Bishops Very Troubled by Some Catholic Blogs

Bishop Gabino Zavala, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Communications Committee, recently spoke at the annual Catholic Media Association convention. He had a lot of really good things to say, particularly about what it means to be faithful Catholics in the media and what we can teach the secular media in the process. But he also had a message for Catholic blogs:

“There was consistent agreement [among brother bishops] that one aspect that is most alarming to us about media is when it becomes unchristian and hurtful to individuals. For example, we are particularly concerned about blogs that engage in attacks and hurtful, judgmental language. We are very troubled by blogs and other elements of media that assume the role of Magisterium and judge others in the Church. Such actions shatter the communion of the Church that we hold so precious.”


Editor’s note: Bishops who engage in politics, who mismanage their dioceses, and/or who become enmeshed in scandals, rightfully open themselves up to criticism, as well as other types of legitimate sanctions.

Magisterium deals with authoritative Catholic teaching, evangelizing and sanctification … and in many dioceses, especially these days, there’s precious little of that going on.

It is also worth mentioning that bishops properly act in their official Magisterial capacity only when they faithfully, truthfully and accurately teach and guide others in the practice of the authentic Catholic faith. Heretical bishops typically fail on this point, and we have plenty of those around today.

How’s that for endangering the communion of the Church that we hold so precious.”

Bishop Zavala is from Los Angeles, so he is in a position to take a lot of “flak” (and rightly so) for all the heretical nonsense and other corruption that has been going on there, for so long.

I’m not surprised he’s so sensitive. And it’s no wonder he’s worried about judgment. If I was so closely involved with that left-coast crew, I would be too! (Gee, I hope I’m not being too critical.)

The bishops better start getting used to the laity being more involved in all things Catholic. After all, a more active, fully participating laity was one of the primary objectives of the 2nd Vatican Council. The bishops had over 40 years to implement those Vatican II reforms, and they nearly wrecked the Catholic Church, in the process.

Perhaps it’s also time the Catholic Church went on a serious financial fast … something like: “A dollar a week, until they squeak!”

Freedom from the pressures of high finance would give the bishops (plus the USCCB and CCHD) the flexibility they need to get back to doing their basic and most essential Magisterial duties … which never included managing hundreds of millions of dollars in assets.

After all, no man …  not even a bishop … can serve two masters.

See the earlier posts on Subsidiarity

I seem to remember Bishop Zavala, (but maybe one of the other auxiliaries) recently out there in L.A., presiding over what appeared to be a Catholic Mass, complete with dancing girls swooping around the altar, holding big bowls of flaming incense as they went.

Funny how, ever since the establishment of the Old Testament priesthood, the burning of incense in the sanctuary has always been reserved exclusively to priests (except apparently, for now).

Dancing girls performing priestly functions in a Catholic liturgy (in the presence of a bishop)?!  Who would have believed such a thing could ever happen? Is that worthy of criticism? HeXX yes, it is! Five hundred years ago it could have gotten somebody burned at the stake!

People who don’t like being criticized ought to first consider whether, under normal circumstances, such criticism is warranted. Then they ought to consider the much higher standards that apply to those in authority (especially priests and bishops). And then they ought to straighten up, “fly right” … and just do their jobs.

Heck, they used to feed bishops to the lions! What’s a little criticism, compared to that?

I’m done.

Your comments (and criticisms) are very welcome.

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