Purportedly, Cardinal Sean's Blog is dictated by the Cardinal and put together by an affable and faithful Catholic, Antonio Enrique, editor of The Boston Pilot.
A PR disaster among the many in the Boston archdiocese, BCI pretty accurately describes the impression left by the entries with respect to what the Cardinal is doing with his time as the foundation of the structure of the diocese is crumbling.
In the Cardinal’s most recent post it took digging through 53 pictures and photographs and 35 page-downs to learn what Cardinal Sean did in Paraguay: he stopped in Buenos Aires en route, celebrated a number of Masses, visited the nuncio and his menagerie of animals, received an honorary doctorate degree and medallion, gave a talk on Catholic education, met with some Paraguay bishops, had a service at a Capuchin church, flew on a small prop jet to the City of San Pedro, received a key to the city from the mayor (in appreciation for benefactors in Boston who supported initiatives to feed local-area poor families and children), and met with the U.S. ambassador to Paraguay and President of Paraguay.
A lot of activity and photos in one trip, but one might ask, how did any of this help the Archdiocese of Boston, or even Paraguay for that matter? We cannot tell from the post.....
We recognize we are not exactly Shakespeare ourselves so are not exactly in a position to criticize the writing style of others. Still, in the wording of these posts and in others as well, it is no doubt unintentional on the part of the Cardinal or his writer, but the wording causes the Cardinal to come across sounding somewhat awestruck by the trappings of wealth and fame he is exposed to....
Let us for purposes of this post give the benefit of the doubt that maybe the Cardinal or the people who photograph his every move and/or help him write the blog just do not realize how the blog is making him appear: increasingly detached from the day-to-day needs and governance of the Boston archdiocese and increasingly associated with the rich and famous.
It is a must read. The suggestions for improvement are excellent, including a suggestion by a commenter to institute a "Cardinal Come Home" Program. Go ahead and laugh, but I'm afraid it couldn't be any closer to the fix that's needed in this diocese.
There is more coming tomorrow.
Check it out.