Daily Archives: March 5, 2015
Father Rosica has, in a not entirely unpredictable development of the recent events, made public that he does not intend to sue the middle-aged, quisque de populo blogger behind the (excellent) Vox Cantoris blog. Find the entire text on the blog itself.
I do not belong to those who say “oh Mundabor, your side has won, why insist with the accusations?”
I am fully persuaded that if Father Rosica had to backpedal and swallow a public defeat and humiliation it was not because he has suddenly seen the light, but because reality caught up with him, and taught him it was better to enter in damage control mode. There is no trace whatsoever this particular bully had a change of heart. There is no word of apology to Mr Domet. There are even lies and accusations which, time allowing, will be the object of another post. There is, furthermore, the continuation of a threatening and bullying behaviour as the parties were discussing; a threat that was ended only when the determination of the other side to engage in open battle was made evident.
Shame on you, Father Rosica! Shame on you, Father Rosica! Shame on you, Father Rosica!
Then there is the scandalous matter of Rome’s reaction to Mr Domet’s intervention. This should, time and will allowing, be the object of a third blog post.
What is important to notice here is that Mr Domet is now free from this Damocles’ sword hanging over his head, and can go on blogging undisturbed. I hope he will continue to blog about Father Rosica with the same enthusiasm. I will certainly not lose sight of this very, very peculiar prelate.
This time, the bully got a lesson. Hats down for Mr Domet.
And now for the bigger picture: was this, then, a “war on bloggers”? I never thought it was, and I am more and more persuaded of it after the most recent events. This was simply the very stupid act of an extremely vain man, who thought he could silence a blogger evidently uncomfortable for him with the threat of financial ruin. Despicable as this is, I would not read in the vain stupidity of one man a general plan that, even if it had been conceived by some six years old child at the Vatican, would not have had any possibility of success anyway. Not even, mind, if all the planet’s bloggers were to reside in Canada; the more so as most of them, or at least their blog, reside in the United States. This “war on bloggers” was, I believe, never there in the first place. No, the stupidity and vanity of one man are the reason for all this mess.
This was the senseless act of a man whose boundless arrogance caused him an obvious loss of the sense of reality; a man who perhaps had already used his dirty trick – let us say it once again: the threat of financial ruin, for which I still have to read one word of apology to Mr Domet – with some other small blogger in the past, and now thought he could use the same measure again.
The way Father Rosica has decided to get out of the worst of the mess in which he has put himself is not less despicable than the behaviour that put him in that situation in the first place.
A bully then, a bully now. But this time he is a bully with a bleeding nose, and a swollen lip.
Serves you right, Father Rosica.
People of all sorts write comments on this blog. I do not, nor will I ever, Duck Duck Go around to see what else they write on the Internet with the same nickname.
Some of them may, then, have a knack for questionable content. Do they go around spreading, say, Antisemitism, Sedevacantism, or whatever other stupid “ism”? How does this affect me?
If someone writes reasonable – perhaps not approved, but still sane – comments on this blog and then proceeds to get into a synagogue with an Uzi and make a massacre, am I to blame? I would say, he is to blame. I can’t check the mental sanity of those who at least do not appear mad. If they seem unstable or professional pains in the neck already in my combox I will not publish their comment in the first place.
And then there is another matter.
When one converts to Catholicism, who knows how much anti-Catholic rubbish might be around, written by him whilst still very confused? Shall I make this kind of enquiry? Would I want to? If I do it for Titius, why not for Caius?
Then there is more.
Let’s say one is still a Sedevacantist, but he feels attracted to my blog. He writes comments that cannot be questioned in that respect. He gets to know the blog, and Catholicism with it. Slowly, he gets to see the light. I have, I am pleased to say, converted a couple already. It may work. Or not, as the case may be. But should I leave anyone out?
I will reflect on this in the coming weeks. For the moment, the policy is that I will not put my nose in whatever else you say around, if what you write in my blog is at least reasonable. If you give me reason to think you a nutcase I will can you (or ban you) without hesitation and without further enquiries. You are welcome to comment here even if you are in the midst of some strange process of growth, because I would want to be a part of Providence’s work to lead you to the fold. But in no way I will tolerate comments that will confuse the other readers, or engender the impression that this here is a place that the wrong people can use as a megaphone for wrong ideas.
This blog exists to strengthen Catholics in the faith, and convert non-Catholics to it. I will not enquire even as to where you are now. But what you write here had better have solidly Catholic hands and feet, or you are better off lurking.
I think this strikes a good compromise. This blog also exists to bring people in, and I think this includes some leeway to take account of the confusion of our times.
Still: if you discover yourself still influenced by your thinking, by superstitions, by strange beliefs, by everything that is not Catholic tradition: let it go. A reader of this blog must face the simple fact that Catholicism has all the truth, and all the answers.
Purify yourself of the toxins of your old life. Embrace life in truth.