Favorite Things and Not So Much: 2013 in Review

2013 has been my first full year with Patheos. I think I posted between ten and twelve times per month, so conservative simple addition estimates puts that at more than a hundred entries. I polled Twitter and Facebook for what people thought my best and worst posts were. Robbie Dixon, who rarely writes at his excellent blog, Simple GIFs, had the best and most comprehensive reply: Best: I liked "The Educational Significance of Advent," which successfully accomplished the difficult task of … [Read more...]

New Interview With Pope Francis!

  Pope Francis was interviewed, over the course of three meetings, in August. The translation from Italian to English is now published at America. Here is an excerpt from the full manuscript: “I see clearly,” the pope continues, “that the thing the church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity. I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has … [Read more...]

The Art of Blogging No. 3: An Interview with Will Duquette


     Will Duquette is a lifelong Southern Californian and a veteran user of web logs and --- as odd as it may seem to say this --- the internet. Writing online since 1996, he brings a refreshingly ordinary disposition to a wide palate of literary, religious, and intellectual interests at the following blogs: The View from the Foothills, book reviews on Happy Catholic Bookshelf at Patheos, and monthly posts at CatholicMom.      Mr. Duquette's interview flowed smoothly and easily, … [Read more...]

The Art of Blogging No. 2: An Interview with Katrina Fernandez

Katrina Fernandez was raised by hippies in Northern Virginia. A self-professed snob, abhorrent of hippies, she writes the delightfully anti-Puritanical web log, The Crescat, on the Patheos Catholic Channel. Ms. Fernandez displays a pointed point of view, delivered in expressive and colorful posts that provoke and, oftentimes, astonish. She is the Liberace of the Catholic blogosphere. While certainly shocking, Ms. Fernandez is not a shock jock. But she is a jock: she played rugby for … [Read more...]

The Art of Blogging No. 1: An Interview with Max Lindenman

Max Lindenman was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and grew up in Manhattan. He's spent significant time in China and Russia, as a teacher and student, respectively, and presently resides in Arizona. He is the author of the Patheos web log, "Diary of a Wimpy Catholic," on the Catholic Channel. This interview took place on Facebook, over three sessions of online chatting that included a fourth, brief exchange where he almost gave up on the whole thing. A shy, insecure, and oddly wimpy (he is a … [Read more...]