Sunday, April 17, 2011

Truth Is Stranger #121: The Ironic Catholic Gets Invited to Vatican to Discuss Blogging, Says "Sorry, Can't"

It IS true. I'm #141.

And I can't do it. I tried. People said they would help. But it can't work.

When the Pontifical Council for Social Communications posted this possibility, I thought "wow, that would be fun--AND I get to be at John Paul II's beatification as a bonus, I mean, I'm writing on the man's theology all next year--and I'm the only theologian I know who has never been to Rome, etc.--and (quick look online) well, the tickets don't look THAT crazy awful--and I need to renew my passport anyway and there are passport expediters that will rush it--OK! I'll send that email!"

Then, this weekend, I saw my name on the list. I gasped. I thought they were going to invite news bloggers, that's all. I must have been a lottery pick, but still! Wow! So what was yesterday like? I was still sick with the flu, got up at 5am with the wide awake toddler, had a wall to wall packed day with two daughters' birthday celebrations, my hubby was helping the Catholic Workers, I kept waiting for time to work on this, and then last night, my baby is up until midnight and I was catatonic with sleep deprivation and illness. But the little bit of flight and lodging searching I was able to do was looking a LOT worse than it had two weeks earlier.

Plus, we're trying to adopt a child with special needs internationally, for crying out loud. We're saving every last penny right now. And the more I look, this doesn't look like a $1000 amazing adventure--it's looking twice that. Plus it is in the last week of classes for my university, and I think that will be a pedagogical disaster if I am not there (they won't study for exams if I don't threaten them with how hard it will be!).

So, I have to say no. I really thought I'd be able to say yes. But its a no.

I'm really disappointed, I had lots of things to say about blogging and social media and what I've seen for five years. And I know lots of you bloggers applied and didn't make the lottery pick--and you would have been able to go. I'm very sorry. Honestly, I feel the worst about that. But the passion Sunday mass this morning reminded me--there are bigger sacrifices to make than not going to talk blogging at the Vatican.

But I hope they chose this blog because of the expose on the anti-ecclesial effects of Beanie Weenie Casserole. I can walk away from this with that inspiration.

Back to Lenten silence, folks. Blessed Holy Week.

Peace,
the homebody IC

26 comments:

Tara said...

Oh, that's sad :(

supergrouper said...

...saving the cash to help a child in need seems exactly like what Jesus would do...

StBlog said...

think about it, won't take long and it'll be like you were never there anyway! Blessed Easter to you and keep that invitation feather in your cap - you can always remember that you were invited - we're so proud!
John - St Blog's Parish Directory

SherryTex said...

Sublimation in action; it takes one's breath away. Proud of you and vaguely unfortunately aware that I would be vain enough to want it more than is good for me so it's good I didn't get it.

Prayers and well wishes that you and your family steep yourself in Holy Week.

Sch├╝tz said...

My deepest, deepest sympathies. I've been to Rome once at some one else's expense, and have been yearning to return, but family life just doesn't allow it. The worst thing of all is that the car is currently at the workshop and the amount it is going to cost will be roughly equivalent to a flight to Rome and 5 nights accomodation...

Kiwi Nomad 2008 said...

Ne'er mind.... in 10-15 years time when you hire out an apartment for a week, and go exploring with your family- it'll be so much more fun! Those kids'll then be old enough to enjoy all the stories about the lions eating Christians in the Colosseum etc. And they will be enthralled when you go off the main tourist track to little St Clement's church and step underground back in time to the first century ruins...

Nancy Piccione said...

I'm so, so sorry you won't be there. I was excited to see your name on the list, and wanting to live vicariously through you :-). I didn't apply as our youngest's first communion is May 1. There will be other trips...

Susan Vigilante said...

I.C., I'm so sorry.

The Ironic Catholic said...

OK, I'm flattered, everyone, and thanks for the comments. But I'm not as holy as all that, because I'm not exactly feeling joyful right now, mostly bummed (although it's the right decision).

