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Saturday, December 27, 2008

The Search For Truth

Earlier this month, CatholicGoogle was launched. I wouldn't have heard about this had I not come across an article at Religion Dispatches. The more I peruse the RD site, the more it seems to me that they consider Christianity a quaint ol' thing that stupid people believe in and really smart people (the kind of people who contribute to the site, apparently) gave up for something much more refined. Like Eastern mysticism, or New Ageism, or drop and drag Catholicism.

Anyway. The article is titled Searching for Sex, Life, and Abortion on Catholic Google, and its author is disappointed because searches lead you to sites and articles that reinforce Catholic teaching. For instance...

When I searched for “contraception,” a few conservative articles came up about the Vatican’s antiquated stance on contraception. If I had searched on normal Google, I would have been directed to articles on contraception, how to properly use birth control, and where to purchase contraceptives. Thank goodness CatholicGoogle.com saves us from that blasphemy!

Oh, the horror of it all! A Catholic search engine that restricts most of the results to authentic teaching. Where's the heresy? Where's the obstinate denial of declared doctrine? She's forced to use the secular Google process to find blasphemy. Poor poor thing.

The same happened when I searched “stem cell research,” “sex,” “life” and “abortion.” All the articles reinforced the institutional Catholic Church stance on the subjects.

As opposed to the "recreational" Catholic Church stance, right?

The reason for her disappointment can be found in the disclaimer statement at the site, where it states: Catholic search engine powered by Google striving to provide an easy to use resource to anyone wanting to learn more about Catholicism and provide a safer way for good Catholics to surf the web. The operative word being "good". So-called Catholics won't like the search engine because their Meism beliefs won't be supported. Perhaps if she wants to find the heretical positions more quickly without the Truth filter, she should create an ApostateGoogle search engine.

Just for fun, I Catholicgoogled my blog, as well as a few others, and in each case, they came up at the top of the list. Then, on a whim, I searched "Call to Action" and a couple interesting images popped up: