May 07, 2006

Spirited Blogs: The devout and the disaffected battle it out on the Internet

Winston-Salem Journal

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

For as long as preachers have been engaging listeners, critics have been muttering nearby about the need for more enlightened leadership. Even Moses couldn't catch a break from his band of desert-wandering Israelites, who feared that he was trying to kill them.

Now, thanks to Weblogs (called blogs) and other Internet postings, critics in every faith tradition are getting a hearing far beyond the parking lot of the synagogue, church or mosque. Forced to listen, because others are, religious leaders are responding in ways that show how religious authority is shifting in the 21st century. ...

In Worcester, Mass., a housewife runs a Web site to report on efforts to prevent sexual abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester.

Posted by kshaw at May 7, 2006 06:57 AM