I have no words to describe what a dumb idea I think this is.
But Laurence England did:
That's what I thought about the Rome blognic, where loads of Catholic bloggers are invited, only to be confronted by a stern faced Cardinal Sodano of greasing the wheels for Marcel Maciel infamy and an even less amused Cardinal Schonborn, still reeling from the worldwide viewed footage of that clown youth Mass in Vienna. "Turn back everyone! It's a trap!" the bloggers cry, but it is too late! All the bloggers are rounded up and then turned into 'carbonite' by Cardinal Sodano who is now dressed as Bobba Fett, the bounty hunter.
And so did James Preece:
But even if the motives are honourable, I do think that once you have a Guild of Catholic Bloggers, you have an acceptable mainstream face of blogging. You have something that can be leaned on and coerced in to expecting certain behaviour of it's members. You can say that you have the only real version of what Catholic blogging looks like and anybody else isn't really a Catholoc blogger.
What is it with the English desperation to be ruled by bureaucracy anyway? I've noticed for a long time that it is the British Catholic bloggers who are quickest to kowtow to the Powers, the biggest nervous nellies when it comes to political incorrectness and, perhaps ironically, the most vicious pack of pirhanas in the commboxes. Do they even notice how nasty they are? (Scroll down this commbox thread... so much for the old British reputation for manners and restraint). As I said somewhere, if this is what we can expect from a guild of British bloggers, thanks but no thanks.
Guys, there's already plenty of regulation in British society. Try liberty for a while instead. It's the great political and philosophical heritage of England, after all, all the way back to Alfred the Great.
I know it's scary, but it's really, really OK just to say whatever you think on your own blog. It's OK. Really.
Re. my note about about English Blogger Nervous Nellieism.
Hilary White ... 3 hours ago in reply to Quareitur
Man, you English bloggers treat each other badly.
Good thing your guild idea won't work. I'd hate to be the one cleaning up the mess after the meetings.
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Hilary White [Moderator] 0 minutes ago in reply to Hilary White
Don't edit me! I said you treat each other like crap and that's what I meant.
And I can't believe what a pack of nervous nellies y'all are.