Monday, August 23, 2010

Archdiocese of Boston: Boston Catholic Insider Blog blocked because it is "a distraction."

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that, "..a distraction reveals to us what we are attached to." (2729). Not all distractions are bad. Some are even holy. As Raissa Maritain, writing about Saint Thomas Aquinas, notes:

"When he wept and prayed in this way, or when he was trying to find the answer to a difficult question, very often he did not hear nor feel what was going on about him. So one day, when he was at the table of the King Saint Louis, the two saints seated side by side, Brother Thomas, forgetful of the circumstances and the place, rapped loudly on the table and cried out: 'So much for the heresy of the Manicheans!' 'Master,' said the Prior who accompanied him, 'be careful, you are at the table of the King of France.' And saying this, he pulled at his cloak to bring him out of this state of holy distraction." (See here).

In the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 10 verses 38-42, we read:

"As they continued their journey he entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary [who] sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, 'Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.' The Lord said to her in reply, 'Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.'"

A distraction reveals to us what we are attached to. By the grace of God, there are still people who are attached to truth. Like Mary who sat at the very feet of Truth, they are attracted by the beauty of truth and by its sheer power.

And it will not be taken from them.


Paul Anthony Melanson said...

In his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christifideles Laici: On the Vocation and the Mission of the Lay Faithful in the Church and in the World, Pope John Paul II says that, "A new state of affairs today both in the Church and in social, economic, political and cultural life, calls with a particular urgency for the action of the lay faithful. If lack of commitment is always unacceptable, the present time renders it even more so. It is not permissible for anyone to remain idle.

We continue in our reading of the gospel parable: 'And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing; and he said to them, 'Why do you stand here idle all day?'. They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us'. He said to them, 'You go into the vineyard too''( Mt 20:6-7).

Since the work that awaits everyone in the vineyard of the Lord is so great there is no place for idleness. With even greater urgency the 'householder' repeats his invitation: 'You go into my vineyard too'.

The voice of the Lord clearly resounds in the depths of each of Christ's followers, who through faith and the sacraments of Christian initiation is made like to Jesus Christ, is incorporated as a living member in the Church and has an active part in her mission of salvation. The voice of the Lord also comes to be heard through the historic events of the Church and humanity, as the Council reminds us: 'The People of God believes that it is led by the Spirit of the Lord, who fills the whole world. Moved by this faith it tries to discern authentic signs of God's presence and purpose in the events, the needs, and the longings which it shares with other people of our time. For faith throws a new light on all things and makes known the full ideal to which God has called each individual, and thus guides the mind towards solutions which are fully human.'

It is necessary, then, to keep a watchful eye on this our world, with its problems and values, its unrest and hopes, its defeats and triumphs: a world whose economic, social, political and cultural affairs pose problems and grave difficulties in light of the description provided by the Council in the Pastoral Constitution, Gaudium et Spes. This, then, is the vineyard; this is the field in which the faithful are called to fulfill their mission. Jesus wants them, as he wants all his disciples, to be the 'salt of the earth' and the 'light of the world' (cf. Mt 5:13-14)." (No. 3).

Jesus wants all of His disciples to be the "light of the world." Why then would the Archdiocese attempt to pull the plug on those members of the laity who are striving to be salt and light?

Ellen Wironken said...

The Archdiocese will apparently stop at nothing to silence any and all constructive criticism from Catholic bloggers. Repeatedly, Archdiocesan officials have been asked to produce evidence of posts which have been inaccurate. They have not been able to produce such evidence, a point which this Blog has addressed most eloquently.

Donations are down. Mass attendance is down. It is time for the Archdiocese to admit that the fraternal correction offerred by this Blog, Bryan Hehir Exposed, Carol McKinley's Blog and the Boston Catholic Insider have been most accurate.

It is time for healing. Cardinal O'Malley, the Spirit speaks through the laity as well as ministerial priests.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

We read in Matthew 20:25,26, "But Jesus summoned them and said, 'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you.."

I can't help but wonder how the Archdiocese of Boston reconciles its decision to block its employees from having access to a Catholic Blog committed toward advancing truth with this command from the Lord Jesus.

BostonCatholic2011 said...

I think this is a PR disaster for Boston. The decision to block BCI is, as Deal Hudson said, silly. I keep praying that the Archdiocese will begin to clean house and address the rampant dissent and homosexuality. I will continue to do so. There are no indications as of yet that the Archdiocese has any intention to commence a reform.

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