The Catholic Outrage Blog Industry

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Catholic Outrage Blog Industry

the Bear has learned a few things since retiring from the Catholic Outrage Blog Industry. (Beyond a certain number of lines, Blogger does not display text for editing on iPad. That is the Bear’s excuse for today.)

  • It is a lot harder to blog. It is pretty easy riffing off the latest outrage.
  • Outrage (especially with some humor) drives traffic. (Rush Limbaugh made a fortune off that realization decades ago.)
  • Bear is more peaceful and is beginning to refocus on the Church as the institution of his salvation, not a daily target.
  • Bear believes the Church is WHAT IT IS, not WHAT BEAR THINKS IT SHOULD TEACH. In other words, the constant outrage is eroding the bona fides, which Bear believes is a disaster. The Bear kind of already went down this road with Orthodoxy. Arguably, Orthodoxy is a better Catholic Church (or so believe converts). In reality, it is something great, but different. It deserves to be respected for what it is, not as a “better Catholic Church before it got all screwed up.”
  • Bear anticipates the objections that you cannot blame honest bloggers for the Church going evil. The answer is the medium is the message. The other answer is Bear does not see improvement, despite all the outrage of all the bloggers.
  • When you focus on the outrage of the day, you lose historical perspective. It is easy to blame Pope Francis and those around him. But we are seeing a natural autolytic historical process in the West of which the Church’s problems are only a part. Why is the Church failing in the same way at the same time as all other Western institutions? That is the real question.
  • The Bear was always right about his three favorite themes: demographics, Amusing Ourself to Death, and The Treason of the Intellectuals. Look at his own diocese. The cathedral is tucked in a corner, in the decaying metro east Illinois side of St. Louis. Belleville was once “Rome of the West.” The large German Catholic farm towns are gone and churches are closing. It is sitting on a bubble of Mexican agricultural labor and temp priests from Africa and Cental America. 139 churches still open across southern Illinois. 39 priests, over half over 50. Number of vocations from Bear’s parish in history? Zero. Vocations for entire diocese for year? Two. Long-term prospects? Heck, short term? Reorganization with a very different experience for Catholics used to mass every Sunday. Circuit-riding priests for the rare mass; laymen introducing novelties into the usual weekly fare. Recommend learn to say your Divine Office. Invite friends.
  • The Bear was also right about how modern worldwide communication and social media are driving changes that go far beyond the individual issues they carry. We are being forced into polarization and fragmentation that will eventually render every institution unworkable. Again, the Pope may faulted for saying x, but it is magnified beyond reason by the present state of communication. To put it bluntly, Catholics were never meant to deal with a Pope like Francis in a communications environment like exists today. No wonder we see that giant “TILT” light over St. Peter’s.
  • The West is in demographic/cultural meltdown. It remains to be seen how the Church will manage without the West. (It did once, but the idea of “the West” had not been discredited.)
  • Vatican II was a result, not a cause.
  • The safest place for Catholics is in the Catholic Center, in the Church, realizing times are tough and we will face every kind of challenge we can imagine. And then some. The best response is not outrage and rejection, but humility and perseverance. The Church is still the Church. God knows our confusion. We can rely on Him to help ordinary Catholics if we keep focused on fundamental Christianity.
  • The rise of the Catholic Media Personality with his or her own followers as a kind of counter-Church has proved a disaster. If only we had to choose between Paul and Apollos.
  • Private revelation and prophecy applied to current events is an old Catholic tradition. It should be retired, along with conspiracy theories. While there are supernatural elements and conspiracies, Bear believes, there are plenty of natural, historical answers.
  • The Bear was right all along about staying in the intitutional (real) Church. You either trust God and let your light shine or not.
  • Twenty minutes with the Divine Office or Rosary is better than blog-crawling for three hours. Decent, peaceful Catholics is the best answer to the problems in the Church. But it also the one over which you actually have direct control – scary.
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7 comments on “The Catholic Outrage Blog Industry

