Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Liberal Pope Cracks Down on Conservative Catholic Bloggers

That's how the mainstream media might begin to report the story of this papal reminder that "the Gospel requires a communication which is at once respectful and sensitive," were it not for the cognitive dissonance resulting from the Vatican's social communications office's Archbishop Claudio Celli's suggestion that "it wouldn't be incorrect to direct the pope's exhortation to some conservative Catholic blogs, YouTube channels and sites which, with some vehemence, criticize bishops, public officials and policies they consider not Catholic enough" — Pope Issues Code of Conduct for Facebook, YouTube, and Catholic Blogs.

Not surprisingly, the body of the article contradicts the headline's assertion, noting that "the Pontifical Council for Social Communications was working on a set of guidelines with recommendations for appropriate style and behavior for Catholics online." (As an English teacher, I can tell you that "issues" and "was working on" are in different verb tenses.) This message itself, in totoMessage for the 43rd World Communications Day, Benedict XVI.

To those who would, "with some vehemence, criticize bishops, public officials and policies they consider not Catholic enough," I suggest following the gracious example of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, who would speak of "those Austrian prelates who 'were not given the grace' — as Franz often observed — to refuse to cooperate with the Nazi Regime" — An Eyewitness Account of the Beatification of Franz Jagerstatter, October 2007.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Well, we could all do to imitate Bl. Franz more often. One of the great martyrs of an age of martyrs. And like all great men of faith, a man of his place and time who is yet universal -- a family man, a man of faith, a man of spiritual difficulties, a man of generosity, a man of conscience and principle in a world berserk with blood-lust.

1:23 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Well said about one of our heroes.

10:31 PM  

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