So, today the Catholic Media Convention here in Indianapolis comes to a close. Everyone is busily preparing for tonight’s mass and then the banquet dinner. I will be at the mass, but not the banquet, which had I been thinking rightly, I would have signed on for, as it is a big night for Greg Erlandson, John Norton and the whole gang at Our Sunday Visitor, and it will probably be a big night for Deacon Greg and the folks at CNEWA, too, as they usually win lots of awards for beautifully done magazine, ONE.
But I will have to just hang out and watch from the sidelines, which means at the bar. Not so bad a fate, after all!
I was deeply privileged to be sitting on it, with Msgr. Paul Tighe of the Pontifical Counsel for Social Communication, Bishop Christopher J. Coyne, the one-and-only Rocco Palmo and our own Deacon Greg. I think it went well. There was one almost surreal moment; just as we began our presentation, this story broke, and Rocco announced it. So odd to be sitting there, on the panel, dying to blog on the story, even if the blogpost amounted to nothing more than a link. But I realized that we bloggers want to jump like that — we’re trained to — while the traditional media folk were less hopped up and a bit more patient. They know the story will still be there tomorrow. Two very different mindsets; both have value and are needed by the public. Interesting to think about.
If you’d like to hear an audio of the presentation, Matt at Catholic Review has it posted right here. The first few minutes of my talk are absent, but it’s no big deal. You can find other audio presentations from the conference there, too!
And Matt posted a picture of the whole panel, too, which I don’t have time to steal from him, as mass is almost beginning.