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I have not been to Hippie’s site in about 4 months. I see that she has not posted since I last visited.

Apparently, she’s not doing so great.

Please keep her in your prayers as she battles her Depression.  She’s on the wrong side of the truth on all issues of any consequence, but at least she’s not lukewarm…which is a positive sign in some respects. God can work with that.

She’s in my prayers as part of my Adopt-A-Pro-abort campaign.

In case you’re out there, Hippie, I don’t do Monday 12-1 AM any more. It’s too late.  But now I do Tuesday 10-11 PM and Friday 11-12 PM.  You’re first in my prayers.

When the shrinks and lab-coats fail you, there’s one other place to try.  Don’t forget that.

God works through our weaknesses and sicknesses to bring about a greater good….if we accept them.

Ya’ never know, one day the Unrepentant might become Repentant.

 

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Socon or Bust has no pretensions about being a big player in the blogosphere.  Lots of views has never been our gig, although we don’t mind the traffic when we do get it.  Our gig is about being relevant and shaking things down when the cages need to be rattled, as well as moving things forward towards the One True Faith and the Dignity of Human Life.  It’s not about the numbers. It’s about results.  If you’re not getting results as an activist blogger, then you’re wasting  your time.

We average about 500 daily views.  Peanuts by some standards, but considering the return on investment, we punch way above our weight.  Not bragging…just stating a fact.  And there’s more of that to come in the near future.

On the other hand, some multi-million dollar media empires have buzillions of dollars thrown at them from various Church quarters and companies, and they can’t get above 1000 or so subscribers. They have minimum impact because they water-down and bleach the Faith.

I wonder if their sponsors have ever done a value-for-money audit.  In these times of fiscal restraint, frugality, accountability and stewardship, Catholic sponsors should demand results and leave the bull puckey to the Church politicians.

Some times these ventures become about one individual and career advancement instead of about The Faith.

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Sorry everyone, I couldn’t make it to the Flame in time today on Parliament Hill.  Will make it up at the Voris event which you’re all coming to on May 24, right?

We’ll go out for a brewskie afterwards with Michael and celebrate putting the boot to social justice in the Church.

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Deborah Gyapong has suggested that Pro-Life Bloggers meet up after the March starts, but I don’t think I can do that with kids and all.

I’ll be arriving at Parliament Hill around Noon with my family and some family friends.  But I would like to say hello to any fellow bloggers and Socon or Bust readers at the Centennial Flame, say between 12:15-12:30PM.

I think this is a great idea. Let’s make it an annual event!

Maybe we can pay a visit to the CBC’s truck at the March and express our collective blogger “concern” over their coverage of prior years.

 

 

 

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Relations between Catholic bloggers and Church officials have at times been quite strained as the new media has developed in the last couple years. Some prelates, clergy, and chancery officials have expressed strong reservations about the Catholic blogosphere, with some even speaking quite derogatorily.

Church leaders have been angered by the penchant of many bloggers to call them out on their failures to expound and defend controversial Catholic teachings on moral issues like contraception, homosexuality, and abortion.

The difficulties got to the point that last year the Vatican convened a special conference for bloggers to try to build bridges and learn more about this new method for advancing the Gospel.

But now even the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is saying Catholic bloggers have a “critical role” in defending the Church.

In a new statement on religious freedom released today they write:

The Catholic Church in America is blessed with an immense number of writers, producers, artists, publishers, filmmakers, and bloggers employing all the means of communications—both old and new media—to expound and teach the faith. They too have a critical role in this great struggle for religious liberty. We call upon them to use their skills and talents in defense of our first freedom. (Source)

I’m all for co-operation on a case-by-case basis. Religious liberty is a no-brainer.  The question is not Blogger orthodoxy, but rather how serious the Bishops are about fighting Obama.  Is it all just talk or are they going to call Obama’s Bluff and shut down the hospitals?  Bloggers are willing to mix it up with the culture, and co-operate with the leadership of the U.S. Bishops, if they’re not just blowing smoke.  God help them if they yank the carpet from our feet and don’t follow through, though, once they start the train rolling.

Just a little warning to my fellow bloggers:  don’t get too cozy with the Bishops or else you lose your relevance and moral authority. Co-operation is on a “contract”, case-by-case basis.  The Catholic world has shifted because of the Catholic Blogosphere and Catholic New Media and that’s no embelishment, either.   We need to circle the wagons when the necessity arises, but we need to break up the wagons when the Bishops aren’t doing their jobs.

There’s no blogger blank cheque for the bishops.  There’s a very low limit on the credit card that they should be permitted to draw from.

