Gee... I wonder why?
Bishop Gabino Zavala, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Communications Committee, recently spoke at the annual Catholic Media Association convention. He had a lot of really good things to say, particularly about what it means to be faithful Catholics in the media and what we can teach the secular media in the process. But he also had a message for Catholic blogs:
I've been saying this all along. We bloggers are mean S.O.B.s sometimes - I'm repenting all of the time. I have to say, I think I'm really with the bishops on this one. In fact, I think they should set up new guidelines... Such as: Only designated, properly educated Catholics - preferably with degrees - should be allowed to blog - and then only after their posts have been approved by a committee at USCCB headquarters. (Committee still to be set up.) Absolutely no criticism of Catholic priests or bishops would be allowed - not even constructive criticism. The bishops need to take control of all those loose canons out there - no pun intended. If they take care of the blogger problem, maybe then they can focus the rest of their energies on big issues such as Global Warming.“There was consistent agreement [among brother bishops] that one aspect that is most alarming to us about media is when it becomes unchristian and hurtful to individuals. For example, we are particularly concerned about blogs that engage in attacks and hurtful, judgmental language. We are very troubled by blogs and other elements of media that assume the role of Magisterium and judge others in the Church. Such actions shatter the communion of the Church that we hold so precious.” - Matthew Warner
Seriously. Tongue-out-of-my-cheek and all sarcasm aside - the bishop really does make a valid point. That said, he and his colleagues need to wake up to the fact that many Roman Catholic people (not just bloggers) have been - and continue to be - very troubled by some Catholic bishops... as well as the USCCB bureaucracy.