Rumors about blogging

Fr. Hunwicke posts the following:

Another side of the anonymity problem: it is rumoured that one bishop acted against a blogger who is a subject of his, as the result of continuous pressure from other bishops; and rumour has it that Cardinal Mueller made those remarks about Ordinariate bloggers because of pressure from bishops, whether American, Australian, or English. I have not the faintest idea whether such rumours of anonymous episcopal back-stabbing have any truth in them whatsoever, but were [imperfect subjunctive] this to be so, my opinion is …
…  it would provide the world with an attractive picture of a modern, open, inclusive, grown-up Catholic community at ease with itself and with modern ways if any bishops so concerned devised less Byzantine methods for expressing their views. They could try actually talking to bloggers. But I hope that the rumours, in each case, are as maliciously untrue as rumours so often are.


Well, whew! I know I have the odd Canadian bishop or two reading my blog and I hope none of them have complained!

I sure would love to meet Cardinal Mueller when  I am in Rome in a couple of weeks.

I will also be attending a course on social communications that will feature talks by Cardinals Dolan and Barbarin and that will take a look at modern social media.

The Ninth Professional Seminar on the Communication Offices of the Church entitled, Church Communication: Creative Strategies for Promoting Culture Change, aims to offer positive experiences and networking opportunities among communication professionals as well as tools for debating and communicating the faith in the public sphere. When the Gospel is incarnated into lifestyles, ideas, and cultures, a creative force is born that is capable of changing the world. The challenge for the Church communicator is to shed light upon the allure of this innovative force in the various folds of a secular and pluralistic society.



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3 Responses to Rumors about blogging

  1. Rev22:17 says:


    You wrote: Well, whew! I know I have the odd Canadian bishop or two reading my blog and I hope none of them have complained!

    I rather doubt it. Your posts have been civil, orthodox, and on point.

    Cardinal Mueller’s remarks to the ordinaries on this subject need to be read in context. Here is the entire paragraph on that subject.

    A culture of communion must also be fostered in the manner in which we relate to one another. Some of your clergy and faithful are involved in the “new media”, particularly though blogs. This is a helpful tool of evangelization, certainly. But it also falls to you Ordinaries to exercise vigilance over these media expressions and, if the situation warrants, to intervene. The image of the Ordinariate is not helped by un-reflected speech lacking in charity.

    The good cardinal clearly is not suggesting that all blogs should be shut down, but rather that bloggers simply should consider their comments carefully before posting them and that ordinaries should intervene if necessary. In fact, to the contrary, he seems to be encouraging the use of blogs as vehicles for evangelism!

    That said, some bishops might have taken exception to some of the comments of ardent Traditionalists categorically denigrating all bishops who are in full communion with the pope.


  2. EPMS says:

    If the last sentence is any indication the seminar leaders may have more to learn about communication from you than you from them. What can it mean?

  3. Timothy Stevenson says:

    Hi, all just looking at the links from Ordinariate Expats blog, and saw this entry from Fr. H

    The Internet is the modern Ring of Gyges. (Like the Ring of Power) The internet is the greater experiment as to what people actually do when they’re given the power to not be known by other people. It’s a trope called “What you are in the Dark”

    The Hero is alone, except, perhaps, for the villain. No one whose opinion he cares about — possibly no one at all — will ever know what he does next, and he knows it. And there is perhaps a useful but corrupt act that he could commit, reaping the benefit without anyone ever knowing. If he does not do it, the consequences can be severe, even deadly. If the villain is there, he is urging the hero to do it, which possibly involves cleaning up any possible witnesses.

    It’s like those moments when Jesus was all by himself. The internet managed to replicate the experience of being alone in the desert in front of the computer screen.

    Y’all know what happens when people are left with fallen human nature without being held accountable to other people. Watch out for the Heartbleed Bug, by the way.

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