Friday, May 30, 2014

Blogging and The Closing of the Catholic Mind

*Warning:  Due to some of the language quoted herein, reader discretion is advised*

As everyone knows, I haven't been blogging in awhile.  I still write a lot for Catholic Lane and Catholic Exchange, and the material and traffic have never been better.  Since I've been doing that, blogging has taken a back seat.  I never wanted to end things entirely.  I figured sometimes I might have something interesting to say on this blog.

Recent events have caused me to reconsider this position.  This will be the final post of Common Sense Catholicism.  I won't delete this blog, so if people want to see the archives, they can still see it.  Nor will I be done with writing.  I will still be putting out 2-4 articles a month between Catholic Lane and Catholic Exchange.  I'll still be @CatholicSmark on Twitter, so feel free to follow me.  Yet I see no point to continue blogging.  While I have a lot of respect for many bloggers, I feel the blogosphere to be a net negative to the Catholic Faith.  It's behavior is scandalous.  It is frequently an occasion of sin.  Its comboxes are cesspools of mortal sin.  It is the epitome of Francis' "self-referential Church."  Far from leading to a deepening of the faith, it has led to a corrosion of it.

Everyone long knows my criticism of the professional Catholic circut.  But what pushed me over the edge?  What put me over the edge was the latest dustup reported by Hilary White over at LifeSiteNews.  In it, the Pope concelebrated Mass with (and kissed the hand) of a dissident priest known for his promotion of homosexuality.  This wasn't the big story however.

Once it was reported, Catholic Blogger Simcha Fisher said the following:

Two sentences that make me turn on my bullshit detector: ones that start, “Guess what Pope Francis just did?” and ones that start, “According to LifeSiteNews . . . “
Let's start off with the obvious: 

1.) Why on earth is one of the biggest Catholic bloggers talking in such a way?  I get the whole speaking informally and keeping it real.  My Facebook page is full of wrestling talk, and finding ways to work wrestling gimmicks into my links and writing.  I'm not a stoic philosopher.  Yet I don't sit there and say "this turns on my bullshit detector."

Why?  Because I try to act civilized.  It would not look good upon Catholic Lane or Catholic Exchange if one of their writers is dropping F-bombs or other profanities in public.  While everyone curses, nobody should be proud of it.  An unregulated tongue is a vice, not a virtue.   Simcha Fisher is an adult.  If her child went to a priest and said "what you just said activated my bullshit detector" chances are it wouldn't end well.  Even if the priest was making up a bunch of nonsense, there is something called respect.  It's clear Fisher doesn't have respect for those she disagrees with, even though they are fellow Catholics in communion with her.  She might not like Hilary White.  Yet when she acts that way towards a Catholic in communion with her, she has sinned.

2.)  In stating that the reporting was "bullshit" (her words, not mine), she is calling Hilary White a liar.  There's just one problem with this:  the event described actually did happen.  Nowhere did she report an error of fact.  At least, nowhere has anyone actually proven it to be wrong.  We know for a fact Francis met with this priest.  The priest's words have been quoted accurately.  If there's a discrepancy, it's on the role of the priest, not Ms. White. 

Faced with this fact, Fisher and others could have said "my bad, it happened, but your interpretation of it is wrong."  Instead, they said the issue was LifeSite is running a story from a biased reporter, and they were right to reject the story that turned out to be true, because LifeSite is not to be trusted ever.  To this I can only reply:


Can they prove when the story became unreliable?

LifeSiteNews was not the ones who broke the story.  Local Italian media did.  The Priest himself also described the event on Facebook.  This was picked up by other bloggers, who then alerted LifeSiteNews to the story.  At every point along the way, the original sources were available. Yet because Ms. White and others hold undesirable views, they are to be held as automatically suspect, even when the facts bear them out.  And don't you dare admit they got one right! 

This reminds me of what is currently impacting the Republican Party in America.  In the runup to the 2012 Presidential election, most Republicans were certain that not only was Mitt Romney going to win, he was going to win in a landslide.  Various news organizations were reporting that the polling was telling a different story:  President Obama had a narrowly decisive lead in almost every battleground state, and this would put him over 300 Electoral Votes.  Their response?  The polls were rigged.  They were the "lamestream media."  The reporters were biased against truth.

Sound familiar? 

