Friday, February 08, 2008

Canonical supervision of "Individual Intiatives"

A while back, Marco asked a question about this canon:
Can. 216 Since they participate in the mission of the Church, all the Christian faithful have the right to promote or sustain apostolic action even by their own undertakings, according to their own state and condition. Nevertheless, no undertaking is to claim the name Catholic without the consent of competent ecclesiastical authority.
Today, catching up on back reading, I found this in John Allen:
The bishop, the principle of unity in his diocese, with due respect for the necessary autonomy, has a duty of supervision over the initiatives of single individuals and of Catholic organizations in the charitable arena,” said German Archbishop Paul-Josef Cordes, President of the Vatican’s main charitable office, “Cor Unum.”
He's talking about Catholic Charities, of course, but it must apply to Catholic blogs to, no?

I wonder who will be the first to get an "imprimatur" for their blogsite?


At Sunday, February 10, 2008 6:19:00 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a brief comment:

My issue is with terminology! Allow me to illustrate: when one sees a podcast with the name The Podcast Answer Man (a real podcast!) one rightly assumes the person has some authority on the topic. Otherwise, why listen??

How is one to relate to a blog or podcast that has the challenging title of Catholic Answers or Catholic Apologetics. One would assume the title indicates some authority on the topic (quite apart from personal experience) and official recognition. So my question: does Can. 261 (which guards the name Catholic) also ably in cyberspace??

BTW: the discussion has been going for sometime! :D


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