12 Catholic Blogs Worth Your Time 2012
Listers, the following collection of blogs represents the best Catholic voices online. The list is not necessarily in a strict order. If you think there is a blog(s) that should be featured on St. Peter’s List please do not hesitate to name and link the blog in the comment box and we’ll see what we can do. Also, please note this is a list of blogs – and even though SPL has included some that stretch the limits of a blog, other excellent news sites like New Advent and Life Site News will be featured elsewhere. SPL did not list itself, but you can find more lists from us on Twitter and Facebook.
Fr. Z explaining the liturgy and the glory of bird feeders.
Father Z is the premiere site to be introduced to liturgical nuances, receive priestly commentary on the news, learn Latin and view photos of Father Z’s bird feeders and what he had for dinner last night. Easily one of the most popular Catholic blogs, the good father posts multiple times per day and normally has a critique ready for whatever is pulsing through the Catholic blogosphere. Without question, however, the main gravity of his blog comes from drawing people into a proper and clear understanding of the Catholic liturgy. In a time were so many of the faithful are either non-educated or ill-educated, Father Z’s daily commentary and catechesis is much needed and very appreciated.
“This blog is rather like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z
A Jovial Crust With a Politically Shrewd Center
The official blog of His Eminence, Cardinal Dolan. Our Prince of the Church from NYC updates his blog more than other princes, and is sure to include important Catholic news from the USCCB and alerts to whatever media venue on which His Eminence will be appearing.
Often just called the “Dominicans,” the Order of Preachers from the Province of St. Joseph has started an online blog with daily updates and multiple contributors. The authorial diversity lends itself to various styles and subjects, but all are crafted with the intellectual and devotional depth characteristic of our Dominican brothers.
Dominicana is a publication of the Dominican Students of the St. Joseph Province, who live and study at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. The blog is updated every weekday, and the journal appears twice a year.
Drawing often from St. Thomas Aquinas and the Church Fathers, the Canterbury Tales has gained a reputation for brevity and substance. Taylor Marshall posts have a strong catechetical character to them, and often take the time to show the deep truths of basic and simple Catholic teachings.
Dr. Taylor Marshall was an Episcopal priest in Fort Worth, Texas before being received with his wife into the Catholic Church by Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth on May 23, 2006 [...] Taylor received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas with his dissertation: “Thomas Aquinas on Natural Law and the Twofold Beatitude of Humanity.” He is a graduate of Texas A&M University (BA, Philosophy) Westminster Theological Seminary (MAR, Systematic Theology), Nashotah Theological House (Certificate in Anglican Studies), and the University of Dallas (MA, Philosophy).
The bulk of Father Longenecker’s blog is colored by liturgical catechesis and commentary, but he also blogs about whatever comes to mind – which produces everything from whimsical posts about the Lord of the Rings or the possibility of aliens to the occasional political note.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. Fr Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. He spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing to over twenty-five magazines, papers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the USA.
The Pulp.it is an blog aggregate site maintained by Tito Edwards. With morning, mid-morning, afternoon, afternoon-extras, and evening posts, Pulp.it is the place to check for the best Catholic blog articles of the day. He is also responsible for the blogs that are posted on the National Catholic Register.
The “CMR” presents media stories for Catholics and politically conservative individuals with a thin but prudent layer of introduction and commentary. His Twitter followers have also come to enjoy his various political quips and barbs tweeted throughout the day.
“Believing Christians should look upon themselves as such a creative minority and … espouse once again the best of its heritage, thereby being at the service of humankind at large.” – Joseph Ratzinger
FIRST THINGS is a conservative and ecumenical journal primarily focused on religion and politics. The publication was started by the Catholic intellectual-giant Fr. Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009), and his labor continues to be a respected ecumenical resource for faithful Catholics. Along with its primary articles, the site boasts four separate blogs, which includes the political punditry of the Post-Modern Conservative.
First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.
Catholic Vote is a well-known religious voice in conservative politics, and it has made the mainstream media several times with its critiques and endorsements. It hosts a group of writers – which vary in caliber – and their most recognized author is the “American Papist,” Thomas Peters.
CatholicVote.org is Catholic. As Catholics we know our home is in heaven, not in a party platform. Being non-partisan allows us to approach issues and candidates with an open mind, and with a clear conscience formed by the principles of our faith. At the same time, being non-partisan preserves Catholics from being “owned” by any party or movement. With this freedom we will be able to more effectively pursue the common good which all people should seek. However, we do believe in “taking sides” if one candidate or issue is decidedly against the principles we hold dear. And we welcome the opportunity to fully support every individual, issue or movement that is committed to the same clear principles which, when followed, promote the common good.
Live Action took the pro-life, pro-abort and mainstream media by force when Lila Rose – the founder – exposed Planned Parenthood’s lawlessness and exploitations of women via hidden cameras. The group was actually formed by Rose when she was only 15 years old. Since then her undercover work, documentaries and talking circuits have continued to expose the filth within the merchants of death and encourage the young and old in respecting life in all stages and forms.
We are a youth led movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending abortion, the greatest human rights injustice of our time. We use new media to educate the public about the humanity of the unborn and investigative journalism to expose threats against the vulnerable and defenseless.
Spiritual direction is without question one of the most neglected and/or misunderstood practices within the Roman Catholic faith. Founded by Dan Burke – who is also the Executive Director of the National Catholic Register – the Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction site blogs and answers questions by faithful Catholic who are seeking to virtuously and righteously order their souls.
The purpose of this site and related resources is to serve you in your journey to and with God. If you are like many Catholics who desire a deeper relationship with Christ and His church, you have probably discovered that the paths to pursuing that relationship are not always clearly illuminated. Thus this humble effort. Our desire is bring greater light to His path and to serve you in your search for greater depth in Him.
Rorate Caeli is another staple in liturgical and faithful Catholic blogging. The low-profile site presents the faithful with well documented articles from various contributors and is a must-have site for those seeking to delve into the richness of Catholicism.
Listers, did we miss one?
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