This was the result of an echo chamber.  The actions of our blogger friends were the result of an insular echo chamber.  Not once was it considered that Hilary White was capable of telling the truth.  The worst of motives were automatically assumed about her.  When reality turned out to be a cruel mistress, they amped up the attacks in hoping nobody would notice that they had just gotten got.

What Spin Occurred?

Go ahead and read the work.  It's more a less a piece of straight journalism.  Nowhere does it say "Francis was wrong because X."  It reported what happened, gave quotes from someone involved, and gave background on what happened.  There's no there there.

Instead, we have to infer the meaning between the lines, unskew the reporting as it were, so we can find out what it really means.  Again, this is precisely what people living in the conservative echo chamber did.  They even had a website,, which gave the "real meaning" of the polls, and showed why Romney would win 360 Electoral Votes. 
How is this not rank hypocrisy?

The critics assume that implicit in White's reporting is an implicit attempt to show that Francis implicitly did this because he implicitly endorses homosexuality or dissident priests.  When the blogosphere says we need to get to the "real story" behind White's reporting, aren't they doing what they claim she is doing?  What makes Simcha Fisher's unskewing the message right, and White's unskewing the message wrong?  Both are allegedly extrapolating on a lot of unknown data to come to untenable conclusions.    How is this profitable spiritually?

Wait a minute. What do you think about the incident?

For what its worth, I believe the following:

  • The Event Clearly Happened
  • Francis' motive and intent is not readily apparent
  • Guessing charitably, I can come to a conclusion that doesn't speak ill of Francis
  • That being said, the execution and fall out could have been handled better
Yet what I say doesn't really matter here.  This is judgement call of legitimate debate.  People are objecting "they act as if the Pope has done something wrong", as if a Pope doing something wrong is inconceivable.  This is the worst caricature Protestants portray of Catholics as automatons who think whatever the Pope does is the best thing ever.  St. John Paul II in 1984 viewed traditionalists as a "problem to solve", and that was awesome.  He reversed course in 1988, recognizing that traditionalists had "lawful aspirations" which should be accommodated instead of swept away, and that was also awesome.  Roughly two decades later, Benedict repudiated the earlier idea that traditionalists were a problem to solve, and you guessed it, that was also awesome.  It is quite possible to believe those lawful aspirations should have been accommodated from day one.

Now that I've exhaustively laid out the facts, I don't want people to think I'm only singling out one faction here.  Everyone knows I've long been a critic of the insular nature of traditionalism, especially traditionalist blogs and social media.  Anyone who has read me over the last 13 years  knows this.  This insular echo chamber exists everywhere within the blogosphere.  Yet here is the ugly truth nobody wants to confront.  By its very nature, the Catholic blogosphere is an insular echo chamber.

 The way the Catholic blogosphere is designed is so that you will never have to get any news you don't want to.  Blogs typically link only with blogs they agree with.  Patheos in particular is mostly an insular community:  they spend time congratulating each other in front of a mostly friendly audience.  Very rarely do people link to an alternative viewpoint, because a lot of times that alternative viewpoint is spiritually dangerous.  Other times the pretense of spiritual danger is used to stigmatize those with opposing viewpoints which are permissible, in direct contradiction to Benedict XV's Ad Beatissimi Apostolorum:

As regards matters in which without harm to faith or discipline-in the absence of any authoritative intervention of the Apostolic See- there is room for divergent opinions, it is clearly the right of everyone to express and defend his own opinion. But in such discussions no expressions should be used which might constitute serious breaches of charity; let each one freely defend his own opinion, but let it be done with due moderation, so that no one should consider himself entitled to affix on those who merely do not agree with his ideas the stigma of disloyalty to faith or to discipline.
How often does any corner of the blogosphere practice this?

Why is this happening? 

Whether we like it or not, the Catholic Church, especially in America, is undergoing an institutional collapse.  This collapse did not happen as a result of splendid leadership.  While some of it was out of the control of Church leaders, many of the declines the Church in America faces were conscious choices that had the opposite result of what was predicted.  When an institution collapses, a power vacuum occurs.  As nature abhors a vacuum, various personalities will attempt to undertake the mantle of authority.  Since none of them are strong enough to provide centralized leadership (as the leaders themselves are normally products of the culture behind such a collapse), what you typically get is the equivalent of commentator warlords who carve up their own little niche kingdom.

