3 Reasons Brian Williams’ Non-Apology is Worse Than You Think

He was an award-winning newswriter for CBS News for over two decades, during which time he amassed a mess of awards, including an Emmy, a Peabody award, Writer's Guild awards and I forget what else, and in three fast steps, Deacon Greg spells out why Brian Williams' non-apology not only fails, but further-damages his credibility:What was wrong with that? Let me count the ways. 1. There’s the deflection in the first sentence. Williams seems to be saying: “I was only trying to do something goo … [Read more...]

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“Gain a world of followers and lose your own soul…”

Pope Benedict XVI famously urged Catholic clergy, religious and laity to get on to the web, learn how to use it and then "give the internet a soul", and it's certainly gratifying to see the many fervent Catholic folk who have taken his words to heart, here at Patheos and elsewhere.But working, even catechizing, online comes with its own spiritual dangers -- sins so easily fallen into that they almost don't seem like sins at all; they become "just a thing that happens on the 'net." Sort of … [Read more...]

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I’m back, baby, I’m back!

I am very nearly positive that in the years I've been writing this blog I have never left it completely unattended for a full week -- not when I've traveled to Rome. Not when I've traveled to Rome and been lying on the tile floor, at death's door, even! Nor when I've vacationed anywhere. Except for the days following my brother's passing -- for which there were no immediate words -- I've blogged or arranged for a guest blogger when I've been on the road.And it's not like I didn't have plenty … [Read more...]

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Too Funny: Is the Pope Cribbing from Deacon Greg? – UPDATES

We've had a little fun, noting how frequently his Holiness brings up idolatry in his homilies and talks (he just did it again, on June 2!); the joke, of course, is that he and I are mind-melding.Now it seems Deacon Greg and Pope Francis are visiting a similar frequency. Posting his homily early, as he always does, the good Deacon preached this about the Solemnity of Corpus Christi:Communion is, to a great extent, about community. It is about being united in love for Christ, love for … [Read more...]

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A Year of Faith! A Year of Discussion!

Here at Patheos, we like to say we are "hosting the discussion on faith", and we try to live up to it.To that end, and as the Holy Father today declares open a dedicated "Year of Faith", we at Patheos are today launching a dedicated Year of Faith Page.Every week throughout the Year of Faith that page will be showcasing Catholic voices from around the world, featuring people of all stripes and callings – women and men, and Catholic youth; bishops, religious, deacons and priests – all … [Read more...]

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