So OK Cath News reports on what is said about Catholics, and that sometimes means reporting things critical of the Church. I get that, even though I think they could often frame things better and provide more context.
But there is a big difference between highlighting what is being said in the catholic and other media, and publishing think pieces on this quasi-official site that actually attack new pastoral initiatives mandated by Rome, viz the new missal.
And yet that is what Cath News once again does today, on good old Cath blog (yes, Michael Mullins, editor of said blog strikes again).
Debate: there is a time and place
Now the missal is not doctrine, it is a pastoral measure, so I'm not saying no debate on it is ever possible.
However, there is a time and place to debate these things.
And there is also the old maxim: Rome has spoken, the case is closed!
The time for debate was before the final decisions were made. And maybe again in a few years once there has been sufficient time to assess the effect and acceptance it has gained.
But not now.
Right now we have a duty to accept the decision with good grace whether we like it or not, and get on with making it happen.
And even if it were still open for debate, the place is not official sites, but private blogs and such like places.
Because when it comes to the missal, shouldn't a site associated however loosely with our Bishops' Conference actually be helping to promote the implementation of the new missal rather than leading the rebellion?
The editor of Cath Blog has to go....
There has been a pretty consistent pattern on Cath blog, of pieces that promote dissent and disobedience. That distort mainstream positions (not to mention misrepresenting my work!). And very few indeed from the opposite, conservative perspective.
Time for a change of personnel, or even to just dump the feature altogether.