I've been sucked into playing to a very small and irrational audience that has no connection whatsoever to the Church in general or to normal people outside the Church. The "true believers" who have been so hateful and spiteful over the years and who now reveal what they're really made of in this Dolan situation - these are not the people we need to play to. For one thing, they are not arguing in good faith; they have no intention of changing, they are not seeking the truth. They're seeking to win, preferably over our dead bodies. For another, they're sapping our strength and energies and draining any hint of joy or peace in our souls.
Meanwhile, 94% of Americans think contraception is just fine, thank you - and about half have no problem with abortion. Most Catholics are clueless about Christ, and the Evangelicals I've met know the Bible, but not in context, and have no greater grasp of the life of Faith than most nominal Catholics do. Atheism is all the rage, and Mark Shea and I and others like us keep arguing theology with people who hate us and who attack us regularly. Arguing points that the man on the street - or even the man in the pews - couldn't care less about.
We've been preaching to the choir and the choir have been throwing stones at us.
Does this make any sense?
We've been sowing seed on stony soil and it's time to move on.
So I'm after a new approach.
I'll open up comments again (I had closed them for the last few days). Let me know what you like and don't like about this blog, and what you think might be better. Don't waste your time calling me uncharitable; that's somewhat true, but beside the point. What I'm looking for is constructive criticism and new ideas. This is a tremendous technology and it's a sin - literally a sin - to waste it by continuing to sow seed onto stony soil, which is what I'm afraid I've spent much of the past few years doing.
Meanwhile, our video online network Grunky will be premiering sometime this summer - with shows such as
- Sharing with Stanford starring Stanford Nutting
- Beer and Books with Joseph Pearce
- Food and Faith with Mark Shea
- Father Dangerous with Kaiser Johnson
- From Cave to Grave - and Beyond: Chesterton's "The Everlasting Man" with Kevin O'Brien
... and more.