UPDATE: See below!
My spidey sense is tingling.
I’m having a flashback… but the details are a little vague. I need the help of the readership with this. You have long memories and can find stuff when you work together.
What brought this on?
The catholic Left is making more and more noises about repressing opinions that don’t coincide with their own. They are sending out whistles and signals. Some of them say they are tired of converts voicing opinions. That’s because converts tend to disagree with them. There are calls for Church authorities to “neutralize” people who don’t agree with the Left and to have them “purged“.
I suspect the Left’s next move will be something along the lines of calling for official guidelines or even legislation to “control” what is published (i.e., squelch opposition), a sort of Fairness Doctrine.
Such guidelines would be unenforceable, of course, but then they would have a sanctioned fire hose with which they could blast Catholics who dared to stand up to them.
And in calling for such a thing, they would, again, betray their hypocrisy.
This is where you readers come in. I have a fragment of a memory that you must fill in.
Waaay back in the day, during the pontificate of Pope St. John Paul II – of happy memory – the late Archbp. John Foley for many years ran the Vatican’s office for Social Communications.
If I remember correctly, at one point Foley raised the idea of licensing Catholic journalists. The lefties of the Fishwrap et al., had a full-fledged spittle-flecked nutty breakdown.
Do you remember that?
Once again, you readers have demonstrated your resourcefulness.
One of you sent excerpts from the 2002 document The Church and Internet:
II. 8. The proliferation of web sites calling themselves Catholic creates a problem of a different sort. As we have said, church-related groups should be creatively present on the Internet; and well-motivated, well-informed individuals and unofficial groups acting on their own initiative are entitled to be there as well. But it is confusing, to say the least, not to distinguish eccentric doctrinal interpretations, idiosyncratic devotional practices, and ideological advocacy bearing a ‘Catholic’ label from the authentic positions of the Church. We suggest an approach to this issue below.
III. 11. A special aspect of the Internet, as we have seen, concerns the sometimes confusing proliferation of unofficial web sites labeled ‘Catholic’. A system of voluntary certification at the local and national levels under the supervision of representatives of the Magisterium might be helpful in regard to material of a specifically doctrinal or catechetical nature. The idea is not to impose censorship but to offer Internet users a reliable guide to what expresses the authentic position of the Church.
Now we need the lib reactions.