Yesterday I checked out a link to a blog called Motley Monk. The author, a priest I know nothing about, linked to a another blogger who called Cardinal Dolan a "jackass". I was surprised that a priest would post such a derogatory quote.
A Protestant Allegory: The four evangelists stoning the pope,
together with hypocrisy and avarice.
We who blog cannot avoid sin.
I've read too many other blog posts which make snide remarks about the Pope and what he says and does. I've read posts which suggest the pope suffers from delusion, that he is ignorant, incompetent, and not Catholic.
There are of course a few Catholic priests who speak and write critical commentary against bishops, cardinals and the pope. A couple go so far as to call out bishops (not their own) in the way these bishops deal with clerics who are under their obedience.
Yesterday I came across a comment on another blog asking the administrator of the blog to go after a novice in a particular religious order because of accusations from the candidate's past. The commenter was suggesting the author devote a blog post exposing the man.
Such posts foment suspicion and mistrust and lack charity.
It seems to me many of us who blog may be Catholic - but I'm not at all sure we are always Christian.
At bottom there is always hidden pride at work when criticism of the Church adopts that tone of rancorous bitterness which today is already beginning to become a fashionable habit. Unfortunately it is accompanied only too often by a spiritual emptiness in which the specific nature of the Church as a whole is no longer seen, in which it is only regarded as a political instrument whose organization is felt to be pitiable or brutal, as the case may be, as if the real function of the Church did not lie beyond organization, in the comfort of the Word and of the sacraments which she provides in good and bad days alike. Those who really believe do not attribute too much importance to the struggle for the reform of ecclesiastical ritual. They live on what the Church always is; and if one wants to know what the Church really is one must go to them. For the Church is most present not where organizing, reforming and governing are going on but in those who simply believe and receive from her the gift of faith that is life to them." - Cardinal Ratzinger: "Introduction to Christianity." Holy, Yet Mingled with Sinners: The Church of the Pope Theologian