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, NCRonline.org, 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...]

“Welcome! I shed tears of gratitude and joy…”

Nobody captures the essence of Advent better than The Anchoress, God love her: Welcome! Welcome! I shed tears of gratitude and joy that you have come round again, O Advent, to shake us from our torpor as early night comes, and the match is struck, and the message is brought home once more; that we are [Read More...]

Called back: an ex-Mouseketeer’s journey from Paganism back to Christianity

From The New York Times:  They’re an august alumni association, the Mouseketeers of “The All New Mickey Mouse Club,” which ran from 1989 to 1996 on the Disney Channel. Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake top the charts. Keri Russell was Felicity. Christina Aguilera stars with CeeLo Green on “The Voice.” Ryan Gosling starred with his own abs [Read More...]

On Archbishop Kurtz: “He’s very deacon-friendly”

Hearing the news this morning about the election of Louisville’s Archbishop Joseph Kurtz as USCCB president, a deacon friend dropped me a line to report that the new president is “very deacon-friendly.” He was certainly friendly to this deacon when I met him a couple years ago in Nashville at the annual convention of the [Read More...]