Roll out the welcome mat!

And “light one candle”  for Tony Rossi and Christopher Closeup – a shiny new blog here at Patheos, and great addition to the family. I’ve known Tony for a few years, and can vouch that he will be both a friendly neighbor and an agreeable dinner guest; we’ve dined together a time or two and [Read More...]

Worst church website ever?

Take an aspirin and click here. H/T Brandon, who posted this on his FB page. Ouch. [Read more...]

A resolution worth keeping

From the President of CatholicCulture.org: Those of us with dogmatic personalities—and that includes many who take the Faith seriously in a hostile culture—have an additional spiritual hurdle, because we so often confuse our commitment to God’s principles with our own self-importance as God’s spokesmen. This can lead to a habit of self-righteous indignation, as if [Read More...]

Another list of favorite blogs… — UPDATED

…this time, from a blogging bishop. Christopher Coyne, from Indianapolis, offers his own take on Catholic websites, broken into two parts, over at his blog Let Us Walk Together. It has some names that are familiar — and maybe some that aren’t.  Take a look! UPDATE: He just posted Part Deux. [Read more...]

I’d like to thank the Academy…

Actually, I’d like to just thank Marcel LeJeune, the wizard who runs the Aggie Catholics blog and who has, to my wonderment, included me on his annual list of Top 20 Catholic Bloggers. I’m humbled to be in such exalted company — check out the list and visit their blogs — and I’m grateful for [Read More...]

St. Joseph tweets: “Next stop, Bethlehem!”

An anonymous German man is tweeting the story of the Nativity as “Joseph von Nazareth” (you can follow his journey here). Details: It seems that the micro-blogger’s intention is to provide a light-hearted commentary on the Christmas story from St Joseph’s perspective. Although Joseph von Nazareth (to give him his German name) only began using [Read More...]

Tweet, tweet: cardinals making themselves heard in digital media

A few of them are savvy about digital media and aren’t shy about using it. From AFP: As the Vatican’s top culture man, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi breaks off from his rounds at least once a day to shoot off a tweet to his followers, either snappy quotes from the Bible, famous philosophers and dons, or [Read More...]

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...]


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