The American Catholic
Starbucks, that purveyor of overpriced beverages by underpaid workers, decided last week to have a “conversation” on race with its customers, and after an avalanche of ridicule they have ended it.
Howard D. Schultz, the chief executive of Starbucks, said in a letter to employees on Sunday that baristas would no longer be encouraged to write the phrase “Race Together” on customers’ coffee cups, drawing to a close a widely derided component of the company’s plan to promote a discussion on racial issues.
Having baristas write on customers’ cups, Mr. Schultz wrote, “which was always just the catalyst for a much broader and longer-term conversation — will be completed as originally planned today, March 22.”
That end date had not previously been mentioned publicly, including during Mr. Schultz’s discussion of the initiative at the company’s annual shareholders meeting last week, but a company spokeswoman, Laurel Harper, said employees had been told about it.
Asked whether Starbucks was reacting to criticism, Ms. Harper said, “That is not true at all. When we initially began the Race Together initiative, what we wanted to do is spark the conversation, because we believe that is the first step in a complicated issue.”
The initiative, which began last week, was mocked with such vehemence on social media that the company’s senior vice president for global communications deleted his Twitter account because, as he wrote on Medium, he felt “personally attacked in a cascade of negativity.” Continue reading
Walter Russell Meade at Via Meadia, a blog I frequently read, is ending comments and here is his explanation why:
We apologize to the readers who participated in or valued the comments section on the blog, and especially to the well mannered and thoughtful contributors who never tried to hog the microphone, launch flame wars, smuggle hate speech into the comment page, rant about personal pet peeves repeatedly and predictably, let partisan or ideological animus run wild or otherwise abuse what at its best was a forum for reflection and thoughtful debate. To such belongs the Kingdom of Heaven, and your insights were appreciated, your praise cherished and your thoughtful censure was a cause for reflection. You know who you are, and this would be a much poorer world without you.
For the rest, we wish you well, and are confident that you will find many opportunities both in cyberspace and in the meat world for the kind of exchanges and conversations you seek. Thankfully this remains a free country where all of us can pursue happiness along whatever paths look promising; enjoy the pursuit and may we all find our heart’s deepest desire at the end of the road.
I believe that comments add a lot to the blog. They turn a monologue into hopefully an entertaining give and take; thoughtful criticism can improve most posts; the blogger gets immediate feedback on what he or she has written, etc. I have found for the past few years however, that in order for comments to be useful, it is necessary for a blogger to be quite familiar with the terms “moderation” and “ban”. Continue reading
We recently got this missive over the transom at The American Catholic which made my day:
It’s really unfortunate to read a Catholic publication so full of hateful speech and uncharitable thought and partisan bigotry. Jimmy Carter is many things but he is not, nor has he ever been, a bigot. To denounce Carter and Obama in these crude ad hominem assaults doers nothing to advance rational discourse, does nothing to propagate the faith, does nothing but drive deeper wedges into a society already torn by ideological zealots. The editors of the American Catholic are far more Catholic than they are Christlike and far more Republican than they are American. Your screeds are reminiscent of the rants from the South in the tragically blind days before the Civil War. Step back and think of the damage you are doing to the grace and coherence of what once was known as Christian doctrine.
I am sincere in my contention that it made my day. Praise rarely elicits anything other than a brief moment of pleasure. Criticism, even off the wall bitter criticism, provides an opportunity for thought and for fisking! Continue reading
For about five hours this morning ThePulp.it, The American Catholic, and Ignitum Today websites went down. I want to make clear that we were not hacked, we did not get viruses planted, nothing of those natures. What I can say is that precautions have been taken to prevent such an incident from occurring again.
I want to apologize to all our readers and visitors and affirm our dedication to providing you the content you all have expected from us on these websites.
I will be interviewed on the radio today at 5pm (Eastern) on the In His Sign Network radio station. They are a lay Catholic radio apostolate located in Rosemont, PA. They broadcast daily live from 5 to 6pm (Eastern) WTMR-800 AM and on the Internet at www.inhissign.com.
The interview will be about The American Catholic and the other Catholic websites that I operate as well as my work on the National Catholic Register.
This is my first interview and it is an already humbling experience. Pray for me that I won’t make a fool of myself!
Dear TAC readers,
Last night we moved all of our databases over to a bigger server in order to prevent delays or crashes from occurring. We have done this due to the increase of visitors to The American Catholic that have stretched the limits of our servers.
When we moved over to these bigger servers we were successful in this endeavor. These changes, though, come with unforeseen problem(s).
The problem we experienced, as soon as it was identified, was quickly fixed and resolved. In laymen terms, some links didn’t work properly so many (or some) of you were unable to navigate to certain links or pages without encountering a “server error” message.
Again, this problem has been resolved.
If anyone experiences any such errors still or some other issues, please leave a comment so we can address them promptly.
We here at The American Catholic thank you for your loyal patronage!
In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,
We have set up a simple mobile plugin which allows TAC to be accessed on any mobile device, ie, iPhone, Blackberry, etc.
In the future, Summer 2011, we will upgrade to a sophisticated mobile plugin.
Unless of course a loyal reader would like to donate a monetary gift, this could be moved up significantly.
In the meantime, please leave comments on any issues, problems, etc, that you may be experiencing viewing TAC on your mobile device.
We have finished transferring all the links over to the upgraded TAC.
