I hope, therefore, that the chairman and fellow guild members will overlook any discrepancies as regards my "take" as to what's what.
It appears that Laurence England is asking for members to submit drafts of their posts for approval and, is even suggesting that a code of conduct must be observed even on their own blogs.
The Guild, it would seem, does not wish to appear guilty by association.
When Dylan Parry first mooted the concept of a guild it was informally agreed that members should conform to a code with regard to their posts on the Guild blog. All posts should be in accord with the teachings of Holy Mother Church and all bloggers should uphold the principles of Christian charity towards others in their writings.
Their personal blogs remained a matter for them to consider; they were beyond the remit of the Guild itself.
We then come to the grey, blurry issue of criticising one's fellow man.
I see nothing wrong in that (on one's own blog). In fact, under the creaking infrastructure of HMC, I believe we have a duty to criticise and expose issues that would otherwise be ignored.
Always on the basis, of course, of Christian charity.
I really cannot countenance a committee whose role it would be to scrutinise posts or, worse, check up on individual blogs.
Maybe I have got the wrong end of the stick.
But, the Guild, in my opinion, is struggling somewhat. This has nothing to do with the
Chairman, it involves issues that have never been discussed in any detail.
The thing is, now that we have the Guild, what do we do with it?
It is fine to have an 'unstructured' group but we should not be too surprised when the wheels start to come off.
Sad as it may seem, we do need some simple form of constitution and, possibly, a mini action group to move us on from an annual Mass and lunch afterwards.
Perhaps we need a more lighter, streamlined programme that embraces the occasional Mass in London followed by a few jars of the 'O be joyful'.
And we need a slightly more formal protocol as to our posts.....but we do not need an Index to assess and appraise.
If anyone steps out of line, as they will, from time to time, then take the post down....job for the Chairman or his deputy.
But no witch hunts into our personal blogs.......that way leads to a membership in single figures.
This is meant to be helpful rather than a snipe at what is taking place.