Why keep up with "Catholic news" from (trusted, authentic) Catholic sources? Why also get "secular" news from a (trusted, authentic) Catholic perspective? (If you're reading a Catholic blog, I'm probably LITERALLY preaching to the choir, but here goes.)
1. There's a lot going on in the Church and in the world today, good and bad. We just can't afford not to know. Ignorance is not bliss, it's blindness. It's not knowing where we're going or why. Lack of knowledge leaves us open to be easily manipulated, misled, disillusioned.
2. There's a lot going on in the intersection of the Church and the world today, good and bad.
3. If we don't keep up, we'll drift from our Faith and suddenly be surprised by developments and not comprehend them. Because we weren't keeping up. If we love something, we want to know it always better and keep pace with it. If we love Jesus' Church, we'll do the same.
4. We need knowledge first and then wisdom to understand the times we're living in and the challenges and opportunities for the Faith.
"The sons of Issachar, who were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do...." 1 Chronicles 12:32
5. Jesus admonished those who couldn't "read the signs of the times."
What are some top sources for Catholic news? Here are my picks in order of my preference. (I checked with two mainstream Catholic news radio personalities, a Catholic newspaper editor and young adult Catholic journalist to get their input as well.)
These are not just websites, but can be followed/subscribed to on both Twitter and Facebook (you can usually just go to the site and sign up from there, as well as follow by email: they'll send updates into your email inbox).
www.Twitter.com is my #1 source of breaking Catholic news. Wanna get started on Twitter? It's pathetically simple to sign up. Then just "follow" me: @SrHelenaBurns and click on "Tweets" and then "Lists" at the top of my Twitter page. I only have one list: "news-secular-and-Catholic." Click on it and voila! You are instantly following 150 top Catholic (and secular news sites), as well as some very informed individual Catholics (including bloggers) who will keep YOU informed. I don't agree with ALL the sources/folks on that list, just so you know. I personally read "everything."
However, the following sources ARE vetted, and I recommend 'em:
www.WordOnFire.org Fr. Robert Barron instantly comments on current issues with solid Catholic guidance via short YouTubes (see also his YouTube channel). Fr. Barron's YouTubes are easily shareable and very popular among young adults. It seems even young atheists will watch his stuff because "at least this guy makes sense." Or as Brandon Vogt says: "Fr. Barron is on a mission to show that Catholicism is smart, and has one of the world's most brilliant intellectual traditions." (Although the format is simple and TOTAL talking head--his fair, reasoned, non-earnest, non-judgmental, non-demagogue-ish, laid-back approach and pop culture references make him very non-Catholic friendly.)
www.CatholicWorldReport.com (from Ignatius Press--thoughtful in-depth articles about stuff I promise you you didn't know and need to. They JUST discontinued their fine, fine print magazine which was my all-time favorite Catholic periodical.) (can subscribe via email) See also: www.IgnatiusInsight.com
www.RelevantRadio.com (Listen online!) Hi-quality 24hr Catholic radio station mostly in Chicago & Midwest. Get their app for iPhone & Android: www.relevantradio.com/app. Constant secular and Catholic news updates as well as in-depth instruction, talk shows and news analysis from Emmy-winning journalist, Sheila Liaugminas (show: "A Closer Look"). Shows are also instantly archived and easy to find on their website.
Support Catholic radio in your area (and online)! Radio apps for mobile technology means you can take it wherever you go, too.
From U.S. Bishops regarding religious liberty (free): text "FREEDOM" to 377377 (for Spanish: "LIBERTAD")
Wanna keep up with Theology of the Body? www.Text4RealSex.org (free, weekly texts). Also for Canada!
OTHER WAYS TO KEEP UP WITH THEOLOGY OF THE BODY:
--www.TOBinstitute.org (get on their e-newsletter list)
--simply put "Theology of the Body" in Google alerts!
www.EWTN.com Global Catholic TV and radio network. Multimedia, tons of resources, streaming online. Also in Spanish. (Full disclosure: I'm on their Sonrise Morning Show once a month--radio.)
www.NCRegister.com (Owned by EWTN) National Catholic Register (can subscribe via email) print edition also available. Simply the finest, most balanced, faithful-yet-super-contemporary take on Church and world news. Bravo.
www.Zenit.org (daily headlines from Vatican--unofficial, but quick & easy way to get Vatican news)
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/BadCatholic THE voice of faithful millennial Catholics. But are you hip enough to read it?
www.MarysAggies.blogspot.com The Catholic news blog of Texas A & M's amazing Catholic campus ministry, St. Mary's (a model for the nation). Young adult friendly.
