…From their side of the table, Church officials are deeply wary of an interactive, lightening-speed media that seems to have no boundaries, rules or limitations. A major theme, put forward by Fr. Frederico Lombardi of the Vatican Press Office and American institutional blogger Elizabeth Scalia, continues to be the supposed “lack of charity” shown by bloggers who reveal the failings of Churchmen. It was clear, however, that these officials were aware of the problems and genuinely wanted to begin a new, less mutually suspicious relationship. And the bloggers responded eagerly to the extended hand…. (Source)
The more I read this, the more I am less and less impressed with how this whole “lack of charity” theme was pushed. Fr. Lombardi was pushing it. So was Archbishop Claudio Celli. And also Elizabeth Scalia, from the Anchoress. I would really like to know why she even brought up the topic. Was it something she thought would be a good topic to discuss, or was the topic suggested to her by Fr. Lombardi or Cardinal Celli?
The topic in and of itself is fine and legitimate, of course. But it’s the political mileage gained for those who use it to silence or dumb down legitimate criticism of their actions which concerns me. Why wasn’t there a time to discuss how the blogosphere can be used to root out corruption in the Church? Or how to use it to mobilize lay Catholics against liberals and heretics? I guess that didn’t get on the agenda.