  1. [Reply from an angry (not mad) woman]
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    Posted by TTC (The Tenth Crusade) Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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    Are Catholic Blogs Cultivating a Cottage Industry of Outrage?
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    My general sentiments are: Some things in this life require outrage. The problem we have in Rome is one of them.
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    But, I am in agreement with many of bear’s most recent observations about the response Pope Francis pontificate has elicited on Catholic blogs.
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    I’m not a person with a propensity toward despair or letting negative emotions find a home in my heart and intellect. The sacraments and intimacy with Christ are my oxygen – so synthesizing the Holies of Holies and the angelic mystical world as associated with the broken and corrupt, thereby weakening my own faith, is impossible for me. I’m truly baffled how anyone would or could make an intellectual association between the reception of Divinity and Christ in one’s soul and all its gifts and effects with the products of sin, and reach a conclusion they need to stay away from Christ’s Intimacy and Divinity in His Sacraments. (IMHO, this is also an intellectual product of some kind of deadly sin that requires the Sacraments.)
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    But, people do leave comments on the blog and reach out to me personally to discuss their despair. Not very often, but it does happen and I see its effects on Facebook and other public media sources. I understand why the bear made a personal decision to stop writing about the big problem and return to evangelism.
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    I started this blog in the late 90’s to chronicle various catechetical, liturgical, problems in the Chancery in the Archdiocese of Boston. As I’ve written about before, Thousands of faithful Catholics tried to resolve misfeasance, malfeasance and nonfeasance of teaching and sanctification of their loved ones internally for decades. We went all the way up to dicasteries in Rome on many occasions. Those efforts were a complete waste of time. Most of us have boxes of patronizing communications expressing gratitude for bringing the problem to their attention, but the spiritual abusers were actually coddled and emboldened.
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    Similar to the effects of episcopal enabling and coddling of ephobophiles, the enabling and coddling of spiritual abuse made problems worse.
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    Similar to the public exposition of coddling ephobophiles, blogging about heresy and liturgical nonsense in parishes (and the Chancery) is THE ONLY response that will bring a screeching halt to spiritual malpractice.
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    I couldn’t count the number of priests who have told me that they stopped something or refused to do something because they “didn’t want to read about it on your blog”. Priests friendly to practicing Catholics have said it with a grin, priests no so friendly through gritted teeth. Faithful bishops telling war stories of catechetical problems told me they wished I lived in their diocese, that it was ‘too bad’ when bishops don’t know how to ‘use you’ to defect criticism and blame when he explains why some half-baked idea can’t be implemented.
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    We have many years of experience in how bishops license spiritual abuse.
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    With respect to the Holy Father – et al – we’ve tried internal charitable dialogue to explain the effects upon the family and Church and ask him to stop it. The response has been enabling, coddling, promoting praise and defense of abusers and ridicule, slander, removals and vindictive punishments directed towards people asking him to stop it. Sadly, this is all very familiar to us.
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    I do not know who or what he is or why and frankly, after experiencing the damages in my own network of poorly catechized Catholics, and his response to our disclosures, I do not give a damn. I pray fervently for him and I’m doing my best to continue to say what needs to be said in charity and love. It certainly is not the behavior of any prelate I’ve ever met whose desires were for children to have access to the tools to live every day in a state of Sanctifying Grace. As a mother and grandmother, that is all I need to know.
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    It’s been my experience that public exposition has an immediate effect upon episcopal leaders who operate this way. As bad as things are, I believe the public exposition has effectuated an inability to fully roll out ideas and plans. We will never know in this life whether a desired letter written to German Bishops about reception of the Blessed Sacrament would have instructed them to give it out like bubble gum. Or whether the Holy Father is dealing the cards to faithful Catholic Bishops. Or a little of both.
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    The non-answer paved the way to deflect criticism from the Holy Father. Which ever way it turns out. This is how the game is played. It will be left to the minority of German Bishops to what we refer to in Boston as “gum it up”.
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    This minority needs the back up of faithful Catholics in the public square. More than ever. This back up is also essential to the handful of Romans (working with Cardinal Burke) to our local priests and bishops.
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    The problem for Catholic bloggers is, things have reached a point where something screwy is happening every day. If you haven’t ramped up your apostolate to several writers who can focus on different things, your stuck making choices about what is more important service to Christ’s Mystical Body on a particular day.
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    For me, writing about this stuff is the complete opposite of what I say and do in my real life. The zeal for the teachings of the House of the Lord, love, joy, compassion, laughter is on the backburner on the blog. As the hauntings from the Romans ramp up, I do struggled with what to do about the blog.
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    Lately, I’ve been choosing my battles, writing about my zeal for Christ’s teachings or writing less often. I’m feeling a change down the road, but I’m not sure what it will mean. I may recruit a few others and create a new blog that can focus on zeal while still producing back up, I may cut back to writing once a week. I’m praying about it. You’ll be the first to know when I come to a decision.
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    One thing I do know: I’m not going to stop writing about the buffoonery.

