“I guess Morality just loves me, or something…” UPDATED

You guys remember Leah Libresco, right? The favorite Philosopher Atheist of many of us, here in the Catholic portal? The adorable, ubersmart Yalie grad whom I introduced a while back, as "a smart young cookie and a life-long atheist" and whose blog began as a geeky atheist picking fights with her Catholic boyfriend? Yeah, her, the girl whose banner has been flying at the atheist's corner: Well, today she makes an announcement that will startle many: I tried to keep my eyes open … [Read more...]

McNamara’s Blog to Patheos!

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Pat McNamara, our favorite historian and professor has a terrific column up this week, studying Daniel A. Rudd, a former slave who became an entrepreneur and a journalist and eventually published the first "black" Catholic newspaper: Born in Bardstown, Kentucky, Daniel Arthur Rudd was baptized in St. Joseph's Church, where the Rudds worshiped together with their owners. For three generation, his relatives had been church sextons (caretakers for the facilities). From childhood, Daniel … [Read more...]

Egregious Twaddle at Patheos!

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Given that we only celebrated the arrival of Eve Tushnet to Patheos a few weeks ago, you'd think we'd have our fill, for now, of smart women who also happen to be dandy writers. Well, you'd be wrong. I am very happy to announce the addition of Joanne McPortland's blog, Egregious Twaddle to our happy little Catholic blog-glomorate amid the cyber-aeropagus here at Patheos! Like Eve, Joanne made me wait -- but they're both well-worth it! If you don't know the name Joanne McPortland, you … [Read more...]

Welcoming Eve Tushnet to Patheos

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She's been writing and I've been reading her for a long time, but I think Eve Tushnet's name became much more widely known in 2010, when the New York Times profiled her, identifying her in the opening graph as that (to them) most exotic of all creatures, a "the celibate, gay, conservative, Catholic writer". My goodness, these labels, categories and pigeonholes -- our increasingly polarized world loves them, because they tell us who we should read or not read, hate or not hate in the blink of … [Read more...]

Longenecker Lands at Patheos!

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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?

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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

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....in 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!

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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...]

K-Lo at Large, Now at Patheos!

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She is the editor-at-large at National Review Online, and taking just a quick glance at her curriculum vitae, you might be forgiven for thinking of Kathryn Jean Lopez as one of the busiest women in media: An award-winning opinion journalist who has been praised for her “editorial daring,” Lopez is also a nationally syndicated columnist with Andrews McMeel Universal’s Newspaper Enterprise Association. Besides commissioning, editing, and writing pieces as editor and editor-at-large of … [Read more...]

The Christophers at Patheos!

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A new year is a good time to forge a new partnership and I am (as Hubert H. Humphrey used to say) "as pleased as Punch" to announce the arrival of a new blog, Christopher Closeup, here on the portal! Anchored by the tireless Tony Rossi (who has contributed many excellent pieces to Patheos in the past year), Christopher Closeup will feature the exclusive online debut of new and upcoming podcasts, hosted by Tony, wherein he chats with entertainers, writers, sports figures and the interesting … [Read more...]


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