Anyone who has ventured into the Catholic blogosphere recently is aware that speculation about the motu proprio has been at a fever pitch for months. One wag has even posted a list of the Top Ten signs that someone is in the grip of "motu-mania," including: "You have a calendar with all the likely feast days that the motu proprio might be issued marked," and, "You have written 500 blog posts, and 480 of them have been about the motu proprio."
Wow I have been elevated to "wag" in a John Allen Jr. column! I am so excited and this is a lifelong dream to be described as a wag. Wagdom has long evaded me. I was actually once a wog – that is someone who had not yet crossed the equator aboard a Navy ship. But I am now a trusty Shellback six times over and now to be a wag in addition makes me quite happy.
Doubtless Mr. Allen came across my list previously when Amy Welborn linked to it. Interestingly Amy today in a post said:
Secondly, the citation of the "wag" who provided the top-10 list. Well, the"wag" was the Curt Jester and it is a shame that in this piece he can’t be credited by name and a link, especially since the Catholic blogosphere, despite its general bias against NCR(eporter) has played a role in whatever presence NCR(eporter)’s website has, primarily through its links and discussions of Allen’s reporting. Fair is fair.
She makes a good point and I have reviewed two of John Allen Jr’s book positively and the Catholic blogosphere has been quite favorable to his consistently fair reporting. Our grudge against the NCReporter is that he is pretty much the exception.
I also designate Maureen an honorary wag since my list took off from her original one and she coined the term “Motu-Mania”.
That is the name of a category of papal decree using the words motu proprio (literally, �moved by his own�). It indicates that the pope personally decided on the document�s stipulations and that he was moved or motivated by his own reasoning in doing so.
There has been a dense backlog of so much blogging concerning the possibility of a papal motu proprio that the Catholic blogworld has become constipated, and thus incapable of a motu proprio.
Ex cathedra necnon ex lax.
Just wanted to give another Shellback props.
Former Lt. RyanL
Shellback, Order of the Golden Dragon, and gold dolphin-wearing Bubblehead.
I submit a new word for lexicographers:
blogowag, n., v. (intransitive): to wag on a blog, as in “he blogwagged an opinion.”
Congrats on the mention! That IS exciting! 🙂
Reading that article, I knew the “wag” had to be either you or Maureen and wondered why he didn’t just come out and say so (and give a link). However, some people don’t understand the proprieties of the blogosphere so perhaps he doesn’t know quite as much about all things Catholic as we’d like to think! Anyway, I gave him the benefit of the doubt.
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