Man, I do hope they get this conference right though. It's really overdue. I was going to be vocal about the true good of the blogosphere and the "honest to goodness, we don't like to talk about it" EVIL of it: like gleeful ad hominem attacks for the sake of righteousness. I hope people address that. Elizabeth Scalia (the Anchoress) seems like a good person to take that on.

Susan V, I'm glad you're going! I hope you have a blast!

Peace all.

Anonymous said...

Plane ticket and lodging prices are normally at their highest on weekends and lowest on Tuesdays (slightly higher Wednesdays). Don't give up yet! Look at prices again on Tuesday.

Jonathan Potter said...

All roads lead to Rome. We'll get there in due course. Still: ah!

Anonymous said...

Won't your college pay for your trip? Mine has funds available for faculty to do this sort of thing. Worth looking into before you turn it down.

Anonymous said...

Now at least I know I'm in good company! I was chosen to go as well and thought I could swing it - but God seems to be saying no as I prepare for my vocation as a wife.

I'll continue to pray for you and your family.

The Ironic Catholic said...

You all, I can explain all the reasons, but it would take two pages of single spaced type. It ended up being that complicated. It boils down to I needed to make a decision Sunday because I had one hour free Monday to expedite my very weird unusual passport situation, which was going to cost mucho $$$ to reestablish. Late Sunday, all the lodging possibilities were saying--maybe--maybe--maybe. I needed a firm yes before investing the $$$ in teh passport craziness. And the flights looked awful. And I wouldn't know if the school would kick in $ or not, it's the end of the academic year and its not a rich school--money for "faculty development" is always running out at this point.

Anon, who are you? And I'm sorry you can't go either.

Anonymous said...

I'm the first Anon who posted - I don't have a blogger account or URL to log in with but I'm a longtime reader and fan of your blog. Sorry you can't swing it!

Ash said...

That sounds exciting, it is a bummer you can't go. I linked your blog to mine, because it seems cool! :)

Meredith Gould said...

SO glad you were chosen, even if you cannot attend, the fact you were on the list gives me great hope. When I reviewed the list, I only noticed Lisa Hendey and the usual (guy) suspects. Need to review it again. And again, so happy for you, proud of you and sorry you cannot attend. Blessings!

Lazywife said...

I've decided that since you cannot be at the Beatification, JP the Great must therefore provide the money you need for the adoption. He owes you one.

Anonymous said...

Be sure to let the Vatican know, as they may have an ordered list to go to the next person on - then your (undeserved!) guilt can be assuaged.

I was so glad to see you on the list, sad that you cannot go. My prayers for the adoption as you move forward.

Sara said...

I'm the second anon - and have been reading your blog for probably nearly three years now. Sorry for the confusion with the second anon.

I blog for the USCCB site foryourmarriage.org with my blog "Learning to Say I Do" as my fiance and I prepare for marriage in June. It's hard, because I also work in communications at a large parish, so I feel I'd have a lot to add to the discussion on both blogging and support needed on a diocesan, national, and international basis.

However, my list of reasons is just as long as yours - and includes the fact I don't have a passport, and I am at least 8 hours away from the nearest city that gives expedited passports. I just pray that the Holy Spirit guides the entire process.

The Ironic Catholic said...

for the record, I did tell them I could not attend--what they do with it is their decision. I got a nice note back saying the blog made him laugh out loud. That made me smile.

thanks for the kind words all--
ic

Badger Catholic said...

Sorry to hear this. I really enjoy your blog.

Helen said...

I was praying for you to get an invitation. I'm sorry. I never thought to pray it would work out when you did.

The Ironic Catholic said...

Well, this is embarrassing. See the next post.

MaryH said...

No!!! You HAVE to go! I think the "st blog" bloggers have to pass the plate and raise the money to send you as our delegate!

Julio said...

Congratulations for your decision.
I've done the bloggers blog, and you are included: http://catholic-bloggers.blogspot.com/