In their kingdom, they are the guardians of orthodoxy.  They will tell their subjects what is true, and what isn't.  They will also remind them (in ways subtle and not so) that without them, it's a pretty scary world out there.  If you don't have their commentary, you have to get it from themThey will lie to you.  In Simcha Fisher's words, they must be suspected of bullshit.  It's why Fisher warns her readers to stay away from traditionalists, because if you hang out around them long enough, you're going to find rank Anti-Semitism.  This was a vicious slander and something no doubt surprising to the overwhelming majority of traditionalists who have never encountered Anti-Semitism in their ranks.  If Fisher actually spent any amount of time in traditionalist communities before this nasty insult, she never would have said it.  Yet in her kingdom, they have an evil underbelly, whereas her kingdom is the kingdom of the pure.  She'll object to high heaven over this, and I'm sure she didn't mean it in this sense.  Yet her words caused real damage.  Most of her readers don't know many traditionalists, since everyone hangs in their own faction and seldom interacts with the other.  So what they heard is to stay away, because they have a serious anti-semitism problem.

This tendency towards warlordism is especially tempting for the blogosphere.  Most Catholics don't read blogs.  The ones who read blogs are normally hyper-educated individuals with a lot of free time.  The people who write blogs are normally hyper-educated individuals with a lot of free time.  When hyper educated individual is praised by hyper educated individuals as someone being used by God to shine light into darkness, there's a real chance a feedback loop will occur.  That feedback loop is really hard to kick.  If there's one thing warlordism enforces, it's that you don't go outside unless you are being kicked out of the enclave.

To make sure we stay in the enclave, we need to have our needs provided for, and our fears confirmed.  As there are some benefits discussed elsewhere in this essay, let's briefly talk about the fears.  Since hyper-educated people will frequently disagree, it becomes impossible for them to disagree unless one of them isn't really that educated. From there, they are part of the dreaded other, to be treated with suspicion. In many trad circles, there is still a suspicion of dealing with catholics in the ordinary form, and vice versa. We often paint each other with the most extreme caricatures. If we got out more, we'd understand what nonsense they are.

What I have just described I call outrage porn.    Everything becomes a source of outrage.  It isn't a minor disagreement.  Instead, it "sets off the bullshit detector."  Those who attend the Ordinary Form aren't Catholic, they are part of "Novusordoism."  Small disputes become world wars.  You have to do this.  If you stopped for one moment and self-reflected, you would go "wait, why am I doing this?"  Just as people need harder and harder doses of pornography to get their "fix", people need more and more outrage to sustain their cause.  Just like porn, the longer you are around it, the quicker your soul is rotted.

What's the Real Problem?

Defenders of this status quo will call it a lot of things.  Rod Dreher calls it "The Benedict Option."  A certain traditionalist magazine believes they are "The Remnant chosen by grace" while the rest of the Church falls sway to "Neo-Catholicism."  Others will say this is just sorting and the free market at work, and who am I to condemn people making a living?

Pope Francis called it something else.  He called it "The Self-Referential Church."  When we descend into warlordism, we are too busy trying to defend our little fiefdoms, and only give glory to members of the same tribe.  That's not the Catholic Church.  The Catholic Church is meant to share Christ with the world, and shine Christ's glory, not that of the warlords.  According to my Catholic Exchange colleague Ben Mann, this is a fate worse than persecution
But the erosion and breakdown of relationships – within the Christian community, and between the Church and the world – is already a fact. Unchecked, it will destroy faith in a way that persecution cannot. 
The worst outcome is not for us to suffer: that has happened before, and the Beatitudes tell us how to regard it. The worst outcome is for us to fail to love one another, and the world, in a meaningful and transformative way. A blessing rests upon those persecuted; it does not rest upon those who fail to love.

How Can This Be Fixed?

To be honest, I have no clue.  The easiest way to fix this is to force yourself to submit to the judgement of another before posting.  Preferably a spiritual director. I've got a wild hunch that if Simcha Fisher consulted a spiritual director before stating the story was "bullshit", the director would have pumped the brakes.  If most trad bloggers consulted a spiritual director before posting the latest sky is falling narrative about Francis, they could mail out their editorial content on index cards.  There's something raw and unfiltered about the blogosphere.  If you remove the raw and unfiltered manner of things, it ceases to be the blogosphere.

