About three years ago I began to look into blogging. At first I had no blog myself but made comments on other blogs. The purpose of my blogging was two fold. First, my wife, my daughter, my two grandsons were all catholic. Second, my wife and I were helping a young man who had been abused in some ways. He, through my wife, was leaning to catholicism. The first blogs I tried were 'traditional' catholic blogs. This was unreal. Then I added the word "liberal" to my search and came on a Joe Cecil. Mr. Cecil allowed all kinds of opinions to be expressed and I engaged in several very lengthly discussion. I was very pleased. There were some catholics out there, liberal and conservative, who could hear differing points of view.
Later I found some other blogs that "appeared" to be open to differing points of view. But then I found out. These moderate/liberal blogs were , in their way, just as closed minded as the traditional catholic blogs. Each of these blogs had a small network of "friends" they called them who always basically agreed with the blogmaster. On ocassion they might differ on who was the greatest blues singer etc. But on religion they were hand-in hand. If you dared disagree the whole group would circle the wagons to defend their "friends." Several of them got into politics and then they really went wild if you did not follow their line letter by letter.
But I must be honest. I became catholic on the theory that latitude of belief was acccepted in the church as I thought I saw in these blogs. But a surprise. These "lileral/moderate blogs",again, were just as, if not more, dogmatic than the traditional catholic blogs. They were arrogant, dishonest, and expected to be treated as mini-gods or at least mini-popes. They were infallible in their friends eyes.
I'll probably hang around the Church for a while to help my family and the young man. And since I am officially on the rolls I will continue to comment here and elsewhere on Church matters. Jack