Solipsistic, self-aggrandizing @FatherRosica dares to vet Catholic news sources

After the 2018 Synod (“walking together”) proposed that some authority should vet Catholic websites for their acceptability, THIS pops up.

Apparently Rosica handed it out himself to members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher.  Voris broke it.

Look at that list. It’s hilarious.   It is shocking only in its temerity, not in its choices.

With a couple of exceptions, I’d say that this is a helpful list of sources to avoid.

However, you can see where we are headed.

Yet another step toward the Church of the Hoopers.

No thanks.


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  1. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    “Hooper was no romantic. He had not as a child ridden with Rupert’s horse or sat among the camp fires at Xanthus-side; at the age when my eyes were dry to all save poetry – that stoic, red-skin interlude which our schools introduce between the fast-flowing tears of the child and the man – Hooper had wept often, but never for Henry’s speech on St Crispin’s day, nor for the epitaph at Thermopylae. The history they taught him had had few battles in it but, instead, a profusion of detail about humane legislation and recent industrial change. Gallipoli, Balaclava, Quebec, Lepanto, Bannockburn, Roncevales, and Marathon – these, and the Battle in the West where Arthur fell, and a hundred such names whose trumpet-notes, even now in my sere and lawless state, called to me irresistibly across the intervening years with all the clarity and strength of boyhood, sounded in vain to Hooper.”

  2. SemperServusDei says:

    I’m waiting now for the Vatican to produce an official “Index of Forbidden Websites”.

  3. roma247 says:

    Ah yes, but the most worrisome thing about being included on that “Index of Forbidden Websites” is that it is too great an honor. One risks taking pride in being the object of the ire of such as these…

  4. Lurker 59 says:

    Does the Magisterium have the right and responsibility to delineate what is and what is not sound authentic Catholic teaching in published materials? Yes.

    However, this is to be done according to correspondence to truth not according to political fashion.

    Does the current Magisterium have any concept of what the “internet” is in terms of a forum of ideas? It is abundantly clear that the current Magisterium does not. Even if we were to go through Inter mirifica, which is quaint and antiquated when applied to modern communication, we can find certain issues.

    That said, the core concepts in all of this is not an American understanding of the Press, the Press’ freedom, and a function of the Press as a distinct and separate estate from the others. Rather, the Press is seen as bound to truth and an organ of truth, and in the Catholic media, doctrine.

    The problem is that this pontificate has eschewed doctrine and truth and replaced them with politics. Thus, the Catholic Media and trusted media sources, is truly understood by this pontificate as that which promotes the certain politics of the day.

    It really is only about politics.

  5. FrAnt says:

    I’ll remember this list the next time the Catholic Communications Collection comes around.
    Trusted Sources of Catholic News as Approved by Fr. Anthony I
    Fr. Z:
    Church Militant:
    National Catholic Register:
    Various articles on
    There, I am a priest and I approve this list.

  6. Joe in Canada says:

    I thought the National Catholic Reporter was denied the use of the word “Catholic” by the bishop of the place where its headquarters are. Has that been changed?

  7. WmHesch says:

    The real goal of this talk of “approved websites” is SEO/ link building. It will NOT function as an imprimatur.

    For example, let’s say a story breaks that’s covered by everyone (e.g. “Discalced, Hair-Shirt-Clad Pope Francis Resigns, Implores God’s Forgiveness”), then US dioceses and major platforms will link to the approved media outlets, boosting their SEO rankings and increasing the “trust ranking” built into Google inter alia.

  8. JabbaPapa says:

    To suggest that these but not those should be hearkened to, the necessity of not listening to outright heretics withstanding of course, is pretty much the nature of anti-Catholicism as such.

    Didn’t Pope Martin V overtly condemn such blinkered clericalist us-and-them-ism back in the 15th Century ?

  9. Luminis says:

    Is this a joke?? Does any faithful Catholic trust The National Catholic Reporter??
    How could you not trust the Register??
    I cant stop shaking my head over this. The Reporter needs to be stripped of its use of the word Catholic as it is so far from being Catholic at all. Heaven help us!

  10. ChrisP says:

    Satan always let’s you know what he’s up to! And yes, I think Rosica is almost perfectly possessed.

