Faraway, So Close

I really like Joseph Susanka's column for today:Try as I might, my "Social Networking" escapades are rarely social and even less regularly network-y; more "dialed in" now than I've been at any other point in my life, I actually find myself less connected than ever. Rather than an easy opportunity to engage with friends and family throughout the country, new media has become for me an information-induced malaise—a passivity that finds me watching status updates and tweets fly by without raising … [Read more...]

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Patheos Book Club: Catholicism and New Media

From today until October 15, the Patheos Book Club will be taking in-depth looks at three books, Father Robert Barron's Catholicism: a Journey to the Heart of the Faith, Brandon Vogt's The Church and New Media: Blogging Converts, Online Activists, and Bishops Who Tweet, and Richard J. Foster's Sanctuary of the Soul; a Journey into Meditative PrayerI confess, I know nothing about Sanctuary of the Soul, although it looks very interesting (and I will check it out) but that's only because for … [Read more...]

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Kat and the Crescat: New to Patheos

Well, when I announced that Mark Shea was bringing his blog over, I told you to watch for more developments -- at least four more, possibly ten.Well, here is the second: Katrina Fernandez, whom you might know as the Catholic-Cannonball-Award-conferring, art-loving, gut-busting Crescat, has announced that she'll be moving her always-entertaining blog to Patheos, within the next day or two -- she is unpacking as you read this!You can take a gander at where the new design is going (and bookmark … [Read more...]

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Benedict's Mustard Seed in Germany

It got almost no coverage in the mainstream media -- and what coverage there was generally was of the "protesters will greet the pope" variety that prefaced his enormously successful visit, last year, to the United Kingdom -- but Pope Benedict XVI was quietly impressive and persuasive in Germany, last week.The world may little have noted it, but the truth is, all of Benedict's papal visits have been those very quiet triumphs. A few years back Spengler, writing in the Asia Times, characterized … [Read more...]

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Charity Heroes: St. Vincent de Paul and Vogt

(Illustration by Pat McNamara)Tomorrow is the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul, and if you're not familiar with his story or why he matters, you'll want to avail yourself of Doctor-now-Professor Pat McNamara's excellent and informative profile of this enterprising and surprising saint, who started on his path for all the wrong reasons:"An intelligent child from a poor family, he initially saw the priesthood as an escape from poverty. Once he acquired a wealthy parish, he planned to use his … [Read more...]

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Debuting at The Catholic Answer – UPDATED

Look at that cover; Pope Benedict XVI and Jordan's Prince Ghazi Muhammad bin Talal, taken during Benedict's visit to the Holy Land in 2009. Given the headlines coming our way every day from an evolving Middle East, and what these changes mean for governments and churches, could it-- or the cover story featuring an interview with Jesuit Father Samir Kahalil Samir -- be more timely?Like its editor Dr. Matthew Bunson, The Catholic Answer has a gift for timeliness; it's previous issue anticipated … [Read more...]

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Catholics in the Comboxes

Msgr. Charles Pope has noted it:Recently however, I am getting more comments that are just plain rude, mean or unnecessarily personal. I have had to press the delete button more than I’d like. It is not just the use of profanity that is alarming (and that too is becoming more common), but it is the excoriation of one’s opponents with dismissive labels and terms which either question their orthodoxy, or their love of the poor, label them as rigid or as communists, etc.There is also the unn … [Read more...]

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More on Voris and RCTV

Lots of very ungenerous comments yesterday -- detailing how Mark Shea is a heterodox-Michael-Voris hater -- by people who were busily emoting, and ignoring the fact that yesterday morning, before most were even aware of the story, Shea was already defending Voris, and promising a beefed-up defense today.And today, he keeps his word, coming to the defense not only of Voris, but of Simon Rafe, too:". . . I expect some in the blogosphere who aren’t especially keen on stuff like “The Vor … [Read more...]

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Comment-Free Fridays — UPDATED

Consider it a Friday fast, or a Friday sacrifice.I do not have time to monitor comments right now, and I'm just about sick to death of the fighting, the accusations, the foul (and all-too-easy/convenient) cries of "heresy" on one thread and "racist" on the other.I know we can do better than this.These are tense times; everyone is on edge. And apparently everyone has lost their senses of humor, or their ability to ever give anyone else a pass, or the benefit of a doubt, or even be … [Read more...]

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The Voris Brouhaha

Because I'm having trouble keeping up with almost everything, right now, I am late to this story, which the deacon picked up last night, to whit:Michael Voris, the founder and host of RealCatholicTV, says he was completely unaware of recently discovered troubles within his organization, involving a staff apologist's sexually explicit writings, and his nonprofit corporation's loss of legal status two years ago.“I don't know what the issue is on any of this stuff,” said Voris, who is cur … [Read more...]

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