Church leaders have been angered by the penchant of many bloggers to call them out on their failures to expound and defend controversial Catholic teachings on moral issues like contraception, homosexuality, and abortion.
Pointing out they are starving their flock to death by carving out a vocation of posting pictures of themselves going from one pot luck supper and swanky event to the next hurts their widdle feelings...but now, they say bloggers have a critical role in defending religious liberty.
I guess we're supposed to feel liberated and edified by this nugget of illumination. They are grateful for the critical role we are playing in liberating their flock from darkness and hell hole they have cast them into.
Fr. Z wonders whether they really mean it. Are we really valued, he questions. he challenges the episcopal luminaries to hold a bloggers confab, powwow, blognic.
A couple of problems with rushing to a meeting to make nice with Bishops.
Playing palsywalsies with the Bishops renders you ineffective.
If you take a tour of Catholic blogosphere when any controversy arises, you can pick out the bloggers who are trying to be valued by the Bishops. They refuse to disclose corruption, ineptitude. Where they once would expose, debunk, call the Bishop out on their failures, their blogs become places where they defend misfeasance and malfeasance by attacking those who will always choose to serve Christ and His Church irrespective of whether our actions will be valued by the interlocutors of the US Bishops Conference.
Maybe it's me...but I'm not looking to feel valued by the Bishops. I know the value of servitude to my Beloved and souls the Bishops and priests have abandoned and left for dead. I've known it all along.