Another way would be to not turn blogging into a career where you depend on money generated by blogging to live your lifestyle.  That's just asking for trouble.  You will run into "publish or perish", and people will normally go to pretty extreme lengths to perpetuate their lifestyle, even if it is ultimately counterproductive.  Yet is not the worker worth his hire?  Even if they are warlords, warlords do provide security and stability to their subjects.  People learn a lot from the guardians of orthodoxy, and rightly so.  Most bloggers are hyper-educated individuals with a drive to share that knowledge with others.

A final idea might be to swear off of every polemic in blogging and social media.  Be the Bo Dallas of the blogosphere.  Spend your time only writing about spiritual instruction and how to grow in holiness.  In other words, be a spiritual director.  Yet why would readers want an imitation spiritual director when they can have the real thing?  Besides, a blog established with the express intent of avoiding controversy will not generate traffic.  If you want to make it big in blogging, chances are the exact opposite will happen.

In the end, perhaps an all of the above approach is required.  Submit all posting to the review of others.  Keep it a hobby, not a career, and avoid polemics entirely.  If we did this, the blogosphere would be a lot better.  Yet it would also be a lot smaller.  One thing I know for sure:  after today, it will have one less blog.


So you've made it through all the way to the end.  You sat through 3,000 words.  Congratulations!  Maybe some of what I said you nodded your head with.  Perhaps you clenched a fist.  In imitation of Ms. Fisher, you might have even let go some lovely profanity.  If you made it this far, chances are you are asking one thing:  what's the point of this rant?

In the end, the only point is that I'm done blogging.  This served to give my explanation for why I'm done blogging.  This is my pipe bomb.  I followed the advice I laid out above, and I found that my blogging became pointless.  So I devoted energies to Catholic Lane recruiting diverse talent, and becoming part of that diverse talent over at Catholic Exchange.  I'm sure I'll eventually get bored and drop a lengthy pipe bomb about my days as a writer doing essays.  Don't worry Michael, we're cool.  You'll be Paul Heyman [1] in my promo.

Will a lot of people read this?  Who knows.  This is a pretty inactive corner of the blogosphere nowadays, and in the end, I'm just another spoke on the wheel.  There will be better bloggers than myself who will inevitably come along.  I just hope they see this and take these words to heart.

That's right, in all I've written, I haven't completely abandoned hope that the blogosphere can be saved.  There are blogs I love, and I will continue to love.  I recruit them to write for Catholic Lane, and they do great work.  Yet at the same time, I fear we have reached critical mass in the douchebaggery of the Catholic blogosphere.  The big question is which faction passed critical mass the fastest?  Trads?  The Patheos crew?  The charismatics?  The insert your favorite Marian apparition here clique?  A case can be made for all of them.  If you haven't found your way in these factions yet, don't.  If you have, get out of them.  You can maintain your identity without being part of a faction.  I'm a traditionalist and will always be a traditionalist.  Yet I'm not part of the traditionalist uber alles brigade. 

As for me, I've got other work to do. My writers are trads, charismatics, and just about every charism in between.  If you do good work, I want to do good work with you.  I had a good run on this blog.  I re-established myself as a man of decent respect and did things trads aren't supposed to be allowed to do. I had some good fights, but more importantly, I learned a ton and made even better friendships.

So this isn't goodbye from writing period.  That will likely come in 5 years.  But this is the end of an era of my writing life and life as a Catholic.  I'm not a blogger anymore.  I'm just an ordinary writer and editor again.  Everyone have fun in the blogosphere, and will the last blogger please turn off the lights on the way out?

1.)  That is, you will be the visionary who cut through the nonsense to take a chance on someone, but even your visionary attempt won't be enough.  Wait, did I seriously go 3,000 words and only now introduce footnotes?


  1. A very thoughtful article.

    Scripture certainly seems to indicate that unity is fundamental to advancing the Kingdom of God on earth--and that division serves Satan.

    If you look at some of the blogs, they certainly APPEAR to have the goal of dividing Catholics. But which Catholics? Orthodox Catholics. Not to put too fine a point on it, some writing certainly sounds as though the purpose is to divide those who put Christ and His Church in the very center of their lives, and earnestly pursue holiness. Whatever the internal intent may be, that is objectively Satanic.

  2. Thanks. You've clarified a number of issues in my mind, and hopefully I'll hold on to the wisdom gained. God bless you and may many people benefit from your piece.

