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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00

    Thursday, May 28, 2009

    Important links for AmP & APP

    American Papist on Twitter (regular updates particularly today) and Facebook (become a fan!).

    American Principles Project on Twitter {fixed!} and Facebook (my association with APP explained here).


    Tuesday, January 06, 2009

    A trio of fascinating stories

    Wednesday, December 17, 2008

    Nominations for Catholic New Media and Innovation Awards

    AmP is in, and so can you. From founder Thomas Hall:
    At long last, I am moving forward with an informal award to recoginize excellence in Catholic New Media and innovation. This is my small effort to bring attention to the good work of many talented people who unselfishly find unique and original ways to evangelize the Catholic faith.

    I set up a special email account to accept suggestions:

    There are no specific award categories. I prefer to keep the nomination field broad and defined only as new media and innovation. It will be fun to see what suggestions people send to us.

    Here is a link to my blog post about the awards.
    Spread the word!

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    Monday, December 15, 2008

    Magister posts his top Catholic news links

    Thursday, December 11, 2008

    Coupon for Christmas Shopping at Aquinas & More

    Click here for the coupon:

    Do AmP readers know of any other current coupons or promotions for online Catholic vendors?

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    Wednesday, December 03, 2008

    Fr. Thomas Berg on "Digital Decadence"

    As someone who spends a large amount of time in the "digital world", I found this thought-provoking:

    This year, our Thanksgiving was interrupted by unsettling blips on our (plasma) screens, Blackberries or smartphones: A young man webcasts his own suicide. One hundred-ninety plus people are massacred in Mumbai by Islamic terrorists. A Walmart employee is trampled to death by a mob of shoppers on Black Friday.

    Beyond the disturbing nature of these tragedies in themselves, I find myself disturbed about something else: about what becomes of these incidents in the information age. What cultural perils beset us as we digitalize and informationalize human tragedy?

    [Read the full article.]

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    Tuesday, November 11, 2008

    Wow, is this a useful link

    I remember searching for something like this some time ago but I'm happy to find out that it now exists:

    {Map of the Roman Catholic Dioceses in the USA}

    Bonus feature: clicking on the map sends you to the official diocesan website! How useful - how bookmarked.

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    Thursday, October 30, 2008

    What I'm Reading - Today's News of Note

    Today is crunch time on many fronts for me, so here's what I would normally blog about, but must instead simply point you towards. If time permits, I might come back and revisit some of these topics.
    ... and don't worry, the time away has been well spent - as you shall see!

    Also consider this today's open comment thread.

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    Friday, October 24, 2008 video nears 2 MILLION views

    Simply incredible: is the AmP website of the month (but I'm surely not responsible for all two million of those views). I'm also an occasional contributor to their group blog. Give both a visit!

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    Monday, October 20, 2008

    Picture: Medieval Catalan Pantocrator Art

    The Blog of the Courtier has an interesting post on the history of the Pantocrator theme in the art of the Catalan Pyrenees in the medieval ages. My favorite:

    More here.

    Of course, my personal favorite Pantocrator is in Florence, Italy. I took a photo of it when I had the opportunity of seeing it in person a few years ago, and subsequently turned it into a desktop wallpaper. If only the shot hadn't turned out slightly fuzzy. I am rather pleased it somehow is featured on the first page of Google Image search when you look for "Catholic wallpaper." I think it's a good entry.

    Has anyone else discovered beautiful Catholic desktop wallpapers? Drop a link in the combox!

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    Opposing Views on voting for pro-abortion politicians

    {update: this debate is now live and the post below has been updated to reflect it...}

    I've been invited to contribute to the Opposing Views website by their editorial staff.
    OV strives to "encourage intelligent, thoughtful discussion where all viewpoints are respected", and has been featured in the New York Times and republished on
    I take the "No" position, and mention the (rare) exceptions where Catholics might vote for a pro-choice politician in this argument. I've also written:
    Joining me in the "No" position are authors from The Catholic Thing, and Deal Hudson.
    Taking the "Yes" position are Chris Korzen of Catholics United, Jon O'Brien of Catholics for a Free Choice, and Catholic Democrats. Pro-Life Pro-Obama evidently declined the invitation.
    I would urge you to consider joining the debate. You can post your own comments, vote in their poll and let other users know which side you agree with. I hope that when third parties see the discussion, they at least come away knowing that many Catholics are faithful to the teaching and witness of the Church on this important question.

