Category: Web Watch

This doubtful day of feast or fast…

It was no fluke that the climax to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings – the destruction of the Ring on Mount Doom – took place, as Tolkien fans who pore over appendices will tell you, on March 25. March 25, writes Eleanor Parker at aclerkofoxford.blogspot.com, is “the single most significant date in salvation…

Sites out to Trump each other with views on Republican race

Few topics have drawn as much attention online of late than Donald Trump’s seemingly inexorable path towards becoming the Republican candidate in next year’s US presidential election. What Catholics think of this isn’t entirely clear. A solid place to look for data on the subject is fivethirtyeight.com, where last month Catholic blogger Leah Libresco pointed…

British light on an Irish problem

“Give me the child, and I will mould the man”, Grace Bozzino at quadrapheme.com quotes St Francis Xavier as having said. “If that’s the case,” she points out, “then parents have some fairly important questions to ask. To whom are we giving our children? What sort of men – and women –will be returned to…

Greydanus provides a decent place for decent film reviews

One might expect a website called decentfilms.com to be a worthy if tedious exercise, but Steven D. Greydanus’ criticism has long been one of the jewels of the Catholic internet. Demonstrating a deep knowledge and understanding of both cinema and the Faith, the New Jersey diaconal candidate and film critic for The National Catholic Register…

Adventures on the digital continent

Pope Benedict famously spoke of the internet as having moved from being a tool which people use to an environment in which they live, envisaging what he called the “digital continent” as a key front in the New Evangelisation. Among the more colourful attempts at online evangelisation is churchPOP.com, founded by Brantley Milligan in the…

Wiping away the past

There can be few more surprising sights for Irish visitors to London than that of Oliver Cromwell in Parliament Square. Admittedly, unlike the nearby statue of King Richard I, Cromwell at least had a serious link with Britain’s parliamentary tradition. For many Irish visitors, however, it can seem bizarre and abhorrent that Cromwell’s championing of…