LOOKING FOR A POSTED BLOG THAT IS NOT HASTY- REGARDING - POINT MADE ABOUT CATHOLIC BLOGGING--GO TO LAST COMMENT ON JOEL OSTEEN 2006 entries. re; Prosperity Material Riches Theology BLOG-by anonymous--today--thoughtful, beyond just the personal accumulation of moneys and materials in western post industrial society--a bit of time warp travel
## Regarding this:
"10) Over time, blogs tend toward the formation of informal alliances among the "regulars" who post on the thread, as people find intellectual and temperamental soulmates. Often these branch off into warm offsite e-mail friendships as well -- one of the major benefits of blogging."
## A by-product of this is that established "regulars" can be very "cliquey", to the point of giving the cold shoulder to those whose comments are unwelcome.
I think this is a particular temptation for some Catholics: the very strong stress in Catholicism on doctrinal orthodoxy, seems very apt to spill over onto expressions of opinion, so that unwelcome opinions - even those that are in no way objectionable morally or doctrinally are treated as (in effect) heresies. For example: no one has to admire the Pope, or to think his every action ideally wise & good - but on some messageboards & weblogs, to say so is suicidal.
That this happens is significant & alarming, because it is typical of Protestant Fundamentalism that it has taboos that are known only when they are transgressed. That the same phenomenon should occur among Catholics is extremely disturbing.
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