Anyone who doubts that the U.S. Catholic bishops are willfully clueless about the media environment in which they operate should take a look at the talk given to the Catholic Press Association last week by Gavrilo Zavala, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops Communications Committee. In Zavala’s view, there’s the Church media (diocesan newspapers, for the most part) and the secular media.
But the real action these days takes place in between: on the websites and blogs where (mostly) Catholics of all ideological hues and commitments debate, yell about, and otherwise conjure with the issues that currently engage the church and with which the church is engaged. Of that carnivalesque Catholic world, which has rendered his tidy “faithful Catholic media organizations” increasingly irrelevant, Zavala betrays no awareness. Even Rocco is appalled.