www.News.VA/en The new, revamped Vatican media site!!! Includes the official Vatican Newspaper (L'Osservatore Romano), Vatican Information Service, Fides New Agency, Vatican Radio, etc.
|Blessed James Alberione reading his favorite newspaper:|
L'Osservatore Romano (with Bro. Silvio de Blasio, SSP)
www.CatholicNewWorld.com This is Chicago's Archdiocesan newspaper. Subscribe to your own diocese's! You'll get international, national and local Catholic news. (Full disclosure: I was the movie reviewer for Catholic New World for 6 years.)
www.ChicagoTribune.com Say what?! Yes. Accurate and fair (and laudatory when deserved) religion reporting at the intersection of the secular and the sacred! Why? One reason is that they have an actual religion editor (very rare today), Manya Brachear (follow her on Twitter @TribSeeker), since 2003. Manya is committed to getting the story straight (even complex Catholic stuff). Religion is NOT synonymous with bigotry and scandal for the Trib.
www.CatholicRegister.org (Canada) Voted BEST North American diocesan newspaper (weekly). From Archdiocese of Toronto, but goes all over Canada. Canadians are just so classy and literary and in-depth on the issues and such. Especially read Fr. Raymond J. de Souza column: it's incisive like a Ninja. Digital subscription available.
www.AmericaMagazine.org Weekly. Global Church and other news. Lots of social justice topics. Definite Jesuit flavor. However: very hit or miss regarding doctrinal soundness. Contributors propose heterodoxy on settled matters/issues that are not gray. If you don't have a solid background in good theology, could be confusing. Not many pages, but always hits the bulls-eye of relevancy each week. Book, movie and theater reviews, too.
www.OriginsOnline.com Weekly news from the U.S. Bishops (important statements from Bishops individually and as a whole). Pricey, but worth it. Print or online.
www.CatholicNews.com This is the user-friendly "CNS" news service of the U.S. Bishops. This website compiles a lot of news resources, including movie reviews (which are short, dry and focus mostly on what is appropriate for children or family viewing, don't look for an appreciation of artistry). It includes links to top news stories from Origins and international Church news. See at bottom of website: www.InterMirifica.net --int'l Catholic multimedia directory!
www.LifeSiteNews.com A lot of my trusted Catholic sources think this site is a little radical, sensational and inaccurate (I disagree), but boy does LifeSiteNews crank out pro-life news in a constant, exciting fashion! They are not mean-spirited or confrontational, and they REALLY know how to use new media and graphic arts. I often hear about important life issues news from them first.
www.CatholicNewsAgency.com (owned by EWTN) (top stories) (can subscribe via email--it's at bottom R of website) But beware! In the past--before being purchased by EWTN in 2015(?)--they did not like Christopher West (or Theology of the Body itself) and gave a platform to any and all CW detractors. Same goes for the otherwise fine and informative (print only): www.InsideTheVatican.com
www.MarsHillAudio.org This is a monthly NPR-style audio magazine (CD or mp3-download subscription, well worth the shekels, about $40 a year) that keeps you up on the latest books (often by Christians) examining our culture under many different aspects. Lots of interviews with authors and professors. MHA is not Catholic, but very Catholic friendly.
www.EnvoyMagazine.com Wicked fun, non-highbrow apologetics. Gorgeous graphic design. Patrick Madrid.
www.MercatorNet.com Weird title, good info. Dedicated to any issue dealing with human dignity. In-depth and thoughtful digest.
www.LumenChristi.org Like philosophy? Me, too!!! Watch world-class Catholic (and other) philosophers on video. This amazing Institute (set up by Cardinal George at the University of Chicago, his alma mater) is revitalizing Catholic philosophy. Kind of a think tank. If you live in Chicago you can go to these talks in person. FREE.
www.RelevantMagazine.com My hipster Catholic young adult friends swear by this Evangelical mag. Even the ones who never read. Please note the amazing layout/graphics.
www.BooksandCulture.com Just like it says. It's a Christian review from www.IntervarsityPress.com. Not high-brow, but definitely meant for ministry and often examining intersection of pop culture and faith. You can get their e-newsletter or print edition. Or both.
www.OSV.com (Our Sunday Visitor) Weekly online and print. Looking for a FUN, positive, family-oriented, EASY-READ-but-still-informative Catholic news source? Look no further. Best of its kind.
www.GetReligion.org One of my consultants swears by this site. It's where religion journalists and editors go to vent. And analyze religious stories in the news.
www.CatholicCulture.org (top stories) (I've never used it, by all 4 of my "consultants" do)
www.CatholicTV.com (out of Boston) 24 hr, streaming online.
www.NETTV.net (out of Brooklyn) 24 hr, streaming online.
www.CardinalNewmanSociety.org What's going on on "Catholic" college campuses....