Thursday, March 20, 2014
The bishops, meanwhile, should consider embracing the Catholic blogosphere. The best way to do this would be through face-to-face meetings with bloggers in their dioceses. Misunderstandings could be resolved and bloggers encouraged to bring bishops’ messages to a vast new audience.
Unless you are in one of the handful of dioceses with a faithful Shepherd who treats faithful Catholics with honesty and respect, I do not recommend forming relationships with the Bishops.
The minute a Catholic blogger accepts an invitation to get chummy with the Chancery, it is the beginning of the end of your efficacy.
I remember once going to a meeting about the crazy sex ed program. I brought all the materials with me and spent 1/2 hour educating the Bishop's representative.
I presumed the meeting was called in good faith and after hearing the irrefutable evidence the program was perverted, against the Canons, not to mention creepy, weird and dangerous, the outcome of the education would be intervention.
Instead, I was invited to be on a Committee.
I remember saying I have a job, a family, a home, friends, relatives and a life. This action doesn't require any stinking committee. You just need to show it to the Bishop and then he makes a phone call and yanks the thing. It will be all over in an hour and a half. Why on earth would I put the needs of my family and life aside for months to sit in a room full of people you've stacked with victims of apostates? Is that what you've dragged me here for?
That was about fifteen years ago and I was never invited back.
Do you think it was something I said?
If you are a Catholic blogger, keep your distance from the Chancery - except to give them the goods and ask them for intervention. Your efficacy in freeing victims relies upon their knowledge in what will happen next if they don't intervene.
For the first few years, be prepared for passive-aggressive references about you on the Bishop's blog and Archdiocesan newspaper and MSM. Expect to be discredited, slandered, bullied, threatened.
When they realize your focus is solely Christ, they will come to terms with the checkmate. Eventually. After a lot of eggs on their faces.
You want and need the freedom to report what happened to Mrs. So and So when she wrote to tell the Bishop about the coven of women who are baking bread with cinnamon and sugar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
You want complete independence. Don't accept any invitations to meetings or swanky events. Don't take money or a job.
That's my advice. Take it for what it's worth!