  11. scotus says:

    Given that Thomas Rosica is, according to Wikipedia, “English language media attaché of the Holy See Press Office”, is Thomas Rosica issuing this list to all English-speaking countries? If so, it is interesting that he omits the website of the Catholic Bishops in England and Wales. Nor does he give his imprimatur to any Catholic newspaper published in the UK apart from The Tablet.

  12. richiedel says:

    It’s important to keep in mind that this list is coming from the same man who is known for blocking anyone and everyone on Twitter who has views divergent from his own, even when the people he blocks have had no interaction with him at all on the platform.

  13. I believe I am still blocked by him.

  14. jovan66102 says:

    Joe in Canada-At least two Bishops of Kansas City, in whose Diocese the offices of the National Catholic Fishwrap are located, have to my knowledged, ordered them to quit using the word ‘Catholic’ on their masthead. They’ve been ignored. IIRC, the Catholic Directory published by OSV makes the point the at the Fishwrap is ‘lay controlled’.

  15. jaykay says:

    AtraDicenda: thanks for the Waugh quote – it really encapsulates the major theme of the whole book. Still, the Flyte family demolish their palatial 18th century London mansion, purely to cash-in. So the spirit of Hooperism was all-pervasive, it seems. Ryder does a series of pictures to capture its glory, before the wrecking-ball descends, much as Waugh himself wrote about and deplored the ecclesial equivalent, just before his death. He was actually spared the worst.

    Intus, intus est equus Hooperianus.

    To judge by the Rosica list, that equus has spawned a vast herd.

  16. JabbaPapa says:

    Father Z :

    I believe I am still blocked by him

    Count your blessings …

  17. JustaSinner says:

    I think I read this in a novel for a High School class. I checked; I did! It was Orwell!

  18. JARay says:

    I strongly support the view that Fr. Rosica’s list is one of what to avoid if one seeks Catholic perspectives.

  19. SKAY says:

    Thank you for your list FrAnt.

    Father Z’s blog is my safe haven when I am looking for truth and sanity.
    Thank you Father Z.

  20. benedetta says:

    What a list! LOL

  21. Midwest St. Michael says:

    We can trust Fr. Rosica?

    The same man who told Michael Voris (while covering the first synod on the family a few years ago) that the Church no longer teaches the sin of fornication? [blech]


  22. hilltop says:

    There should be a badge that Father Z can wear and also display on his blog banner. A symbol indicating his exclusion from Rosica’s List. Hmmmm, oh, wait! I know: the Sign of the Cross! That’s the perfect symbol!

  23. Fr. Reader says:

    Internet is not paper. Things don’t work in the same way.

  24. Elizabeth D says:

    This thought came to mind–tongue in cheek, I think, about those who would squelch bishops voting for sex abuse accountability reforms, those who would squelch reporting on criticisms of the Pope, those who would restrict outspoken “conservative” bishops from traveling or even try to stop other bishops being friendly with them or inviting them, those who would deny others the right to uphold canon law and doctrine and Catholic tradition about this and that and the other: “they hate our freedom.” I am going to stop short of saying “they hate the glorious freedom of the children of God” since that is for God to know and judge us and our neighbor, though I know satan does hate exactly that freedom. I’m glad Jesus has won the victory and that He is present to us every day, offering His one saving sacrifice to the Father.

  25. HvonBlumenthal says:

    Petty soon we will have a new Index, a list of books which Catholics are forbidden to read because they are Catholic.

    Im prepared to bet that some of the Pauline epistles get put on the naughty list

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  27. Johann says:

    Yay! Now we have a list of all the fake news sites to avoid and boycott, including Rosica’s own outlet, Satan Light, along with the Fishwrap and the Poison Pill.

  28. Unwilling says:

    In June Francis enjoins silence not for prayer but for journalism rather than “delegitimizing an event”:
    Mind that scene in The Name of the Rose (movie) when the abbot asks William to investigate and know how to reveal or when necessary how to cover up.

  29. iPadre says:

    I was there. He bashed EWTN, Fox News, First Things, and “other Catholic media” as being biased and distorting. He claimed that what we hear is not what happened in the Synod and the document is “beautiful.” You “must be wise and prudent in discerning what you hear and read.” What a bunch of BS.

  30. Semper Gumby says:

    Fr. Rosica forgot to publish that list using the People’s Font: Gebrochene Grotesk. Oh well, the Struggle Session will clear up that oversight.

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