Should blogging Catholics watch their language?
Larry at Acts of the Apostasy asks that question after he came across a post by a Patheos blogger. I didn't read the post he referred to - just what Larry had to say about it. Obviously Larry doesn't read my blog, because I tend to use words like BS and a--h--- when some news item really irks me, or as my dad might say - burns my a--. To be honest, I agree that is not the best use of language.
So anyway. I remember a time when some bloggers used bad language all of the time and I actually wrote something about it myself. Yup. Back in the olden days I wrote:
I have wanted to comment on the fact that I've noticed Catholic bloggers using the F-word in various contexts within their posts, actually printing the word - I find that just a horrible word for a Catholic to deliberately use online or in private. Unfortunately, I've used, "effing" or "f-ing" on occasion when I've been passionate about an issue, but I usually come to my senses, realize what I've done and go back and remove it..Very often our self-righteous anger is just that, self-righteous, while we remain smug, defending our rights, often unaware of the scandal we give.
Larry is right to suggest a higher standard for Catholic bloggers, and I'm going to try and do better.
BTW - I wrote about the matter within the context of something Archbishop Chaput wrote regarding letter and emails he received at the time:
The Archbishop also said this, "The left mail I get will use terrible words but be less vitriolic. They use the F-word and things like that, call me names like that. But the right is meaner, but they’re not as foul." - Archbishop Chaput
Read Larry's post here. And watch your mouth you filthy animal.
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