“The emergence of the Catholic blogosphere is one of the most significant developments in the 21st century Church”

An editorial from the UK’s Catholic Herald:  It’s not difficult to find evidence of our fallen nature online – the querulous, the obsessive, the paranoid and the uncharitable nestle alongside the illuminating, inspiring, persuasive and heartwarming. Perhaps some bishops have also come across blogs that were unjustly critical of them and therefore rejected the blogging [Read More...]

A contrarian view of “unplugging”

If you are one of those who has forsaken Facebook or Twitter for Lent, you might want to ponder these thoughts from Casey N. Cep in The New Yorker, writing about the recent National Day of Unplugging:  I was struck last year when Pope Benedict XVI, after he started tweeting, delivered a message on social networks. [Read More...]

Bishop in UK orders deacon to stop blogging

An interesting turn of events across the pond, via London’s The Tablet:  A deacon who runs a Catholic website that criticised bishops, theologians and lay groups for being out of step with church teaching has been asked to stop posting material. Deacon Nick Donnelly has been asked by the Bishop of Lancaster to stop posting [Read More...]

Best description of Seattle. Ever.

Hot on the heels of last night’s less-than-cliffhanger Super Bowl, a much-too-gleeful Washingtonian (Mark Shea) captures the essence of his hometown with a sentence that will bedazzle and bewilder.  This will infuriate Broncovians, delight Seattle-ites, and leave in a stupor anyone who even attempts to diagram it. Behold: Here in the land of gentle whale [Read More...]

“The pope seems to chide those who use the Internet to make statements but refuse to accept comments…”

Yesterday, Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the USCCB took a closer look at the pope’s message for World Communications Day: Toughen up, people! That seems to be one theme from Pope Francis in his annual Message for World Communications Day, which will be observed June 1, 2014. Pope Francis repeats his call that Christians must be [Read More...]

The most common passwords of 2013

Honestly?  Sheesh:  Password security is more important than ever. If you wonder which ones are the worst to use, check out the 25 most common passwords of 2013 and avoid them like the plague. According to password management company SplashData, the top three passwords of the year are “123456,” “password” and “12345678.” The top three passwords [Read More...]

“There will always be those who reject truth; we need to make sure it isn’t our growling teeth that causes them to flee…”

I stumbled across this in a blog post by Diane Korzeniewski, about celebrated preacher Fr. Bill Casey, and it hit me between the eyes: Some mistakenly think that I am against pointing out problems facing Catholics, or among the members of the Church, or even confronting people with error.  That’s not the case.  What I [Read More...]

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...]