When the Vatican urged pastors to have blogs, they didn’t bother telling us how we were supposed to make the time to keep up with this thing!
The Vatican is now on Twitter and they’re posting a half dozen items a day. I’ll bet they have a full-time “Tweetie” at the Vatican press office.
A good number of our parishioners are on Facebook and that’s a easy way to share tidbits of news and photos. There have been some issues regarding privacy on Facebook but I think they got the message when thousands began to resign. And while we’re on the subject of Facebook, please don’t ask for my help with Mafia Wars or Farmville or anything else! I check in, I give a thumbs up or a comment and I check out. That’s it.
Have a safe Memorial Day weekend. And remember what it’s all about.
I still haven’t seen a summary of the comments made at the meeting on Monday, April 12. I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback and most people seemed very pleased with the way Bishop Choby and Fr. Dave Bergner conducted the meeting and summarized what they had heard. I expect to get more detailed notes from Milwaukee next week after Fr. Dave has his secretary type them up. I’m particularly interested in the “negative” comments. I want to know what needs improvement so that the council and I can begin addressing those issues.
The church is a human institution and will never be perfect. But that doesn’t prevent us from trying our best. I do know that trying to please everyone is a recipe for disaster.
A few days back I came across an interesting item about the disconnect between the Catholic bishops and the Catholic faithful. The key areas in which the two are far apart come down to health care legislation, immigration reform and gay marriage.
The bishops are for some sort of national health care provided, of course, that it prohibits public funding for abortion and protects the conscious rights of health care professionals. The people out there in the pews aren’t very excited about national health care legislation and don’t seem as concerned about abortion funding.
The bishops want immigration reform that will provide for some way to legalize the millions of illegal immigrants. The people in the pew reflect the attitudes of the majority of Americans. Illegal immigrants must go. My guess is that the economy is really a major influence on how people perceive illegal immigrants and legal immigrants as well.
The bishops oppose gay marriage and have been highly visible in their opposition particularly in places like California. And while a majority of states have banned gay marriage, the Catholic populace is largely split on the issue.
I’m not quite sure what to make of all this or how to address it. In recent weeks I’ve included articles in the parish bulletin addressing health care legislation and abortion and another article on the so-called myths about immigrants. I find it significant that not a single parishioner has said a word about either article. These were front page articles, not buried on the back cover.
How do we get to people on these issues?
It’s a snowy Monday morning in Tennessee and I’ve got nothing better to do than launch my new blog. A week or so back Pope Benedict encouraged priests to get out there in the online world especially with blogs. I was already out there on Facebook and Twitter and Flickr, but I guess that wasn’t enough so here I am with a blog. Why not. Can’t hurt.