Let’s not forget who put us in this mess, in the first place.

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Moscow, March 26, Interfax – Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia advises Orthodox bloggers to direct their “enhanced energy” to real work.

“It’s enough to follow the discussions in blogs of believers, both laity and clerics. After reading them, you often think: “if to use this energy for good purposes!” the Patriarch said at a session of the Coordination Committee on Promoting Social, Educative, Cultural and other Initiatives under Auspices of the Russian Church.

He asked a question to the participants in these Internet discussions: “You speak very decisively – but what are your real work and your real deeds? What are your practical actions?”

“I don’t underestimate importance and need of deep, serious discussion among Orthodox believers, but I want to remind to its every participant, that the Savior speaks directly to you: “By their fruits you will know them.” By their fruit, not by their chats, jokes, desire to look strong, clever, convincing, biting and so on,” the Primate stressed. (Source)

It’s true…unless you are using the blog to effect meaningful change.

 

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A shout-out to all the bloggers listed on the “Society’s” page….

You are all welcome to come out to hear Michael Voris on May 24 here in Ottawa.

We might go out for a pint afterwards and shoot the S. 

Who knows? Could be the start of a wonderful romance.

 

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Here

Story about it here.

Excerpt:

“These blogs were not narrowly political, angry or philistine,” he said in an email interview. “They were well-written, by people who seemed to be alive in their faith, in their families, in their priestly and religious vocations.”

Narrow. Check.

Political. Check.

Angry. Checkerona.

Philistine.  Checkmate.

This explains why I didn’t make the cut. :)

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As I mentioned earlier during the month, Socon or Bust is folding up the tent.

The scheduled departure date is scheduled for Fri. Dec.23, 2011.

I’d like to offer a few clarifications, thoughts, and details about our imminent departure from the blogosphere. Read the rest of this entry »

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#2.  Not bad.

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I’m so glad the stereotype sticks.

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Easy as….

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Check this out.  Pay particular attention to the 8 minute and 15 minute marks.

Just what precisely makes Salt + Light think that it has any more credibility than an average blogger?  The expensive cameras?  The TV studio?  The budget?  I get a kick out of the establishment media trying to analyze the blogosphere, and then telegraph how readers should be more discerning about bloggers’ claims. Of course, for them, they don’t have to play by the same rules as we do because, you know, they have this aura of “officiality” about them, so anything they say kind of goes….It’s not like big media stars have not fallen in recent years, is it?

It is to laugh.

The reality, however, is something quite different. The messy truth of the matter is that the Consensus Catholic Lapdog Press has a lot going AGAINST THEM even before they say a single word….

#1 – Their reporters are stringently muzzled on what they can and can’t say.  They follow their superiors’ orders on what stories to cover and what stories they should cover-up.

#2 – Their reporters are financially beholden to the sexual orientation of their organization’s financiers because they’re on the payroll.

#3 – Their reporters are subject to the bizarre imbalances of their CEO priest who has a penchant for wild rantings against the pro-life movement, suspicions about the traditional liturgy, and a more-than-mild paranoia with basement bloggers.

What these fellows in suits just don’t get is that credibility is earned by reporting the facts, holding firm to the Faith once delivered to the Saints, being transparent during controversies, and being tenacious about cover-ups.  And, above all, having a love for the truth.   The fact that the Catholic media is in crisis right now is largely because they don’t do these things.   

At the 8 minute mark of their segment on Catholic blogs, Salt + Light producer, Kris Dmytrenko, claims that traditional publications like The Catholic Register offer a more balanced view of Catholic opinion because they have such a diverse cacauphony of voices, whereas Catholic blogs which may have only 1 or 2 bloggers can lead to a “ghettoization” because of an obstensibly narrower world view. 

This argument, of course, is completely vacuous. Read the rest of this entry »

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…Archbishop Celli contended that Catholic media should be at the service of the culture. He explained that media should know how to enter “in this search that man embarks upon every day […] as instruments of this ‘diaconia’ of the culture […] instruments that teach what it means to dialogue, to be men who respect others’ positions, who know how to welcome, who know how to understand.” “I emphasize it again,” Archbishop Celli stated, “We are not seeking a religious fundamentalism, because sometimes this is the risk. And the Church itself is not that; it is not a ‘tower of marble’” that proudly stands “in its possession of the truth”, but rather a Church that knows how to welcome, understand, dialogue, respect.”…(Source)

So Archbishop Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and no doubt a really good friend of Fr. Rosica, thinks that there is a “risk” of sounding a little too triumphalistic in our “fundamentalism”.  It sure sounds like he’s right in line with his friend in the wabbly fromage camp and against the “rigidity” of the Catholic blogosphere:  

“We have a right and a duty… to take objection with these young people (including young professors), who, through their theology courses and rigid beliefs, wish to move the Ecumenical movement back to a time it knew no possibilities for growth”… The next step is to work on “twinning” churches, where churches begin to do some real sharing and experimenting with liturgies.”

