Thursday, July 24, 2014

Should Priests blog? Part II

Fr. Pinot, French martyr

I've said before that priest's really shouldn't blog unless it's strictly their homilies and catechetical or apologetic material or posts about parish events. I've seen blogs by priests that were downright scary. A priest is an alter Cristus. He should not seem like a pop star tossing PR tidbits to his fans or a guru communicating his wishes to his groupies. His blog should never  leave readers wondering about how his lifestyle is financed or speculating that Father has too much time on his hands or if what they just read was written by a real priest at all.

Blessed Fr. Pinot,  courageous example for priests and us all, pray for us.
Mother Vogl, pray for us.
St. Pio, pray for us.
 Blessed Fr. Pro, pray for us.
 Blessed Fr. Popieluzko, pray for us.
Cardinal Mindzdenty, pray for us.
St. Fr. Edmund Campion, pray for us.
Priest martyrs of Nagasaki, pray for us.
Priest martyrs of Gorkum, pray for us.


Steve Dalton said...

Priests (and certain Catholic lay apologists) should only blog about stuff they're well informed and educated in. The guru/pop star thing should be avoided at all costs. Most priests who became famous in the past became famous because they carried out the regular duties of a parish priest in an extra-ordinary way. They didn't seek out fame, fame came to them. And God humbled them so their fame didn't go to their heads. Take a look at list in this article and you will see what I mean.

newguy40 said...

Lately, the only blog written by a religious that I read is the Prior Father from Silverstream priory. Vultus Christi blog. No politics no pope said this or did that...
Just thoughtful and helpful meditations and writing. I completely recommend it to all.

newguy40 said...

I also meant to say thanks for that great piece of art. I have the FSSP yearly calendar. This year the calender are the Church martyrs.

Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

Since when is blogging inherently inimical to being "alter Christus"? Should Father Z stop blogging? Heaven forbid.

Dymphna said...

Thanks Steve. Newguy, I've read Vultus Christi and liked it. Restore, it's only the worldly and sometimes nasty blogging priests whom I'm talking about.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

I'm inclined to agree, Dymphna. I remember one priest blogging his congratulations to Gene Robinson, the gay Episcopal priest,when he made bishop and wishing him well. It was not the first post I thought was scandalous. Anyway, He no longer blogs thank God!

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Gina Guarnere said...

What a gorgeous image. Sharing it via FB along with his story. I've never heard of Blessed Pinot.

Thank you for this image.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Reminds me of that priest who blogged by proxy - via Rorate blogger.

I think same priest ALSO blogs under the url


John Zuhlsdorf is German, and that priest quoted Johannes Quasten, a German, Austrian, Swiss German or whatever patristics expert.

Also, unless I misrecall, that priest made a reference to an adventure author whose heroes all convert to Christianity - which is the case with Karl May, who, best known to German speakers, can superficially be considered a Christian author.

John Zuhlsdorf does listen to audios while driving car, and that priest had burnt his audios of LotR.

John Zuhlsdorf is very obedience centred and that priest basically told the readers of Rorate blog to trust their parish priest's decision, whatever it should be.

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"His blog should never leave readers wondering about how his lifestyle is financed or speculating that Father has too much time on his hands ...."

This latter thing seems to be a U. S. American + generally businessmanlike and Puritan pre-occupation.

I've read people answering not my argument against their point, but that I had too much time on my hands.

Sure, if no Frenchman thought like that, I would still be having more time on my hands, instead of stress by disrupted sleeps and deliberately forcing me to take another and another walk, but the tendency as such is not typically French.

Not sure if typically US either. Perhaps rather typically kike.