The American Catholic
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