Vatican observers did a double-take when they read Paragraph 146 of the final approved Youth Synod document. While there’s plenty to be found in the document which will curl the hair of most traditional/orthodox Catholics, Paragraph 146 is a whopper in its own right. It speaks to the need for creating “certification systems for Catholic websites, to counter the spread of fake news regarding the Church.”
Say what, now?
You mean something like the electro-magnetic web-based Internetty version of a Imprimatur or Nihil Obstat kind of thing for web content?
Sounds like a swell idea…what could possibly go wrong?
It’s one thing for the Church to put her seal of approval on Catholic publications advising readers that they’ll find nothing doctrinally offensive or heretical in a book or some such. The Church should have been doing more of that…assuming, of course, that it would be the heretical or quasi-heretical stuff that would get the flashing red warning light associated with it. These days, you’re probably more likely to get clotheslined by a Vatican theologian for actually supporting the Magisterium as it existed prior to this pontificate.
I think most of us can imagine what’s really behind the Synod’s report calling for ‘badges of approval’ for Catholic websites: they want to suppress dissent.
Well, I don’t know many of my fellow Catholic internet dudes/dudettes who are thrilled with that idea. It’s not hard to imagine that outfits like Church Militant, LifeSite News, the Lepanto Institute and The Remnant would be early targets of such a “certification process.”
Dear Youth Synod Document writers/ghost-writers/stooges, we have a message for you:
Read more about it here–> https://www.churchmilitant.com/news/article/vatican-looks-to-censor-lay-catholics
Excuse me, Cardinal Cupich. Josef Stalin called. He wants his police state back…
As the crisis in the Church deepens to critical proportions, look to the example of St. John. The Beloved Disciple had a winning game plan for he darkest day in human history. We can follow the same strategy today.
The hunt is on for the “renegade” Archbishop! In the wake of his bombshell eleven page letter which named quite a few names, more than a few high-ranking prelates are ticked off. According to some press reports, the Vatican is actively seeking the whereabouts of Abp. Viganò, and has dispatched agents to locate him. Fearing for his life, Abp. Viganò has gone into hiding. From an undisclosed location, Viganò has written two additional letters.
Pray for Viganò’s safety during this time of crisis. Pray that his allegations be investigated fully, and pray to Our Lady that our beloved Church will emerge from this present tribulation stronger and holier!
In The Burden: A Warning of Things to Come, a wonderful volume of poetic prophesies written by Paul Thigpen and inspired by Divine Scripture, you will find a poem titled, “The Shepherds.” In this tremendous work, Dr. Thigpen issues a very harsh reminder to the faithful that some who pose as Shepherds, are in reality doing the bidding of Satan in an ongoing spiritual battle here on earth.
We the laity often remain silent in the sight of the obvious evils within; perhaps our silence is borne out of fear and intimidation, or a bizarre felling of deference to the flawed mortal sporting a miter. Either way, silence in the face of that which is wrong, brings about a degree of culpability. Culpability of which I do not wish to be a part. Whether it be ambiguous teachings, or the absence of moral teaching; when those entrusted with Shepherding the flock, either foster or allow to persist feelings of ambivalence or error within the congregation, they are not only paving their own pathway to Hell, but they are charting a course for countless souls to follow to pits of eternal damnation.
We, the laity, have an obligation to make use of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Fear, Piety, Fortitude, Knowledge, Understanding, Counsel and Wisdom, to combat evil from wherever it comes, in the name of Jesus Christ as we set our sights on the True Evangelization and the eternal Salvation of all who would receive.
I highly recommend, “The Burden.” It is available at TAN or Amazon. ISBN-13: 978-0615780436. Kindle price is $3.95 and paperback is $7.95