Link via What's Wrong with the World, a blog I've been reading with interest lately. Home to some very smart philosophically trained minds including good ol' Zippy Catholic, whose personal blog I visit from time to time, and the formidable Lydia McGrew, who describes "blogging in defense of conservative and unfashionable political
positions" as one of her hobbies.
I'm relaxing this blog's comment preferences so that readers can now post a comment without first having to sign in to a TypeKey account. I didn't think this was such a huge barrier, but one reader has begged to differ, and I have to admit I haven't been getting a whole lot of comments here. (So I do really appreciate my regulars in the combox, including Vox, Puff and Bear, Shelray, Onionboy, Deborah, StatGuy, Belinda, Warren, felix hominum, and Maggie.)
Hopefully (Yes, Miss Thistlebottom, that's a sentence adverb--do you have a problem with that?) my correspondent will be right and the change will encourage a few more people to put in their two cents' worth. To encourage people to read whatever comments are posted, I've added a sidebar listing recent ones. So please jump in!
For what it's worth, I've also added a Feedburner feed--we'll see how useful this turns out to be.
The only hurdle now for people who want to comment is the CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) for users who haven't authenticated themselves through TypeKey. Personally I dislike the CAPTCHA that TypePad uses, because I have to squint to figure it out and it's not at all unusual for me to get it wrong and have to try again. (Is this because I'm a proofreader and my brain works funny? Don't answer that.)
Meanwhile, I'm pondering quite what purpose I want this blog to serve. Since May 2005 when I started posting as a Catholic-curious Baptist, The Sheepcat has evolved in content and tone. Aside from the obvious fact that I'm now Catholic and cannot imagine leaving the Church, it's hard for me to say from up close which of the shifts are permanent and which will turn out to have been cyclical.
One reader writes of the content here:
Sometimes it's informative, sometimes it's grating, and sometimes it's just downright scary to see how extreme your views can be. At least it's seldom dull!
And a blog should never be dull. So towards that end, dear readers, please do tell: What would you like to see more
of (my time and energy permitting)? What leaves you indifferent? What should I keep on doing?
One final thing: the tagline, "Sniffin' around to try to please the Good Shepherd," dates back to the earliest days of the blog, when I really wasn't sure where this blog was headed. Since JPII's death in April that year, I'd thought there was a good chance I might become Catholic, but I wasn't ready to commit yet. I was still searching around pretty eclectically for whatever might prove edifying. Having discovered just how wide and deep Catholicism really is, I don't feel as much need to look outside its visible confines as I used to (though I still faithfully read several excellent non-Catholic blogs). And some clearer focus on Catholic renewal has emerged, though the blog is still a bit of a grab bag and likely to stay that way.
Anyway, for a while now, that tagline has struck me as kind of feeble, so suggestions to replace it would be welcome.
Anyone who's been watching this space lately will have noticed the tumbleweed blowing through. I'll say just that various situations have been weighing upon me, and that spiritual battles have left me weary. Your continuing prayers would be appreciated.
Late last week, I decided I needed to clear my mind, so I took up the kind invitation of friends in Edmonton to visit for a few days. I met some converts and enjoyed an evening's conversation with felix hominum (though regrettably I still have not ridden in the blessed minivan--next time). I'm feeling a little better now.
I've saved most of the content from David Morrison's blog, Sed Contra, which he took down nearly two weeks ago for personal reasons. No, he isn't going to give up the Catholic thing, move to Massachusetts, and "marry" Dan; it's that his mother is seriously ill, and he was finding the blog a distraction from important matters closer to home.
Sed Contra was a terrific resource and online community for discussing
same-sex issues, a place where people still identifying as gay could
ask questions and be accepted, as the Catholic Catechism demands, "with respect, compassion, and sensitivity."
Anyway, if you're looking for Sed Contra, you may find bits of it still hanging around in search-engine caches, and I know of at least one other blogger who has reposted (with David's permission) some material from it. I'm hoping, though, to eventually put up the whole shebang, or close to it. This will probably be through one of the free blog hosts rather than TypePad, so it can stay up permanently with no maintenance cost. Please check back in a while (and no, I'm not going to be any more definite about timing than that).
And keep David in your prayers, please. He has served honourably indeed.
Before midday Mass in the cathedral I bumped into pro-life walkers from Crossroads, whom I'd met a week earlier, much closer to home, at a fundraising dance for Toronto Right-to-Life. These young people have been walking from Vancouver to Ottawa since May to raise awareness of the right to life of human persons from the moment of conception.
And while I was waiting for Fr Tom, I struck up a conversation with someone who turned out to be a friend of the Toronto Oratory from its Montreal era. Small world.
I could get used to being on vacation. I sure hope I do, in fact--it's been too long since I had an extended break. This week I'll sing my little heart out at music camp in the Laurentians and hopefully face no decision more difficult than what to eat for breakfast.
And I'll have no Internet access for a week--hurray, cold turkey'll do me good! See you soon enough.