  3. If you go to the Catholic Blog Directory, there are hundreds of polite blogs out there that get zero to two comments per month....some of those with the last thread dated years ago. Sensation gets clicks and multiple clicks bring paid advertising. When Paul said the laborer deserves his wage, he was talking about real ministry not controversial writing which is more thrilling to do than day in day out ministry in a parish.

  4. Just found your blog and I must say:

    So long its been good to know ya
    What a long time since I've been home
    And I gotta be drifting along.

  5. Why would you rely on the Lay Magisterium at Patheos to make a decision you should make for yourself, especially when their behavior might incline you to start a blog, blog more or start a new blog, not stop what you do completely?

    1. I wouldn't say that I was all about blogging and then the patheos guys said stupid stuff (Fisher's husband spamming profanity on her page as a way to say "take that!" was I suppose cute but mostly something someone would do who wants to get laughs but isn't very funny) and I said "oh man, I'm done with blogging!"

      It's more the blog was relatively inactive, I was doing real substantial work elsewhere, then I saw this really dumb incident and thought "hey, why do you still have an inclination to blog?" I thought about it, compared those thoughts against the current abysmal landscape of the blogosphere (not all blogs, but most big blogs really being outrage porn, with the only difference being how raw or what position you want your outrage porn in), and then realized I didn't have a good reason to keep doing it. So since I decided to give it up, I also figured everyone deserves a good explanation as to why.

  6. Don't agree with absolutely everything here, but you have made many profound observations about the Internet that need to be broadcast far and wide.

    In the end, media can be used for good or ill and it is the responsibility of human beings to use them wisely. I gave up entirely on discussion boards in 2003, so I think there comes a point where we can conclude that one particular medium is causing more bad than good, as you have.

    Not sure how you can know that you'll probably give up the Internet altogether in five years (why not just do it now?), but glad you're still writing somewhere.

    1. Dave Dave Dave DAVE,

      Take a bit of sarcasm about the 5 year remark. As always, it's simply a statement what I do isn't a career. Eventually I'll get bored or burned out, and go do something else. It's not my vocation, it's not my calling, or my crusade. In the end, it's just something I'm good at, and its fun. I'm sure that will change, and when it does, there's plenty of other things to do.

  7. Sarcasm, but "Eventually I'll get bored or burned out." Gotcha! Not your calling. Yep.

    In the meantime we get good articles, so knock your socks off while you're still around and then enjoy your retirement! :-)

    Thanks for letting my comment(s?) through!

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  9. I am NOT picking a fight with you Kevin. Just so we are clear?:-)

    But this part confused me.

    >It's why Fisher warns her readers to stay away from traditionalists, because if you hang out around them long enough, you're going to find rank Anti-Semitism. This was a vicious slander and something no doubt surprising to the overwhelming majority of traditionalists who have never encountered Anti-Semitism in their ranks.

    Dude you know who I am & why I have been at the throats of some Reactionary Pseudo Trad types. From Sungenis to Williamson.

    I have seen this up close an personal. For some reason some segments of so called Traditionalism have a Jew Problem. Not all to be sure and Jewish Catholic guys like Roy Schoeman consider themselves Traditionalists who along with Ronda Chervin are so because they feel the Old Mass is closer to the Synagog in it's worship.

    OTOH to see your side of it E Michael Jones is not exactly a FSSP booster.

    Of course now that I spell it out on paper I think I do understand.

    Never mind.

    Anyway this is a good post. I have flamed many a Francis hater and I often freely use foul language I must confess.

    But truth be told I was happier when I didn't read Catholic blogs with the exception of Philosophy blogs by Thomists.

    It is turning into a cess pool and it has become a great temptation for me. If I am not careful I will slowly turn into a bitter old man.

    But I want to say son you have been in general a good egg. I wouldn't want to see you disappear from the Net entirely. But you need to tend to your own soul first.


    1. Just a reminder to all:

      I AM NOT DISAPPEARING ENTIRELY. Now that we've got that cleared up, let's get to the rest:

      Are there some Traditionalists who are anti-semites? Sure. Do some have a real "jew problem?" Of course they do. Nobody has ever said otherwise. Is it systemic to traditionalism? No Is this anywhere near even a significant minority of trads? No. Is it even a sliver? No. Can people see where I'm going here? :)

      When Simcha Fisher stated that if you went ot the Latin Mass, you'd come across Anti-Semitism, I stated it was "something only a self-absorbed blogger would say." I stand by that remark. For the overwhelming majority of trads who go to the Latin Mass, they will not find anti-semitism.

