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Word of what faithful Catholic bloggers and people using new media are doing to help clean-up the Church seems to be spreading across the country. This article, in none other than the Arizona Daily Star, highlights this blog along with other efforts. Here are a few excerpts from “Theological conservatives unafraid to blog and call out fellow Catholics”:
Pressure is on to change the Roman Catholic Church in America, but it’s not coming from the usual liberal suspects. A new breed of theological conservatives has taken to blogs and YouTube to say the church isn’t Catholic enough.
Enraged by dissent that they believe has gone unchecked for decades, and unafraid to say so in the starkest language, these activists are naming names and unsettling the church.
• In the Archdiocese of Boston, parishioners are dissecting the work of a top adviser to the cardinal for any hint of Marxist influence.
• Bloggers are combing through campaign finance records to expose staff workers of Catholic agencies who donate to politicians who support abortion rights.
• RealCatholicTV.com, working from studios in suburban Detroit, is hunting for “traitorous” nuns, priests or bishops throughout the American church.
“We’re no more engaged in a witch hunt than a doctor excising a cancer is engaged in a witch hunt,” said Michael Voris of RealCatholicTV.com and St. Michael’s Media. “We’re just shining a spotlight on people who are Catholics who do not live the faith.”
John Allen, Vatican analyst for the National Catholic Reporter, has dubbed this trend “Taliban Catholicism.” But he says it’s not a strictly conservative phenomenon – liberals can fit the mindset, too, Allen says. Some left-leaning Catholics are outraged by any exercise of church authority.
Yet on the Internet and in the church, conservatives are having the bigger impact.
Among Voris’ many media ventures is the CIA – the Catholic Investigative Agency – a program from RealCatholicTV to “bring to light the dark deeds of evil Catholics-in-name-only, who are hijacking the Church for their own ends, not the ends of Christ.”
In an episode called “Catholic Tea Party,” Voris said: “Catholics need to be aware and studied and knowledgeable enough about the faith to recognize a heretical nun or a traitorous priest or bishop when they see one – not so they can vote them out of office, but so they can pray for them, one, and alert as many other Catholics as possible to their treachery, two.”
The work of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is another frequent target.
- Initial work on the socialist-themed program that led up to the “Call to Action” movement and conference in 1976
- Involvement with the Communist/Marxist-oriented Institute for Policy Studies in the early 1980s
- Key role in Cardinal Bernadin’s “seamless garment” and “consistent ethic of life” which downplayed the Church’s teachings on abortion and has given air-cover to pro-abortion “Catholic” politicians such as the Kennedys for decades.
- Honoring of the pro-abortion, pro-gay-marriage Mayor of Boston at a Catholic Charities fundraiser
- Presiding over the brokering of adoptions to gay couples, even though the Vatican said this was doing violence to the child by depriving them of an environment conducive to full human development.
- Publicly contradicting and criticizing Cardinal Ratzinger’s 2004 statement regarding voting for pro-abortion politicians
- Telling a Boston College forum he was concerned Catholic conscience rights for healthcare workers opposed to abortion could harm the woman who “needs” abortion services.
- Praised the “intelligent and courageous leadership” of the Catholic Health Association immediately after they helped pass the Obama-backed healthcare legislation actively opposed by the U.S.C.C.B. because it allowed funding for abortions.
Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the performance?