However, there are similarities. Until relatively recently, the main means of communications in the Catholic community in this country were under the control of a relatively small number of people. They chose which articles to commission and publish, which news to report and with what slant, and, very noticeably, which letters from ordinary Catholics to publish.
Maybe they did all that very well, and the reason letters from people like me were routinely binned was because people like me are nutters. But with the rise of the Catholic blogosphere, it has become apparent (which was previously invisible and easy to ignore) that there are many such people around; not a homogenous group who all hold to the same analysis and propose the same solutions, but a concerned group keenly aware that the Church in this country is not as it should be.
The other similarity is that the breaking of that control of communication has given a certain amount of power to people previously disenfranchised. By being able to talk together, and express common cause where that is found, we are no longer voiceless.
It is hard to say which of the following voltes-faces (if that's the correct plural) have been influenced by the fact of having the light of critical publicity shone on them, but I imagine it has at least helped in some cases.
Anyway, here's the start of a list (I'm sure I had more in mind when I started writing this post, but that was five minutes ago, and my short term memory is such that.... what was I on about?...
Ah yes, a list:
- A bishop celebrating an anniversary Mass for a homosexual partnership
- Methodist ordinations at Liverpool Cathedral
- Cruddas speaking at Oxford
- Cruddas speaking at Brentwood
- Beattie speaking at Clifton
Add the ones I've forgotten in the comms box!