Saturday, February 12, 2005

You Don't Like Me! You Really Don't Like Me!!!

The Catholic Blogs Awards voting has ended -congrats to the winners. I hope next year I see Eve Tushnet, Envoy Encore, Heart Strength and Mind, Sed Contra nominated as they are all excellent. I am sure there are other excellent blogs that were not nominated as well. There has been some talk of "voting irregularities" and I hope the Supreme Court won't have to get involved. Perhaps we could ask Jimmy Carter to monitor the thing next year - he is Baptist so I am sure he would be impartial. Anyway, Gen X Revert has been shut out for two straight years but that is just a technicality having to do with the high quality of other blogs and the low quality of this one. I would however like to rectify this outrage by having my own award: Best Blog by a Long Islander. I am nominating two bloggers from Queens even though we all know Long Island does not include Brooklyn or Queens - I don't care what your map says. So, without further ado:

Best Blog by a Long Islander

Extreme Catholic
Against the Grain
Gen X Revert
Confessions of a Recovering Choir Director

The voting was opened from 6:55am- 7:00 am on Saturday, Feb. 12th and the results are:

1st Place - Against the Grain (98 votes)

2nd Place - (tie) Confessions of a Recovering Choir Director (84 votes)
Extreme Catholic (84 votes)

3rd Place - Gen X Revert (1 vote)

I knew I should have voted for myself instead of that Ratzinger guy! Well anyway thanks Mom, it is all just a popularity contest anyway.

Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Eden in Exile

This is the story of Dawn Eden being fired from the New York Post. I wish Ms. Eden the best.

via Relapsed Catholic
Dom at has proposed putting together a St. Blog's Directory that he could host. This is something I have wanted since Gerard died and I created my List of Catholic Blogs. Now perhaps those with more technical skills can create a directory that could be sorted by name, location, or category. Especially important is that the list include only active blogs and not dead ones. I have volunteered my database of 315 blogs with names and locations. Quite frankly, the work of maintaining and updating the directory quickly became a bit too much. I already have a dozen blogs that I should add, and just don't feel like doing so right now. The St. Blog's webring is the best starting point, but it includes many dead links and is not in any order that would be good to use for surfing.

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

"A Warren County elementary teacher has been charged with having a sexual relationship with one of her students, a 13-year-old boy"

We Catholics have learned that child molesters are like weeds - just when you take one out, another pops up. The trick is to keep taking them out faster and faster without stopping until they become rare. Perhaps it would be useful to check out the soil (culture) we have too, just to find out why there are so many of them.
Everything you wanted to know about Paul Shanley can be found here.

via Seattle Catholic

The above link includes letters and documents showing that Shanley advocated sex between men and boys - he called the boys the seducers.

Monday, February 07, 2005


Deo Gratias

"Shanley, 74, could get life in prison for two counts each of child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child when he is sentenced Feb. 15. His bail was revoked and he was immediately led off to jail."

"The scandal intensified later in 2002 when the church released Shanley's 800-page personnel file. Despite church teachings, he argued for acceptance of homosexuality and pushed for gay rights. He called himself a "sexual expert" and advertised his counseling services in the alternative press."