Sunday, September 01, 2013

Should priests blog?

Nope. Not unless the blog doesn't allow comments and is strictly homilies, apologetics, or a collection of the priest's writings like this  or this. 
I've seen priest blogs that were too worldly, waspish to anyone who didn't slobber over them like a big happy dog, and well.... dangerous because they showed bad judgement, and did not show the priesthood in a respectable light. A priest blog should not be like a pop star writing to his fans.

So what to do, when a priest blogger is embarrassing? Treat him like Noah's good sons did when they saw him drunk and naked. Turn your eyes away, don't dwell on the disgrace and never revisit the episode again. There are at least three priestly blogs that I just won't read anymore.

St. John Vianney, pray for us. 

Father Solanus Casey, pray for us.

Fr. Walter Ciszek, pray for us. 

Fr. Augustus Tolton, pray for us.

Fr. Miguel Pro, pray for us. 

St. Pio, pray for us. 


Deo volente said...

I have a feeling this post will gather quite a bit of attention, Dymphna!


Dymphna said...

I hope it doesn't make anybody mad.

Lola said...

Only the names named are for priest's blogs Dymphna does think are edifying.

One former co-worker of mine years ago pointed out "The easiest thing in the world is to criticize". On one level yes, if it's "behind the back and smile to the face". Not if done out of concern and charity.

I'm struggling with a culture that somehow made me away of the Kardashians and Miley Cyrus.
The desire for Human respect and
Fame is a soul killer.

Somehow in reading this post I was reminded of Fr. Steven Sheier's testimony of his early priestly life. A inner life that probably wasn't on anyone but God's radar. I am admonished by his story.

Thank you Dymphna for sharing the sweet faces of those Priests who loved us and encourage us still.

R J said...

At a time of globally notorious priest shortages, any priest who has enough time on his hands to run an egocentric blog is going to arouse, at the very least, suspicions as to his competence in parish duties. (Does he even have parish duties? Was he ordained by some "wandering bishop" via the Internet? Is he legitimately ordained but awaiting trial for sex crimes?)

TTC said...


I used to think it was a helpful tool for Catholics who are stuck in an area that is surrounded with heretical priests or priests who just don't give a damn about salvation.

Now that I have watched it play out, I couldn't agree more with you.

Joe Potillor said...

I'm starting to agree

The Digital Hairshirt said...

I think the same discernment for reading a priest's blog is also needed for his Homily - because I have heard an awful lot of bad, misused Homilies.

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Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Fr Miguel Pro at first looked like Fernandel playing Don Camillo.