We have $160,514 to go in our Fall Campaign. Every penny is used to strengthen the Church. See details!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

English bishop tells blogger-deacon to stop posting

Catholic World News - March 14, 2014

An English bishop has directed a permanent deacon in his diocese to stop posting on his blog site and observe a “period of prayer and reflection.”

The Lancaster diocese confirmed that Bishop Michael Campbell told Deacon Nick Donnelly that he should “voluntarily” stop posting items on his blog. The site, entitled Protect the Pope, had become popular for its criticism of Catholic dissidents. Bishop Campbell ordered Deacon Donnelly to reflect on “the duties involved for ordained bloggers/website administrators to truth, charity and unity in the Church.”

While the deacon has obeyed the bishop’s order, his wife has continued to maintain the Protect the Pope site.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($160,514 to go):
$200,000.00 $39,485.72
80% 20%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 4 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Mar. 18, 2014 9:53 PM ET USA

    Just another bishop silencing a strident defender of the Faith while ignoring the cacophony of dissenters, many clerics under his authority. Nothing new here...

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Mar. 15, 2014 1:31 PM ET USA

    I just took a gander at the "Protect the Pope" site. From a 5-minute glance, it looks to me like good-natured Catholics letting off steam. Besides readers' comments, I saw a lot of good news being posted--a lot of truth and charity. There is also unity evident on the site, which is clearly in support of Pope Francis.

  • Posted by: RC - Mar. 14, 2014 7:37 PM ET USA

    His Grace the Bishop has evidently never heard of the "Streisand Effect"! One cannot buy such good publicity.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Mar. 14, 2014 5:52 PM ET USA

    Interesting followup. All of us deacons are vowed to obey our bishop, but all our wives do is accept our ordination and ministry.

Fall Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Links: Think like a poet, academia's black sheep, Marion Cotillard on feminism 12 hours ago
Adapting Christianity? 12 hours ago
The Synod's choice: change the marketing campaign or change the product? 15 hours ago
The Synod Continues October 9
Why Pope Francis cannot win on sexual abuse October 9

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
In Cuba, Pope emphasizes service to the vulnerable, praises thaw in US-Cuban relations CWN - September 21
Pope challenges America in speech to US Congress CWN - September 24
As Synod opens, Pope calls on Church to defend ‘unity and indissolubility’ of marriage bond CWN - October 5