Can you please help me understand why a few of the Catholic blogs with the largest presence on the Internet use their sites to battle endlessly about what they deem important "issues" in the Church instead of using them to draw people closer to Christ? They have the means at their disposal to bring the beauty of Catholicism to millions and instead spend half their time in petty arguments. The other half is spent on defending their position (with a definite lack of charity) in the combox.
Don't they understand what damage they do?
My guess is that they do not. The fact that they spend so much energy in defense of themselves and what they've written rather than reaching out to others makes me wonder if they are truly writing for God.
I read a few posts today by some of our leading Catholic writers. After reading them I asked myself this question:
If I were a Catholic thinking of coming home to the Church or a person interested in Catholicism what would these posts say to me? Or, what if my feet were not yet firm in the faith? Would these writers draw me closer to God?
The truth is that they would repulse me. I leave these sites with my heart heavy because, though they may think otherwise, they are doing Catholicism a grave disservice.
Don't get me wrong. I follow some wonderful sites that have a large number of followers and I have them listed in my sidebar. My problem is that there are a handful of Catholic sites with a huge amount of readers who are teaching people (by their example) that Catholics are petty and uncharitable.
I write this because I want people to understand that this is not the true face of Catholicism. Here are some sites which better portray Catholicism in all its unique beauty:
Word on Fire - Fr. Robert Barron's site (a favorite of mine)
Catholics Come Home
Coming Home Network
Catholic Spiritual Direction
Catholic Prayer life
Come, Holy Spirit
There are many more than the ones I mention above...but this is a good start. Enjoy!