Tuesday, March 2, 2010

An Interesting Blog

Whenever you watch one of the "food" channels, you come across the story of someone who is on a quest to visit every Starbucks or McDonald's. When I was a child, I remember watching a story of a newspaper reporter who would visit a different church every other week and write about it in his city.

Well combine the two and you sort of have the next blog I have decided to add to my Blog Roll: Capitol Catholic.

According to the website:

My name is Michael. I'm a freshman at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I'm embarking on a project to attend mass at every Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. I'm using this blog to share my thoughts and observations on this project with others. Any proceeds from this blog will benefit Catholic Charities DC.

It is interesting and I plan on visiting on a regular basis. Who knows, we may even see a story in the Catholic Standard about him. (I know I won't see one about this blog in it, until hell freezes over.)


Anonymous said...

"Any proceeds from this blog will benefit Catholic Charities DC." I think that comment alone says volumes about where this student's blog is headed.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there ... I have a good friend who did something similiar in his youth. He now credits his success as an architect to that original exercise in curiosity. His strength of faith came by way of the Navy and a couple of wild rides back to the wire.

Anonymous said...

Looked at the new blog. Question:

Is this Michael guy 12 years old or what?

That blog sounds like, "What I did on my Summer Vacation."

How embarrassing.

It would be nice if the ADW Catholic blogger had some local confreres in addition to the Restore D.C. Catholicism guy, for the purpose of rallying to the cause of keeping the church from looking like a cartoonish mockery of all that is sacred. After all, Mike Wallace had Morley Safer.

Anonymous said...

About the new blog operated by that Michael kid, that red, white, and blue background is way too gaudy and way way way too predictably gauche. Somebody should check that kid's dorm room for leaky gas pipes or something.


Hey guys, really, your comments are really not called for. Think twice about what you have said.

Personally, I admire the kid for trying to do what he is doing.

Anonymous said...

Okay. I thought twice. I feel bad now.

Anonymous said...

I need to weigh in on this. Mass is Not a spectator sport. You do not go to Mass with the purpose of comparing and contrasting it to other Masses. The Sacred is being replaced by the Secular for this young man’s gratification. If he wants to explore Catholic Churches, then do it on off hours, not during the time when the summit of our Faith is occurring. The Holiness of the Eucharist Feast is not open to secular “Blog Review”. What are you thinking by saying this is admirable? The Mass is Holy and Sacred. This is when the Body and Blood of our Christ is being offered up for us. I can’t think of anything more despicable than turning this into a “blog event”!


To Anon at 3:27pm:

I respectfully disagree with your take on this.

I believe that this can really be a chance to remind people that there are some wonderful and faithful parishes out in our backyard.

Who knows, it may be get a couple of people back to return to Mass.

Thank you for reading this blog.

Anonymous said...

Well then what's next? Should there be blog on Confessions? Should someone go from Confessional to Confessional comparing and contrasting this Sacrament,too? How about a blog where the writer pretends to be dying, so he can compare and contrast differnt priestly approaches to the Last Rites? I think you are really off base on this. Why not ask your parish priest for his take on on Mass being USED for blog sport? Do you really think that this abomination is the only way for this boy to meet the Lord? That's really sad.

Anonymous said...

We live in an age where the faith was laid waste by its own ministers. So, it is expected to find profanation, and/or sacrilege, and/or heresy during Masses. After all, it was recently revealed that it was the abuses at the altar which made Paul VI state that the smoke of Satan has entered to Temple of God.

Maybe there are people looking for reviews that mention which parishes are smoke free, regarding the Satanic smoke. There are people looking for a sense of the sacred, being that profanation has covered the church like black mold.

This Michael could save us a lot of gas money in the search thereof.


To Anon at 10:52pm:

I really think that you are blowing the blog by this young man way out of proportion and my support of it.

As the saying goes, "God works in mysterious ways" at least to many of us. It is entirely possible that He may use this young man, and his blog, to bring someone into the faith or back to the faith.

Sometimes a casual comment, a kind act or an observation will bring someone back to the church.

It is my hope and prayer that through something as simple as his blog, someone may say "Hey, I haven't been to Mass in years, this sounds interesting."

We never know how God will use each of us to reach others.

Again, thank you and hope that you come back.

Anonymous said...

A sad day AAWC. You are really grasping for straws if you think this is the WAY to bring a few lapsed Catholics back. You don't even know what position this boy will take, yet you endorse it. What gives...???? Are you just getting tired and overwhelmed by what is required for each of us to do in defeding and spreading the Faith?

Anonymous said...

Hey! Somebody better tell Michael to give the proceeds to Catholic Relief Services, instead of the so called "Catholic Charities."

Repeat after me:

Catholic Relief Services.

Anonymous said...

It's better that a college student do that than the other things that college students have been known to do.

I assume that Michael will have a lot of church souvenirs at the end of the semester.