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What is this about? A friend of mine in the UK who has the blog Mulier Fortis posted an interesting piece which deserves some thought.
My emphases and comments.
Bishops Contemplate A Bit Of Blogger…
Finally, I get to post something original… and I haven’t caught even a smidgeon of this in the blogosphere, so this could even be a Mulier Fortis exclusive. Please remember this little fact when you see it later on more famous (and more interesting) blogs… it would be nice to have a busy com-box for a change…
I have heard a rumour or two (no names, no pack-drill) that the Bishops of England and Wales discussed the blogging phenomenon during their Low Week meeting this year. [If they didn't, they are even farther behind the curve than one might have imagined.]
Nothing too surprising (or noteworthy) in that, you might think. Practically everything on the planet, if it possesses a pulse, has heard of blogging. It’s even been mentioned on BBC Radio 4. [LOL!]
The interest arises from the further rumour that their Lordships discussed the "reining in" of several priestly bloggers in their dioceses… allegedly. I think there may even have been mention of some sort of "imprimatur" being required… [Yah... that'll work.]
This is hugely entertaining, in view of the fact that almost no publications bother with the imprimatur these days, not even RE textbooks produced for use in Catholic schools… and, in reality, it is possible to be promoted in Catholic Cathedrals while publicly dissenting from Catholic teaching… [Exactly.]
For some strange reason, the phrase "Come and have a go, if you think you’re hard enough!" [Or, in American: "Go ahead! Make my day!"] keeps flitting through my consciousness… I have a sneaking suspicion that one or two priestly bloggers of my acquaintance would smile seraphically at whoever attempted to deliver the gagging order and boot the whole issue straight "upstairs" ! I don’t know which Vatican Department deals with such appeals, but I have little doubt that the priests in question would get a favourable hearing. [About that I am not so sure. But... it would simply drive the bloggers to anonymity, increase their traffic, and no bishop would benefit in the long run.]