Holding aloft my torch, this morning I entered the Lair of the Catholic Caveman. He came out, dragging his knuckles behind him, but after I threw him a raw steak and Mark Steyn's latest commentary on the Democrats trying to gum Alito to death, he happily slank off into a corner and I could read his latest post in peace (although now and then ya gotta remind him, "Friend! I am friend! Credo, credo!").
Caveman doesn't like Fr. Robert Lubic's style - the Punk Priest. I have to admit, I like my churchmen conservative and priestly, but there is also a side of me that enjoys the eccentric (something I hope to be when I am old and can get away with it). I admired Fr. Lubic's vocation story and his explanation of "Why a Website?" As he put it:
The most obvious reason that the Church MUST make use of this technology and begin to feel at home on the web is that is where young people around the world now congregate and spend much of their time. It is critical that we proclaim the Good News to a generation of youth who desperately need the message of hope and life that ONLY the Gospel can provide. And to reach them we MUST go where they are to be found. And like it or not, at the beginning of the 21st century, the place where they are most likely to be found is in cyberspace. In the days of the Apostles the Gospel was preached in the market places and the public squares. The market places and public squares of today, especially in the minds of youth, are no longer so much concrete physical locations as they are addresses in a virtual world sustained by a world-wide network of computers. And it is to that world that we must boldly and fearlessly proclaim Christ and Him crucified ... Christ who alone is the Way and the Truth and the Life.
I'm cool with Fr. Lubic - let's all pray that his vocation remains strong and true!