Posted by Paddy MacLachlan
As most of the Catholic blogs (in fact most blogs about anything) come from the USA, many of them have been preoccupied with the Republican Party’s presidential nominations. Which is as interesting to the average Asian as cricket is to the average American. So for us, it’s been a pretty quiet week out here, as we float around in the blogosphere.
One subject which can always be relied upon to ignite comment is the debate over same-sex marriages – and it didn’t disappoint this week. A recent statement attributed to the Pope, which suggested that he deemed them a threat to humanity, has rumbled all around the Church. Andrew Brown, blogging for The Guardian, short-circuited the argument by saying the Pope didn’t say that at all. Quite a surprise, coming from a writer who normally lambasts things Papal.
He had critical words to say about Philip Pullella, whom he described as (normally) “one of the very best and most experienced Vatican correspondents.” Signore Pullella responded at length to this, justifying why he had attributed that sentiment to the Pope. Brown had the decency to reprint the response in full – which makes very interesting reading – and withdraw his criticism in light of it.
Whether the Pope meant it or not, it got people talking. Predictably, it infuriated the organization known as Dignity USA, whose purpose is to “celebrate the wholeness and holiness of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Catholics,” and who described the statement as “a rant.” Here’s what their leader has to say. Whether you sympathize or violently disagree, for the sake of being briefed on all sides of the divide, it’s an interesting listen.
Words of support for homosexual couples came, perhaps surprisingly, from the Bishop of Ragua, Paolo Urso. This did not go down at all well with the Rorate Caeli blog, who said it was symptomatic of the crisis in the Church that is brought about by the crisis of bishops.
Aside from the week’s big issue, the rest of our selections are simply personal observations from various bloggers, some entertaining, some inspiring.
A blog that’s new to us called Abbey Roads describes an Epistle that gives him strength. Father Z, the priest behind What Does The Prayer Really Say? offers a perceptive insight on the Italian cruise ship that sank this week. On the lighter side, Rorate Caeli (again) argued that the masterful coastguard who took control and who was heard berating the absconding captain on news reports worldwide, should immediately be ordained as a bishop.
Keeping it light, the Hermeneutic of Continuity issues a plea for everyone to stop using the word “vibrant.” We couldn’t agree more and could we make the same plea for “empower” and “passionate” when it’s used to describe something that no one in their right mind could get passionate about? “Passionate About Logistics”? Per-lease!
The Curt Jester wants to sell us an electronic gadget that cuts out distractions during prayer. Totally fictitious, unfortunately, but a great idea and sales pitch:
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things pass away: God never changes.
Patience obtains all things. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing; God alone suffices.
And the SSV-33 full spectrum distraction analyzer will get you there!
Finally, on our trawl through the blogs we always visit The Ironic Catholic. For all sorts of reasons, she’s decided to take a sabbatical from blogging. Naturally, we wish her all the best and hope to see her back in the blogosphere one day.
Please tell us what you think of our selection. Are there any other blogs that you think we should be looking at?