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Disconcerting news last week from the Diocese of ‘s Hertogenbosch. It’s about reorganisations, although that itself is nothing to be concerned about. These may be necessary for all kinds of reasons, and the ones presented by the diocese are understandable, if sometimes painful. Negative financial prognoses and fewer faithful essentially mean that the diocese is cutting its number of employees and shifting major responsibility for pastoral care to the parishes, specifically in the areas of marriage and family, youth, Church and society, and vocation and formation.

Several diocesan offices will also be closed, and here there is some reason for concern: the communications department is among them. In my personal opinion, communication should be one of the areas that we as Catholics should invest in. We must not only be able to speak about and defend our faith and the Church, but also be able to be informed. And although it is perhaps unfair to single out the Diocese of ‘s Hertogenbosch, it is a fact that this diocese has, over the course of the past few years, has been the stage of a number of ‘incidents’ which would have benefitted from speedy and effective communication. And I think that we will see more cases in the future where the diocese must be able to do so.

Perhaps this task can also be taken over by individual parishes, but I think that individual faithful also have much to gain here. And yes, I am thinking about Catholic bloggers here as well. In a way, these can sometimes more easily communicate about whatever faith topic may arise. Whereas a diocese or parish sometimes carries the stigma of a ‘biased and official’ source, individual faithful normally don’t, communicating more easily to their friends, both in real life and in social media.

That’s not to say that faithful bloggers, however thoughtful and inspired, are professional communication experts, and in that sense financial cutbacks on communications are problematic: they mean that fewer professional or official spokespeople and communicators are active on behalf of the Church.

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I am a Dutch Catholic from the north of the Netherlands. In this blog I wish to provide accurate information on current affairs in the Church and the relation with society. It is important for Catholics to have knowledge about their own faith and Church, especially since these are frequently misrepresented in many places. My blog has two directions, although I use only English in my writings: on the one hand, I want to inform Dutch faithful - hence the presence of a page with Dutch translations of texts which I consider interesting or important -, and on the other hand, I want to inform the wider world of what is going on in the Church in the Netherlands.

It is sometimes tempting to be too negative about such topics. I don't want to do that: my approach is an inherently positive one, and loyal to the Magisterium of the Church. In many quarters this is an unfamiliar idea: criticism is often the standard approach to the Church, her bishops and priests and other representatives. I will be critical when that is warranted, but it is not my standard approach.

For a personal account about my reasons for becoming and remaining Catholic, go read my story: Why am I Catholic?

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The above means that I have the right to be recognised as the author of both the original blog posts, as well as any translations I make. Everyone is free to share my content, but with credit in the form of my name or a link to my blog.

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Over the years, my blog posts have been picked up by various other blogs, websites and media outlets.

A complete list would be prohibitively long, so I'll limit myself to mentioning The Anchoress, Anton de Wit, Bisdom Haarlem-Amsterdam, The Break/SQPN, Caritas in Veritate, Catholic Culture, The Catholic Herald, EWTN, Fr. Ray Blake's Blog, Fr. Z's Blog, The Hermeneutic of Continuity, Katholiek Gezin, Katholiek.nl, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter, New Liturgical Movement, NOS, Protect the Pope, Reformatorisch Dagblad, The Remnant, RKS Ariëns, Rorate Caeli, The Spectator, Vatican Insider, Voorhof and Whispers in the Loggia.

All links to, quotations of and use as source material of my blog posts is greatly appreciated. It's what I blog for: to further awareness and knowledge in a positive critical spirit. Credits are equally liked, of course.

Blog posts have also been used as sources for various Wikipedia articles, among them those on Archbishop Pierre-Marie Carré, Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Archbishop Sergio Utleg and Rainer Maria Cardinal Woelki.

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[Dutch] Internationale Theologencommissie - Sensus Fidei in het Leven van de Kerk.

30 June: [Dutch] Paus Franciscus - Boodschap voor het Katholieke Jongerenfestival.

19 June: [Dutch] Paus Franciscus - Interview in La Vanguardia.

18 May: [English] Pietro Cardinal Parolin - Homily at the consecration of Archbishop van Megen.

15 May: [English] Ane Hähnig - Interview with Michael Triegel.

3 May: [Dutch] Paus Franciscus - Boodschap voor de Wereldgebedsdag voor Roepingen 2014.

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