Bishop Barron suggests censoring Catholic social media

Bishop Barron


A leading U.S. prelate says bishops should have more control over Catholic organizations online.

Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Los Angeles, has suggested bishops should “introduce something like a mandatum for those who claim to teach the Catholic faith online, whereby a bishop affirms that the person is teaching within the full communion of the Church.”

He compared those “teaching” on social media to professors at Catholic universities, saying the scrutiny should occur “just as John Paul II, in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, called for the bishops to exercise greater supervision of universities operating under the aegis of the Church.”

Barron’s comments come from a recent interview with the National Catholic Register.

Bishop Barron called the current era “a golden age of evangelization and apologetics” because the internet makes it much easier for people to access Catholic content.

Speaking of the downside of social media, Bp. Barron said, “There are, to be blunt, a disconcerting number of such people on social media who are trading in hateful, divisive speech, often deeply at odds with the theology of the Church and who are, sadly, having a powerful impact on the people of God.”

He opined, “I do think that the shepherds of the Church, those entrusted with supervising the teaching office, can and should point out when people on social media are harming the Body of Christ.”

Many Catholics on social media took exception to Bp. Barron’s comments.

Twitter account “Silent Partner” stated, “I have a better idea, Bp. Barron: why not just respond with truth and kindness to all the questions raised by traditional Catholic commentators you so dislike?”

A parody account called Vatican Post Office tweeted as a joke, “But though we, or an angel from Heaven, preach a gospel to you without the USCCB mandatum, let him be anathema.”

Fr John Allen

Bishop Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, has written several books, and was the host of the 2011 video series Catholicism.

In September 2019, the Word on Fire Institute announced it had granted a fellowship position to John Allen, Jr. — the editor of Catholic news site Crux.

About a month later, near the close of the Pan-Amazonian Synod in Rome, Allen criticized the young faithful Catholics who dumped Pachamama statues into the Tiber River.

Wooden statues of “Pachamama,” an indigenous “Mother Earth” figure portrayed as a naked pregnant woman, popped up time and again during the Amazon Synod.

The morning of Oct. 21, Catholic laymen took several Pachamama figures from the church of Santa Maria del Traspontina in Rome and chucked them over a bridge into the Tiber. Those responsible believed the Pachamama statues were pagan idols, and felt it was important to remove the figures from the church.

Allen accused Alexander Tschugguel and his accomplices of having an ideological animus against Pope Francis, writing, “In other words, had those two men had the option of tossing Francis himself into the river, they might well have taken it. The statues were simply as close as they were realistically going to get.”

LifeSiteNews: Barron’s pathetic suggestion would be just plain comical if not for the dead-serious facts surrounding it

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3 Responses to Bishop Barron suggests censoring Catholic social media

  1. Bishop B; Most ridiculous idea I have ever heard. Especially when some bishops cannot even be entrusted with the truth. What are they going to do next? Destroy access to all of the old and ancient texts so that we can’t prove when we are right? Is this Nazi Germany? What rubbish!

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  2. mmvc says:

    An excerpt from the LifeSite link:

    The Powerful Men Barron Carefully Leaves Unscathed

    And whom exactly does Barron want the bishops to shame and discredit through his proposed mandatum? He didn’t have the courage to name any names. But here are a few Catholic voices the bishops could start with:

    Father James Martin: A Jesuit Vatican adviser and promoter of secularist LGBT ideology dressed up in a thin veneer of Catholic-ese, Fr. Martin labels faithful Catholic laypeople “alt-right” and sics the anti-Catholic far-Left on Catholic social media accounts that question him.

    Austen Ivereigh: This official papal biographer is prolific on Twitter, where he hurls condemnations and insults at Catholic whistleblowers who uncover corruption in the Church.

    Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo: This highly placed cleric has publicly claimed that the Chinese Communist Party, which forcibly aborts children and currently holds millions of religious minorities in concentration camps, is “best implementing the social doctrine of the Church.” Sorondo made this claim in an effort to justify and maintain a deal with China that gave the atheist regime more power over the Chinese Catholics it persecutes — a deal negotiated by none other than the disgraced Cardinal McCarrick.

    Father Thomas Rosica: This Vatican Press Office veteran and serial plagiarist has worked to undermine the pro-life movement. Incidentally, Rosica once drew up a list of “approved” Catholic media sources himself and presented it for the consideration of the U.S. bishops. Apparently the idea stuck with Barron!

    These are not the voices Barron would like to see censured. Rather, these are the voices of the status quo — representative of the class of men whom Barron would like to empower more.

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  3. kathleen says:

    Good point, mmvc. The LifeSite article hits the nail on the head.
    Hmmm, we are a traditional Catholic blog that is faithful to the Church’s timeless teachings. The sort of blog Bishop Barron insinuates needs censoring! So once again we repeat: it’s long past the time we should have removed Bishop “hell-is-empty” Barron’s link from our sidebar.
    And anti-Catholic Francis’ smirking picture too!

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