The Pope of Social Media

Pope publishes first post on Twitter

Something I wrote for the March 10 issue of OSV. Dated now, but perhaps still interesting.   On December 12, 2012 (12/12/12) Pope Benedict XVI did what no other pope had ever done: he used Twitter. Not only that, but he mastered the medium on this first try with a Tweet that was exactly 140 [Read More...]

An Interview With Cardinal Bergoglio

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An interview with Cardinal Bergoglio from a few years back. Read it all. Fascinating insight: BERGOGLIO: Jonah had everything clear. He had clear ideas about God, very clear ideas about good and evil. On what God does and on what He wants, on who was faithful to the Covenant and who instead was outside the [Read More...]

Habemus Papam!: Pope Francis [Final Updates For Today]

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[Scroll down for the first comments of Pope Francis] Waiting for the news. More as it comes. The twitter stream is moving like gangbusters. I never, ever imagined it would come this fast. I was thinking tomorrow at the earliest. I’m wondering right now what it means, and thinking it means the choice was more [Read More...]

And Now: A Positive Media Story

I’m still gobsmacked that this piece by Ellie V. Hall ran on Buzzfeed. Here’s a taste of 9 Thing You Should Know Before Talking About The Papal Conclave: 8. The Catholic Church doesn’t hate gay people. The teachings of the Church are straightforward: Sex is a fantastic gift of unity and procreation, which is appropriately [Read More...]

Bias and Propaganda: Still More Reuters Follies UPDATED

Muzzled! Just like dogs!

There’s been some discussion on this post about whether Reuters is, in fact, biased in its reporting on certain subjects. I didn’t realize that was still a subject for debate. Their consistent anti-Israel/pro-Palestinian bias isn’t up for question at all. It’s not a matter of “if” they produced biased news, but of how much and on what subjects. [Read More...]

More Anti-Catholic Bias From Reuters UPDATED

St. Margaret Clitherow, pressed to death for being Catholic

Every once in a while, I fail to take my own advice: I actually read mainstream coverage of church matters. This is never wise, since mainstream reporters are absolutely incapable of writing about religion. What they produce is usually laced with bias and innuendo masquerading as fact. Even though I do read AP or CNN [Read More...]

Ready to Roll

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Photos from News.va.  And an image I grabbed from this morning’s Mass for the election of the Roman pontiff: Here’s the all-important “smoke schedule” from Jimmy. And some more useful bits from Kat. [Read more...]

Pope Eye

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It’s Monday, and I don’t want to be working, and neither do you, so here’s another silly post. I got the first of the six volume EC Segar complete Popeye strips for Christmas, and my daughter and I both loved it so much we’ve been picking up the rest as Amazon credit comes in. The volumes [Read More...]


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