Saturday, 16 April 2011

And now an American Catholic Guild for Bloggers!

Bloggers in the USA appear to be more open to new ideas and willing to explore them than perhaps their British counterparts. Anthony S Layne has an excellent piece which really sums up much of how I feel about a Guild.

Proposed guiding principles for Catholic Bloggers of America

  1. The Catholic Bloggers of America unite:
    1. To exchange ideas, techniques and information to help each other become more prominent voices for the Catholic faith;
    2. To give each other support and encouragement in the practice and promotion of the Catholic faith;
    3. To eat, drink, swap stories, throw darts and bowling balls (but not at each other).
  2. No annual dues to be set until it actually begins to cost something to run the Guild; work on behalf of the Guild should be voluntary as much as possible, and money collected only when and to the extent needed.
  3. To the end of principle 2, formal organization should be kept to a minimum, developed only as required. Since the point is to get bloggers in the same room with each other for food, fun and talk, the only real purpose of the organization itself is to get the meetings arranged.
  4. No test of faith should be required … especially not if it involves the flight speed of an African swallow; a simple oath that one abides by the Catechism and talks nice about the Pope will do.
  5. The CBA is not intended to be a PAC or a watchdog organization: no particular political test should be required … unless you’re a unicorn-chomping pinko commie.
  6. About the only other principle I can think of: MINIMUM AGE 21! I don’t want to have the same nightmare Richard had!


  1. I'm still with you Richard and definitely in agreement with Anthony's points. I'm sending a representative to the May 7th meeting. Will let you have her name by email.

  2. Anthony's points are very good - and saves us from having to think too hard over here in the UK! lol.

    I am very much of the opinion that any proposed Guild try and be as simple and as easy to access as possible - without bureaucratic structures, faith tests and massive fees (donation would do, I guess).

  3. At least they strived to shun the pompous worthiness of the British initiative. I'm still with Hilary on this: apply the Groucho principle. Just say no. Otherwise what's the point of the internet?

  4. I agree with all the stuff (except the anti-socialist part,we dont eat Unicorns)