Fast Company magazine takes a look at “blogging nuns and tweeting monks”

Suddenly, the mainstream media has discovered religious folk on the web.  Who knew? Details:  In 2006, Julie Vieira was getting ready to take her vows to become a nun. As she browsed the web, it became clear to her that nuns had an image problem on the Internet. “The pictures of nuns that popped up in searches [Read More...]

All about Eve: Eve Tushnet talks about being “Gay and Catholic”

Recently, my blog neighbor Eve Tushnet got the Salai Treatment (being interviewed by Sean Salai, S.J.) in America magazine. She has a new book about to launch, “Gay and Catholic: Accepting My Sexuality, Finding Community, Living My Faith” (Ave Maria Press). It will be published Oct. 20. Snip:  You describe this book as a work of “vocational discernment for [Read More...]

What can you do about cruel comments online?

Some interesting insight into a subject we’ve all encountered at one time or another, via The New York Times:   Anyone who has ever been online has witnessed, or been virtually walloped by, a mean comment. “If you’re going to be a blogger, if you’re going to tweet stuff, you better develop a tough skin,” [Read More...]

James Foley reminds us of what we knew all along: prayer matters

Elizabeth Scalia, as usual, nails it:  What I have been arguing for in these past months is what James Foley himself advocated: the acquisition of what used to be considered a rather conventional religiosity, one in which prayer was not something foreign, but something natural, practiced to varying degrees and understood widely as a real [Read More...]

Archdiocese throws cold water on the “ice bucket challenge”

And if you read on, you’ll see one of our Patheos bloggers mentioned. Details:  The Cincinnati Archdiocese has warned Catholic school principals against donating to the ALS Association due to concerns that the money could wind up funding research that uses embryonic stem cells. Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco told the Cincinnati Enquirer that Catholic schools [Read More...]

What we have come to: language blogger fired for writing about “homophones”

Really:  Homophones, as any English grammarian can tell you, are words that sound the same but have different meanings and often different spellings — such as be and bee, through and threw, which and witch, their and there. This concept is taught early on to foreign students learning English because it can be confusing to [Read More...]

Team Patheos!

A little group of us, representing part of the Patheos Catholic Channel, gathered to lead a panel discussion this afternoon at the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte. The topic: “Blogging About Faith Without Losing Your Soul.”  After the talk, we posed for a class picture. It’s Sister Rose, Your Humble Blogger, Fr. Eric Sundrup, Frank [Read More...]

Gospel and BBQ in Charlotte!

No one can say the visit to Charlotte has been dull. This evening’s Mass was celebrated at St. Peter’s Church, a Jesuit parish in downtown Charlotte that happens to be the oldest Catholic church in Charlotte. The mural behind the altar appears to depict Jesus’s appearance to Peter after the Resurrection. And one of the [Read More...]

Archbishop Kurtz on digital media: We need to move “from diatribe to dialogue”

Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph Kurtz delivered the keynote at last night’s session of the Catholic Media Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. A portion, from his blog: I believe that the Catholic press will be called over the next decade to influence the new digital frontier by carving out a place for dialogue. This may well be [Read More...]

Rep. Rebecca Hamilton says goodbye to all that

My blog neighbor—18-year veteran of the Oklahoma House of Representatives—is finishing up her last session today. Her term ends in November. And she’s in a reflective mood that reveals a side of public service most of us don’t see:  Today is the last day that I will drive to the capitol, park my car and [Read More...]