In an Irish pub in Rome, ‘bloggers’ speak of new evangelization
By David Kerr

.- Many a revolution is said to have started from the backroom of a bar. The bloggers who gathered May 3 in Scholar’s Lounge Irish Pub in central Rome are hoping for a very similar outcome.

“The real mission of the blogs is to evangelize a world that’s sorely in need of our Blessed Lord, the Truth and the Faith,” says keynote speaker Michael Voris of RealCatholicTV.com.

Around 30 bloggers from all round the globe had gathered for today’s event. Some had been invited to attend yesterday’s Vatican-sponsored blogging conference. Others hadn’t. Despite that, those behind today’s meeting say there’s no rivalry at play. 

“A rival to the Vatican? Isn’t that silly! How can I possibly be a rival to the Vatican? If we were a rival event – or a counter event – I would have had it on the same day … and nobody would have come!” says organizer Hilary White of the Orwell’s Picnic blog. 

“I had it because I knew that the Vatican meeting was going to be very formalized. I’ve been to lots of conferences and the best part of any conference is the break when you get together with people you’ve always wanted to meet and talk to them.”

Hence White's idea of having dialogue and debate over lunch and beer.  The result seemed to be an atmosphere that was positive and a debate that was constructive.

“I think this was wonderful. I think this is what needs to happen,” says Voris.

“So many people on the blog who are good faithful Catholics and faithful to the Magisterium can sometimes feel individually isolated and marginalized due the different comments that come in. We all know we’re out there and just by talking to each other you realize this is, in fact, a community.”

Hopes were also expressed that local dioceses will now follow the lead of the Vatican in being relaxed about the existence of Catholic bloggers. The issue was discussed by a three-person panel which included Dorothy Cummings McLean of the Seraphic Singles blog.

“I think this was a very positive, intensely cheerful experience, the gathering of a group of Catholics who feel that they’re sometime misunderstood by the very people they like the most.”

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

A state without territory elects new government
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees
Papal Foundation Pilgrimage

Liturgical Calendar

July 24, 2014

Thursday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 13:10-17


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Jer 2: 1-3, 7-8, 12-13
Gospel:: Mt 13: 10-17

Saint of the Day

St. Charbel Makhlouf »


Homily of the Day

Mt 13:10-17


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: