. As long as there is a mutual respect for differences of opinion, we can live with criticism and opposing views.

"Now it seems that Catholic bloggers can be sued simply for questioning, calling out, and exposing erroneous statements and actions of priests in high places who really should know better. The style in which a few of us write may be somewhat abrasive (therefore feelings may get hurt), and too traditional or orthodox for others; but as long as we stick to the facts, especially publicly acknowledged facts, we have the freedom to publish our work: freedom of the press, freedom of the law, freedom of our conscience.

"On that beach in Rio, Pope Francis exhorted the Catholic world to “make a mess!” As someone who has spent years cleaning up after my eight kids and my husband, I know that often in the process of cleaning my home, things get messier before they get better. ...

"Making a mess with our blogging and writing is much the same. Sometimes, you have to shake things up to expose the facts. Sometimes you have to make some noise and rattle people out of their complacency. ... And sometimes making a mess with our words means shining a light in the cracks and crevices that threaten the foundation so that it can be fixed and the cracks eliminated.

"So go ahead faithful Catholic bloggers. Make a mess! Keep it factual. Keep it real. Do it out of love for Holy Mother Church and in defense of authentic Catholic teaching."

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