Thomas Peters, six months on

For those who have been following his story, and remembering him in prayer, an update: After focusing on his right hand for a few weeks, his right thumb and pinky are starting to move very slowly.  His therapist is optimistic that they can get more of the fingers to follow suit, it will just take [Read More...]

Questions to ask before posting to social media—UPDATED

This could serve as a handy companion piece to my Examination of Conscience for the Internet. It comes from Cara Joyner at Relevant magazine:  In absence of guidelines for healthy and polite social media etiquette, we are left to determine our own boundaries for navigating the seemingly endless opportunities available to us. Joyner lists several [Read More...]

A Catholic reacts to anti-Catholicism: why Elizabeth Scalia’s response matters

Of all the ink that has been spilled over the appalling anti-Catholic screed by Jamie Stiehm, the most powerful and, to my mind, inspiring response has come from our own Elizabeth Scalia. Late today, she offered this assessment:  It ought not be dismissed, though, not when U.S. News — which has always been a more-than-respectable news [Read More...]

A comment about no comments: “The blogosphere shouldn’t be Calvary”

I read with interest, but hardly surprise, NCR’s decision to shut down comments on its website. I know exactly why they did it.  Back in May of 2012, I did the same thing, announcing:  This has been coming for a while.  I’ve shut down comments for a week or two in the past, to have [Read More...]

NCR suspends comments: “Comments that have appeared in recent days have been vile and demeaning…”

The announcement: National Catholic Reporter suspended the commenting feature of its website,, effective Monday 10 a.m. Central time. We ordered our Web editor to suspend the commenting feature and to hide all previously posted comments because of the malicious, abusive nature of the comments that have bombarded our site in recent days. Comments will be [Read More...]

Turn the other tweet: social media resolutions from Fr. James Martin

Check ‘em out:  As a user of (pick one) Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Tumblr, Pinterest or whatever has been invented as I’m typing these words, I make the following resolutions for the New Year: 1.) I will treat everyone with charity and give everyone the benefit of the doubt. No matter how rude they are. And no [Read More...]

An Examination of Conscience for the Internet

Since it is Advent, and since this is a time for penitence and penance, and since John the Baptist just called us last Sunday to “Repent!,” I thought it worthwhile to consider—and reconsider— how a lot of us spend our time here on the digital continent. Over the weekend, Pope Francis called on the faithful [Read More...]

“What does faith have to do with doing the dishes?”

That’s just one of the questions in this uplifting interview by Kathryn Lopez with Fr. Scott Hurd, who talks about his terrific new book “When Faith Feels Fragile.”  Snip: KJL: Why do you encourage receiving the Eucharist when faith feels fragile? Shouldn’t you wait until you make sure you believe? Fr. Hurd: The Eucharist is not a [Read More...]

Pope Francis calls on faithful to use the internet to offer “real reasons for hope”

Photo: Paul Haring/CNS This story moved over the weekend and may have escaped your attention. But it’s worth reading, from Vatican Radio:  Pope Francis on Saturday met with the participants of the 26th Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, meeting under the theme “Proclaiming Christ in the digital age.” Pope Francis said the [Read More...]

An early Christmas present: the return of Bill Ditewig’s blog

After too many months, my good friend Triple D—the legendary Deacon Doctor Ditewig (Bill, to most of us)— has revived his dormant blog, “Deacons Today,” with a fresh look. He notes:  Once again I apologize for not blogging as frequently as I would like.  On the other hand, the reasons are wonderful ones: my ministries [Read More...]