  2. It doesn’t have to be so terribly complicated.
    LOVE THE TRUTH AND THE GOOD, AND FIGHT FOR THEM.
    HATE ERROR AND EVIL, AND STRIVE TO UTTERLY DESTROY THEM.
    That’s it.
    If you are inclined to fight externally, by blogging or whatever, do that.
    If you are inclined to fight interiorly, by prayer and penance, do that.
    If you are inclined to do a little of both, do both.
    Do keep this in mind though: Mary has chosen the better part.

  3. This Is Not The Time For Devotional Blogging
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    MAY 14, 2019 – Posted by Mundabor
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    So, shall we just avoid the controversies surrounding Pope Francis and limit ourselves to praying the rosary and writing about edifying material? If you have followed this blog even only a couple of days, you know my answer.
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    There is an awful lot of material, online and in books, for those who want to deepen their knowledge of traditional Catholicism. This blog, and many others, have plenty of information on the matter for the one who is willing to search. Thank God, the Internet has put this information within the reach of pretty much everyone in the English speaking world.
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    Blogging is, however, a more immediate form of communication than a book; and it therefore allows a faster reaction when things go wrong. A war is raging, and Satan is clearly very influential in the Vatican. I for myself am not going to spend the time I have for blogging in further explanations about the Works of Mercy or the meaning of the word “charity”. Plenty of resources for that; actually even on this blog, but pretty much everywhere.
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    No, this is not the time to retreat to a kind of devotional blogging, or spiritual blogging retreat. This is the time to follow St Michael. The reduction of Catholic blogging to online Catholic fare without reference to the war that is raging is tantamount to giving Francis all the liberty he wants, and to wreck everything he wants, safe in the knowledge that Catholic bloggers will focus on the Joyous Mysteries, or on pious thoughts on the day of the Ascension.
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    Let those who think their role is to explain the Catechism to readers do so at the best of their ability. There are many Catholic bloggers out there and everyone can useful in his own way. But without me, and thank you very much.
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    In times of war you need, first of all, warriors. Cooks may be useful, byt they don’t win wars. The Crusaders never stopped thinking whether it would have been better to stop the war and start spiritual exercises instead. They knew it was the time for war, and they acted accordingly.
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    Pray your rosary, my dear reader.

    And then go on the Internet and blog, comment, retweet, “like”, do all you can to help in the war that is raging.

    There is a time for peace and a time for war. In the times of Francis, we need to soldier on on the side of St Michael.

  4. Both kinds of blogging serve a role. When “Catholic” blogging loses temperance and self-control we have seen how that can be problematic for certain, vulgar modernists attacking traditionalists and other Catholics.

