Rocco balks: “Whispers” writer scraps plans to go to Rome

The latest on the uber-blogger, from Poynter:  During an interview this weekend with Philadelphia Inquirer culture reporter Stephan Salisbury, Vatican blogger Rocco Palmo whipped out his iPad and canceled his flight to Rome. Palmo had planned to be near the Vatican for the next two weeks of historic doings, but the cost of the trip proved [Read More…]

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Cardinal Roger Mahony, Suffering Servant

Seriously? Mark Shea drew my attention to the cardinal’s blog post yesterday, in which the archbishop of Los Angeles continues his Lenten meditation on, well, himself. From the cardinal’s blog:  The poem of the Suffering Servant is important for all of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ since we are called to imitate his words, [Read More…]

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A hearty “Welcome” to another piece of furniture!

The Bench is pleased to welcome The Couch—and Greg the Deacon welcomes Greg the Doctor, too! I invite you to pay a visit to Patheos’ newest blog, “Faith on the Couch,” presided over by the esteemed Dr. Greg Popcak.  The good doctor has some wisdom on psychology, culled from his years of experience, and all [Read More…]

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The Vatican confronts the digital age

Is the changing media landscape becoming a growing problem for the church?  One writer thinks so, and makes some compelling observations:  When Joseph Ratzinger became pope in 2005, the most common assumption (made by his fans and detractors alike) was that he’d continue in his role as an enforcer of theological orthodoxy. There were visions of [Read More…]

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Leo Burnett ad agency travels to Spain to have new website blessed

This may be a first.  The Brussels office of one of the largest and most famous ad agencies in the world took the unusual step of going to Seville to have its new website (on a mobile server) blessed by the archbishop, and to ask the intercession of St. Isidore, the patron of the Internet. [Read More…]

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It’s come to this: dad pays teenage daughter $200 to quit Facebook

A writer at CNET takes note: If there’s one thing young people truly understand, it’s bribery. From their very formative years, parents bribed them to keep quiet, behave, wear appropriate clothing — even, sometimes, desist from using rude words. So it might seem utterly canny of Paul Baier, the vice president of a Massachusetts energy [Read More…]

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With “Catholic Journal,” a deacon wades into the web

From Michigan Catholic:  Deacon Kurt Godfryd’s venture into Internet blogging has grown rapidly from a simple place to post his own homilies to a multi-faceted website for Catholic writers. “Sometimes, people come up to you after Mass, and ask if they can get a copy of your homily, and I was told the easiest way [Read More…]

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We’re pleased to announce the newest blogger at Patheos: Beyoncé

Well, certainly that’s the best explanation  for why, like the Super Bowl, we found ourselves tonight suddenly in the dark. Okay:so the Super Bowl people aren’t blaming Beyoncé and (to the best of my knowledge) she has more interesting things to do than spend her days in her jammies and fuzzy slippers blogging about Michael Voris. [Read More…]

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“Lately, I have begun to feel differently about the way Michael Voris defends the Church…”

While it’s not unusual to find Michael Voris detractors on the interwebs, it is surprising to find one like this. A woman who blogs as “Catholic in Brooklyn” has been an admirer and supporter of Michael Voris and his online apostolate.  But in a long blog post—one notable for its charity as well as its [Read More…]

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Scorched earth Catholics: “The quality of discourse in the church has become increasingly nasty…”

The following editorial comes from The Southern Cross, a Catholic newspaper in Southern Africa, and describes a situation that will be familiar to a lot of people: Earlier this month The Southern Cross took the difficult decision to suspend the comments facility on its website. The comments section was intended to serve as a forum in which [Read More…]

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