I’d like to thank the Academy…

Or, at least, Matthew Coffin. Got a nice email from him today, with this piece of news: I am pleased to announce the 1st annual New Evangelization Award for excellence in Catholic blogging. The Catholic blogosphere hosts thousands of sites. Choosing among them blogs of distinction is a daunting task. I had originally intended to [Read More...]

This news made my week: Denise is here at Patheos!

That would be Denise Johnson-Bossert, who makes any selfie look better: That was the two of us at JFK Airport, picking up our baggage after the 10-day religious blogger trip to Jordan  last month. (Moments after I snapped that picture, security came by and barked, “No pictures!” If Denise had not been so sweet and obliging, we’d [Read More...]

Fr. Rosica: “It was never my intention to sue”

Crux reports:  Despite a frenzy in the conservative Catholic blogosphere, a high-profile priest who volunteers as an English-language assistant to the Vatican press office says he’s not planning to take legal action against a Canadian blogger who had criticized him, and considers the matter closed. The Rev. Thomas Rosica, also a Canadian, said Wednesday he [Read More...]

Curt Schilling stands up for his daughter—and wins

Tony Rossi has the scoop:  Former baseball great Curt Schilling … tweeted a congratulatory message to his daughter for making it onto the Salve Regina University softball team next year. Soon after, the vulgarity about his daughter started. Schilling wrote on his blog: I started to see…tweets with the word rape, bloody underwear and pretty much [Read More...]

“The Anchoress” speaks!

Look who turned up in a Q & A over at America, our own Elizabeth Scalia:  What do you do as managing editor? I seek out strong writers who have something to say about the life of faith—in all of its glories and its teeth-gritting difficulties. While some writers lean left or right, they’re all starting [Read More...]

Guess who just had to change his name on Facebook?

View image | gettyimages.com That would be me. As I do periodically, I decided today to change my password. I did. When I signed in again, a little box popped up saying that it looked like my name wasn’t authentic and I should change it. I tried to sign in again, again using my three-name ID—Deacon [Read More...]

“No one wants to join a church that lacks joy”

From The Burlington Free Press:  The Most Rev. Christopher Coyne, the Roman Catholic Church’s first blogging priest to be elevated to bishop, has been formally installed as the head of the statewide diocese of Burlington. More than 900 people jammed into St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington for the Installation Mass., which was broadcast internationally both [Read More...]

Bishop Coyne in the driver’s seat

As Burlington’s new bishop gets ready for his installation on Thursday, he’s continued blogging—and posting some unusual videos. The guy is a social media junkie. I’m not aware of any other bishops doing something quite like this: brief “On the Road” segments, that he evidently shoots with a small camera in his car as he’s [Read More...]

Vermont’s “Cyber-Bishop” Coyne: “We are now a missionary church. We have to give people a reason to stay.”

Bishop Christopher Coyne via Diocese of Burlington A Burlington TV station aired this brief profile of its new bishop, Christopher Coyne, last night: Coyne described himself as primarily a pastor, adding he embraces direct and charitable conversations with parishioners and community members. Coyne also maintains a large presence on social media, with thousands of followers [Read More...]

Pat McNamara talks about “New York Catholics”

NCR has interviewed author (and Patheos blogger) Pat McNamara about his new book “New York Catholics,” which profiles nearly 80 New Yorkers who have filled the pews of my state—including Thomas Merton, Fulton Sheen, Jimmy Fallon, Dorothy Day, Martin Scorcese… and (incredibly) me: A number of contemporary voices noted that Fr. Thomas Merton was a big [Read More...]


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