The Archbishop Needs a Blog

I see that Archbishop Niederauer takes aim at the Catholic blogosphere for outing his judgment call on giving Communion to SPI.

The blogosphere is a kind of dangerous, endless recess in a global schoolyard, where the bullies with the biggest bullhorns can shout whatever they want.

I think he has the measure of the Closed Cafeteria, the pseudo news agency CWN, and especially the Catholic commentariat. However, he’s just poked a stick into a hornet’s nest. The predictable reaction is that the bullhorns are going full force this morning, taunting and name-calling the 98-pound internet weakling.

For some reason, I couldn’t get the rest of this post to finish loading Friday. I had meant to say this will be my last post on the Niederauer flap. At some point, when two or more sides are talking past each other, and at least one is more intent on raising the volume rather than contributing anything substantial to virtue or grace or anything, the dignified thing to do is just tune out.

To tell you the truth, I don’t know if the best solution for the archbishop is to start his own blog or to tune out the rabble. I suspect there is no high road out of this mess. His detractors have clearly bought into the notion that the ends justify any means, even if it includes being impolite, uncharitable, or even being a scandalous conduit for pent-up emotions.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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8 Responses to The Archbishop Needs a Blog

  1. John Heavrin says:

    “…The blogosphere is a kind of dangerous, endless recess in a global schoolyard, where the bullies with the biggest bullhorns can shout whatever they want….”

    There’s no link for this embarrassing statement, but if he actually said this, I would ask: Dangerous? Discussion and criticism aren’t nearly as dangerous as silence in face of misused, if not clueless, authority.
    Been there, done that, called it good, paid the settlements, closed the parishes, etc., etc.

    Sorry, Your Excellency, episcopal custom notwithstanding, but “Shut up” just won’t work anymore, whether offered as explanation or defense.

    Whining about mean widdle kids on the internet should decrease; minding the pasture, feeding the sheep, hard stuff like that, should increase.

  2. Anonymous says:

    John Paul II’s teaching on the Church and new means of social communication clearly indicates that the Catholic blog commentariat is good. The archbishop has therefore made himself a heretic who is automatically excommunicated under canon law. Since he is no longer a member of the Catholic Church, he cannot be its leader in San Francisco. Therefore San Francisco Catholics MUST refuse to obey any of his laws, edicts, teachings, fund raising drives, requests, etc. until the pope should choose to name a replacement.

  3. Tony says:

    A “free press” is the biggest enemy of “liturgical creativity”.

  4. Todd says:

    Thanks for the revealing comments, my friends. The “free press” can also be a source of gossip, clumsy calumny, and other ills. People who are aware they have a “power” also must grow into a sense of responsibility.

    Sorry; calling someone an excommunicated heretic just because you have the platform to do so is nothing better that futility and scandal. But hey: if you really want to sink the blog as a viable medium of communication, I’d advise continuing in the present direction. I’m happy to see the joke change over to the difference between a liturgist and a blogger.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Sorry; calling someone an excommunicated heretic just because you have the platform to do so

    No! I called him an excommunicated heretic because he violated and DENIED the teaching of John Paul the Great on new forms of media. And so have you. You are no longer Catholic and must remove Catholic from your blog title (or at least put it in scare quotes: “Catholic” Sensibility). The Church clearly teaches that Catholic blogs and comboxes are good and Anti-Bloggian heretics like you are thrown out of the Church by your own hypocritical blog-bashing.

    If the Church hierarchy doesn’t start actively enforcing this, though, I must say that you and your ilk might get to be as big as the Iconoclasts. Much better to nip it in the bud now before you start going around demagnetizing hard drives and spreading anti-combox computer viruses like your Iconoclast soul mates did in the late first millenium.

  6. Todd says:

    Reference, please?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Error has no rights. That includes the right to references.

  8. Patti says:

    Too funny!

    Yeah, Todd, you keep your big grubby magnets away from our hard drives!


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