Sunday, 27 November 2016

A Moratorium on the Catholic Media


It has become increasingly apparent in recent years that the Catholic Media is apparently self-indulging in promoting or publicising conflicts of Cardinals against Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops, priests against priests and so on, and thereby creating a climate of confusion among the faithful. Those involved, at all levels including those in conflict, are running the grave risk of being accused by Jesus of leading astray His little ones for which they will be accountable. A good judgement criterion and a simple one to use, is to question whether such and such media is helping one to get to heaven. 


Not surprisingly, only a few meet this criterion. Therefore one must question one's motive in reading and supporting those who at best cause confusion or doubts about what to believe in these times. Worse, they sow suspicion that our religious leaders have their own interests rather than those of the flock at heart.




Unfortunately it has become increasingly fashionable within the Church, so-called taking advantage of Information Technology, to follow the secular practice of publicly airing conflicts and controversies which should be kept within the family rather than exposing them to the mass media. A golden rule of good families is not to wash their dirty linen in public! Those participating in such unseemly practices may be guilty of sinning gravely by setting a bad example. Until such practices stop, evangelisation remains a dead duck.



Bear this in mind: all you have to adhere to are Sacred Scripture, especially the Commandments and Beatitudes, the Catholic Church Catechism and the Sacred Traditions of Mother Church which are the bedrock of our Faith. Any obscure or erroneous interpretation or tampering with these, for which good reasons are always given, are an anathema. Living a true Catholic life is simple and sacrificial: there is much joy and pain. Trying to remove our crosses does little good because we are often gain larger crosses to carry in their place.

Assuming we all want to get to heaven, then avoiding today's Catholic Media and secular interpretations of what is going on in the Church, would be a genuine leg-up on this difficult journey. We would avoid all the unsavoury spat, gossip, tittle-tattle, and sniping that is currently called Catholic news which is both disgraceful and addictive. Rather, we have to focus on reading good Catholic literature, the Sacraments, and living good, simple and clean prayerful lives which encourage us to get as close to God as possible. If we proceed in such a manner we may be amazed at how less stressful our lives become.


Perhaps if a sufficient number of Catholics refuse to read or subscribe to the Catholic media, they will have to reform or rightly go out of business. Also those in such conflicts, without publicity, may fall silent, as they will not be able to air their controversial views so as to influence us, in the worst cases, away from the truth: what bliss!  

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