Thursday, April 20, 2017
When the Tail Wags the Dog...Be Careful Whom You Trust.
OnePeterFive has an important article by Steve Skojec about a website that claimed to provide inside information about scandalous goings on at the Vatican. And Just Like That, Fra Cristoforo Vanished
Skojec questioned the authenticity of the website and lo and behold it disappeared shortly after. Was the author, supposedly a priest, really an "agent provocateur" creating scandals where none existed? Was it really a priest, but one who was outed and ordered to cease and desist? Or was the site illustrative of a reality described by one person commented on the article who wrote, "The blogosphere, including the Catholic blogosphere, is infested with trolls, liars, kooks and bottom feeders." Alas, that is true, but he leaves out one other category, the silly and naive.
This article emphasized for me the need to love the truth and be constantly vigilant to affirm it. To believe something serious without evidence is foolish and, in these crisis times, foolishness is...well...no help to Holy Mother Church. She needs defenders and warriors who are prudent, wise, and vigilant.
Ronald Reagan made famous the Russian proverb, "Trust but verify." Any Catholic blogger who really wants to help the Church needs to be so vigilant for the Truth (Christ Himself) that he or she never, ever passes on something as true, especially something important, that cannot be verified.
My mom used to say, "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see." Not such bad advice in these days of easy editing and photo-shopping. And so I offer as a thought for the day: Make sure the tail you see wagging really has a dog on the other end who is responsible for its movement.