The Post Takes a Page at Patheos

That would be The Jesuit Post, the rambunctious, thoughtful, fun and enlightening site staffed by about 50 young Jesuits, three of whom I am very pleased to announce, have taken up residence here at Patheos.

Some of you may be asking why
a growing, jumping site like TJP would offshoot over here, or why Patheos would take them on — it seems to fly in the face of the notion of competitive markets, doesn’t it?

Well, that’s kind of the point. If the goal of Catholic blogging is to serve the Kingdom of God, advance the New Evangelization, inform and instruct on church teaching and engage the minds and souls of both believers and those in doubt, competition should not enter into the equation. When we are all sailing the same seas aboard or around the Barque of Peter, a rising tide will lift all boats; everyone benefits in ways visible and invisible, and the Jesuit Post is a rising tide. The fellas over there, headed up by Sam Sawyer, SJ, intend to use their platform at Patheos to engage broadly with other bloggers on a variety of ideas:

. . .we’re looking to get more involved in the back-and-forth of the blogosphere. We want to engage more deeply in the conversations — about current events in the Church, about faith and atheism, about the interplay between religion, politics, and culture — that make Patheos such an active and important part of the web.

We also want to help improve those conversations. We’d like this blog to help people understand each other better across differences in theological and philosophical styles and (we hope) even across the gap between belief and non-belief. We’d like to set the standard for ourselves of being primarily interested in understanding what other people are saying and not just why we might disagree with them.

In other words, TJP on Patheos aims to be about the work of reconciliation.

What is the work of reconciliation? I find I like their definition — a clear vision of what I believe our good Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI meant when he urged Catholics to get online and give the internet a soul, and what Pope Francis meant when he urged the internet to bring warmth and stir hearts.

As Rumer Godden said, “Mind on mind kindles warmth,” and it is my belief that this little partnership between Patheos and The Jesuit Post could spark a bit of a bonfire as readers who might not ordinarily knock at our respective doors encounter writers, voices, and perspectives outside of their comfort zones and echo chambers and take on a bit of joyful engagement, themselves.

Will it get messy? It might. I’ve found that sometimes the best way to keep house is to throw everything — left and right — into the center of a room, clean out the corners and then put things back where they belong. In the process, one tosses accumulated, pointless junk and appreciates-anew the stuff that got buried or shoved aside in the day-to-day process of being. The house is the better for it.

Stop off and say howdy to Sam and the rest of team, who will be showing up over the next few days. Maybe take a gander at what they’re inviting you to do with your bookcase. You’ll want to bookmark the site, or better yet subscribe to it. I think we’re in for a good time with some energetic young voices. Welcome to Patheos, you Jebbies!

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  • Tito

    So we’re going to get the run of the mill dissent from Church teaching that stereotypically represents Jesuit ‘thinking’?

  • MeanLizzie

    Seriously? Right out the box, without giving anyone a hearing, you’re calling “dissent”? Sure, because that’s what I specialize in, over here, right? Dissent, and giving platforms to dissenters? Why don’t you give it a chance before you judge it?

  • Almario Javier

    No. Unless somehow the Holy Father is a dissenter, which is like finding a unicorn. The problem is the loudest ones historically were dissenters. But the silent majority is now not content to be silent anymore.

  • Victor

    (((In the process, one tosses accumulated, pointless junk and appreciates-anew the stuff that got buried or shoved aside in the day-to-day process of being. The house is the better for it.)))

    Anchoress is this your way of telling “ME”, “ME” and “ME” that I should not continue to forget about “Facebook” and maybe even start a Twitter Account and top “IT” off with a new blog during my old age and forget about our Canadian weather and what our children might think and/or do?

    Slow down Victor! As usual, you didn’t read enough cause I also said that I thought that we were in for a good time with some energetic young voices and you’re not what we would call “YOUNG NOW! Right?

    What? Does that mean “I” must put foil on my head and……

    God Bless Peace

  • Andy

    A serious question – what is it about the Jesuits that seems to send some folks off the cliff? The Jesuits I know are holy and caring priests – sometimes curious about other realms of thought, but Catholic through and through.

  • Manny

    I had the same question as Tito come across my mind. As Almario states, the loudest were dissenters, and even without the dissent they seem to go toward breaking theological ground beyond tradition, which is not necessarily in opposition to tradition. Also i think many Catholic Universities that were run by Jesuits have become so Liberal that they do violate Catholic teaching, and so the association with Jesuits creates a negative perception. I am looking forward to this new blog.

  • MeanLizzie

    But do you see what you’ve done but jumping immediately to the negative assumption? You’ve done PRECISELY what you hate seeing others do to you re your concerns and interests. The whole world needs to take a damn breath and get off each other’s back — give a listen for a little while.

  • ave maria

    “ME” thinks this Patheos is a breath of fresh air, and hopefully the Jesuits will add to the dimension of our faith! — know some Great Jesuits (Including Pope Francis), and there will always be those who will stray from our faith. Remember to Pray for those who have not yet found God’s Love.

  • Susan

    You state the biggest problem we face today very eloquently in your comment above. Criticism before curiosity has consumed our culture.

    There was a time when we could discuss, dissent and discover with ease. Now the mantra is seek and destroy.

    Not very Christian nor is it in any way appealing.

  • Andy

    You misunderstood my question, it is far different then yours – why does everyone assume Jesuits are dissenters? I have known several, and worked with a few – they are curious and they are adventurous, but they are Catholic. All of us were given an intellect to use and they use theirs. Some go far afield, but so do many of us. So my serious question is why the animosity and attacks on the Jesuits?

  • Manny

    “why does everyone assume Jesuits are dissenters?”
    Uhm, I answered it. I didn’t misunderstand. Perhaps it’s perception, I don’t know. But they have become associated with the Liberal wing of Catholic theology. That perception goes deep in many circles, and to you that is sending people off the clift.

  • FranRossiSzpylczyn

    As a regular reader of TJP, which I have been since day one I am delighted to learn of this news.

  • Andy

    Thank you – I appreciate the comments about discomfort with questions and exploration. I sort of thought it was that but I needed a sense of confirmation or at least a sense that it was not my imagination.