Distracting from guilt by blaming the messenger. Clever!wosbald wrote: ↑Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:55 am+JMJ+
Catholic Cyber-Militias and the New Censorship
Fr James Martin SJ / Kerry Weber / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0
This sort of vitriol is profoundly changing the communion of the Catholic Church. And not just in its ethos, but also in the way it functions.
Many people were shocked when Theological College in Washington (DC), the national seminary of the Catholic University of America, recently canceled a lecture by Fr James Martin SJ.
The popular Jesuit author was to speak on ideas he raised in his 2014 book, “Jesus: A Pilgrimage”. But the seminary disinvited him because of “increasing negative feedback from various social media sites” related to the priest’s newest book on the Church and gay Catholics, “Building a Bridge”.
The cancellation does not only concern Fr Martin and the Church’s LGBT community. Actually, it should worry all Catholics. That is not only because this was the third time that the Jesuit was disinvited from giving a previously arranged lecture. More seriously, it was linked to a campaign of hatred and personal attacks against the priest.
This sort of vitriol is profoundly changing the communion of the Catholic Church. And not just in its ethos, but also in the way it functions. It signals a new kind of censorship that uses verbal violence to intimidate individual Catholics, as well as institutions within the Church – institutions that exist (also) to protect the rights of Catholics. …
Father Martin is teaching immorality. He wants us to confirm and encourage others in their sins. This is not love.
Catholic faithful are rising up with a large voice and saying that he should not be given honored platforms to spread this message.
Social media is the way that modern folk share our news. And we apologize for the folks who behave badly there. But Fr. Martin was cancelled from three prestigious speaking engagements because he wants us to celebrate souls who are in sexual sin, not because of "a campaign of hatred and personal attacks."
It is not "vitriol." It is not "changing the communion of the Church." And it is not a new kind of censorship. It is exactly the same old kind of censorship that we have always relied on to guard the Truth of the Gospel.
The Truth of the Gospel is the message of Jesus to His People: "Repent, for the Kingdom of God is here!" His message to repentant persons was, "Your sins are forgiven. Go and sin no more."
Yet we always suffer attacks from false teachers saying, "You don't have to repent. You are already saved, even as you sin. Just carry on."