(“Communion of Saints” image by Ira Thomas)
Back to the question of moderating posts in the Catholic community, do you have suggestions?
Hello anon: Yes, I do. I’ve been giving this thought. There is a group called the “Confraternity of Catholic Clergy” which I belong to, having groups in Australia, the United States, and England. It is not enough to be a Catholic priest to join. We all sign a common Mission Statement, or a statement of our values which are non-negotiable.
I believe that bloggers who wish to be listed as Catholic blogs in the Tumblr Catholic community should agree to a common Mission Statement of shared values also, from which you do not deviate if you wish to be considered listed in the Tumblr Catholic community.
"This is a Mission Statement I would propose:
1) I accept and promote the doctrine of faith and morals proposed by the Pope and the bishops in communion with him, even if these have not been taught as dogma but are part of the ordinary Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
2) If I am struggling with certain Catholic teachings, on my blog, I do so with deference to the Holy Father and the bishops in communion with him, and with respect to them as the final and sole authoritative voice for what is and is not Catholic teaching. Saying “the Church is wrong” is not deferential respect.
3) While respecting that Catholic doctrine unites us, I will also respect that applying the doctrine can take different forms pastorally. I will respectfully discuss these differences. While sarcasm or anger might enter a discussion, I will focus on the ideas and not the person. At no time will I address fellow Catholics bloggers with expletives, blasphemous, or vulgar expressions.
4) My mission is to love my fellow Tumblr Catholics, to build them up as a Communion of Saints, to form friendships and help to heal their wounds, to pray for them, to forgive them when they offend me, but to call them to accountability when they depart from our common mission.
5) With my fellow Catholics, I will encourage frequent confession, reception of Communion every Sunday, Eucharistic adoration, recitation of the rosary and all Marian devotions, the purity of body and soul, and will venerate and hold sacrosanct the memory of the saints and all their holy counsels. I will shun and keep from my blog whatever is blasphemous, sacrilegious, and pornographic.”
I think these five points are what you find in most respectable Catholic forums on the internet and would be a good vision for us to embrace for the purpose of sowing unity in a divided Tumblr Catholic community. Those bloggers who accept this Mission Statement can reblog and state their personal acceptance of it. God bless, Fr. Angel