It’s all part of the “welcoming and understanding, sweaty-palm, back-slapping, good times” church. 

Oooops(That’s what the bean counters in the corporate accounting world used to call a “CLM” when I was a young whipper-snapper.  CLM = “career limiting move”.)

Tower of marble and possessing the truth

What’s wrong with that?  Why can’t it be both welcoming and triumphalistic? In fact, it is both.  It’s not either/or.  That’s a protestant invention, not worthy of Catholic sensibilities.  Open your minds and your hearts, dear fathers!  The reality is that the early Christians were not shy about welcoming people into the Faith, but they were not skimpy on being “triumphalistic” about Jesus or the Church, either.  In fact, St. Paul had other ideas about “pillars and truth”:

But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. – 1 Tim 3:15

Now, I don’t want to make too big a deal over Archbishop Celli’s comments which are, let’s face it, a dig against us triumphalists.  After all, he “emphasizes” how we should  learn how to “welcome” and “understand”.  All is cloaked in soft and gentle words.  Who can be against welcoming and understanding and stroking and swooning?  It’s like being against “human rights” or “social justice”.  Who could possibly be against that? /end sarcasm

What should have happened at this blogger conference is someone should have taken on Archbishop Celli and probed him a bit to find out exactly what he meant by his words in that article.  But instead, we find some of these bloggers forgetting one of the reasons for their existence is to decline the Professional Catholic-grade Koolaid which is served to them and instead boldly ask for the real wine

There’s nothing really worse in this gig than institutional, Katholic Koolaid bloggers who have traded in their discernment for a seat at the velvet table.  As soon as the Catholic blogosphere gives the Vatican bureaucracy and CanChurch a pass and effectively joins the rest of the Catholic lapdog press, that’s the moment we cease to be who we are and what we are for.  We will have lost our relevance.  Our independence, orthodoxy, and ability to call out the corruption is THE CENTRAL CORE FEATURE which makes us so needed and dangerous

Once the Professional Catholics put a condom on bloggers, our blogging intercourse is no longer dangerous.  It becomes safe and sterile.  And when it becomes safe and sterile, blogdom is dead….just like those who practiced “safe sex” are dead.

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…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.

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…Elizabeth Scalia, who writes “The Anchoress,” said that while the mainstream media tend to view blogs as “little more than a means of self-promotion,” the Catholic blogs generally are real sources of “Catholic clarity.”

But bloggers can’t claim to be purveyors of clarity unless they do so with charity, she said.

“Charity is one of the biggest challenges we face,” she said, because “freedom is both a gift and a source of temptation for our egos.” (Source)

Why does “charity” get such a high place in these discussions?  What about the truth and the cover-ups in CanChurch? How come that’s not discussed? 

Please!  Have some regard for the truth about the baby-murdering enablers that are on the dole in the Catholic Church. That’s what we should be talking about, not some stupid, diversionary tactics like good manners.  They should listen to Pio, instead:

“I beg you not to criticize me by invoking charity, because the greatest charity is to deliver souls held fast by Satan in order to win them over to Christ.” – Saint Padre Pio

Besides, we wouldn’t be having issues with “charity”, if some of the members of the Council who hosted this conference actually practiced it themselves.

Hypocrisy doesn’t sell in the blogosphere.

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The current Taliban Catholic Blogger conference in Rome got me thinking about a pub night here in Ottawa where Catholic bloggers can come and rejoice at our mutual successes and commiserate over the State of the Church.

Even if a dozen people showed up, it would be a start.  Good way to plan strategy against the Professional Catholics and CanChurch too.  It would give a chance to all our readers to come out and meet the blogger.  And it also would give us a chance to meet our (secret) fans and commentators, who many more times than not, are more clever than us!

This will not be “a monthly” event.  We don’t want to get too institutionalized and typical.  The wind blows where it will, and the blogosphere and its clandestine meetings are as unpredictable (or…uh…predictable depending on your perspective) as a Fr. Rosica “violent, hatey-hate-hate” outburst at LifeSiteNews!

Never know. Maybe +Prendergast will come out, incognito. 

