Saturday, 14 March 2009

Australian bishops and the Pope's letter

The Pope writes to every bishop in the world. And he acknowledges the importance of the Internet in the fast moving news environment of today.

Diocesan websites

So I had a look to see what was coming up on Australian diocesan websites on the letter, formally released on Thursday night (though dated March 10).

And only one diocesan website in the whole of Australia actually seems to mention it (maybe I've missed a link or reference buried somewhere, but nothing was obvious on a quick check at any rate).

So kudos to Melbourne and Archbishop Hart, for a site which has a good article summarising the letter, entitled 'Pope personally explains decision to extend olive branch to SSPX bishops', with a link to the full text.

As for the rest, the Pope's words about taking heed of the net is perhaps something that needs to be pondered...

And still waiting for that media statement on behalf of the bishop's conference, or from individual bishops!

Latin Mass communities

Now of course the issues relating to the SSPX will be of particular interest to the existing TLM communities. So one might expect to see something on the various websites? Well:

  • Latin Mass Melbourne, as ever the leader on things internet, had a link up to the letter virtually as soon as it was released; and
  • In Brisbane, Fr Jordan sent out an email bulletin update summarising the letter.

And as for the rest...perhaps it is coming with tomorrow's mass bulletin?

1 comment:

Peter said...

Interesting observations.

The Australian bishops may have a couple of things going on. 1) many of them are pretty crap when it comes to web communications. There is all this bruhaha about openness and consultation. Well surprise boys, the web allows that openness very easily. You might have to learn it or pay someone though. 2) most of them don't give a rats about the old Mass issue, so even if they noticed they might not wish to draw any attention to it at all. The UK bishops obviously have decided that they can't be still wrt to the EF and have taken a very aggresive approach.

As to the church generally and the web, well I guess it is patchy. As to the Vatican, I have said for sometime that if their website is an example of how savvy they are, it is disappointing. This is not Benedict's fault - that is why he has the curia, his own public service of functionaries to ensure that the right housekeeping tools are to hand. And it is also likely that some of those functionaries withheld info regarding Williamson as well.

As to the 'trad' response in this country, I could muse on that along similar lines. 1) the ones you have mentioned as having made some response have deomonstrated before that they are rather more media savvy, and might I say actually utilise sensible consultation and make tangible and recognisable efforts to associate themselves with the wider Church in their dioceses rather than give the impression that it is the missal of 1962 or nothing.