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    Monday, October 06, 2008

    AmP earns a mention in Christian News Wire

    This is actually a round-about way to mention again:
    The internet can be a wilderness, with thousands of articles written daily. Social bookmarking sites have arisen to help Internet users, but the popular ones, such as Digg, leave faith-based sites and postings out in the cold - or worse, the subject of ridicule. is a new site that offers a similar function, but with a focus on Catholic, Pro-Life, and Christian sites, news and resources. Users can submit links to news articles, blog postings, and websites, and vote on stories that others have submitted. The most popular and useful stories can then be easily recognized. Webmasters and bloggers can add small voting buttons that show a particular page's popularity on, and allow their readers to easily vote or submit their content to the new faith-base social bookmarking site. launched in late July 2008, and in the past 2 months has maintained approximately 1,000 unique visitors a month, as well as support from Catholic bloggers and websites including the Curt Jester, American Papist, and BettNet. (Christian News Wire)
    I promoted PickAFig (the "Catholic Digg") when it debuted. I think it's a great service and I hope it takes off.

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    Find information on every Saint and Blessed in one place!

    A friend of mine was closely involved with this project. From the press release:

    For the first time ever, the Vatican’s official list of saints is available online. has created a searchable database of saints and blesseds based on the Roman Martyrology, the Vatican’s saint list. The database comprises 6,882 entries of men and women recognized for their sanctity by the Catholic Church.

    While several saint databases are available online, none have the authoritative scope of the Roman Martyrology like the eCatholicHub database. The eCatholicHub database does not leave out any saint or blessed, making it the most comprehensive source for saint information on the Internet.

    Mark Giszczak, a graduate student at Catholic University of America, teamed up with Jim Zapapas, a Denver database programmer, to create the database.

    Check it out:

    They also have an extremely powerful way of searching the database, which is useful.

    Here is a sample saint profile.

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    Keeping up to date on the World Synod of Bishops...

    ... will be easier with the CNS Bible Blog launch:

    As the world Synod of Bishops gets underway at the Vatican, Catholic News Service today introduces on these pages the CNS Bible Blog. Entries in this new blog will be easy to find: Just look for the little photo of the Bible at left or click on “CNS Bible Blog” in the categories section on the right side of this page.

    Here’s a link to short biographies of our writers for this special series. You’ll see that they include priests, religious and laypeople with expertise in both the Old and New Testaments.

    Check back here often for what we expect will be an intriguing look at the books of the Bible as participants in the Synod of Bishops meet in what Pope Benedict has said will be an important gathering in the life of the church.

    Whispers is also doing overtime and John Allen has more.

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    Sunday, September 28, 2008

    Participate in the Catholic Thing

    I find the quality of essays over at the Catholic Thing to be excellent. After "numerous requests" (which would have included me if I weren't too lazy), you can now comment on the articles much like other blog-format websites. Hopefully the authors will find a chance to be active as well.

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    Tuesday, September 23, 2008

    Canadian Bishops release 4-page voting guide

    Our American version, by comparison, is roughly 42 pages (PDF here).

    The Canadian 4-pager is here, again in PDF format. It has four principles:
    • Respect for life and dignity of the human person
    • Preferential option for the poor
    • The war in Afghanistan
    • Environment

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    Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    "Why the Democratic Abortion Strategy is Worse"

    Tuesday, September 02, 2008

    Photos: 8 Wonderfully Distinctive Historical Churches in Italy:

    My favorite - Basilica Santa Maria sopra Minerva:

    View the rest here.

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    Monday, September 01, 2008

    Linkfest: AmP's weekly story picks

    Some stories sent to me recently that didn't make it into the standard coverage:

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    Tipfest: AmP's weekly website picks

    As promised, a collection of recent links and tips I've been sent. In no particular order...

    • First off, a new resource for Catholics called Headline Bistro:

    "Headline Bistro: Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the site seeks to provide visitors -- Catholics especially -- with the Church, national and world news they need to know. We link to outside stories and columns, write a daily "News Wrap" from a Catholic perspective, provide visitors with information on the top public-policy issues by state, and have a list of featured blogs, among other resources."

    "We strive to provide you with Catholic Christian resources faithful to the Holy Father and the magisterium of the Church. With these resources bishops, pastors, priests, catechists, youth directors, and teachers/instructors of all varieties are now able use media in a positive way to re-evangelize the baptized, disciple and mobilize them for evangelization and to be a blessing. It is a great joy to assist you in this noble and essential cause."

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    Monday, August 25, 2008

    Priest to hold "online" nun beauty pageant

    Someone completely missed the reason why nuns wear habits:

    An Italian priest says he is organising the world's first beauty pageant for nuns to erase a stereotype of them as being old and dour.

    Antonio Rungi says The Miss Sister Italy online contest will start on his blog in September.

    "Nuns are above all women and beauty is a gift from God," he told Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper.

    He is asking nuns to send their photos to him, saying that internet users will then choose the winner.

    Father Rungi stressed that nuns were not being invited to parade in bathing suits, saying it will be up to them whether they pose with the traditional veil or with their heads uncovered.

