Lots of talk in Rome about bloggers, at a recent international conference on pastoral guidelines for church communications. Selected quotes:
Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, didn’t think a Catholic bloggers’ “code of conduct” would accomplish much.
A Benedict XVI quote quoted by Archbishop Celli: “Charity needs truth and truth needs charity.”
Supreme Knight (of Columbus) Carl A. Anderson: “If Catholics cannot deal with each other with civility, how can we expect others to? We make certain claims about what kind of community we are; we have set the standards high and we must try really, really hard to live up to that.”
Cardinal Roger Mahony: “I have been appalled by some of the things I’ve seen; of course, I’ve been the object of some of them.”
Basilian Father Thomas Rosica spoke of a “radicalization of rhetoric” on blogs and the internet. “On the Internet there is no accountability, no code of ethics and no responsibility for one’s words and actions. So many Web sites and bloggers who call themselves Catholics focus so much on negative stories and messages that increasingly Christians are known as the people who are against everything.”
Were any bloggers invited?
I don’t know which bogs they were looking at because I have found most Catholic bloggers to be incredibly patient with the numerous trolls and anti-Christian rhetoric that permeates such activities – I frequently post on a non-catholic site that continually attacks the Christians who post there – and while occasionally the discussion gets heated – my Christian brothers and sisters [some Catholic, some not] try to maintain a level of civil discourse though they rarely get the same treatment in return –
However many of the Catholic sites I’ve seen have very strict guidelines for posting and they are faithfully observed from what I can tell – so again what blogs are they referring to???