Something terrible interesting is happening in Catholic blogging circles. Last week the Vatican announced a meeting for bloggers (often known as a blognic) in Rome on 2nd May. It is being held by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and according to THOC's unofficial translation:
In the two planned sessions, various speakers will present some key points to open a discussion open to all the participants. In the first, five bloggers, representing the different language areas, will address specific issues of general importance. In the second, there will be accounts from people involved in the communication strategies of the Church, who will present their experiences of working with new media, as well as initiatives for an effective meeting between the Church and the world of bloggers.
All very worthy, I'm sure ...
But today I learn news of the Other Catholic Blognic on Hilary White's blog Orwell's Picnic. The programme for this blognic is as follows:
"Shaping the Narrative: how Catholic 'new media' is re-defining the global Catholic debate"
and talk about what *YOU* want to talk about...
Unlike the Vatican's, ours will be FUN!
AND ours will have beer...
AND we'll let you come in your pyjamas if you want.
Tell your bloggy friends and enemies.
Skipping over to the Facebook page about this event, I note there are a number of worthies promising to be in attendance, including the great Fr Z, Dorothy of Seraphic Singles and Michael Voris. Others, including James Preece, are 'maybe attending'.
Very interesting that. And it has got me wondering whether this counter-blognic has something to do with English native contempt for ground-roots activities when some European bureaucrat tries to muscle in on the action, or whether there is something in the blogging community that would rather stand shy of officialdom. Is this a case of a fear of boredom or a fear of bodysnatching?
The stakes are high of course. The former could lead down the road trodden, I suppose, by the American Papist [nice chap though], and the latter could lead down the road taken by Austen Ivereigh [shudder]. Does this counter-blognic simply mean a refusal to accept blogging as a form of ecclesiastical karaoke, or does it mean that official sponsorship would make bloggers as proverbially dodgy as Pravda (or Ivereigh)?
I note the event is for Taliban Catholic bloggers, which is a shame. That rather rules me out since I have sworn to hold both revolutionary and the counterrevolutionary clubolatry in contempt!