    "This contest will be a way to show there isn't just the beauty we see on television but also a more discreet charm," the priest, who lives near the southern city of Naples, told the Corriere della Sera.

    "You really think all nuns are old, stunted and sad? This isn't the case anymore," he said, pointing out that many young nuns had arrived to Italy from around the world.
    He added that the idea of staging such a contest had been suggested by nuns themselves. (BBC News)

    I'm all about addressing false stereotypes of nuns, but a beauty pageant isn't the best way to do it.

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    Link: Catholics Against Joe Biden

    A solid crew of guys have put this blog together in a short time frame, but already have it stocked full of relevant content (remind me again how Joe Biden's selection was supposed to attract Catholics?).

    Go visit, bookmark and please consider promoting. See my first post on Joe Biden here.

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    Friday, August 22, 2008

    Catholic newspaper's investigative reporting puts to shame local press

    From a tip:

    I can't think of many diocesan Catholic papers that do significant investigation and reporting but our own Catholic Key, under new leadership for the past year (Jack Smith, editor) is making some waves. Blasting the Star all the way for its silence, he's turning up all sorts of questions on the "Bodies Revealed" exhibit at Union station in an ongoing blog.

    The CNS blog, to it's credit, has picked up on the above-linked reporting.
    It's a wonderful but often-neglected truth that Catholic journalism can fill in the gap left by ideologically-driven secular reporting, and this appears to be a good example of that fact. Keep it up.

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    Tuesday, August 12, 2008

    New English translation of the Mass available online

    A quick-snip from Rocco:
    But in the meantime (and of much greater import), the recently-recognitioed texts of the revised Order of Mass have been revealed by the USCCB -- the complete "White Book" is available in PDF.
    Have at it, and maybe say a quick prayer in gratitude for the invention of the Internet.

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    Friday, August 01, 2008

    Online Game: Life of an Athiest

    Here's a find.

    A simple online game called "Athiest."

    Go ahead, play it once (don't spend too much time trying to memorize the keys, that's not the point).

    And if you're in a rush, this is the point.

    (as in, there is no point.)

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    Wednesday, July 30, 2008

    Tip: The Art of Manliness Website

    I think this is one of the web's best kept secrets. It's an entire website/forum (and fascinating, informative) blog as a place for men to learn how to be better men.

    I haven't tracked this down for sure, but I'm almost positive that Christians run it.
    They frequently discuss virtue, prayer, how to treat women properly, and other decidedly non-mainstream talking points.

    For instance, instead of the usual pictures of scantily clad females, AoM offers posts like "How to Give Flowers Like a Victorian Gentleman" & "4 Ways to Date Your Wife All Over Again."

    Isn't that great stuff?

    Bookmark it, then show your sons/friends.

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    Monday, July 28, 2008

    New internet search engine unveiled, clearly needs work

    There's a new internet search engine in town called Cuil (pronounced "cool"). The AP talks about it:

    Anna Patterson's last Internet search engine was so impressive that industry leader Google Inc. bought the technology in 2004 to upgrade its own system.

    She believes her latest invention is even more valuable—only this time it's not for sale.

    Patterson instead intends to upstage Google, which she quit in 2006 to develop a more comprehensive and efficient way to scour the Internet.

    The end result is Cuil, pronounced "cool." Backed by $33 million in venture capital, the search engine plans to begin processing requests for the first time Monday.

    Cuil had kept a low profile while Patterson, her husband, Tom Costello, and two other former Google engineers—Russell Power and Louis Monier—searched for better ways to search.

    Now, it's boasting time.

    For starters, Cuil's search index spans 120 billion Web pages.

    Patterson believes that's at least three times the size of Google's index, although there is no way to know for certain.

    Personally, it already failed my litmus test:

    Oh well, I hope they work out the kinks. Google did.

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    Thursday, July 24, 2008

    "World's oldest Bible goes online"

    Very cool:

    The oldest known surviving copy of the New Testament gets the modern touch Thursday when parts of it go online for the first time.

    The British Library plans to begin publishing the Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th century text handwritten in Greek, on its Web site. The Gospel of Mark and the Book of Psalms go online Thursday. The full manuscript is to be online in a year.

    Translations of the Codex Sinaiticus have long been widely available, but publishing images of the manuscript online will let anyone see pages that, until now, have been viewed in detail mainly by academia.

    As the Web site becomes operational, it will show photographs of each page of the text, with links to translations in English and German. There will also be a search function.

    "It contains the earliest complete copy of the New Testament," said Scot McKendrick, the head of Western Manuscripts at the British Library. (CNN London)

    The Gospel of Mark's grammar is on the simpler side, so it's more accessible to entry-level Greek scholars.

