Brooklyn, New York – May 11, 2016
In the wild, crazy world of the blogosphere, there is the challenge of accountability and responsibility. On the Internet there is no accountability, no code of ethics, and no responsibility for one’s words and actions. It can be an international weapon of mass destruction, crossing time zones, borders and space. In its wake is character assassination, destruction of reputation, calumny, libel, slander and defamation. What view do others have of us when they view our blogs? ('Hey, here are forthright people not afraid to confront sin in themselves and their community!') If we judged our identity based on certain “Catholic” websites and blogs on the Internet, we would be known as the people who are against everyone and everything! If anything, we should be known as the people who are for something (such as... truth, goodness, beauty, joyful orthodoxy, the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, authentic liturgy, the sacredness of life from conception to natural death, the sacrament of matrimony...), something positive that can transform lives and engage and impact the culture. To what degree are our blogs, websites and programming the expression of the wealth of the Christian patrimony and successful in transmitting the Good News that the Lord has asked us to spread? (The degree to which those same vehicles accurately or faithfully communicate the teachings of the Catholic Church. When the media, Catholic or otherwise, misrepresent the Catholic Faith, it is entirely reasonable for Catholics lay and ordained to rally to the defence of the Faith and faithful Catholics! For an excellent perspective on the role of the Church and what it should be, click HERE or on the following link: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/the-catholic-church-must-stop-flirting-with-anti-family-ideologies-and-oppo)
Many of my non-Christian and non-believing friends have remarked to me that we “Catholics” have turned the Internet into a cesspool of hatred, venom and vitriol, all in the name of defending the (F)aith! The character assassination on the Internet by those claiming to be Catholic and Christian has turned it into a graveyard of corpses strewn all around. (Sounds like a messy place!) Often times the obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical practices are very disturbed, broken and angry individuals, who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners! (1) He must mean these bloggers: http://the-american-catholic.com/2015/02/21/vox-cantoris-is-not-alone/; (2) The highlighted sentence is not an argument against the duty of faithful Catholics to rise up and defend the Faith and the faithful when the behaviour of cafeteria (c)atholics and others hostile to the Church is a cause for scandal (cf. Catechism 2326) and/or threatens the innocent. (3) Given his own imprudent behaviour, Fr. Celebrity's statement could be understood as little more than a weak attempt to claw back some credibility after his reprehensible attack on a Catholic blogger who challenged Fr. Celebrity's actions.) In reality they are deeply troubled, sad and angry people. (Mirrors can tell us a lot about ourselves if we are willing to look carefully at the face staring back at us.) We must pray for them, for their healing and conversion! (A token note of concern? A hint of condescension?)
A priest who threatened to sue a Catholic blogger for speaking the truth to power has been given an award for...? Apparently, pride not only goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall, pride and a haughty spirit also followeth a fall, too.
Is it unfair to conclude that said priest-celeb's comments are little more than a demonstration of:
- attempted self absolution?
- arrogance and condescension toward his critics?
- psychological projection and blame shifting?
Deus lo vult!
Note to the Ecclesia Militans: continue to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable!
One Mad Mom has a brilliant commentary at her blog: