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The Pope’s remarks on the abuse crisis on the way to Portugal have prompted comment from, among others, John Allen, Ruth Gledhill, Rod Dreher, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests and Kevin Clarke.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin’s frank address on the state of Irish Catholicism has also provoked comment from Fr James Martin SJ, Rod Dreher, James Mackey and John Cooney.

Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the SSPX, says the Pope sincerely desires to reach a canonical solution with the Society.

The Brazilian bishops are preparing to issue new guidelines to combat clerical abuse.

The Vatican City State has announced a major upgrade to its communications infrastructure.

Fr Joseph Fessio SJ takes issue with the Tablet’s recent report on Cardinal Christoph Schönborn’s criticisms of Cardinal Angelo Sodano.

Joseph Bottum of First Things issues a blunt call for Cardinal Sodano’s resignation.

And Paul Cat presents flow chart guide to the concept of mortal sin.

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John Wilkins: How to walk the tightrope

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There’s an interesting article in this week’s issue of Commonweal by the former Tablet editor John Wilkins. (It’s available here, but you have to log in to read it.)

It’s headlined “The Tightrope” and it’s about the difficulties that editors of independent Catholic newspapers sometimes face in reconciling the pursuit of truth and respectful loyalty to the Church hierarchy. It’s main focus is on newspapers that sometimes challenge the Magisterium of the Church, but some of his points are relevant to anyone who works in (or uses) the Catholic media.

Here’s a taster:

I felt at the Tablet that I was walking a tightrope. I had a double responsibility. Yes, I had a responsibility to the Catholic faith and its official interpreters, but also one to the claims of all the baptised, who are called on to take a lead in the world. I never met a colleague from any continent who did not walk that tightrope. What happens if public opinion in the Church is unwelcome to the authorities? What should the independent Catholic media do then? To what extent can independent Catholic editors, like secular editors, invigilate power? …

Pius XII said that informed public opinion is necessary to the Church’s life. If that is the case, there has to be a way to communicate that opinion. Here, independent Catholic media that are critically loyal have an indispensable role to play provided their approach is founded on knowledge, research, love of the Church, humility, self-discipline, self-examination, and readiness to accept correction. At the Second Vatican Council, the Catholic Church defined itself as a hierarchically structured people’s Church. In that case, open channels for public opinion within it are even more essential now than before.

Photo: South Korean Kwon Won-tae walks a high wire during the World High Wire Championships in Seoul last year (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 12, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Posted in Bishops, media

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