National Catholic Register


My Favorite Catholic Media Things

BY Tim Drake

| Posted 3/15/11 at 2:13 AM


Let’s get Catholic Media Promotion Day kicked off in a big way. Choosing your favorite Catholic media sites is kind of like choosing which of your children is your favorite.

Try, if you can, to imagine me singing in a falsetto … “Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, brown paper packages tied up with strings ... these are a few of my favorite Catholic media things.”

2 Catholic Blogs
Catholic Herald’s Morning Catholic Must Reads – I’ve blogged about it before, but the U.K.‘s Catholic Herald editor Luke Coppen pulls together a daily list of Catholic news stories that are as addicting as a morning cup of coffee.

Chiesa – Italian Sandro Magister is the Vaticanista of the Vaticanistas.

3 Catholic Podcasts
Catholic in a Small Town - Since I’m Catholic and live in a small town, I cannot resist Mac and Katherine’s Catholic in a Small Town. It’s home-spun and down-to-earth.

Word on Fire- So, this isn’t strictly a podcast, but Father Robert Barron’s audio and video content and homilies are well worth the time. I especially enjoy Father Barron’s take on popular culture.

EWTN Podcasts – For the EWTN junkie who just can’t get enough ... EWTN’s programs are available via podcast, so even if you don’t have access to EWTN via television, this is a great way to access their libraries of content.

4 Other Random Catholic Media
Kresta in the Afternoon Radio Show – Al Kresta is the godfather of Catholic radio. Truly, Al’s years of experience and his skills as a journalist and broadcaster make him a Catholic radio pioneer and a superb interviewer. I always enjoy listening to his show.

GetReligion – So, GetReligion isn’t strictly Catholic, but this must-read blog takes a look at how religion, in general, is covered by the secular media. Hands-down, this is my favorite blog. It always has insights and analysis that you won’t find anywhere else. Their tagline is: “The press ... just doesn’t get religion.” – Not only does NewAdvent have access to the comprehensive online Catholic Encyclopedia, which was entirely transcribed by volunteers, but it is also a great Catholic news aggregation site. – The Catholic Drudge. Need I say more?

My Own Projects
Now that the National Catholic Register and EWTN are one as EWTN News, Inc., I cannot fail to mention the combined power of the world’s largest religious network and their respective comprehensive websites.

You can find a link to all six of my books here.

Finally, I am currently working on updating the Catholic college and university profiles in the Cardinal Newman Society’s “Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.” Prayers for their completion would be deeply appreciated.