Nuncio says Rome has more interest in internet than a “terna” his sends

My friend Fr. Ray Blake of Brighton’s St. Mary Magdalen has this interesting piece:

Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, the Apostolic Nuncio [in the UK] has given an interview to The Tablet, apparently. Why such a good man should not choose a mainstream Catholic journal or newspaper but prefer a fanzine which sets itself the task of opposing every thought, word and deed of the Holy Father, I am not sure. Apparently in the interview he says Rome, now, seems to take more interest in the internet than in a "Ternas" submitted by him[If that is true, that signals that the Congregation has finally adjusted its learning curve.]

Obviously Rome has learnt from the Williamson debacle but also learnt that the news and views of epicopabili are online, […and, of course, views about them…] and readily available to the various Roman dicasteries but also to the media, and actually to individual members of the faithful, a whiff of scandal once on-line is there forever. Recent episcopal appointments in the States indicate Rome tends to appoint priests who have a positive and strong, paper and internet trail behind them, for the most part they have either worked in Rome or have been military chaplains, where their careers are heavily documented.  [A point I have made often.]

I don’t think Rome takes much interest in priest bloggers, [You would be surprised.] though we all have regular Vatican visitors, we tend not to get involved in personal criticism but I am sure it is fascinated by what on-line newspapers have to say and I am sure someone trawls through pastoral letters on diocesan websites. One blog that does have influence is Damian Thompson’s, though I feel for anyone who is thrown into the bear pit of his readers. There is a rumour that Damian’s unrelenting ridicule of his pastoral ineptitude cost one ecclesiastic preferment to a high position. Today he has a very beautiful post about the meeting of faith and beauty at the Oratory Carol service. He always writes beautifully about music.

 

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14 Responses to Nuncio says Rome has more interest in internet than a “terna” his sends

  1. ssoldie says:

    “I don’t think Rome takes much interest in priest bloggers” I will make bet, that they surely do.

  2. Athelstan says:

    One blog that does have influence is Damian Thompson’s, though I feel for anyone who is thrown into the bear pit of his readers.

    Damian must have a broad smile on his face this morning.

    But his Grace needs to surf a little more (or maybe not). Damian’s readers are mostly pussycats compared to some places on St. Blogs (let alone some political websites).

    A blessed Christmas and Advent to everyone at WDTPRS.

  3. mpm says:

    To me this implies that we need to be very judicious in what we say about others, lest their Internet image tar them for life!

    On the other hand, I didn’t know that “Damo” can sing!

  4. Tom in NY says:

    I can’t find the original, but readers may remember a comment attributed to Richelieu, “Never write a letter, and never discard one.” What’s changed?
    Ante scribendum, cogitandum.

  5. chonak says:

    What an odd perspective for a nuncio. It’s as if he had “gone native”.

  6. Ferde Rombola says:

    Isn’t it axiomatic that an interview in a ‘fanzine’ reaches a different auidence than one in a Catholic publication, which is preaching to the choir?

  7. Calling the Tablet a fanzine?

    Man. I think fanzines have just been insulted.

  8. boko fittleworth says:

    “Recent episcopal appointments in the States indicate Rome tends to appoint priests who have a positive and strong, paper and internet trail behind them, for the most part they have either worked in Rome…”

    Ring any bells, WDTPRS-ers?

  9. Tom in NY says:

    Amici: imaginem sororis religionis in pagina RP Blake videlicet.
    Pax et bonum Nativiatis omnibus.

  10. Tom in NY says:

    corrigendum: Nativitatis

  11. wanda says:

    Hmmm, did you hear that Father? ‘I don’t think Rome takes much interest in Priest bloggers.’

    I think I would say, Uh, well we do and thank God for them, especially Fr. Z..

    Blessed Christmas to all.

  12. wanda: With respect to my good friend Fr. Blake, I am not sure that he is right on this matter.

  13. Hidden One says:

    In any case, Fr. Blake has amended his article.

  14. wanda says:

    Fr. Z., I’m sorry if I gave any offense, that was not my intention. Your posts contain so much that I would never have known, it is a true treasure. I am continually amazed at the level of knowledge of Church and Faith matters evidenced in your readers comments, as well. Keep ‘confirming the brethren’, Father.