Do you recall asking if anyone thought this papacy has had a chilling effect on Catholic blogging?What can I possibly say?
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?"
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
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: