While traditionalist Catholic blogs are under attack in a concerted Lent campaign to assert the new order, Rabit is proud to have not been left out. The Sacred Congregation for Settling Scores has sent round the men with pickaxe handles and put the frighteners on this faithful traddy Rabit, suggesting I take down the Vatican flag because it makes the Donkey blog look too Catholic. I also received a letter from Rome:
Dear Herr Rabit,
It cannot have escaped your attention, as indeed it hasn’t escaped mine, that your traditionalistluvvlyblog is under scrutiny in our Lent clean-up campaign.
We have silenced some people already: Deacon Nick Duffelcoat with his mad ideas about protecting Catholic teaching and Fr Grunwick’s Mutual Entrenchment confusing the faithful by providing intelligent liturgical comment.
While you may find it fun to play with the “new media”, which can be a helpful tool of evangelisation, they can also be used for un-reflected speech lacking in conformity to the new reality. While some may ask, “who am I to judge?” it is nevertheless my job to judge, to exercise vigilance over these blogs and, where necessary, to intervene.
When the men with pick axe handles arrive, it will be no good saying you didn’t expect the Liberal Inquisition.
Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mässtrousers
Prefect, Sacred Congregation for Settling Scores
For those readers of this blog who have no idea what this post is about, here is some background. Deacon Nick Donnelly who ran the highly successful Protect the Pope blog has been silenced by his bishop. Fr Hunwicke is a priest in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and his blog is largely about liturgical matters, but it has come under attack from Cardinal Müller in Rome, who heads the Inquisition. This is what he said about traditionalist blogs in the Ordinariate:
“The prefect went on to issue a word of warning about the potential problems caused by the “new media”, particularly through blogs. He said that some of the ordinariate clergy and faithful wrote blogs, which, while being a helpful tool of evangelisation, could also “express un-reflected speech lacking in charity”. The image of the ordinariate was not helped by this, he said, and it fell to the ordinaries to exercise vigilance over these blogs and, where necessary, to intervene.”
Update 11 pm Sunday
This blog post was provided as a temporary measure while the proper Catholic satirist was woefully slow getting out of bed on this First Sunday in Lent. Eccles has now produced a blog post on this matter: Protect the Deacon.
Oh what the heck: here’s the Father Ted rabbit scene. Just see the bishop as Cradinal Müller.