Have we become the Pharisees? — UPDATED

That’s the provocative question that Mike Hayes poses over at his blog, Googling God: Where are our Mother Teresa’s today? Why are those stories not being told? Every time the church is in the media it’s almost always about something insular. Mass changes, child abuse, embezzlement, school and parish closings. Where is the good news? [Read More...]

“They prefer the bunker to the banquet…”

That’s the trenchant phrase Canadian writer Michael Coren uses to characterize some of the Catholics he encounters online — and I know what he means. Snip: There are those who describe themselves as being Catholic, but reject much if not most of what the Church teaches. They have little influence outside of ostensibly Catholic schools [Read More...]

So just what is a “Patheos,” anyway?

Put simply, it’s a newfangled word that describes following the “path” to “theos” — the path to God. That and other intriguing nuggets can be found in this magazine piece that takes a look at how this website got started, and what it aims to do. Snip: [Founder Leo] Brunnick wanted to create a place [Read More...]

I'm back

Well, wouldn’t you know it: one of the biggest news days in the Catholic Church in America, full of head-scratching surprises, and I’m tied up doing Other Stuff. The Other Stuff included being part of a panel on social media at the USCCB headquarters on Washington, in a massive meeting room that is clearly designed [Read More...]

Welcome, Frank!

All the Patheos crew is here to welcome Frank “Why I Am Catholic” Weathers to his new port of call! Welcome, pal! Anyone who, within hours of arrival, cheerfully posts a picture of Thomas Merton’s grave is aces in my book. UPDATE: Read Frank’s own story right here. [Read more...]

Church and social media: can we talk?

The Catholic Church is still new to the whole social media phenomenon — and Sr. Mary Ann Walsh from the USCCB looks at why the Church needs this particular dialogue: The social media phenomenon offers both challenge and opportunity for the church. Social media reaches people – millions are on Facebook and Twitter every day. The [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“The Macintosh is counter-reformist and has been influenced by the ratio studiorum of the Jesuits. It is cheerful, friendly, conciliatory; it tells the faithful how they must proceed step by step to reach — if not the kingdom of Heaven — the moment in which their document is printed. It is catechistic: The essence of [Read More...]

Whatcha readin'?

Well, put it down and pick up something over at the Patheos Book Club! Elizabeth Scalia offers an introduction to what’s new this month: From today until October 15, the Patheos Book Club will be taking in-depth looks at three books, Father Robert Barron’s Catholicism: a Journey to the Heart of the Faith, Brandon Vogt’s [Read More...]

"Glad to meet you — and I'm a fan of your blog!"

That’s what I said to the guy below: Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who dropped by our offices today to say hello. He seemed flattered.  But for some reason, he didn’t mention “The Deacon’s Bench.” Photo by Erin Edwards, CNEWA Speaking of the good Cardinal’s blog: his latest installment includes a nice photo gallery of the [Read More...]

Now you know: the real meaning of "deacon"

A tweet forwarded to me from a reader: [Read more...]


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