I have often written about the “American papist”, one of the best Catholic blogs around and the fruit of the energy and commitment of Thomas Peters. Even if the “American Papist” is rather intensely focused on a US-American perspective, the materials and the ideology therein exposed are extremely useful to Catholics the world over.
Mr. Peters has recently given a speech in Boston about Catholic Internet activism. I found the text both concise and instructive and his message of universal validity. You can find the text here. It is not very long and I hope that you will want to click and read it in its entirety.
The points I found most important are as follows:
1) The laity must lead the Internet battle. Mr. Peters is very diplomatic on the point but we all know what the reality looks like.
2) Motivated minorities drive the public opinion. This has always been so and even Lenin put the rule to great profit, also look at what the 1% or so of sexual perverts is doing in many Western Countries. Mr. Peters gives impressive examples of this. The episode of the Hyundai adv has been dealt with by me here and here. Activism works.
3) The Internet allows the laity to organise themselves in a small, but landscape-changing minority without the need to rely on the traditional mass media. I have written on this here already.
4) We, the small minorities of Catholics who really know what Catholicism is all about (instead of having some vague ideas about it) are called to do our job of spreading and defending the Catholic message, but we must be aware of all the difficulties that go with it. People are going to call us rigid, bigot, antiquated, a lot of things ending with “phobic” and the worst of all modern insults, “uncharitable”. This is our lot. Jesus has never said it would be easy. As Mr. Peters points out, to be a Christian is and remains a sign of contradiction.
Mr. Peters’ speech is a beautiful reminder of the fact that every one of us (those who write and those who read) have an important role to play in the defence of Christian values in their circle of relatives, friends and acquaintances. There’s a price to pay, but we know that we will be rewarded one day.