Vietnamese Christian bloggers sentenced to jail for spreading “propaganda”

From UCANews (h/t New Advent): The People’s Court in Ho Chi Minh City today passed sentence on three Christian bloggers in a case that has polarized the religious community and drawn international criticism. Nguyen Van Hai and Marie Ta Phong Tan received sentences of 12 years and 10 years, respectively, with five additional years of [Read More...]

Big questions, interesting answers

A few years ago, I gave a Thanksgiving Day homily in which I quoted the Unitarian minister Peter Fleck.  He suggested that perhaps the pilgrims weren’t thankful because they survived; maybe they survived because they were thankful.  As I noted: Gratitude doesn’t always come easily. We all know that generosity – the giving of a [Read More...]

“There’s too much invective and anger out there. Let’s not add to it.”

If you drop by some of my neighbors here in the Catholic cul-de-sac of Patheos, you’ll find a few mentions of a particularly nasty rumble that took place over the weekend. My mind wandered back to some remarks made early in the summer by another clergy blogger,  Bishop Christopher Coyne: Always take the high road.  [Read More...]

“Boss, I love you…pray for us!”

If you read nothing else this night, you have to read this eloquent, heart-felt, heart-breaking tribute by Rocco Palmo to his beloved grandmother, “The Boss.” You’ll be grateful you did.  I know I am. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her… [Read more...]

A big move: you can now “Get Religion” at Patheos

More fodder for Great Moments in Journalism!  I’m delighted to share this happy news. Details:  GetReligion is moving. Finally. In the future, GetReligion.org will still get you to the weblog, but if you want to bookmark the most direct cyber-route, here’s the URL that you need: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/getreligion/ Of course, we’ll also be up and running [Read More...]

Life with Father

Well, I’ve been at sea — in every sense — for the last several days and am finally at a place with an Internet connection that is somewhat better than crappy.  So allow me to the 15th or 20th or 2,000th person to welcome to the Patheos family the freshly minted padre, Fr. Michael Duffy!  [Read More...]

Social media advice for seminarians

This comes from the good folks over at Jesus Creed, my blog neighbor here at Patheos, and while it’s not specifically geared toward Catholic seminarians, its truths are universal and offer some old fashioned common sense: Social media has changed the way we interact with one another. Sometimes it is for the good, sometimes not. [Read More...]

“The go-to person for reporters and followers of the Catholic Church”

The Philadelphia Daily News has a brief profile this morning of the ubiquitous Rocco Palmo: Rocco Palmo is only 29. The born-and-bred South Philly guy, thin at 5 feet 11 inches, is the go-to person for reporters and followers of the Catholic Church. The New York Times quoted him last month after the verdicts in [Read More...]

The “10 Commandments” of blogging

Some weeks back, a writer working on a book project dropped me an email and asked if I could help answer the following question: “In your opinion, what are the ‘ten commandments’ that Catholic bloggers should keep in mind while pressing on in their digital mission?” Well.  It was an idea I found instantly both [Read More...]

Catholic bloggers: missionaries at the keyboard

From the Shameless Self Promotion Desk: Catholic News Service, via the Boston Pilot, has a writeup on the blogging panel I took part in last week in Indianapolis: Blogging offers the Catholic Church one more way to evangelize for the faith while reaching new audiences, especially young people, a panel of Catholic bloggers told a [Read More...]


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