Here we go again.
Fr. Rosica’s control issues have flared up again, and he has felt the need to lash out once more over something he can’t control.
Everywhere he travels, he sees the influence Catholic bloggers and independent news services are having on the Church, and he doesn’t like it at all. Since he is an active member of CanChurch, of course, this to be expected, and his latest tirade on the West Coast only confirms it. Let’s check it out:
However, he said because anybody can create a blog, readers must be wary.
Can you imagine! Catholics placing trust in people other than Salt + Light, Fr. Rosica, and CanChurch ! Say it isn’t so, Fr. Rosica! The tragedy of it all!
It just so happens that people shouldn’t be weary of Salt+Light’s Blog, of course, because Fr. Rosica runs it. And, you know, Catholics can always count on Fr. Tom to get to the truth of the matter without any spin whatsoever!
“We have rules among the staff. We don’t put things on the blog that are deprecating, implicating, or foolish,” Father Rosica said. “Websites and blogs, especially Catholic ones, tend to concentrate on negative messages.”
That’s pretty laughable considering his past scandalous escapades. He wildly accused critics of Sen. Edward Kennedy’s public funeral of “division, destruction, hatred, vitriol, judgment and violence…destroying and killing others“. And then last month, he used his friends over at The Toronto Star as a mega phone to foolishly call Catholics who disagree with him “Taliban Catholics“.
Hey, in the rough and tumble world of the blogosphere, sometimes you have to give as well as you receive. Now, Fr. Rosica has been on the receiving end of some (justifiably) heavy criticism in recent years, but as you can see, dear reader, he’s pretty good at imparting his own (cheap) criticisms. The problem with Fr. Rosica, however, is that he can certainly dish it out, but he can’t take it when he gets served some of his own dessert. Every time he opens his mouth, it’s to falsely criticize something that he himself is guilty of – a hundredfold more. There’s none so blind as the self-righteous progressive.
Father Rosica said a study of Catholic blogs involving non-Catholics and non-Christians looking at Catholic blogs found they were filled with “filth, hate, conjecture, and innuendo.”
Oh yeah, what “study” is that? Let’s get specific, Father. Who commissioned this “study”? And which precise demographic’s opinion did it solicit? I think you have a moral obligation to give us the details of this study, Father, now that you have made the claim. I’ll be holding you to it, in the coming months and years.
He added some blogs attempt to claim they are official, using the Vatican crest or a picture of the Pope. Many of these blogs often have “vitriolic, vindictive messages,” he said, citing the LifeSite News blog as a major culprit.
What garbage and calumny.
“The LifeSite blog is not a Catholic blog. It is not an authoritative blog,” he said.
They never claimed that they were. Fr. Rosica should stop setting up stupid strawmen to establish a non-existent argument. I think this comment betrays a certain paranoia which Fr. Rosica has with the influence that LifeSiteNews has gained over the years. Oh, and by the way, LifeSiteNews is not a blog. Socon or Bust is a blog. LifeSiteNews is a legitimate news agency which reports the inconvenient truths that the lapdog Catholic press refuses to report.
“It has caused huge problems in the North American church, not just in Canada.” Father Rosica said American bishops are upset about the division it has caused in the Church.
The division is already there. The only difference is that finally someone has had the courage to call out that the Emperor has no clothes — kind of like what has happened with Development & Peace and their pro-abort sponsoring ways which Fr. Rosica’s Channel of Hope has substantially failed to cover or even really admit. Nor has Fr. Rosica acknowledged the role that LifeSiteNews played in getting the Bishops to finally admit the truth.
I tell you most solemny, dear readers, that when the truth causes “huge problems” in the Church, then the Church has huge problems with The Lord. Fr. Rosica has to get off of this “PR image is god” bandwagon that he’s on, and get to the heart of the issue. We’ve got no more room on the wagon for company men.
“One of the American cardinals asked me where the headquarters was and I said, `It’s somebody’s basement in the Ottawa Valley.’ He thought it was a tower in downtown Toronto, so it’s extremely deceiving.”
And yet, Salt + Light TV with its millions of dollars in gay-friendly corporate sponsorship will never have the impact that LifeSiteNews has had with its deep and wide support among Faithful Catholics and other Christians.
LifeSite and other blogs, Father Rosica said, are especially dangerous when many priests “read the blogs more than they read the Scriptures or the Vatican website.” He said many laypeople are referencing the blogs more than the authoritative teachings of the Church.
Unless Fr. Rosica can point to specific errors in LifeSiteNews’ reporting concerning Catholic teaching, his comments are not worth a hill of beans. When CanChurch finally witnesses to the truth and stops dragging its feet on fighting abortion, then it will have the respect of the Catholic Faithful. The hierarchy would have no problem with LifeSiteNews if the bishops just did their jobs.
“Some blogs have coarsened Catholic dialogue in the past years: the anti-Obama Catholic blogs; the so-called pro-life blogs, that may be advocating pro-life, but they are decimating persons and reputations,” Father Rosica noted.
Obama! The most notorious pro-abort politician in the history of the world. How predictable that he would criticize “anti-Obama” Catholic blogs. Doesn’t that say it all? Our Channel of Hope has a whole new dimension in light of Rosica’s criticism of “anti-Obama” blogs.
He added that non-Catholics also see these blogs online, which can give a skewed perception of what the Church stands for. “If we judged our identity on certain websites and blogs on the Internet, Christians and Catholics would be known as the people who stand against everything and against everyone,” he said. “If anything we should be known as the people who are for something.”
CanChurch is great at Churchspeak. You see, folks, we can’t be against anything. We always have to be for something.