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And let’s not forget that blog, “The Bacon’s Bench”

This piece in NCR about Catholic blogs was pretty interesting, until I started counting the embarrassing mistakes. (Memo to Amy Welborn: call your lawyer).

But James Martin sums up the Catholic blogosphere succinctly:

“At their best, Catholic blogs serve the same function as do the entry halls that are part of new church buildings in this country: as a place to learn about church news, discuss the issues of the day, and get to know one’s fellow Catholics. At their worst, some Catholic blogs are a place to trade mean-spirited insults about Catholics with whom the bloggers disagree. Some of the more vituperative blogs seem barely Christian, let alone Catholic.”

You might want to check out the rest of the article for some examples.

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posted September 30, 2008 at 10:16 am

Deacon Greg,I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to drop you an email and comment on the change in attitude of your blog. It has always been and remains my absolute favorite blog for news of the Church and of the world…I care deeply what Catholics everywhere think and believe and I’ve taken many a cue from ALL who answer and comment. But in the past this blog has had some – let’s just say – mean spirited volleys that were foriegn to my understanding of our faith; foriegn to my relationship with Christ. For what ever reason, I don’t find those types of comments anymore. Keeping in mind that the “written word is tuff to nuance” (not my words) I, for the most part, find What Jesus Would Blog on these pages.Keep up the good work!…and that goes for everyone who uses this blog too.

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted September 30, 2008 at 10:59 am

Thanks, Duke … I think it’s because the comments are now being moderated. As another blogger told me: it puts people on their best behavior when they know someone is watching what they say. They can’t just spout off anymore. Or, when they do, the end up in the “circular file” before they can be seen. Dcn. G.

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posted September 30, 2008 at 11:44 am

perhaps we’ve awakened and smelled the coffee AND BACON.

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Padre Steve

posted September 30, 2008 at 11:44 am

I enjoy this blog very much as well! There is always something to uplift the spirit! Keep up the great work!

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Julie D.

posted September 30, 2008 at 12:21 pm

And also “Hoppy Catholic” … ha! 😀

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Paul Stokell

posted September 30, 2008 at 12:38 pm

EVERYTHING goes better with bacon.I can’t believe “The Cafeteria is Closed” is now closed. Like in any facet of Church life, the candle that burns twice as bright burns half as long. But I stopped reading it a long time ago for all kinds of reasons, anyway…

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted September 30, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Paul … Unless I’m mistaken, the sad truth is that the fellow who ran the “Cafeteria,” a convert, has since left the Church. Dcn. G.

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Mr. Basso

posted September 30, 2008 at 9:26 pm

I had removed the closed cafeteria from my own blog roll back in June. I would be surprised if Gerald left the Church unless it was to join the SSPX or some other traditionalist group.It looks like the blog is still up and running, but that readership is moderated by the author. “zzz…mmmmmm…unexplained bacon.”- Homer Simpson

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Deacon Greg Kandra

posted September 30, 2008 at 9:39 pm

Mr. B … It’s quite the opposite of what you think. If you Google “The Cafeteria is Closed,” and Gerald’s name, you’ll find a number of items about why he shut down the blog. Dcn. G.

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The Ironic Catholic

posted October 1, 2008 at 11:18 am

Gerald comments a lot at Vox Nova and does have a renamed blog. I think he still practices Catholicism.And Dcn Greg, I’m a big fan too. I definitely like much of the attitude at this blog.

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