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Da tempo i bloggers di cose religiose sono una voce importante del web. I loro blog vengono letti in Vaticano. Fanno opinione. Dico di più: influenzano le decisioni nei piani alti.

For some time, bloggers on religious matters have been an important voice on the web. Their blogs are read in the Vatican. They influence opinions. I would say more: they influence decisions on the upper floors. (Source)

Maybe the occasional visit by the Vatican to Socon or Bust isn’t the janitor, after all.

This little revelation also explains why CanChurch wants so much to control the Catholic blogosphere and empty and neuter it.

Sorry, ain’t gonna happen.  The very nature of the Catholic blogopshere is not to go along to get along, but really to get at the truth.

If the powerbrokers in CanChurch think otherwise, they’re in for a rude awakening.

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The Other Rome Blognic

Ooops. There’s goes Fr. Rosica’s big plan to corale the Catholic blogosphere. 

All the hip Catholic bloggers are going to be having a beer and yucking it up at a pub. I’m loving it!

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UPDATE: Keynote speaker will be the rootin’ tootin’ Michael Voris of Real Catholic TV.com and The Vortex, speaking on

“How the blogs and ‘new media’ are shaping the New Evangelisation”

Do you have a blog on which you write about Catholic stuff?

Do you read Catholic blogs?

Do you comment on Catholic blogs?

Are you planning on going to Rome for the Beatification of John Paul II?

Are you pretty sure you’re not going to get invited to the Vatican’s blognic?

Do you suspect that they found your work just a leeetle too … err… forthcoming about the bishops, the Church, the state of things? Do you suspect that you’d probably be regarded as a “Taliban Catholic” blogger in certain circles?

Or just don’t think you can face hours of talks on “the initiatives that the Church is putting in place in the world of new media, whether in Rome or at the local level” by Vatican bureaucrats?

Come to the *other* Catholic blogger Rome blognic…

*Shaping the Narrative: how Catholic “new media” is re-defining the global Catholic debate*

and talk about what *YOU* want to talk about…

Unlike the Vatican’s, ours will be FUN!

AND ours will have beer…

AND pizza…

AND we’ll let you come in your pyjamas if you want.

Tell your bloggy friends and enemies.

Where?

We’re still in the process of organising this (since we just dreamed it up on Friday). More details about location will follow, but right now we’re looking at a very central venue, Scholar’s Lounge Pub, the home of the Rome Pub Quiz, which is on all the Centro’s bus and tram routes. So it will be an easy access to wherever you’ll be camping for the Beatification.

Things we do know:

1) you will be allowed to talk about whatever YOU want

2) No Vatican prelate will bore you into early-onset Alzheimer’s engage you in a meaningful dialogue

3) the talks will all be in English

4) all the cool kids will be there

For now, the plan is to have two formal “talks,” in the style of Theology on Tap: a keynote and a panel. We’ll discuss the general state of things, the impact of the “new media” on the Church at the local and international level, the contributions of bloggers to the various Catholic public debates etc (see topic suggestions below).

The rest of the time will be in “small breakout discussion groups” (IOW, sitting around in the pub drinking and talking).

Also, we’re going to do our best to get WiFi so you can liveblog it, and we can maybe set up some Skype calls or iChat thingies for people whose bodies can’t make it so at least their heads can be there. And we’ll see what we can do about getting the thing on video so it can go up on YouTube.

AND, if all goes as planned, there will be discounts for drinks for those who are registered before the event.

“Sounds GREAT! What can I do to help put it together?”

First thing to do is cut and paste this post into your blog (or other new media thingy) and start drumming up interest.

Next, think of three or more Catholic bloggers who fit the following criteria:

1) is likely to get rejected from the Vatican’s list for being, in the immortal words of John Allen and at least one influential cleric, “Taliban Catholics”

2) blogs about Catholic stuff

3) is likely to be in Rome for the Beatification anyway

…and invite them to join this facebook event page.

Next, suggest topics you’d like to hear talked about. So far we’ve had:

1) Whatever the hell we damn well want to talk about

2) “blogging until something happens”
- the intolerable silence of injustice has been disturbed and even destroyed
- the power of the blogs efforts in transparency and accountability

3) “I am not alone”
- isolationism and the iconoclasm

4) Why is the Catholic bloggosphere so nearly uniformly “conservative,” pro-Benedict and, above all, young?

5) Are we really “making a difference” or is it really all just narcissism?

6) exchanging stories: how have Catholic blogs, websites and “new media” actually made a concrete difference to the Church or to real people?

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