Friar Roderic Burke writes me
This is Friar Roderic from AirMaria.com. We’ve exchanged emails before on the problems of conservativism in the Church. I liked your article on the Mea Culpa. In light of recent events, we all must do some self-examination.
As a member of the Franciscans of the Immaculate I had a front row view of the growing divisions in the Church along liberal and conservative lines and have noticed so many parallels with political divisions in the secular world that are also growing at an alarming rate to the point that they have become the defining story of our tumultuous, dangerous times. So I have done some serious thinking from my religious and technical background (having run our multimedia apostolate for over a decade}, trying to find a way to both understand the nature of the divisions and a means to defuse it.
Below is a link to a ten-minute video on my crazy, Franciscan idea to address the crazy division in our world today.
This video is the best I can come up with. and I am hoping it can provide a means to do some new thinking that can lead to a soft-landing position where conservatives and liberals can come to together around a common cause.
It focuses on the well-recognized divisive power of Facebook, and all social media, which is powered by our adolescent artificial intelligence and redirects this into a unitive force by applying some Franciscan and Marian spirituality in a way that reduces materialism, (that Franciscan poverty angle). It is intended for a wider audience, even beyond a strictly Catholic one, and to both conservatives and liberals alike. It is a restart of a series I wanted to do on Catholicism in our high-tech world, called Mary to the Moon, so it also has a sci-fi, futurism aspect. I probably tried to do too much in one video, but so much needs to be done in our difficult times.
Here is the link:
This is a good man. Our Church has many more of them and they need to be encouraged to speak and act and not be shouted down by the Greatest Catholics of All Time. Give him a listen.