I write while listening to an Elvis cover of Hey Jude which is, by all accounts, a little ropey. Incidentally, I don't think the Elvis version is an improvement on the original Gerry and the Pacemaker's version, but hey, it's 'the king', isn't it?
I promised a little reportage from yesterday's meeting of bloggers at Hinsley Hall, Westminster Cathedral. By all accounts, it was a success. So far, a group of bloggers has met and got on really rather well. An Our Father and prayers to Our Lady of Walsingham and Blessed Pope John Paul II got the meeting under way. During a two-hour discussion much was said about the potential for Catholic bloggers to come together to form a society. Among others, including the excellent Linen on the Hedgrow, On the Side of the Angels, who it was a delight to finally meet in person after quite some time of interaction on comments boards on The Telegraph blogs was on good form and A Reluctant Sinner chaired the meeting with dignified grace and charity, also giving us a tour of the crypt of the Cathedral, where much loved Cardinals are entombed. Above all, there was a great spirit of enthusiasm and shared passion for forming a 'coalition of the willing' in order to fight the good fight.
|Bloggers of the UK...Unite!|
All in all, this is a project that could bring into 'one fold' several different blogging sheep, united in the common bond of the Catholic Faith, all determined to defend the Magisterium and the Supreme Pontiff. It was suggested that the blog would be simple in as much as it will simply teach the Catholic Faith - an evangelical mission using the internet to propagate the Faith.
The shared blog would be an independent mission seeking only to raise awareness and educate those within and without the Church in the Faith. This blog would steer clear of some of the more controversial disputes within the Church, steer clear of polemics even, and simply reflect that Deposit of Faith guarded by Pope Benedict XVI and taught by Bishops loyal to him. It's great strength is that it is a grassroots blogging movement, that membership is free, that nobody is paid, but that we are all contributing to a new and exciting blog that will reflect the array of Catholic blogging talent that exists in the Church in the United Kingdom. We were even fortunate to have a Priest who would offer Mass for the Guild's intentions for free. The idea of a general blog into which members can contribute is also able to hopefully reassure contributing bloggers that the 'fiery' content of their own blog is under no threat and that those issues close to the heart of Catholic bloggers can still be 'tub-thumped' on their blog - but that the shared blog would be a mission to unite those bloggers loyal to Pope Benedict XVI and the Magisterium under one roof in communicating the One True Faith.
|Homeless of Westminster...Unite!|
With that in mind then, may I introduce you to Steve (I think it was Steve - I met quite a few people that day and am not that great with names on the best of days!). He was outside McDonalds in Westminster with an excellent t-shirt condemning Westminster City Council's byelaw proposal. On the back it says, "Westminster City Council: Be afraid, be very afraid!" See! I told you the homeless don't need spokespersons! They can speak for themselves! He said the proposed bye law, was "a total denial of human rights of the homeless and those who care for them". Sounds pretty on the mark to me. It's a real shame no journalist quoted him at the time of the controversy.
I understand that some of us, as bloggers, are considered a little too "mad, bad, rad, trad and/or dangerous to know". It seems such a shame for the Church not to utilise the passion for the Gospel of so many who spend hours writing and defending the Faith. Hopefully, our efforts will be pooled in a way in which distinctly Catholic voices can unite in chorus in order to make Christ and His Holy Church more widely known and more deeply loved.
For the bloggers who attended in full, the links to their blogs and a more detailed account of the day, read A Reluctant Sinner. The 'Guild of Catholic Bloggers' is still and will be for perhaps as long as it goes, a work in progress. More meetings and discussions are needed in order for us to put flesh on the bones, so to speak. No pun intended. By the way, I read a good article in St Anthony's Messenger from the Basillica of St Anthony today by one Mr Austen Ivereigh, concerning the new film, There Be Dragons, about the life of St Josemaria Escriva. The article was really good, but I couldn't understand why the article had a picture of the director (of 'The Mission' fame) and producer of the movie...with Austen in the middle. What's Austen got to do with the movie, again? Anyone? I think James Preece might have the the answer. Poor lamb.