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    Monday, July 14, 2008

    News of Note - July 14th Edition

    It's a busy on-the-run sort of day for me, so I'll just serve up the essentials. My Top 10 for today:

    Honestly, there's just so much going on.

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    Monday, June 30, 2008

    Photopost: Mass & Burial of aborted infants in Detroit

    Diane reports on the strong showing of local support and witness:

    It is an act of mercy to bury the dead. These babies got a funeral and burial with the highest level of dignity. I can't say how many people were there, but believe there were no less than 600. All I know is that the Sanctuary was full of clerics and altar boys, the pews were filled to capacity, the wooden risers periodically used by the choir in the back were full, and people were still standing in the aisles, in the vestibule, and even out on the front steps.

    She has published an extensive and exemplary photopost of the event.

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    Saturday, December 01, 2007

    Encyclical reporting and the "ginger factor"

    Tom via Jeff:

    The Ginger Factor, named for a well-known "Far Side" cartoon, is a measure of the ratio of words said to words understood. A dog named Ginger, for example, only understands the word "Ginger" in the sentence, "Okay, Ginger, if you get into the garbage one more time, you'll be spending the night outside."

    I think most people, not just benighted reporters, experience a high Ginger Factor with most papal encyclicals; my post below includes a paragraph from an apostolic letter that has a high G.F. for me. Naturally, a reporter doesn't report on the parts of a papal statement that sound like, "Blah blah blah, blah blah blah blah. blah" And naturally, a reporter does recognize (and report on) the part that sounds like, "This means Senator Rawkins is being naughty."

    As Jeff explains, in the case of Spe Salvi, all the reporters can really comprehend gets boiled down to the sentence "Pope blasts atheism", and he has quite a few example headlines to demonstrate that.

    Hmm, I wonder notable cases of militant atheism we've been talking about could take note.

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    Thursday, November 01, 2007

    Thursday afternoon news tidbits

    Three to nibble:

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    Tuesday, October 30, 2007

    Tuesday morning tidbits

    A few notables:

    We should keep the Archbishop in our prayers.

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    Monday, October 29, 2007

    Monday morning link-fest

    Plenty happened over the weekend, and here are the highlights:

    Meanwhile, in properly-papist news:

    • Damian Thompson writes: "As I predicted in July, meltdown in the Anglican Communion has persuaded thousands of traditionalist Anglicans that it’s time to come over to Rome. And Pope Benedict is very keen to welcome them."
    • Sandro Magister reveals: Cardinal Giacomo Biffi commits his memoirs to a book. And here's a preview: the speech he gave in the closed-door meeting with the cardinals. And also, his critical views on John XXIII, on the Council, and on the "mea culpas" of John Paul II "
    • And Pope Benedict Beatifies ... with a vengeance! Nearly 500 Spanish martyrs!

    ... and people ask if blogging is like a second job. ;-)

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    Sunday, October 14, 2007

    Sunday Morning Link-Fest

    Reading material. Coverage & commentary will resume Monday:

    Editorial: Archbishop Niederauer's unacceptable apology (Phil Lawler of Catholic World News)


    Saturday, October 13, 2007

    Saturday Night Link-fest

    Thursday, September 13, 2007

    Papist Links, Thursday September 13th

    Thursday, July 19, 2007

    The Vatican City-State goes on-line


    Vatican, Jul. 18, 2007 ( - The Vatican city-state now has its own web site, to compliment the busy site maintained by the Holy See.

    The new web site-- ( [or] -- provides general information about the history, structure, and government of Vatican City, and links to some of the departments of greatest interest to visitors, including the Vatican library, publishing house, and stamp office. The site also provides links to the Vatican Museums and the media sites operated by the Holy See.

    The new site makes an impressive collection of photos available online, allowing web visitors to take a virtual tour of the Vatican gardens, the Vatican Museums, and even the collection of automobiles donated to the Popes. There are several webcams, updated constantly, giving viewers different views of St. Peter's Square, the palace of the Vatican City governorate, the Vatican basilica, and the tomb of Pope John Paul II (bio - news).

    The web site is the result of collaboration between the governatorate of Vatican City State and Telecom Italia.

    I think they're still working some of the kinks out (and probably getting bombed with visitors).

    Nevertheless, much coolness!

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    Monday, May 14, 2007

    Monday roundup of interesting links

    Sadly, I am elsewhere occupied until the evening.

    In the meantime, however, here's the topics I would blog about at length simply linked:

    And finally, what day would be complete without some Motu mania?

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    Friday, May 04, 2007

    Links for the weekend

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    An exercise in bad poetry, and worse ideology...

    ... skillfully shredded by Gabe @ Social Foundations. Seriously, it is profoundly embarrassing (and indeed, offensive) that VT invited this lady to mourn over the dead with this awful, narcissistic, woefully-inadequate text.

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