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Posted on 12/03/2012 1:04:10 PM PST by marshmallow
I received an email from the Austin Diocese the other day wondering if this blog operates on the approval of our diocese. In writing back, I responded somewhat flippantly with the question, Which diocese covers the Internet? The point I was trying to make was, of course, that there isnt a diocese that covers this blog nor the Internet as the Internet has a global reach.
Later, a crazy idea crossed my mind, should there be a diocese that covers the Internet?
Pope Benedict XVI has described the Internet as a Digital Continent with our mission to go forth and evangelize in this new land. Diocese are geographic in nature, but if you think of the Internet as a virtual world as some parts of it have been described, perhaps this suggestion isnt as far fetched as it sounds. Today, people are increasingly spending more of their free time and consequently their lives online. If this is where people live, isnt it the churchs mission to joyful teach and spread our faith wherever we are? Perhaps I presume too much and this may just be a crazy idea. Ill end this thought by mentioning that other religions may not think its all that farfetched. Try Googling the name of our savior Jesus Christ and look to see where other religions are spending advertising dollars on evangelizing their faith on this Digital Continent.
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No offense, but simply raising the question of an internet blog being run ‘with permission’ from anyone scares me. The RCC needs to stay out of this aside from running their own ‘official’ sites.
Perhaps it should be modeled on the Military Ordinariate, a quasi diocese without geographic boundaries. That or a mission territory under a vicar apostolic. Just be sure keep out the Jebbies.
A disgraced bishop, Jacques Gaillot, claimed the Internet as his diocese in the mid-90s. Gaillot was a srious problem, and he was removed from his diocese in France, and given a long-gone area under the sands of Algeria known as Partenia/Pathenia.
Removal from ÉvreuxOn 13 January 1995, Jacques Gaillot was summoned to a meeting with Bernardin Cardinal Gantin, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops at the Vatican City. He was offered the choice of resigning his see and becoming bishop emeritus of Évreux, or being removed from the see. In the latter case, he would be assigned to the titular see of Partenia. Gaillot chose not to resign; instead, he left the Vatican and returned to France to give a press conference, providing one short press release to explain the events:
Cardinal Gantin, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, summoned me to be in Rome on January 12, 1995 at 9:30 am. The threats that were hanging over me for a while came into effect. I had met the deadline. I was told that I had been removed from my function as bishop and that the See of Évreux would be declared vacant starting tomorrow from noon onwards. I was asked to hand in my resignation, which I thought I had good reasons to refuse.
Bishop Jacques Gaillot, Diocese of Partenia
The See of Partenia, now located in the desert of Algeria, has not existed in reality since the 5th century when it was in Mauritania. This function is a kind of sinecure with no pastoral responsibilities. Gaillot still continues to reach out however, this time on the internet, as a “virtual bishop”.
Protestors united under the leadership of the Communist mayor of the region and marched on the streets during the rain.
He's probably president of the local homeowners association.
Tell him you've appointed him grand wizard of the Internet, and anything he does not approve of, as a show of protest, he's free to grab his butt with one hand and bite his fist with the other.
That is what I was thinking of also.