My general sentiments are: Some things in this life require outrage. The problem we have in Rome is one of them.
But, I am in agreement with many of bear's most recent observations about the response Pope Francis pontificate has elicited on Catholic blogs.
I'm not a person with a propensity toward despair or letting negative emotions find a home in my heart and intellect. The sacraments and intimacy with Christ are my oxygen - so synthesizing the Holies of Holies and the angelic mystical world as associated with the broken and corrupt, thereby weakening my own faith, is impossible for me. I'm truly baffled how anyone would or could make an intellectual association between the reception of Divinity and Christ in one's soul and all its gifts and effects with the products of sin, and reach a conclusion they need to stay away from Christ's Intimacy and Divinity in His Sacraments. (IMHO, this is also an intellectual product of some kind of deadly sin that requires the Sacraments.)
But, people do leave comments on the blog and reach out to me personally to discuss their despair. Not very often, but it does happen and I see its effects on Facebook and other public media sources. I understand why the bear made a personal decision to stop writing about the big problem and return to evangelism.
I started this blog in the late 90's to chronicle various catechetical, liturgical, problems in the Chancery in the Archdiocese of Boston. As I've written about before, Thousands of faithful Catholics tried to resolve misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance of teaching and sanctification of their loved ones internally for decades. We went all the way up to dicasteries in Rome on many occasions. Those efforts were a complete waste of time. Most of us have boxes of patronizing communications expressing gratitude for bringing the problem to their attention, but the spiritual abusers were actually coddled and emboldened.
Similar to the effects of episcopal enabling and coddling of ephobophiles, the enabling and coddling of spiritual abuse made problems worse.
Similar to the public exposition of coddling ephobophiles, blogging about heresy and liturgical nonsense in parishes (and the Chancery) is THE ONLY response that will bring a screeching halt to spiritual malpractice.
I couldn't count the number of priests who have told me that they stopped something or refused to do something because they "didn't want to read about it on your blog". Priests friendly to practicing Catholics have said it with a grin, priests no so friendly through gritted teeth. Faithful bishops telling war stories of catechetical problems told me they wished I lived in their diocese, that it was 'too bad' when bishops don't know how to 'use you' to defect criticism and blame when he explains why some half-baked idea can't be implemented.
We have many years of experience in how bishops license spiritual abuse.
With respect to the Holy Father - et al - we've tried internal charitable dialogue to explain the effects upon the family and Church and ask him to stop it. The response has been enabling, coddling, promoting praise and defense of abusers and ridicule, slander, removals and vindictive punishments directed towards people asking him to stop it. Sadly, this is all very familiar to us.
I do not know who or what he is or why and frankly, after experiencing the damages in my own network of poorly catechized Catholics, and his response to our disclosures, I do not give a damn. I pray fervently for him and I'm doing my best to continue to say what needs to be said in charity and love. It certainly is not the behavior of any prelate I've ever met whose desires were for children to have access to the tools to live every day in a state of Sanctifying Grace. As a mother and grandmother, that is all I need to know.
It's been my experience that public exposition has an immediate effect upon episcopal leaders who operate this way. As bad as things are, I believe the public exposition has effectuated an inability to fully roll out ideas and plans. We will never know in this life whether a desired letter written to German Bishops about reception of the Blessed Sacrament would have instructed them to give it out like bubble gum. Or whether the Holy Father is dealing the cards to faithful Catholic Bishops. Or a little of both.
The non-answer paved the way to deflect criticism from the Holy Father. Which ever way it turns out. This is how the game is played. It will be left to the minority of German Bishops to what we refer to in Boston as "gum it up".
This minority needs the back up of faithful Catholics in the public square. More than ever. This back up is also essential to the handful of Romans (working with Cardinal Burke) to our local priests and bishops.
The problem for Catholic bloggers is, things have reached a point where something screwy is happening every day. If you haven't ramped up your apostolate to several writers who can focus on different things, your stuck making choices about what is more important service to Christ's Mystical Body on a particular day.
For me, writing about this stuff is the complete opposite of what I say and do in my real life. The zeal for the teachings of the House of the Lord, love, joy, compassion, laughter is on the backburner on the blog. As the hauntings from the Romans ramp up, I do struggled with what to do about the blog.
Lately, I've been choosing my battles, writing about my zeal for Christ's teachings or writing less often. I'm feeling a change down the road, but I'm not sure what it will mean. I may recruit a few others and create a new blog that can focus on zeal while still producing back up, I may cut back to writing once a week. I'm praying about it. You'll be the first to know when I come to a decision.
One thing I do know: I'm not going to stop writing about the buffoonery.