Sunday, 10 April 2011

The other Rome blognic

Well, things are heating up in the blogosphere.

I once said to a priest and mutual friend, "I remember her when she was just a parish secretary." To which he replied, "David, she was never just a parish secretary!"

Hilary Jane Margaret White, is organizing:

UPDATE: Keynote speaker will be the rootin' tootin' Michael Voris of Real Catholic and The Vortex, speaking on

"How the blogs and 'new media' are shaping the New Evangelisation"

Do you have a blog on which you write about Catholic stuff?

Do you read Catholic blogs?

Do you comment on Catholic blogs?

Are you planning on going to Rome for the Beatification of John Paul II?

Are you pretty sure you're not going to get invited to the Vatican's blognic?

Do you suspect that they found your work just a leeetle too ... err... forthcoming about the bishops, the Church, the state of things? Do you suspect that you'd probably be regarded as a "Taliban Catholic" blogger in certain circles?

Or just don't think you can face hours of talks on "the initiatives that the Church is putting in place in the world of new media, whether in Rome or at the local level" by Vatican bureaucrats?

Come to the *other* Catholic blogger Rome blognic...

*Shaping the Narrative: how Catholic "new media" is re-defining the global Catholic debate*

and talk about what *YOU* want to talk about...

Unlike the Vatican's, ours will be FUN!

AND ours will have beer...

AND pizza...

AND we'll let you come in your pyjamas if you want.

Tell your bloggy friends and enemies.


We're still in the process of organising this (since we just dreamed it up on Friday). More details about location will follow, but right now we're looking at a very central venue, Scholar's Lounge Pub, the home of the Rome Pub Quiz, which is on all the Centro's bus and tram routes. So it will be an easy access to wherever you'll be camping for the Beatification.

Things we do know:

1) you will be allowed to talk about whatever YOU want

2) No Vatican prelate will bore you into early-onset Alzheimer's engage you in a meaningful dialogue

3) the talks will all be in English

4) all the cool kids will be there

For now, the plan is to have two formal "talks," in the style of Theology on Tap: a keynote and a panel. We'll discuss the general state of things, the impact of the "new media" on the Church at the local and international level, the contributions of bloggers to the various Catholic public debates etc (see topic suggestions below).

The rest of the time will be in "small breakout discussion groups" (IOW, sitting around in the pub drinking and talking).

Also, we're going to do our best to get WiFi so you can liveblog it, and we can maybe set up some Skype calls or iChat thingies for people whose bodies can't make it so at least their heads can be there. And we'll see what we can do about getting the thing on video so it can go up on YouTube.

AND, if all goes as planned, there will be discounts for drinks for those who are registered before the event.

"Sounds GREAT! What can I do to help put it together?"

First thing to do is cut and paste this post into your blog (or other new media thingy) and start drumming up interest.

Next, think of three or more Catholic bloggers who fit the following criteria:

1) is likely to get rejected from the Vatican's list for being, in the immortal words of John Allen and at least one influential cleric, "Taliban Catholics"

2) blogs about Catholic stuff

3) is likely to be in Rome for the Beatification anyway

...and invite them to join this facebook event page.

Next, suggest topics you'd like to hear talked about. So far we've had:

1) Whatever the hell we damn well want to talk about

2) "blogging until something happens"
- the intolerable silence of injustice has been disturbed and even destroyed
- the power of the blogs efforts in transparency and accountability

3) "I am not alone"
- isolationism and the iconoclasm

4) Why is the Catholic bloggosphere so nearly uniformly "conservative," pro-Benedict and, above all, young?

5) Are we really "making a difference" or is it really all just narcissism?

6) exchanging stories: how have Catholic blogs, websites and "new media" actually made a concrete difference to the Church or to real people?


How exciting!

I bet there will be apoplexy and discombobulation at Jarvis and Richmond with this news. Nasty email #14 is probably on its way 'cause he reads this blog every morning. (shhhh...don't tell him...I'm collecting them, his emails that is.)

So, it seems that even if certain bloggers are vetoed by a certain cleric and CEO of a Catholic cable station which nobody watches, the truth will still get out.

See, you cannot control the printing press.

Awesome this Internet thing, ain't it?


W S said...

I would love to be kept in the loop with info for this event

BTW - I was called a "dogma terrorist" by the Kitchener Record years ago :)

Not a bad name though - think about it - they are afraid of the truth


Catholic Canada

TH2 said...

..."apoplexy and discombobulation". I love it.

Santa said...

Gee, too bad I'm not a blogger else I'd love to be there.

Are you thinking of going Mr. Vox? If so, don't get taken in by any of this "new media/technology skype virtual reality is just as good as being there" nonsense. Nothing beats actually being there in the flesh.
It would be great if you were in attendance if only to see the sparks fly when you and your arch - nemesis, Hilary Jane Margaret White came into contact.

Because of the JPII beatification on May 1st, accommodations will be hard to come by. I can give you the address of a neat little hotel just outside of Rome in Santa Marinella very convenient to the train station that takes you right into Rome if you want.

John Vicente,
(not one of the cool kids)

Mike said...

Hey "Taliban Catholic" Bloggers!! Come to the "Other" Rome Catholic Blognic click here

Hilary Jane Margaret White said...

I was once just a pastry chef though.

That was great. An honest day's work.

mike said...

A couple of interesting twitters - tweets?

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