Strange events have occurred in the Blogosphere in the past few years.
There was the blog of the well-known deacon, closed down by order of the bishop. The wife of the deacon kept posting for a while. The bishop ordered her silenced, too. The Bishop was Campbell. A rather poisoning soup, this one.
The bishop's poisoned measures proved very unpopular.
After a while, another blogger – this time a priest, writing one of the then most famous blogs in all of the Catholic blogosphere – started to write less and less frequently; even before health problems made it more “natural” for it to be so. He was, coincidentally, also transferred. Coincidentally, of course. Did his successor keep the TLM? Not sure about that….
This year a third blog – this one too from a blogger priest – is giving signs of slow disappearance.
One wonders whether the “Protect The Pope” precedent might not have moved a bishop or two to choose a different way: order to his own blogger priest, under obedience, to slowly and gradually let his blogging activity die. Over many months or a couple of years, though; so that the uproar and the accusations of censorship might be avoided.
I have wanted to write this for a while, and I think I never did. However, the recent events made known by Father Hunwicke make me think that there might be something to it. If signing a letter is enough for systematic bullying, writing a blog is more than enough for it.
I will write more about Father Hunwicke's blog post.
But one thing is clear: be an orthodox blogger Priest, and Francis' dogs will wait for the right moment to bite you.