One of the most irritating aspects of life for faithful American Catholics over the past several decades has been how quiet most of our bishops have been in the face of outrageous attacks on the Church. Too many of our bishops have acted as if they had their spines surgically removed upon consecration. Fortunately there have always been a handful who have been willing to speak out and suffer the media attacks that then ensue, along with the ambushes of heterodox Catholics frequently eager to lend a hand to anti-Catholics in their ceaseless war against the Church. One of the more outspoken bishops is Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, who has never been afraid to proclaim the truth, and to do so eloquently. He is at it again over at First Things.
The Cross & Eagle Awards (C&EA) aren’t your run-of-the-mill awards with standard categories and predictable results. Not that all C&EA’s will be off-beat, but that some names, or pseudonym in this instance, in the Catholic Blogosphere are just so unforgettable, they need a category to themselves.
This next winner is just that, pretty unforgettable, genuine, and unique.
This 15th Century Hussite romantic is the Master of Ceremonies for his parish as well as the liturgy editor of a crusading blog, that frankly has stopped blogging (but only recently). Nonetheless, his name deserves recognition because I can’t imagine anyone else ever making up this pseudonym.
His attention to detail may well explain his love of protocol in all things liturgical.
So without further delay:
I am happy to present the 2011 Cross & Eagle Award for the Best Pseudonym in the Catholic Blogosphere to. . .
I am starting new tradition here at The American Catholic (TAC) and that is the Cross & Eagle Catholic Blogging Awards. The Cross & Eagle Awards will showcase what I believe to be the best in the Catholic Blogosphere. Ranging from serious to funny I’ll be posting a different post each day celebrating the best in the Catholic Blogosphere.
To begin tomorrow, Tuesday late-morning, I will announce the first winner in the category of Most Beautiful Blog. The blog that has a great layout, contrasting colors, cool looking pics, and a lot more.
There are several categories from Best Blogging Name to Most Popular Blog to Biggest Breakout Blog. The categories are numerous and creative in order to exemplify the rich diversity of the Catholic Blogosphere.
I enjoyed the response of one priest in which he told his parents it just became clear to him at the moment. His parents responded by saying that’s how they felt about each other when they first met (and decided to get married)!
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I found this new Catholic media network online, it’s new to me, and it is professional and spiffy. It’s called New Evangelization Television, or NET for short.