The report gives bloggers much cause for thought, reflection and examination.
Elizabeth Scalia, who writes The Anchoress, said that while the mainstream media tend to view blogs as “little more than a means of self-promotion,” the Catholic blogs generally are real sources of “Catholic clarity.”
But bloggers can’t claim to be purveyors of clarity unless they do so with charity, she said.
“Charity is one of the biggest challenges we face,” she said, because “freedom is both a gift and a source of temptation for our egos.”
Scalia said that the Catholic blogosphere is host to too much “us and them” based on views of the Church.
As Catholics, she said, “we have no business fostering enemies.”
“The Church needs us,” Scalia said. “It needs us for evangelization. It needs us to disseminate information and often to correct information.”
“The Church needs us to be where the sheep are grazing,” but at the same time, bloggers need the Church and its pastors to remind them that God’s mercy reaches out to all people and that Jesus wants his followers to be united, she said.
La Scalia's own reflections can be found at her blog.