Twitter Advice for the Pope and What to Ask Him?


So, two days ago the Vatican announced the Pope's new Twitter handle and relative hashtags. Since then, Pope Benedict XVI has amassed about half a million English-speaking followers (he will tweet in 8 Languages) and there are innumerable (and sometimes irreverent, often downright hateful) questions awaiting him at the #AskPontifex feed. The pope is not at a loss for reaction or, for that matter, advice. Our friend Brandon Vogt offers His Holiness Five Suggestions as he becomes a Tweeting … [Read more...]

“I do my little part, and God did the rest.”

For those who have been wondering why Rocco Palmo's Whispers in the Loggia has been so quiet, recently -- and I know you have been wondering, because some of you have been emailing me asking if I "know" anything -- the answer is finally revealed and it is at once a "triumph" and a heartbreaker. Rocco's beloved grandmother, whom he called "The Boss" has passed, and his grief is a terrible beauty:By seniority – an important thing in a group this size – this scribe formally ranks as Boss’ 21st … [Read more...]

Paul Ryan, Patheos’ “News and Politics” and “Public Catholic”

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Deacon Greg is probably one of the least "political" writers at Patheos, but he is still a newsman and his Catholic perspective has him rounding up articles on Paul Ryan and also culling specific Ryan/Catholic issues from the headlines, like this one: Ryan's Budget a "Quandary" for some Catholics"Meanwhile, just in time for the electoral season (and destined to live beyond it), Patheos has created a sort of one-stop landing page for all of your "mixing my faith with my politics" needs, … [Read more...]

The Battle of the Blessings: Just a Warm Up

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Deacon Greg Kandra is an old-school newsman; his decades at CBS News has honed his ability to sniff out a story -- particularly a human-interest story sure to tug at the heart strings or impart a universal lesson -- that someone else (like me) would pass over with a sigh (if the story is sweet) or an eyeroll (if it is sour).The deacon hates confrontations; if he had his druthers, he'd live on a straight path between Disney World and Rome -- between innocence and glory -- and never mind the … [Read more...]

Longenecker Lands at Patheos!


Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world...Oh, wait, wrong scenario. Rewind.Of all the blogs, on all the portals, in all the interwebz...I always thought Father Dwight Longenecker's blog, Standing on my Head was one of the prettiest to read, and it had the added distinction of being at turns provocative, thoughtful and hilarious.And now, he's walked into Patheos and sat himself down at our table.The fundamental things apply; Father Dwight tends to focus on … [Read more...]

Bristol Palin at Patheos?


Wow, when Kathryn Jean Lopez arrived here in the Catholic Portal, we thought that was pretty big news!But the Faith and Family portal, run by Nancy French (and which features our own Marcia Morrissey's column, and perhaps some more Catholic voices, soon) has big news, too: a new blog by a single mother who goes by the name Bristol Palin -- she calls it, simply, Bristol's blog; a site about "life, family and Alaska." I like the header which looks to be a shot of Bristol Bay?Regular … [Read more...]

Seasons of Grace Come to Patheos

SeasonsofGracebanner the form of Kathy Schiffer's newly landed blog:It's only been a week since I announced the launch of Thomas L. McDonald's God and the Machine faith-and-tech blog, so you probably didn't expect another so soon, but some may recall that I'd promised Kathy's arrival not long ago, when she -- along with Dwight Longenecker and Elizabeth Duffy -- spent a week guest blogging over here and Kathy was super-energetic. The only reason she didn't start last week is because I got sick, so … [Read more...]

God and the Machine at Patheos!


Seems like just yesterday we were welcoming Kathryn Jean Lopez and Tony Rossi and now we get to break out the beans and bourbon again, another author and editor-at-large (Games Magazine) who has something to say! I'm am very pleased to introduce you to Thomas L. McDonald, and to announce the launch of God and the Machine, a new blog exploring faith, technology and where things lean heavy or light!Tom's CV is exhausting and impressive. Aside from authoring three books, and overseeing … [Read more...]

Pouring Thoughts and Pee-Phobia


Elizabeth Duffy has an entertaining and thoughtful entry in her column, this week as shares with us the origins of her writing:I started keeping a diary when I was about eleven. My mother suggested I start writing to cure a weird childhood insomnia that kept me up late nights worrying that I was going to pee in my sleep, even though I'd not wet the bed since I was out of diapers.When I was struck by pee-phobia, I would go stand by Mom and Dad's bed, and wait for them to wake up, which … [Read more...]

Church Life: A Journal for the New Evangelization


Hot off the cyber-presses!Notre Dame University's Institute for Catholic Living today launches a new online journal: Church Life; A Journal for the New EvangelizationThere are a whole bunch of interesting writers in there, including Cardinal-designate Archbishop Timothy Dolan (writing on "The Dignity of the Human Person", page 39), Fr. Jeremy Driscoll, OSB, (page 6) and, (page 42). Yes, my head spins at the company I keep, sometimes!My piece is about Catholics online -- … [Read more...]