For decade after decade a liberal elite dominated the mass media. People hardly knew it, the domination was so pervasive and complete. Then, slowly but surely, a few conservatives clawed their way past the massive machine of opposition. So, it came to pass that some conservative (sane) talk radio hosts and cable news broadcasts managed to get a new voice into the public square. The libs were not happy. They still are not happy. All manner of lib trickery was attempted to silence the unwanted alternative voice in the public square which they had dominated for so long without opposition. It didn’t work. With the growth of the internet, the whole game has changed.
Right now, in Catholic media, the same thing is going on. The libs have had near total domination of large Catholic media outlets. The domination was so complete that barely anyone knew that they were being fed soul-annihilation. Small but faithful outlets such as The Wanderer kept a fingernail’s hold on the edge of the Catholic public square, as did a few others. Then voices such as Mother Angelica managed to claw their way through the opposition. People, who suddenly had an alternative, began to wake up. The libs were and are not happy. With the growth of the internet, they have no chance to maintain their uncontested hegemony.
You can tell how angry and frightened the catholic liberal Left is right now by how they are rushing higgledy-piggeldy to defend the claim that homosexual acts are really not so bad after all. THAT, friends, is the issue. This is about the long-desired goal of divorcing sexual acts from procreation. Once that can be accomplished, then anything goes in any and every sphere of Catholic life. The Church will forever be transformed into a sort of NGO with broad goals of niceness, providing really good salaries for the ones who run it.
The anger and fright of the catholic liberal Left has recently manifested itself through, among other ways, attacks on converts. Not long ago we saw that some radicalized catholic liberals, also defenders (at least) of homosexuality, opined that converts really shouldn’t be allowed to voice opinions. How tired they were of converts saying what they thought! Of course what they were really irritated with is that converts tend to be more conservative. Because they made a choice to become Catholics as adults – and indeed during difficult times for the Church – they often are better informed and more faithful when it comes to the Church’s doctrine. Of course converts have to be silenced!
Now we see the anger and fright of the catholic liberal Left coming out in attacks on “Catholic internet trolls”. That’s what an editorial at Jesuit (what else?) run Amerika Magazine did on 18 September. Here is a taste :
It is likewise a mistake to ignore or dismiss those whose so-called evangelization takes the form of online attacks, and whose goal seems to be a purge of Catholic voices who do not meet their standards of purity. Those who lead such efforts are claiming a kind of parallel magisterium, substituting their own outrage for the judgement of those who occupy the church’s legitimate teaching office.
They must be confronted, and church leaders—especially those whose viewpoints may differ from those of the persons under attack—should speak up strongly and clearly against these attacks and attempts at intimidation. The communion of the church needs to be defended—not from the peril of theological discussion but rather from that of being monitored and policed by the loudest and least loving voices among us.
This would be hilarious if it weren’t such a distortion of reality.
If there has ever been an effort to run a “parallel magisterium” it has been from the liberal Left! Think “Spirit of Vatican II”.
Amerika is worried about those who “occupy the church’s legitimate teaching office”? Oh, yeah? Where were they during the pontificates of John Paul II and of Benedict XVI? Were they out there fighting the good fight to uphold what these Popes taught? How have outlets like Amerika and Fishwrap etc. been in defending Veritatis splendor and Summorum Pontificum?
The hypocrisy of their concern for the magisterium is pathetic.
And, in their eyes, the crisis is so bad that the “communion of the church needs to be defended”. It is to laugh. Think about it. A small media outlet like Lifesite writes a story about a Jesuit and, “OMG! THE COMMUNION OF THE CHURCH IS UNDER ATTACK!” A small outlet like Church Militant writes a couple stories and, “OMG!….” A single little insignificant priest writes a blog post and, “OMG! If we don’t do something about these people IT’S THE END OF EVERYTHING!”
How about that phrase, “the loudest and least loving”. Niiiice. First, they judge the love of others. Then, “loudest”? For crying out loud, THEY are the loudest! Do you want the LOUDEST voices in the Church? They have to be Amerika and Fishwrap and Civiltà and all these established liberal organs.
To put this into perspective, I am like a guy on a street corner with an open guitar case, busking my little tunes, while Amerika and Fishwrap are a Village People tribute band on top of the Empire State Building with full media coverage. THEY are the loudmouths around here.
Some days back the some Jesuit Conference or other issued an official statement of full-throated support for James Martin’s notions in his book.
They have undertaken a war campaign of intimidation and bullying against the little guy.
I had questions… questions… about why and for what purpose Fr. Martin was to speak at a national major seminary… not university, mind you… seminary… when his very name these days brings a single thing to mind: the homosexualist agenda. I asked questions about that. I’d ask them again. Speaking at a university or a community college is one thing. Speaking at a seminary, for their 100th anniversary, is another. And everyone knows I’m right about that.
And yet the Jesuits are getting out their dogs and firehoses. The machine needs to silence the voices of those who have a right to be heard.
The moderation queue is ON.