Untangling the Catholic ‘Web’
How does one know where to begin when it comes to exploring Catholic resources on the Internet? Every now and then a website or publication will compile a list of “the best of” when it comes to gathering answers to this particular question. I have been humbled to find that this blog has been included in such lists before, including The National Catholic Reporter and over at a Loyola Press blog that was written by author Mike Leach. I was honored to discover — via Twitter, no less — that a new article was published by a young Jesuit scholastic at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and co-founder of The Jesuit Post, Sam Sawyer, SJ, in the latest issue of the Boston College Magazine, which features a number of recommended websites featuring Catholic content. The title of the piece, “Vox Populi: Faith Websites Worth Visiting,” features a selection of web-based content from a variety of sources including the standard print publications with blogs to umbrella websites like Patheos to independent blogs such as DatingGod.org.
Sawyer explains the purpose of his article early on, following the presentation of a CARA survey that states that, statistically, few Catholics are aware of the internet resources available to them:
And yet an impressive number of efforts are underway to produce Catholic websites of quality, authenticity, and freshness. These sites—some of them less than five years old, others the outgrowths of institutions of long standing—contribute articulate voices to a discourse on contemporary American (and world) Catholicism, offering a window into the life and perhaps the future of the Church. As a young Catholic growing up in the Internet age, as a graduate student in theology, and as a cofounder of a new website (thejesuitpost.org), I offer this guide to a variety of sites I’ve found interesting, though I make no claim to a full accounting.
He goes on to describe portals and free-standing websites worth consideration. Additionally, Sawyer mentions other social media sources of interest, including the popular Twitter feed of James Martin, SJ, best known as the “chaplain” of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report. Here’s what Sawyer has to say about DatingGod.org:
Other individual, unaffiliated blogs deserving of a visit include Dating God (datinggod.org), by Daniel P. Horan, OFM, who writes about building a relationship with God “in the everyday and ordinary experiences of the 21st century world,” through the lens of Franciscan spirituality. Recent posts include “The Church as (Un)equal Society” and a brief, rounded rumination on service to others as the model of “true Christian discipleship.”
I am grateful for the inclusion among a rather estimable list of resources and websites, and one in an article published by the magazine of my current institution of study, Boston College. Be sure to check out the full article as well as the excellent work done over at The Jesuit Post.