Talking “Strange Gods” with Brandon Vogt

One of my favorite people on the planet is Brandon Vogt, a young man of considerable energy and imagination, but also great faith and astounding generosity. No one could have faulted him, had he sought to profit from his first book, The Church and New Media, but Brandon donated 100% of the book's proceeds to establish school computer labs throughout the Archdiocese of Mombasa, Kenya.Kathy Schiffer has mentioned meeting Brandon in Rome in 2011, for the beatification of Pope John Paul II and … [Read more...]

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Prayers for Critically Injured Thomas Peters – Lungs seem better

Friends, please whisper up a prayer for Thomas Peters of Catholic Vote:Thomas was involved in an accident yesterday evening and has sustained major injuries. He is awake, responsive, and in stable but critical condition. Family and friends are with him.Pray for his family, too, including his father, Edward Peters, and Thomas' wife.The first time I met Thomas was in Rome in 2011 at the Vatican/Blogger meet-up, which is pictured above. I complimented him on looking so handsome in his … [Read more...]

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Welcome Simcha Fisher, Pants and All!

This is one of those announcements I have been waiting to make for a good long while, and I am very excited to know that today is the day!Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my distinct pleasure to tell you that as of today Simcha Fisher (Somechop to her friends) will be joining the gang here at Patheos, and the gang could not be happier!Yes, that photo says "don't get all artsy about it, just take the picture" and it is precisely that sort of authenticity and impatience that makes me love … [Read more...]

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Wrestling Big Questions With Civility, Smarts, Grace

Brandon Vogt -- tireless, energetic, passionately Catholic, creative Brandon Vogt -- has created something new, and he calls it Strange Notions: the Digital Aeropagus. I've been meaning to mention this for weeks, but my schedule has been atrocious. This video helps to spell it out, so I can certainly squeeze it in!Strange Notions is about asking and answering the big questions in a public forum, and most particularly in fomenting constructive engagement between Atheists and people of … [Read more...]

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Dr. Greg Popcak at Patheos, “Faith on the Couch”!

If you listen to Ave Maria radio, you already know Dr. Greg Popcak from the "More 2 Life" radio podcasts he hosts with his wife, Lisa, in which they apply Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body to the practical challenges of everyday life.But if you're not so familiar with "Dr. Greg" Popcak you very soon will be, because he seems to have a lot of energy, and while we're "officially introducing him to you today, he's already posting rather prolifically at his new Patheos blog, which he c … [Read more...]

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Confronting the Voris issue with Spot-on Charity

Because time doesn't permit, and because my interests don't really ride there, I rarely write about anything touching on Michael Voris -- I think the Church Militant needs to be balanced with Mercy in just the same way the Church Triumphant needs to balance with Humility, but I have enough trouble minding my own soul to get exercised about either gang. Occasionally, a Voris story blips across my awareness and then I'll either argue against purges in the family or defend him, if I think he needs … [Read more...]

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Cravings: New Personal Perspectives for a New Year

I have been waiting for a long time for the release of Mary DeTurris Poust's latest book, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image and God, and here it finally is:Before I had read a word about the book a glimpse of the cover spelled out a central aspect of its message: we see a luscious berry, so overripe it's almost bursting; you want to just grab it and indulge in it, but note the thorns that warn against mindless excess. It brilliantly conveys the essential message of the … [Read more...]

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Benedict: @Pontifex Does Real Theology in 140 Characters – UPDATE

(Image shamelessly cribbed from Lisa Hendey's post)Pope Benedict XVI launched his first tweet today, on this feastday of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to much fanfare.And then -- like the rest of us -- he found the act so ridiculously fun and ingratiating that he did it some more! And yes, he is answering questions:Q: How can we celebrate the Year of Faith better in our daily lives? A: By speaking with Jesus in prayer, listening to what he tells you in the Gospel and looking for him in … [Read more...]

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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...]

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“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...]

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