…Archbishop Celli contended that Catholic media should be at the service of the culture. He explained that media should know how to enter “in this search that man embarks upon every day […] as instruments of this ‘diaconia’ of the culture […] instruments that teach what it means to dialogue, to be men who respect others’ positions, who know how to welcome, who know how to understand.” “I emphasize it again,” Archbishop Celli stated, “We are not seeking a religious fundamentalism, because sometimes this is the risk. And the Church itself is not that; it is not a ‘tower of marble'” that proudly stands “in its possession of the truth”, but rather a Church that knows how to welcome, understand, dialogue, respect.”…(Source)
So Archbishop Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and no doubt a really good friend of Fr. Rosica, thinks that there is a “risk” of sounding a little too triumphalistic in our “fundamentalism”. It sure sounds like he’s right in line with his friend in the wabbly fromage camp and against the “rigidity” of the Catholic blogosphere:
“We have a right and a duty… to take objection with these young people (including young professors), who, through their theology courses and rigid beliefs, wish to move the Ecumenical movement back to a time it knew no possibilities for growth”… The next step is to work on “twinning” churches, where churches begin to do some real sharing and experimenting with liturgies.”
It’s all part of the “welcoming and understanding, sweaty-palm, back-slapping, good times” church.
Oooops. (That’s what the bean counters in the corporate accounting world used to call a “CLM” when I was a young whipper-snapper. CLM = “career limiting move”.)
Tower of marble and possessing the truth?
What’s wrong with that? Why can’t it be both welcoming and triumphalistic? In fact, it is both. It’s not either/or. That’s a protestant invention, not worthy of Catholic sensibilities. Open your minds and your hearts, dear fathers! The reality is that the early Christians were not shy about welcoming people into the Faith, but they were not skimpy on being “triumphalistic” about Jesus or the Church, either. In fact, St. Paul had other ideas about “pillars and truth”:
But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. – 1 Tim 3:15
Now, I don’t want to make too big a deal over Archbishop Celli’s comments which are, let’s face it, a dig against us triumphalists. After all, he “emphasizes” how we should learn how to “welcome” and “understand”. All is cloaked in soft and gentle words. Who can be against welcoming and understanding and stroking and swooning? It’s like being against “human rights” or “social justice”. Who could possibly be against that? /end sarcasm
What should have happened at this blogger conference is someone should have taken on Archbishop Celli and probed him a bit to find out exactly what he meant by his words in that article. But instead, we find some of these bloggers forgetting one of the reasons for their existence is to decline the Professional Catholic-grade Koolaid which is served to them and instead boldly ask for the real wine.
There’s nothing really worse in this gig than institutional, Katholic Koolaid bloggers who have traded in their discernment for a seat at the velvet table. As soon as the Catholic blogosphere gives the Vatican bureaucracy and CanChurch a pass and effectively joins the rest of the Catholic lapdog press, that’s the moment we cease to be who we are and what we are for. We will have lost our relevance. Our independence, orthodoxy, and ability to call out the corruption is THE CENTRAL CORE FEATURE which makes us so needed and dangerous.
Once the Professional Catholics put a condom on bloggers, our blogging intercourse is no longer dangerous. It becomes safe and sterile. And when it becomes safe and sterile, blogdom is dead….just like those who practiced “safe sex” are dead.