Remember this character from the Muppets? Leaving aside the rather obvious political agenda behind his creation, let him be a symbol of some of the problems that can arise when we become "pontificating poops" (that is taken from a play but I can't remember which one).
In spite of having a Magisterium some of those who claim to follow it become MORE magisterial, often applying Canon Law with greater rigidity (and hence with less understanding) than the most experienced Canon Lawyers ("You can't do that - it says so in Canon Law"). Then there are the "obedience watchers" ("You are being disobedient to the Church - the Vatican - your Bishop - your right-minded truly Roman Catholic blogger)
Well, we can ALL fall prey to these things because we are ALL fallen human beings and we ALL have problems with pride (let's call it what it is).
I have seen references in different places recently which have made me groan - "Oh no! Not again!". To be honest, I have thought about dismantling my blog because it sometimes looks as though reason is in short supply on the circuit. I can get as upset as anyone about lies, untruth, heresy, injustice and bigotry etc, etc. But I have to be honest and say that I have not often found much justice, tolerance or compassion on the so-called "blogosphere" and there have often been examples of what appears to be sheer hatred. I was hoping things would improve, but it seems not. Still, as I say, I am just as liable to fly off the handle as anyone else, so let this be a lesson to ME before it is a lesson to anyone else!