How Can Public Catholic Help You Stand for Jesus?

Patheos is a great place to blog.

The primary reasons I say that are that (1) I can write anything I want, and (2) I can set the rules for my blog. Every blogger here at Patheos has those freedoms.

What that means is that there are a variety of ways that we deal with the conversations that arise in the com boxes. Deacon Greg Kandra doesn’t allow comments at all. Other bloggers allow any and all comments, no matter what they say. Some, such as Frank Weathers (who is another of my heroes, by the way) allow comments, but only those that advance the Kingdom. Frank also shuts down comments on posts from time to time.

Then there’s me.

I’ve taken an entirely different way with the comments question. I allow all sorts of viewpoints and ideas, but I do not allow insults, hectoring, bad language or bigoted attacks on groups of people. I also do not allow twenty comments all saying the same thing. In those cases, I allow a few and delete the rest. I will not allow people with an anti-Christian agenda to take over this blog and use the discussion to promote that agenda.

Also, unlike some of the other bloggers here at Patheos, I sometimes join in the commenting myself.

I’ve chosen this path because I think it serves the purpose of the blog. I blog at the intersection of private belief and public expression of belief, and I do it entirely from a Christian viewpoint. The whole purpose of Public Catholic is to equip people to take their faith out of the realm of private piety and speak about it, stand up for it and live it in the public sphere. It’s no accident of cutesy phrasing that led me to name this blog Public Catholic. Being Catholic in a public way, and doing it well, is what this blog is about.

I reassess where Public Catholic is going every so often and take a look at the question: Is it actually fulfilling its purpose?

Blogging, especially when I’m so busy in other parts of my life, can get harried and unfocused.

I’m writing this post to let you chime in here and tell me if Public Catholic has helped you in your faith walk. Has reading this blog made you more likely to take a stand for Christ? Has it given you information and understanding that makes you more confident about living your faith in a post Christian society?

Do the combox discussions sharpen your ability to answer attacks on the faith, or do they simply demoralize you?

Are you a better Christian, do you feel closer to Jesus, because of this blog?

I want feedback here. What challenges do you face when you try to take a stand for Jesus on your job, with your family or in your clubs and associations? What ways can this blog inform, inspire and strengthen you in your faith?

Our society is unwinding. We are destroying our community building blocks. Public discourse has become anything but discourse. We the people are leaderless, unless you honestly think that manipulation, propaganda and lies are leadership.

This is all symptomatic of the fact that we are living in a post Christian society. At the same time, it is a society in which the vast majority of people believe in Jesus Christ.

The problem is, Christians are just lying on the mat, ko’d by the various assaults against them and their faith. We’ve gotta get up off that mat people. How can Public Catholic help that happen?

 

 

  • peggy-o

    Rebecca, this is an excellent blog for the kingdom, communications and interaction. I speak as a professional communicator (not with com boxes but video and audio) and have a successful (not financially public servant) career with quality productions. Your writing is top notch with a good balance tone, style and content.

    I am so busy that your blog is the only faith one I keep up with and comment. I share with my kids , family and friends often and use the information in talking with others. Maybe we need more specific call to action brainstorming dialogues once a month perhaps to generate more ideas and plans.

    My only frustrations have been after thoughtful posts reading counter comments from the se folks, but I like some of them and pray for conversion and should reply more to support Christian truth and love. I’ll support your choices and direction here and pray for your and our success!

  • SisterCynthia

    Perhaps the biggest thing I get by coming here, unique in my “world,” is a greater understanding of Catholicism and what is going on in the Catholic Church, people and situations to pray for, and encouragement to see what the Lord is up to beyond my own denomination or even America. Posters like Fabio and others from outside the US are good to learn from, too, since they have different perspectives to offer. I am still trying to sort out how to interact with integrity with those who oppose parts or all of the Christian message–it’s easier to just keep that side of myself seperated from those who I know it will likely offend, but that stance seems to be both disingenuous and less and less tenable. I don’t know if this will help you, but it sums up why I frequent this blog. :)

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    I like your blog Rebecca. I don’t know if I have any constructive criticism. When a few people who comment got overly aggressive with the number of comments and were in essence taking over the blog, you had the perfect solution to limit the number of comments any single person can make to any given post. That was the only thing that gave me some displeasure here. Specific political and news of the day issues don’t bring me closer to Christ no matter who writes on them, but you mix it up with faith filled posts. That’s a nice mix.

  • Ironic77

    Rebecca, Thank you for everything you do. Although I am still discerning what God wants me to do to get off the mat, at least you blog has helped me to realize that as a Catholic, I am being attacked and asked to do my part to defend the Faith and bring Christ to those who need Him. I look forward to more encouragement and pray daily for direction. Thank you for all you do.

  • Ray Glennon

    Rebecca, I am a newcomer to your blog (4-6 weeks ago?) and it has been a blessing to me. Your objective of providing a voice for the Public Catholic–both as an objective and a name–is exactly what I have experienced in the brief time I have been able to share with you and your dedicated followers. Your posts and the comments have informed me and challenged me to become more Public in how I live my Catholic life and for that I am thankful.

    I also endorse the approach that you have taken in managing the comments and choosing to participate in the discussion when appropriate. As a result, you have created a welcoming and stimulating environment where ideas on important issues can be exchanged.

    While I haven’t been a participant long enough to offer any suggestions for improvement, I want to emphasize the value I receive from Public Catholic, to thank you for creating and sustaining this blog, and to strongly encourage your continued commitment and dedication to this important and faith-filled public service.

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    • hamiltonr

      Ray, you have made my day … maybe my week. Blessings.

  • FW Ken

    Rebecca, when I was young, I thought that Christians ought not be involved in political matters, but should rely on the Lord and the power of prayer and faith. Yeah, I know… that was then, this is now. Back then, the Religious Left was high and mighty, riding the coattails of the Civil Rights Movement, was protesting Vietnam, the draft, and then they pushed the war on poverty. Then here comes the Religious Right, pushing their agenda.

    Here’s my point: the varied political currents of the past 50 years are confused. This blog helps me explore the intersection of Faith and the public forum, plus it sharpens my thinking on the hot button issues where Faith touches law, especially Constitutional law.

    Plus one more thing: as a Democrat, you have a particular voice confusing the culture of death in your party. That voice needs the widest possible hearing.

  • Allison Grace

    I always learn something when I read your words, and sometimes I get shaken and have to think about things I hadn’t yet (everything from can a democrat really love Jesus –don’t laugh; I grew up strict fundamentalist and this was unthinkable even a year ago–to chaste homosexuality to my response to our pope). This blog has become very important to me as a new Catholic. Affectionately, Allison.


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