      Now there was a time when this meme was at least plausible. Bishop Williamson was in the SSPX, Robert Sungenis was writing for trad papers, etc. Then trads started realizxing just how damaging these jerks were, and they more or less purged them from the movement. Christopher Ferrara wrote a sweeping condemnation of Anti-Semitism in the Remnant, Bob Sungenis went into wacko land permnanently, and Bishop Williamson was kicked out of the SSPX, and most of his anti-semite followers went with him.

      They now hang out on bitter internet forums calling themselves "The Resistance." Their biggest forum has 80 voices. I got more views a day when I wasn't even blogging in months than their "active" forum got everyday.

      These were pretty easily verifiable facts. Yet apparently few if any in La Bloga Nostra did their homework. And they have also ignored most of the work done by trads against Anti-Semitism. Most of La Bloga Nostra turned a blind eye when they looked towards trads like me for advice on how to get trads to care about anti-semitism. I pointed out telling every trad they are responsible for 80 forum voices and a few people who haven't been trads for a long time if ever was snide condescension. I also told them telling trads "you have to fix this" instead of "we want to encourage you in your fight against these guys" wasn't winning them any points either.

      Several of the bloggers involved in this current fiasco were part of that list. They ignored my plea, instead choosing to play the "trads are anti-semites, and you sane trads need to fix the problem or we will" meme.

      I don't recount this history just to recount it. It's just another example of the self-referential mentality. When given a chance to actually do something about Anti-Semitism, most of them chose instead to push the meme.

  10. I agree with Bill Bannon's comment: "there are hundreds of polite blogs out there that get zero to two comments per month....some of those with the last thread dated years ago. Sensation gets clicks and multiple clicks bring paid advertising." In the Catholic mommy blogger corner of the Internet, outrage porn is virtually absent. We work hard, frequently behind the scenes, to support and mentor one another. We blog in part to make friends and overly controversial stuff -- particularly when it's mean-spirited criticism -- doesn't really do the job. I wouldn't judge the entire Catholic blogosphere by a few loud voices. But certainly time is precious and new babies deserve more time than blogs. ;)

    1. I wasn't judging the entire blogosphere. There's still several I read. But I do think we've reached a point where those "few loud voices" are painting a serious negative image. And they aren't just a few loud voices. They are the leaders and movers and shakers of the Catholic Commentariat. Simcha Fisher isn't just a loud voice. She's a best selling author, prominent blogger at two huge blog portals, etc. Mark Shea isn't a loud voice. He's one of the longest-running apologists, author of several best-selling works, the guy who basically built Catholic Exchange, and a constantly in demand speaker and personality for interview. I happen to like Mark, but even he realizes his excesses cause real damage.

      A lot of the best commentary in support of me came from bloggers like Diane over at Te Deum, people like Kevin O'Brien (who has promised something eventually, but we had an incredible email exchange on the subject) ,etc. And I'd also be remiss if not mentioning someone who is frequently a "foe", in Dave Armstrong. So I'm not saying let's burn the blogosphere. Though we should. I'm simply saying that more bloggers gotta speak up about this nonsense. The cesspool is drowning out the good work done.

  11. ABS is glad he is not like those others who stir-up trouble.

    On the other hand, much of what you write is worthy of careful thought; seriously.

    On yet another hand (what, you are a trinitarian and yet you rejected the idea of a third hand?) ABS thinks that some Blog for the same reason painters paint; it is their art and they would write irrespective of the stats (although, size matters to some).

    ABS does read your Catholic Exchange daily though

  12. I too find myself commenting less and less. Probably this is due to increasing old age!
    My guess about that incident between Pope Francis and that particular priest is that Pope Francis was recognising the priesthood in the man and thus giving deference to the priesthood itself but not giving intended support to the man's clear faults. Sadly, the action proclaimed the wrong impression.

  13. Dear Kevin Tierney, I have never heard of you or of Catholic Lane or of Catholic Exchange-interesting how this your last blog entry is my first knowledge of you. God works in strange ways, but He does work. May this loving God enlighten you and bless you and always keep you safe in the palm of His hand. Guy McClung, San Antonio


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