Were Catholic blogs responsible for the Vatican stopping a Methodist Ordination Service in Liverpool Cathedral?
Permission had initially been granted for the service by Archbishop Patrick Kelly, but subsequently reversed after “advice” from the Vatican.
The Catholic Herald notes:
The proposed ordination service was roundly attacked by Catholic bloggers earlier this year. One called it “sacrilege”, while others criticised it for the confusion it would bring.
“It might result in people who protest against Catholic truth… conducting a service in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in whose presence they don’t believe,” Ben Trovato wrote on the blog Countercultural Father. He continued: “It might lead people to imagine some equivalence between Methodism and the One True Church founded by Christ.”
And so the question has been raised as to the possibility of the Vatican picking up on the discomfort of these Catholic bloggers, and intervening and proffering their advice to the Archbishop accordingly.
One Catholic blogger certainly seems to think so.
If this is the case, then it would indicate that Catholic bloggers now wield such power, that they are able to inform and influence the Vatican itself.