…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.

6 Responses to “Vatican Blogger Conference Misses the Boat”
  1. Pacheco: Charity AND truth are intimately related. Speaking the truth IS the most charitable thing to do. How did +Sheen put it? “Mercy and truth”?

    It is a falsehood to think that charity demands the suppression of truth under any circumstance, save for those (in)famous moments like “Does this outfit make me look fat?” which are the bane of many a husband’s life. The MOST charitable thing you can do is to continue to seek and shed light upon the truth!

    I’m pretty sure that Elizabeth Scalia understands this too.

    Keep up the good fight for the faith!!

    Fr. Tim

  2. I think Elizabeth is right, truth must be delivered with charity. If it isn’t, people cannot hear it. It is only the Lord who can do the judging.
    Many blogs have a tone that undermines what they are trying to achieve. And that tone is the uncharity, the vindictive voice, the chip on the shoulder. It is apparent right away.
    And it doesn’t help anyone.
    And that blogger won’t be read either.

  3. John J. says:

    I’m not sure Elizabeth’s emphasis on charity is misplaced. It’s something that should always be at the top of our minds, right side-by-side with truth. Certainly I don’t think she missed the boat at all based on that remark, and it occurs to me we should be careful not to make charity and civility “trigger words” that immediately turn us off, simply because they have been misused by certain individuals. There’s no doubt the effort to be charitable is an ongoing battle, as our egos have a nasty habit of inserting themselves into everything we do. But, of course, we should never hedge on the truth simply to be “nice.”

  4. Pacheco says:

    Charity gets a bad rap because its cheapification is the “passport” of those who are pushing the murdering of unborn children.

    I’m a little sensitive, as one would expect, to the invocation of “charity” which is often times confused with being “nice” and “sensitive”.

    For all of this talk about not having “charity”, I sure would like to see some examples of what she has in mind. Methinks that the blogosphere would go awfully quiet.

    Besides, I think the Council on Social Communications should look in the mirror and preach to its own before it starts lecturing bloggers. “Charity begins at home”, as the saying goes.

    It can start with its own consultors, like Fr. Rosica, if it wants to get serious about charity, otherwise “pass the popcorn and what’s on TV.”

  5. SUZANNE says:

    Charity is telling people the truth. Sometimes it hurts.

  6. Pacheco says:

    The kind of charity that many on the Left would like to see is the kind that papers over our differences, so they can continue with their work.

    Just exactly how do you tell a fellow “Catholic” to kindly refrain from funding abortionists? WIth a gentle disposition and a smile on your face?

    The “agree to disagree” garbage over central issues of morality or the Faith, while they keep collecting a paycheck and sending our money to the Global South Marxist program?

    Give me a break. It’s not time to be agreeable. It’s time to shake them down, just like John the Baptist did.

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