Donald R. McClarey

100 Top Catholic Blogs

Feedspot has done a listing of the top 100 Catholic blogs based upon viewership.  The American Catholic comes in at number 47.  Here is what is said about us: About Blog The American Catholic is an online community of Christians,

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Donald R. McClarey

Cardinal Newman’s Rules for Blogging

  (I first published this on January 18, 2015.  Time to remind myself again as to how blogging should be conducted.)   Blogging can be rough amusement.  I will attempt to keep the Definition of a Gentleman written by Cardinal

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Of Mark Shea and Elderly Poodles

    I have described being banned from a site on the internet as being akin to being gummed by an elderly poodle:  it does you no real harm, but it does tell you that it is time to move

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Saint Blogs and Character Assassination

    I promised myself I would not post on the gorilla-gets-killed-because-of-kid story.  First, because it seemed to me to be a no brainer:  kid gets away from parents into a gorilla gage and a gorilla is near him.  Of

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Best Catholic Blogs

  Leave The American Catholic out of the mix.  This is not an attempt to fish for compliments.  I am curious which other Catholic blogs our readers like.  Name them in the comboxes.

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Fox Escorted From Chicken Coop

      The editor-in-chief and director of the U.S. bishops’ official news service resigned Wednesday at the request of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference general secretary. Tony Spence, who had worked for Catholic News Service since 2004, had publicly criticized

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When You’ve Lost Amy Welborn…

When I first began to comment on blogs circa 2003, one of the Catholic blogs I frequented was Open Book run by Amy Welborn.  I liked her blog because she always struck me as fair-minded and attracted a diverse and

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Larry D Summarizes His Experiences at Patheos

      Larry D, who blogs at Acts of the Apostasy, one of the most intentionally funny Catholic websites not named Eye of the Tiber, summarizes in Trek Speak his parting of the ways with Patheos, or, as he

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Bear Growls: Voris to Bloggers: Drop Dead

    Our bruin friend over at Saint Corbinian’s Bear has been on a roll lately:   Michael Voris is once again under the Bear’s scrutiny, because once again he has done something noteworthy. Since the Bear is not a

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Pewsitter v. Eye of the Tiber!

  (Some down time before the family heads off for Indianapolis and GenCon tomorrow morning.  Had a great time in Kenosha visiting the mother-in-law.  Fascinating visit to the Civil War museum in Kenosha.  Details on Sunday.) Well, Pewsitter and Eye

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Daffey Thoughts

  A blog I have been reading lately is Daffey Thoughts, run by David Griffey, a Baptist minister who converted to Catholicism.  The video above is from 2006.  He is a graceful writer as demonstrated by this recent post: This

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Vox Cantoris Is Not Alone

    Something for Father Tom Rosica and his legal beagles to contemplate:   Vox Cantoris posts links to the blogger articles that have rallied to his support: Blog post collections http://www.wopular.com/comment/reply/29712047 http://www.novusordowatch.org/wire/blog-of-war-rosica-domet.htm http://thyselfolord.blogspot.ca/2015/02/porta-vox-do-vaticano-processa-blogger.html http://biblefalseprophet.com/2015/02/19/must-watch-vatican-threatening-vox-cantoris-blog-for-commenting-on-synod/ http://throwthebumsoutin2010.blogspot.ca/2015/02/pope-francis-spokesperson-fr-rosica.html http://pewsitter.com/view_news_id_196707.php http://thyselfolord.blogspot.ca/2015/02/porta-vox-do-vaticano-processa-blogger.html http://theradicalcatholic.blogspot.ca/2015/02/fr-thomas-rosica-threatens-catholic.html http://www.foicatholique.com/2015/02/pere-thomas-rosica-un-tolerant.html#more

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Mash Note

  America, the Jesuit rag not the country, interviews Mark Shea.  The money quote:   I love the man. It’s almost inarticulate, but I have nothing but love for the guy. I think he’s the absolute real deal and I

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Advice to Simcha Fisher

To Hell with You, PewSitter         Picking a fight, go here to read all about it, with PewSitter is a really bad idea. Update:  Mark Shea weighs in with the calm and charitable commentary that has made him famed

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Rebecca Frech Schools Mark Shea on Guns

Mark Shea has a habit of saying that unless people do x, x always being a policy he endorses, they really are not pro-life.  This of course is simply an attempt, at least among pro-lifers, to stop debate on x

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Blogging and Calumny

  Lifesite News has responded to the assault on Hilary White of Lifesite News orchestrated by some Catholic bloggers.  Go here to read Paul Zummo’s post on the controversy, and go here to read mine.  Here is the post of Steve

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Our Vicars of Bray

I have been roaming around Saint Blogs since 2003 and have become familiar with the work of most of the major Catholic bloggers.  Since the election of Pope Francis I have noticed a curious phenomenon, especially among Catholic bloggers who make their livelihood

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Dale Price Explains Why I Am Worried

My friend Dale Price at his blog Dyspeptic Mutterings has often supplied me with blogging ideas that I have stolen borrowed.  Unfortunately he hasn’t been blogging much lately.  That was broken with a post on Pope Francis which sums up many

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Pharisees, Reactionaries and Mark Shea

I cannot possibly improve on what Pat Archbold wrote at Creative Minority Report:   God, I thank you that I am not like other people”   From the eminently huggable Mark Shea’s “Bed-wetting Reactionary Wusses…” What ties everything in Reactionary

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Money and Outrage

   “Peter can no longer say, ‘Silver and gold have I none.’” Dominic turned and looked straight at the Pope, and said, “No, and neither can he any longer say, ‘Rise and walk.’” Supposed comment by Saint Dominic during a tour

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Dyspeptic Mutterings

My friend Dale Price is posting again regularly at his blog Dyspeptic Mutterings after something of a hiatus.  Go here to have a gander at his blog.  Dale has long written some of the sharpest commentary on Saint Blog’s.   I

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