The American Catholic
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:
We here at the American Catholic are celebrating our one year anniversary by reflecting on our favorite posts of the last 12 months.
Today it is my turn to contribute my favorite postings.
What Is An American Catholic – Zach
The Scary Thing Is: We Really Mean It – DarwinCatholic
Fr. Emery of the 10th Tennessee Regiment – Donald McClarey
Being Reasonable Doesn’t Always Work – Chris Burgwald
Moloch: A Call for a More Sensitive Reappraisal – David Curp
As Donald noted yesterday, it’s been a year since we started here at The American Catholic. I know we’ve all been pleased both at the quality of the writing from the team as a whole, and also from the interest from our readers.
Looking back over the last year, we put together a list of some of the our favorite posts.
A Can of Worms: In Praise of the Latin Mass Joe Hargrave
Apologia Pro Libertarianism Sua Blackadder
Becoming A Father, A Polical Manifesto Tim Shipe
Catholic Chaplains Series Donald McClarey
Catholic Teachings on Economic Life Eric Brown
Cocaine, Cardinal Ocampo, and the Drug Wars Tito Edwards
Delayed Adulthood, Preliminary Thoughts Joe Hargrave
Don’t Adulterate the Adultery Ryan Harkins
Fides Quaerens Intellectum Eric Brown
Generations & American Catholicism John Henry
Moral Simpletons Joe Hargrave
Nationalism and the Problems of the Middle East DarwinCatholic
Partisanship and Empty Rhetoric Ryan Harkins
Redistribution of Wealth: A Catholic Perspective Joe Hargrave
Send Me Your Poor DarwinCatholic
Should Catholics Own Guns? Ryan Harkins
Socialism, Catholicism and the Common Good John Henry
Staying Rooted in Parish Life DarwinCatholic
The Old School Date Tim Shipe
The Poor You Will Always Have With You Ryan Harkins
The Vatican’s Rifles DarwinCatholic
Uncomfortable Thoughts on the Declaration Blackadder
Were the Apostles Socialists? Blackadder
Women Priests in the Catholic Church Eric Brown
I find it hard to believe, but The American Catholic is celebrating its one year birthday today. I’ve enjoyed writing for the blog over the past year immensely, and I hope our readers and commenters have also had some fun. Contributors will be linking to some of their favorite posts. Here are two of mine:
1. report-to-the-emperor-first-draft-I posted this on Good Friday and I think I will make this a blog tradition of doing so each year.
2. triumph-of-the-king-This I posted on Palm Sunday.
My friend and colleague Christopher Blosser is having some computer trouble. Two of his posts that I greatly admire are:
In regard to Chris this list would be quite lengthy if I included all the posts he has written which I wish I had written! Writer envy, it is a terrible thing!
I am sure the next year will be as crowded with events as the last one was. The American Catholic will be here to comment on the passing scene, as Americans and Catholics, with, I trust, a leavening of humor and at least a dash of common sense.