We’ve added a few more categories to make it easier to find your favorite links.
If you feel that there are worthy Catholic blogsites or websites that we should carry, please leave a comment and we will add them. Of course, please only recommend blogsites/websites that are loyal to the Magisterium, ie, that walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
Dear loyal readers,
We, TAC, have completed our upgrade.
We were down for roughly 24 hours and now we’re back up!
You’ll notice a few changes, but more changes are coming, but not anything that will disrupt service.
So enjoy our posts, comment to your hearts delight, and pray for our evangelization efforts.
In Jesus, Mary, & Joseph,
The TAC Editors
Dear TAC readers,
The American Catholic is going through an upgrade this next week in order to better serve our readers and engage the world.
This means we will be down for roughly a 24 hour period and will return tomorrow evening, November 14 around 6pm Central time.
Thank you for your patience!
I’ve heard it said that imitation is a form of flattery, but I think it is equally true that uncharitable and unfunny satire is flattery in its own right. The American Catholic (as well as a couple of other blogs associated with frequent com-boxers here) has now been parodied/attacked with a faux-blog called “The Catholic Fascist.” I think we all know who is behind this rather bizarre and childish waste of time.
This will be short and bitter-sweet (yes, 500 words is short for me).
Evidently we at TAC have had the dubious honor of being recognized by the National Catholic Reporter, or one of its contributors at any rate, as “a little kookie.” That’s alright by me, since I’d rather be greatly kooky [is it kooky or kookie?] than to be even a little boring or unimaginative.
What is smugly dismissed as “kookiness” in this case, however, is the diversity of opinion we have here, as opposed to perhaps the rigid ideological uniformity of some other websites and blogs that I won’t name.
I’m not interested in defending or rejecting the positions that were criticized in the NCR, but I would like to defend the ideological diversity we have sought to foster here. We have our Reagan conservatives, our rather moderate conservatives, and a few left-of-centers. And there’s our resident Distributiarian (a rather disparaging term someone coined for my distributist-libertarian ideology that I choose to wear as a badge of honor).
Here are this past weeks Top-10 most visited Catholic posts from The American Catholic for June 20-26:
1. Parish Shopping by Michael Denton
2. McChrystal Should Be Fired by Donald R. McClarey
3. Sharia in Dearborn? by Donald R. McClarey
4. G.K. Chesterton on Lincoln by Donald R. McClarey
5. Healthcare Reform & the Magisterium by Chris Burgwald
6. Real Sex vs. the Contraceptive Mentality (Part 2) by Darwin
7. Toy Story 3 by Michael Denton
8. Planned Parenthood, What Happened to the Money? by D.R.M.
9. Under the Roman Sky by Donald R. McClarey
10. I Am Shocked, Shocked! by D.R. McClarey
Top 25 Catholic Blogs by Technorati Authority by John Henry
I wasn’t going to do this, but now I am. A contributor (Morning’s Minion) to a certain blog (Vox Nova), whose views on gun control I previously challenged, took it upon himself to let it all out about “conservatism” – partially, I believe, in response to our exchange. The same themes are there at least, though he does go on (and on) about slavish right-wing support for Israel, an issue on which I am not so enthusiastic. I’ve also made my opposition to America’s interventionist foreign policy known. In doing so I respectfully digress from many of my co-bloggers at The American Catholic.
But there are a number of very broad points made by Morning Minions that are more or less directed at me, and my co-bloggers, and of course conservatives and libertarians in general, and I will answer them here.
My latest article for Inside Catholic is a condensed version of a number of posts I wrote here at TAC regarding Catholicism and American history.
I mention my membership in TAC as part of the reason why I came to change my views on America’s past; Don, Paul Z. and others have made a number of enlightening historical posts/comments over the months that prompted me to investigate further.
Here’s hoping that my plug gets us a few more readers, and that IC and TAC continue to keep one another in mind.
Last Friday on October 30 the mainstream media here in America reported inaccurately that the Vatican was warning parents that Halloween is ‘anti-Christian’. Of course no such thing occurred. The Vatican did not say that Halloween is ‘anti-Christian’, in fact they didn’t say anything at all.
On that same day, Jack Smith of The Catholic Key Blog debunked the story with yeoman’s work finding the source of the “alleged” Vatican Halloween Warning to a priest of the Spanish Bishop’s Conference by the name of Fr. Joan Maria Canals, CMF, a liturgy expert. I followed up with a posting on this website early the next day supplementing Jack Smith’s findings with common mistakes made in reporting what is and isn’t official.
I then submitted my article to several news organizations, including the Drudge Report and the USA Today. Additionally I left comments and sent emails explaining why their reporting was inaccurate. To their credit, both the Drudge Report and the USA Today, rectified the situation some extent.
The Drudge Report removed the link to the Daily Mail late Saturday morning. Then early Monday afternoon on November 2, Doug Stanglin, who wrote the piece that inaccurately attributed the Vatican warning parents of the anti-Christian nature of Halloween, followed up with our side of the story.
Well we are approaching the end of our first anniversary here at The American Catholic website. Many of us have provided our favorites and most thoughtful articles that caught our attention. Now its the readers of The American Catholic’s turn.
The following articles are the most visited by our readers on The American Catholic. They may not necessarily be the most popular, maybe they may be the most provocative that captured our readers attention.
So here are the Top-10 most visited articles these past 12 months: