The U.S. bishops took to Twitter Monday seeking feedback on the upcoming Synod on Synodality. The 11 a.m. tweet from the Twitter account of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops backfired in a big way, triggering hundreds of negative comments from people who took umbrage at what they saw as the USCCB’s awkward embrace of corporate buzzwords.
Within hours it became “the tweet that Catholic Twitter can’t stop talking about,” as one commentator phrased it. By Tuesday morning, the USCCB had shut down comments from anyone it doesn’t follow or mention by name.
“Here are seven attitudes we can all adopt as we continue our synodal journey together. Which one inspires you the most? Let us know in the comments below,” the USCCB tweeted. The attitudes listed in the tweet are: innovative outlook, inclusivity, open-mindedness, listening, accompaniment, and co-responsibility.
Most chose option 8: biting sarcasm.
“If you truly are being held captive in the HR Department, blink twice, we will send in a rescue team,” wrote one of the first people to respond.
“If I wanted corporate speak I’d go to my job on Sundays,” another person said.
“Who wrote this spiritual guidance, Nabisco Corp?” someone wanted to know.
“Is this entire synod being run by human resources interns?” another wrote.
“We’re not a Fortune 500 company, we are literally the body of Christ.”
Several commenters likened the tweet to a parody about “corporatespeak” sung by “Weird Al” Yankovic, called “Mission Statement.” [below]
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