Catholics have filled the internet with venom and vitriol, says Vatican media advisor

From the Catholic Herald

Fr Thomas Rosica (AP)

Fr Thomas Rosica said many Catholics were guilty of character assassination and ‘being against everyone and everything’

Many Catholics on the internet are uncharitable and disturbed individuals, the Vatican’s English-language media advisor has said.

Speaking to the DeSales Media Group of Brooklyn diocese, Fr Thomas Rosica said: “Many of my non-Christian and non-believing friends have remarked to me that we ‘Catholics’ have turned the internet into a cesspool of hatred, venom and vitriol, all in the name of defending the faith!

“The character assassination on the internet by those claiming to be Catholic and Christian has turned it into a graveyard of corpses strewn all around.”

Fr Rosica described internet bloggers and commentators as “obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical practices”.

He urged Catholics to pray for such people, “who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners.”

Fr Rosica was appointed by Benedict XVI to the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in 2009. He has since worked with Fr Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s spokesman, in relating to English-speaking media, and is closely involved with the media group Salt + Light TV. Fr Rosica was speaking after the DeSales group awarded him the St Francis DeSales Distinguished Communicator Award.

Fr Rosica said St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists, was remembered today for insisting on “the call to holiness for all people in all walks of life”, and the necessity of serving God at every moment and in the ordinary circumstances of life.

Fr Rosica said Catholics should be known online, not as “the people who are against everyone and everything”, but as people who have something positive to offer – “the Good News that the Lord has asked us to spread”.

He praised Pope Francis for “rebranding” the Church and for encouraging a practice of dialogue. “Let us learn from him how to model this badly needed kindness, goodness, mercy and joy to a wounded world and broken humanity around us,” Fr Rosica said.

This should spur some debate on CP&S!- Ed ;) 

 

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12 Responses to Catholics have filled the internet with venom and vitriol, says Vatican media advisor

  1. The poor flower. All he wants is a big hug.

  2. toadspittle says:

    Probably looked at CP&S – and put Toad down as a Catholic.

    Sam Weller would have said, “A cesspool of wenom and witriol.”
    …And it’s not as if a healthy dose of either ever hurt anyone, did they? Not really. Toad gets plenty of both, and he never snivels. Well, hardly ever.
    They do him good, in fact – like the thrashings he used to get regularly from Father Doyle at school. Made a man of him. Well, almost.

    (Rosica) urged Catholics to pray for such people, “who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners.”
    Right. On the prayer and candle-lighting list they go. Along with the souls “..who are in Hell because they have no one to pray and make sacrifices for them.”

    “The Trolling Pontiffs and The Holy Executioners.” Good names for a couple of grunge garage bands, eh, Burro?.

  3. ginnyfree says:

    Gee,sounds like he’s heard some of the things folks have said about him and wants a chunk of someone’s butt…….I’m just sayin’…………

  4. ginnyfree says:

    No, Toad. They’d be called “The Holy Trolling Pontiffs” and resemble a Monty Python skit with head banging music tossed in. Their Grand Finale on stage could be the guest appearance of the Holy Executioner. Heads would bow! and all would cheer.

  5. toadspittle says:

    Fie! You’ll be suggesting The Dear Old Spanish Inquisition was a Python sketch next, Ginster. Rank heresy, I’d say. (If I wasn’t scared of being subjected to The Comfy Chair.)

  6. ginnyfree says:

    Back in more pagan days, a few beers, a few friends and few hours of Monty Python was Heaven. I know better now. I loved it when the Spanish Inquisition Python style made its grand entrance. In case you have missed them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf_Y4MbUCLY

    Torquemada is my hero. God bless. Ginnyfree.

  7. johnhenrycn says:

    Rosica, the wannabee Rosicrucian from Rochester (originally) is such an idiot. He and Michael Coren ought to get married. They deserve each other. They are both idiots. Sue me.

  8. ginnyfree says:

    Bravo JonHenry! Bravo!

  9. geoffkiernan says:

    Make you wonder which is worse, venom and vitriol or lies and heresy. The venom and vitriol is directed at the Lies and Heresy and the dill hasn’t the nous to see the difference

  10. toadspittle says:

    “Torquemada is my hero. God bless. Ginnyfree.”
    …And I gather he speaks very highly of you too, Ginless.

  11. Robert says:

    Its is simply the decline of Christianity in the West simply means that only those who care and a genuine Love for the Faith remain, Obviously they are better informed than those who have walked away. Attacking the remnant using language, which leaves much to be desired, is a bad move!

  12. Father Rosica says that St Francis de Sales, the patron saint of journalists, is remembered today for insisting on “the call to holiness for all people in all walks of life.” I wonder what St. Francis de Sales thinks of Amoris Laetitia or of the way many priests and bishops regard the Magesterium. During his lifetime, St. Francis de Sales did not approve of fornication or giving Communion to the divorced and civilly remarried. He did not approve of homosexual behavior, certainly not in the priesthood.

    St Francis de Sales was faithful to the Magesterium. He celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass.

    I suppose that if St. Francis de Sales were alive today, Father Rosica would classify him as one of those who are “obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical practices,…(and) who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners.”

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