Looking around the blogosphere, I have been very struck about the general agreement between bloggers concerning the Church. I'm sure there are dissenters; it's just that they don't seem very apparent. There seems to be common, even overwhelming agreement that (amongst many other things):
1) The probable general indult for wider use of the traditional liturgy is to be welcomed.
2) The new ICEL translation is a vast improvement on the current one.
3) We like our Catholic religion Catholic.
Given that we are an entirely self-selecting bunch of people—anyone can start a blog— the concurrence of thought is very interesting. In other words, among those actually interested enough to put their thoughts into a public forum, there is a huge consensus on these subjects.
Now, were I a Roman prelate (or even an English bishop) trying to assess how a thing will go down, I would pay close attention. After all, blogs are now widely read.
And so it makes it all the more puzzling that the English and Welsh bishops feel that the really crucial thing that they need to do is dissuade Pope Benedict from permitting people to celebrate the traditional Mass a little bit more often.