What you need to know about this blog

What you need to know about this blog

I’ve been receiving a few inquiries, not all of them as rude as the following (some have been even more rude):

Your blog has gotten incredibly boring lately. What happened to your commentary about things happening in the Church in the United States.

As of tonight, I will not be logging on to you anymore.

But I thought I should clarify for those of you who have not figured it out yet. As of June 18 of this year, my yearlong unemployment ended when I started working for the Archdiocese of Boston.

As an employee of the archdiocese it would be inappropriate for me to blog about any news or controversy having to do with my employer. That would be no different if I worked for a secular company. If I worked for Fidelity Investments, it would be imprudent of me to blog about that company’s appearances in the news.

In addition, it would be inappropriate for me to blog about other dioceses and other bishops for similar reasons.

Look at it from my point of view, or that of my employer: If I were to write something critical of the Bishop of East Iguana, it’s no longer just some blogger doing so, but an employee of the Archbishop of Boston. Those of you who’ve been around the blogs for a while may remember an employee of the USCCB getting himself into hot water by doing just that.

On top of that, I was a journalist who was often vocally opinionated about controversies within the Church, which adds another layer to the delicate situation I’m in.

I still have opinions about the news of the day and I wish I could share them with all of you and have the interesting discussions we used to have. I cannot. This is the kind of sacrifice you have to make when your first responsibility is providing for your family.

I know that most of you understand that and I am most grateful. Hopefully, you find my other musings on life and the world interesting and continue to read them.

Others are not so considerate. To them I offer this admonishment: Treat me with the dignity I am due as a human person and not as a mere object for your news and commentary gratification. If I no longer provide some “utility” to you, don’t act like a spoiled child and throw rude insults at me. Get some perspective and realize that on the other side of the screen is an individual with responsibilities and needs and hopes and dreams. It would be the Christian thing to do.

Thank you all for reading. I plan to continue posting here on my faith, family, sports, books, movies, technology, local news, and whatnot and if any of that interests you, stick around. If not, there are plenty of other Catholic blogs that will give you what you want.

Written by
Domenico Bettinelli