Friday, December 11, 2015
ARE BLOGS RADICALIZING CATHOLICS RIGHT AND LEFT?
For example, when the new and glorious translation of the Mass came out, there was a concerted effort by the Praytell blog to whip progressives into a radicalized frenzy to oppose it and demand a 1998 version of English or simply maintain the highly inadequate 1970 version. Boy were they hopping mad and hell has no fury compared to a liturgist scorned.
Of course the same blog decried Summorum Pontificum although the most interesting comments came from SP's supporters and the most cogent ones too, which often got them banned. But we've been banned in better places.
Of course blogs radicalize rank and file Catholic laity and clergy and most of them turn the Liturgy into an idol and forget that the Liturgy, no matter the legitimate form, is the Holy Sacrifice of Christ renewed in an unbloody way which opens the way to the Eucharistic Banquet of the Body and Blood of Christ for those in a state of grace. There is also the banquet of God's word although it too very much a part of the sacrificial nature of the Mass.
Then on the other end is Rorate Caeli and Pewsitter. Often I think I just shouldn't read their opinions because it isn't healthy for my faith or my charity. And there are others that really are whipping up neo-conservatives into a radicalized frenzy opposing Pope Francis and everything His Holiness stands for.
I have never experienced in the Church the polarization that is taking place and negative attitudes expressed publicly for the Magisterium of the Church and the person of the pope, be he Benedict or Francis. It is a politicization of our Church leaders and down right nasty and unfortunate.
Oh how I long for the days when Catholics were told and they then obeyed, not to read anything that didn't have an imprimatur on it. Blogs need this too and it would be a healthy thing to submit to Holy Mother Church and wait for an imprimatur.