If you've been following the world of Catholic new media, you know two things. The first is that the current pontificate is giving both the so-called "neo-Catholics" and the so-called "rad trads" plenty of ammunition to use on the other. The second is that if it didn't, they'd both have to make something up. Some people even post a variation on Facebook of something they said in the same venue two days earlier, just to sit back and watch the comments pile up.
So, this edition of Loose Lips is dedicated to the few, the proud, the ones who need to grow the hell up. And on that promising note … here's what's bouncing around the bandwidth of believers lately:
• Katrina Fernandez has conceded to her place on the Patheos Catholic Channel strictly for "comic relief," but lately she may be the only one who doesn't have to. This week, she calls for a pax upon this house (and just when some of you were having SO much fun). [The Crescat]
• Kevin Tierney is a “papal traditionalist” (as we used to call them) who notes the long term consequences of high vitriol in low places, when it comes to discussing matters of the Faith, and why he stopped blogging at the end of last month. [Common Sense Catholicism]
• Vittorio Messori claims that “Ratzinger did not withdraw to a private life. Here is why we truly have two Popes.” He then proceeds to describe what he calls a “diarchy.” Someone needs to ask those yahoos at Rorate: “DUUUDE? DIARCHY?? THAT'S NOT EVEN A REAL WORD!!!” [Rorate Caeli]
• Joe Heschmeyer knows that the only thing worse than having two popes, is having no pope, and for a really really long time. He also says that (if only beyond theory) a sustained state of sedevacantism is impossible. He's not the only one, but he said it lately, so ... [Shameless Popery]
• Mark Shea wants all the rad trads out there to know, that he really does not care about what happens to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, and he will keep posting about it, and telling them why he really does not care, until everybody on Facebook stops sending him hundreds of comments each time he tells them that he really does not care. Really. [Catholic And Enjoying It]
• And last but not least, Frank Weathers isn't phased about recent events, nosiree Bob! He knows that Saint John of the Cross has a perfectly good explanation for the kerfuffle, how “what happened last week in the Catholic blogging world is all one big rookie mistake.” Fortunately, he elaborates. [Why I Am Catholic]
Well, that's our story and we're stickin' to it. Remember to attend Holy Mass this Sunday. Until the next weekly chattel of church chat, stay tuned, and stay in touch.