Sunday, August 2, 2015
Our Catholic Bear Reports Damian Thompson Somewhat Stunning Perception that Catholic Blogosphere is Irrelevant
Bear's post here.
Damian's ideas about the irrelevance of blogosphere are somewhat surprising.
The funny thing is, I don't any Catholic who thinks Damian Thompson is relevant. LOL. Or for that matter, thinks secular newspapers are relevant. I haven't picked up a secular newspaper for years. Every serious practicing Catholic I am acquainted with - and there are thousands - also has stopped reading secular newspapers.
We get all of our news from reliable news sources like Pewsitter, Lifesite News, Rorate Caeli.
As the Bear duly notes, Catholic blogosphere has become more relevant than ever under the reign of the starvation of theology, friends with benefits, sickle and fist papacy.
Catholic blogs feed and fire up the engines of Catholic erudites who then take the talking points and blow up facebook. Newspapers eventually pick up the story of the controversy and at some point, the goliath in St Peter's Square is forced into damage control from the rock that hit them between their eyes. Sometimes that happens quickly and sometimes they need a couple of dozen rocks before they wave the white flag. The inevitability of their surrender is guaranteed. And so with confidence we take up our positions and fire when we see the whites of Goliath's eyes.
We have never, at least in our lifetime, had to fight the battle at the level of the Chair of Peter. The battle for the soul of the Church always been underneath the Chair of Peter. But we are a seasoned army who knows its enemy well. And we are relentless.
Pope Francis has not yet enlisted in the army of the enemy. He has taken up a sniper position against us and is firing away. I think he is surprised to see us firing back. My gut instincts tell me he expected our allegiance to the Chair of Peter to protect the heresy he has suggested we assume informally in praxis.
My gut instincts tell me, the surprise return of fire has delayed his enlistment. I don't think he ever will and the reason he never will is because of underground consecrated army of the Blessed Virgin and Sacred Heart of Jesus operating at Catholic blogs.
That is not to say he will not do terrible damage to this generation, world, Church that may take years to recover. That is not to say the suffering of watching the people we love being pied pipered from the loss of their salvation by a pope will be any less painful.
I AM saying there is no question that the Holy Father thinks what is being said on blogs is relevant and will affect his game plan. He has acknowledged his critics in America and expressed his desire to evaluate substance.
What exactly does Damian think is irrelevant 'bout 'dat?