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...]

Ladies and gentlemen: the "Church Whisperer"

From the Baltimore Sun, a profile of longtime FOB (Friend of the Bench) Rocco Palmo, the shockingly young upstart behind “Whispers in the Loggia”: A 28-year-old guy living in his parents’ basement in South Philadelphia just might be one of the foremost experts on the American Catholic Church. Rocco Palmo facetiously calls himself “The Church [Read More...]

If God had a blog …

This has to make you smile. From the New Yorker, a funny glimpse at what God had to say after He created the world:  read it all. The comments are priceless. [Read more...]

An all-star lineup for "The Church and New Media"

Looking for some sizzling reading at the beach this summer? Break out the Coppertone and break open “The Church and New Media.”  Okay: it’s not Danielle Steele or John Grisham, but this new book by blogger Brandon Vogt is a fascinating and — dare I say it? — provocative piece of work, though in this [Read More...]

The new Vatican website, explained

H/T to web wizard Deacon Eric Stoltz. Click to enlarge. [Read more...]

Quote of the day

“There exists a Christian way of being present in the digital world: this takes the form of a communication which is honest and open, responsible and respectful of others. To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“Even as more-mainstream media outlets attempt to downplay blogs and blogging as being a force for nothing much beyond self-promotion, the pope has been ahead of the curve, urging priests, religious and lay folk to embrace social media as a powerful means of evangelization, and a source of Catholic clarity in a very noisy, confused [Read More...]

Feel like turning over the tables in the temple? Read this first

John Martens at America’s blog “The Good Word” has a few good words for those who consider themselves the next John the Baptist — or even the next Jesus: John the Baptist was a prophet and Jesus is considered by Christians to be both God and man, the Messiah, Lord, who will come again in [Read More...]

Top 50 blogs for seminarians

Well, whataya know? A website has decided to put together a handy list for seminarians of all faiths who are hunting online for information and news about religion and religious formation — and Your Humble Blogger merited a mention. Visit the site, Theology Degrees, to see who else is on their list.  You’ll find a [Read More...]

I'm so there

The Vatican has issued an invitation to bloggers.  All I need now is an airline ticket, a hotel and cab fare. Details: The pontifical councils for culture and for social communications are inviting bloggers to the Vatican May 2 so the Vatican can “listen to the experiences of those who are actively involved in this [Read More...]


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