Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Chilling effect on Catholic blogging?

Guy Noir - Private Eye is back to using carrier pigeons again; and today I received this lugubrious message folded up in a tiny paper that seemed to have been folded with a particular violence. But maybe I'm just projecting:
Do you recall asking if anyone thought this papacy has had a chilling effect on Catholic blogging?

Is there now any doubt? Pope Francis is the pope of one unanticipated surprise: demoralization.

In terms of conservative Catholic blogging, the answer is obviously a YES.

'Codgitator' has essentially ceased to publish. Whatever Bryan Cross' strange "Called to Communion" was, it is now so stale it is not worth a bother (but was also always strange). Father Dwight continues to opine from a comfortable Greenville SC safe house in a Pathos all-is-well mode. Amy Wellborn now does more travel blogging, understandably. Fr. Z plods along, but what is there to say? Etc etc.

And you have doubtless read over at 'Catholicam' this flatliner:
"When the guy in charge has absolutely zero interest in your concerns - and indeed, when it is questionable whether he even shares the most basic theological and philosophical assumptions as historic Catholicism - there is a strong sense of "Why bother?"
What can I possibly say?


4 comments:








Marcel Ghost

said...

They gave him their hearts, but he wanted their souls.





Chris Garton-Zavesky

said...

What can one say?

"The Holy Father will have much to suffer".

"At that moment, the cock crew".

"Jesus wept".


"If you want your children to lose their faith....."

and, finally,

"In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph"





Anonymous

said...

"When the guy in charge has absolutely zero interest in your concerns - and indeed, when it is questionable whether he even shares the most basic theological and philosophical assumptions as historic Catholicism - there is a strong sense of "Why bother?"

Amen!


Karl





Pertinacious Papist

said...

Chris,

Comments much appreciated!

PB