In just a few months, this website has grown very large. I did my first test post last January, then waited until March to start posting with any regularity. It wasn’t until July that I started trying to post every day or two. Astonishingly, sometime next week we will get our half-millionth visit. There is an old saying that, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” But hey, I’m Catholic – and while we stay away from efforts to “fix” doctrine (unless you’re from Chicago, Seattle and some parts of Germany), we are constantly refining things. So it is I have been thinking of how to refine the website. We have a wide variety of interests here, the occasional squabble, some incredibly knowledgeable readers who make the comment sections as compelling (and often more so) than the columns they are attached to. What unites us here is an overwhelming desire, nay, determination, to see our culture resurrected through a renewed commitment to Christ. There are a host of people and groups out there who are laboring in the vineyards, some very prominent, many nearly unsung. There are issues, some in the news, some historical, some ecumenical, some involving modern oppression and trends. I want to give a look at as many of these things as I can, and dig into some of the issues that sometimes divide us – and can become signs of unity, without skimping on what has already been a sign of hope here. So I plan to put a regular schedule of subjects to cover together. It may, of course, be changed (or refined) over the coming months as I get to know how it all fits together, what works and what doesn’t. But like my home, the Catholic Church, I want to refine things. Here is how we will start:
Saturday – Musings Round-up: This will be just what you have come to expect in Musings columns, an eclectic look at things of interest to the faithful. No innovations here.
Sunday – Pilgrimage Journal: I will use Sundays to add installments to the story of my year-and-a-half pilgrimage walking across the country; the people I met, the things I learned along the way. It is a nice way to relive it for me – and a way to participate in it vicariously for you.
Monday – Et Unum Sint (May All be One): This will be a straight news spot with some interpretive content. It may be historical or theological, or it may involve some serious digging into current events and controversies. This Monday, I will publish a piece on “Mary and the Saints – for Protestants.” I largely agree with G. K. Chesterton that most people who are anti-Catholic are opposed to a Catholicism that does not exist. I know I was, pre-conversion. After reading this piece, some – maybe many – may still be opposed to Catholicism on this matter, but they will be opposed to what Catholicism is rather than what it isn’t. I have tentatively scheduled an investigative report on the controversy surrounding Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn for next Monday. I have been baffled why he was singled out for prosecution, when from everything I have seen, he followed exactly the ideal a Bishop should in rooting out scandalous behavior in his diocese. He was the one who reported the behavior – and was prosecuted for what he uncovered and turned over. It befuddles me – and it seems the Kansas City prosecutors behavior would serve, rather than getting justice, to discourage other Bishops from reporting and rooting out aberrant behavior in their dioceses. I want to know why it happened.
Tuesday – Regular Column
Wednesday – Guest Column: We have so many people who have real expertise and knowledge who visit here regularly or who are involved in some major undertaking that I want to give them a chance to expand on what they know best. I have several guest columns coming up. If you have an idea, or something near and dear to your heart you would like to write about, send me a suggestion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday – Regular Column
Friday – By Their Fruit…: These will be feature articles on people and organizations that are making a difference in peoples lives. The first will be on Fr. Regis Scanlon next Friday. Fr. Regis, a Capucin, is setting up a home for women living on the streets – not a shelter, but a place to rebuild lives entirely. It is dedicated to Julia Greeley, a former slave who, moving to the Denver area a century ago, devoted herself to caring for the poorest of the poor. He made three series for EWTN that still run late in the evenings sometimes. In the mid-90s, he worked directly with Blessed Mother Teresa in Africa, providing Eucharistic Formation for her nuns.
Future articles will provide profiles of various figures, some well-known, some little-known, who have devoted themselves to some aspect of the faith. Sometimes organizations will be featured. I am very taken with the New York-based Sisters of Life, a religious order founded in 1991 for the protection and enhancement of every human life. They are a vibrant, joy-filled order that makes contemplation and pro-life activism a labor of love and an offering.
Most will be Catholic, some will not. Many groups are working to do the Lord’s will. Whatever they call themselves, if they are being a sign of hope, they are welcome here. On occasion, if someone has made themselves a determined enemy of Christians, I may profile them, too. For those who have given themselves over to evil oppression, well, you will know them by their fruits, too. But that will be rare.
I will be delighted to get your recommendations on things and issues that should be covered. I already have a rather long list I have put together.