    It is not a question of “hating” a certain modernist cardinal or bishop for disgracing the Church by enabling a strange art gala of anti-Catholic celebrities engaging in sacrilege. It is a question of common sense. Sins are hated and detested. We pray for modernist cardinals and bishops. The sin of heresy, however, must be admonished when it rears its head. At the moment, the heresy of modernism has brought a lot of absurdity, silliness, and decadence into Catholic life, including among the hierarchy and the Vatican. Faithful Catholics are going to comment on that negatively. Sometimes even hysterically or outrageously.

    There are conspiracies affecting the Church, real ones, including the anti-Catholic secret societies, but modernism is itself a conspiracy. If you think the outrageous art fag gala at the Met invented itself without organizers you need to take a history course. Meanwhile, the progressive “Catholic Spring” conspiracy of heretical modernists is likely to get worse as long as Bergoglio and modernist bishops are involved in it. Unless some naïve neo-Catholic under 40 wants to try to argue that they all agree and are following the same modernist script by accident and coincidence.

    It is useful to be reminded that the Fabian Socialist conspiracy of Social Studies is alive and well in modernist circles.

  5. Monsignor Joseph Clifford Fenton, STD, Editor of the American Ecclesiastical Review from the 1940s until after Vatican II, the peritus for Cd. Ottaviani prior to and during the infamous rump synod, a priest who earned his doctorate under the supervision of Fr. Reginald Garrigou-LeGrange, OP (often cited as the greatest Thomistic scholar of the 20th Century) wrote that the reason the rump synod was such a failure was insufficient PRAYER to prevent catastrophe and for its otherwise possible success…. period.
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    Our “beloved PanzerTrad bloggers” may give prayer the odd wink now and again, but that usually doesn’t translate into increasing their site visit tallies. And not many bloggers pay no attention at all to such things, whether they have paying readers/sponsors or not.
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    Msgr. Fenton was at the front lines, returning more than once to the battle following grave medical emergency stays in Roman hospitals. He worked daily with a great number of traditionalist and other deeply serious cardinals, bishops and theologians attempting to stave off the liberal Revolution. I can think of not one PanzerTrad blogger on the internet today who can claim such credentials, as righteous indeed he may well be (or at least think he is). Obviously, that is no one’s fault since most bloggers were not even born or were in grade school at the time the disaster unfolded.
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    I’ll attempt later to put up a new post on the irreplaceable role of prayer in this, our current war…

  6. Attention to prayer, devotion, piety, catechism, novenas, just as they are necessary in Catholic education and Catholic parishes, can form a basis for blogging. None of us would probably be here without the centuries of prayer, devotion, and fasting, often in conditions of suffering and poverty during the anti-Catholic penal periods of history. For many of us that was not too long ago. Our grandparents during the Great Depression, keeping Catholic schools and parishes alive, many of them still in existence, despite the modernist purges and lunacies since the upheaval and apocalypse of Vatican II. As miraculous, that it itself is proof of the Holy Ghost protecting the faith. Back in Ireland during the Famine, going without food, then enduring the anti-Catholicism across the ocean. Satan still puts up a pretty good fight, throwing his tantrums and causing trouble and scandal. Why would the Devil go to all that trouble over the controversies of the Catholic Church, unless he had an interest in destroying the faith?

  7. Having recently read the list of Irish martyrs since Henry VIII, your comments struck home, Howl. Your point on the unrepayable debt to our ancestors that we all share in was particularly important.
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    Fanciful, popularized representations of Satan have resulted in a dimished sense of how indescribably horrific everything about him truly is. St. Catherine of Siena was given a vision of him in all his evil aspects and told Our Lord she would prefer to walk an endless path of fire until the end of time than ever to see him again. St. Francisco Marto saw one demonic creature after the Fatima apparitions concluded, and Lucia and St. Jacinta found him in a state of unmitigated terror, shaking.
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    It is very important to keep clearly in mind that the archfiend is weak, kept on a leash like a vicious dog by God ( as Padre Pio wrote ) but unregenerates foolishly walk right up to him and try to pet him as if he were a harmless puppy.

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