Bishop Barron’s Call for Hierarchy to Police Catholic Media is a Recipe for Disaster, by Jason Scott Jones

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Los Angeles auxiliary bishop Robert Barron chaired the revision of the U.S. Bishops’ teaching on the death penalty in Baltimore, Md., June 2019.Lisa Bourne / LifeSiteNews

Barron’s pathetic suggestion would be just plain comical if not for the dead-serious facts surrounding it.

By Jason Scott Jones, LifeSiteNews, January 28, 2020

Jason Scott Jones In 2018, during what became known as “the Summer of Shame,” the world was rocked by an unprecedented scandal — a scandal that avalanched down from the highest reaches of authority in the Catholic Church.

And now, less than two years later, one of America’s most prominent bishops is calling for the hierarchy to begin policing Catholic laypeople’s social media platforms.

Here are Bishop Robert Barron’s own words, published in the National Catholic Register last week:

Bishop Barron said he believes the bishops should consider exercising their authority in the digital sphere “just as John Paul II, in Ex Corde Ecclesiae, called for the bishops to exercise greater supervision of universities operating under the aegis of the Church.”

“There are, to be blunt, a disconcerting number of such people on social media who are trading in hateful, divisive speech, often deeply at odds with the theology of the Church and who are, sadly, having a powerful impact on the people of God,” he said. ….

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