Bishops Very Troubled by Some Catholic Blogs

06/17/2010 Comments (133)

Bishop Gabino Zavala, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Communications Committee, recently spoke at the annual Catholic Media Association convention. He had a lot of really good things to say, particularly about what it means to be faithful Catholics in the media and what we can teach the secular media in the process. But he also had a message for Catholic blogs:

“There was consistent agreement [among brother bishops] that one aspect that is most alarming to us about media is when it becomes unchristian and hurtful to individuals. For example, we are particularly concerned about blogs that engage in attacks and hurtful, judgmental language. We are very...READ MORE

Filed under bishops, blogging, charity, new media, truth

Do we need New Apologetics after Vatican II?

06/16/2010 Comments (16)

As Catholics, we are still figuring out exactly how to live out our faith online. It’s a new frontier. How do we engage the culture? What is appropriate to say here and there and how? How do we open people’s minds to the intelligibility of the faith? How do we win hearts, not just arguments?

The New Evangelization calls for New Apologetics. This newness is, in part, simply applying the same old principles of our faith to the emerging and novel format of today. But it’s also pausing to reflect on what ways we may be going astray.

With just about everything, we tend to naturally swing back and forth between extremes over time. It is the guidance of the Church, Scripture and Tradition which...READ MORE

Filed under apologetics, fr. barron, new evangelization, new media, scott hahn

Catholics in New Media: Carson Weber

06/12/2010 Comments (6)

Carson Weber is the Associate Director for New Media Evangelization for the Diocese of Sacramento. A “New Media Evangelization” department is not something found in most dioceses. But, in time, most every diocese will have one. Or at least I hope so.

But for now, Carson is really helping to set the mold for the type of work he’s doing in the Church. And from what I’ve seen, he’s doing a great job of it.

In addition to being a product of Texas A&M University, Franciscan University and the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, he also designs websites, hosts podcasts and does speaking engagements.

One of his particularly significant projects is The Understanding the Scriptures Podcast -...READ MORE

Filed under catholics in new media, dioceses

Sherwood Pictures: Big dreams in a small town

06/11/2010 Comments (2)

I had the pleasure of being invited down to Albany, GA this week to visit the set for the new movie, Courageous. I got to check out the filming, meet some of the crew, preview some clips, make some new friends and spend some quality time with a lot of wonderful people. I also ate a lot of really good southern comfort food. It was southern hospitality at its best.

If you are unfamiliar with Courageous (the movie), I recommend checking out Tim Drake’s blogs from earlier this week. He documented his similar experience on the set very well, so I won’t recount it all here. But it’s from the makers of Fireproof (the #1 independent film of 2008), Sherwood Pictures, the movie-making ministry of...READ MORE

Filed under ecumenism, new media, video

16 Ways to be a better and holier blog commenter

06/09/2010 Comments (24)

After profiling the different types of blog commenters recently, I had some requests for advice on how to be the good kinds of commenters, rather than the bad.  Here are some dos and don’ts that might help:

1) Be charitable. If you are not making a comment out of love, you have no reason to make it.

2) Do not comment when you’re angry. You’ll probably regret it and won’t be able to undo it.  Anything good to say will still be good in a few hours when the anger has worn off a bit.

3) If you quote part of the article or another comment, make it a short quote. Do not copy and paste huge chunks of the article or other comments into new comments. If we need to reread the post or another...READ MORE

Filed under blogging, new media

Catholics in New Media: American Papist

06/04/2010 Comments (5)

Thomas Peters is the American Papist. Or maybe he’s an American Papist. Either way, he is not your average Catholic. He’s been blogging about important issues facing Catholic Americans since way back in 2005. And, even though he’s still a young man, that makes him a seasoned pro in the blogging world.

His popular blog, American Papist, is one of my daily staples. If there is something important going on that applies to Catholic Americans, he’s usually talking about it. And he’s developed quite the following over the years and has put together an impressive resume doing so:

Thomas Peters is a young Catholic with graduate degrees in theology, who works in Washington DC.

He has been seen...READ MORE

Filed under blogging, catholic, catholics in new media, new media

So Much Straw

06/03/2010 Comments (3)

We funny little humans are far too often far too impressed with ourselves. We look around at all of our wonderful, technologically advanced toys and think very highly of ourselves. It smacks of Babel.

People from all over the world are unifying, using common language, and building something more impressive than the world has ever seen. But are we building it for the worship and praise of Yahweh? Not a chance. We’re building it for ourselves. We are building it to have our own “top in the heavens.” We build to make our name famous. It’s all about us and what we are capable of. All of this amazing technology, “progressive” ideas and philosophical “enlightenment” has freed us of gravity....READ MORE

Filed under aquinas, babel, humility, pope benedict xvi

10 Types of Blog Comments: Part 2 of 2

06/02/2010 Comments (8)

Now for the exciting part-2 conclusion of last week’s surprisingly controversial post: 10 types of blog comments (Part 1). Make sure you read Part 1 first to get caught up.

I had a lot of excellent feedback on part 1, including some very funny comments. So, first of all, thank you for being such great contributors to the topic. We also had some suggestions/criticisms for a few “types of commenters” that I missed.

One suggestion was the “Clown,” who just tries to be funny and sometimes randomly silly. But I think the “Clown” comment can easily fit under either Contributor, Non-contributor, or Encourager. A Clown is just funny in the process…which is usually a bonus. There’s also the...READ MORE

Filed under blogging, charity, evangelization, new media

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Matthew Warner is a lover of God, his wife, his kids, his life, cookies, hot-buttered bread, snoozin' & awkward (as well as not awkward) silence. He is the founder and CEO of Flocknote, the creator of Tweet Catholic, a contributing author to The Church and New Media book, and writer/founder at The Radical Life. Matt has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M and an M.B.A. in Entrepreneurship. He and his family hang their hats in Texas.