12 Catholic Blogs Worth Your Time 2012

“Believing Christians should look upon themselves as such a creative minority and … espouse once again the best of its heritage, thereby being at the service of humankind at large.” – Joseph Ratzinger, flagship quote of the CMR blog.

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Listers, the following collection of blogs represents the best Catholic voices online. The list is not necessarily in a strict order. If you think there is a blog(s) that should be featured on St. Peter’s List please do not hesitate to name and link the blog in the comment box and we’ll see what we can do. Also, please note this is a list of blogs – and even though SPL has included some that stretch the limits of a blog, other excellent news sites like New Advent and Life Site News will be featured elsewhere. SPL did not list itself, but you can find more lists from us on Twitter and Facebook.


1. Father Z: What Does the Prayer Really Say?

Fr. Z explaining the liturgy and the glory of bird feeders.

Father Z is the premiere site to be introduced to liturgical nuances, receive priestly commentary on the news, learn Latin and view photos of Father Z’s bird feeders and what he had for dinner last night. Easily one of the most popular Catholic blogs, the good father posts multiple times per day and normally has a critique ready for whatever is pulsing through the Catholic blogosphere. Without question, however, the main gravity of his blog comes from drawing people into a proper and clear understanding of the Catholic liturgy. In a time were so many of the faithful are either non-educated or ill-educated, Father Z’s daily commentary and catechesis is much needed and very appreciated.

“This blog is rather like a fusion of the Baroque ‘salon’ with its well-tuned harpsichord around which polite society gathered for entertainment and edification and, on the other hand, a Wild West “saloon” with its out-of-tune piano and swinging doors, where everyone has a gun and something to say. Nevertheless, we try to point our discussions back to what it is to be Catholic in this increasingly difficult age, to love God, and how to get to heaven.” – Fr. Z


2. ++Dolan: The Gospel in the Digital Age

A Jovial Crust With a Politically Shrewd Center

The official blog of His Eminence, Cardinal Dolan. Our Prince of the Church from NYC updates his blog more than other princes, and is sure to include important Catholic news from the USCCB and alerts to whatever media venue on which His Eminence will be appearing.






3. Dominicana: Dominican Students of the Province of St. Joseph

Often just called the “Dominicans,” the Order of Preachers from the Province of St. Joseph has started an online blog with daily updates and multiple contributors. The authorial diversity lends itself to various styles and subjects, but all are crafted with the intellectual and devotional depth characteristic of our Dominican brothers.

Dominicana is a publication of the Dominican Students of the St. Joseph Province, who live and study at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. The blog is updated every weekday, and the journal appears twice a year.


4. Taylor Marshall: Canterbury Tales

Drawing often from St. Thomas Aquinas and the Church Fathers, the Canterbury Tales has gained a reputation for brevity and substance. Taylor Marshall posts have a strong catechetical character to them, and often take the time to show the deep truths of basic and simple Catholic teachings.

Dr. Taylor Marshall was an Episcopal priest in Fort Worth, Texas before being received with his wife into the Catholic Church by Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth on May 23, 2006 […] Taylor received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas with his dissertation: “Thomas Aquinas on Natural Law and the Twofold Beatitude of Humanity.” He is a graduate of Texas A&M University (BA, Philosophy) Westminster Theological Seminary (MAR, Systematic Theology), Nashotah Theological House (Certificate in Anglican Studies), and the University of Dallas (MA, Philosophy).


5. Fr. Longenecker: Standing On My Head

The bulk of Father Longenecker’s blog is colored by liturgical catechesis and commentary, but he also blogs about whatever comes to mind – which produces everything from whimsical posts about the Lord of the Rings or the possibility of aliens to the occasional political note.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. Fr Longenecker was brought up in an Evangelical home in Pennsylvania. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight. Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. He spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing to over twenty-five magazines, papers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the USA.


6. Pulp.it

The Pulp.it is an blog aggregate site maintained by Tito Edwards. With morning, mid-morning, afternoon, afternoon-extras, and evening posts, Pulp.it is the place to check for the best Catholic blog articles of the day. He is also responsible for the blogs that are posted on the National Catholic Register.


7. Creativity Minority Report

The “CMR” presents media stories for Catholics and politically conservative individuals with a thin but prudent layer of introduction and commentary. His Twitter followers have also come to enjoy his various political quips and barbs tweeted throughout the day.

“Believing Christians should look upon themselves as such a creative minority and … espouse once again the best of its heritage, thereby being at the service of humankind at large.” – Joseph Ratzinger



FIRST THINGS is a conservative and ecumenical journal primarily focused on religion and politics. The publication was started by the Catholic intellectual-giant Fr. Richard John Neuhaus (1936-2009), and his labor continues to be a respected ecumenical resource for faithful Catholics. Along with its primary articles, the site boasts four separate blogs, which includes the political punditry of the Post-Modern Conservative.

First Things is published by The Institute on Religion and Public Life, an interreligious, nonpartisan research and education institute whose purpose is to advance a religiously informed public philosophy for the ordering of society.


9. Catholic Vote

Catholic Vote is a well-known religious voice in conservative politics, and it has made the mainstream media several times with its critiques and endorsements. It hosts a group of writers – which vary in caliber – and their most recognized author is the “American Papist,” Thomas Peters.

CatholicVote.org is Catholic. As Catholics we know our home is in heaven, not in a party platform. Being non-partisan allows us to approach issues and candidates with an open mind, and with a clear conscience formed by the principles of our faith. At the same time, being non-partisan preserves Catholics from being “owned” by any party or movement. With this freedom we will be able to more effectively pursue the common good which all people should seek. However, we do believe in “taking sides” if one candidate or issue is decidedly against the principles we hold dear. And we welcome the opportunity to fully support every individual, issue or movement that is committed to the same clear principles which, when followed, promote the common good.


10. Live Action

Live Action took the pro-life, pro-abort and mainstream media by force when Lila Rose – the founder – exposed Planned Parenthood’s lawlessness and exploitations of women via hidden cameras. The group was actually formed by Rose when she was only 15 years old. Since then her undercover work, documentaries and talking circuits have continued to expose the filth within the merchants of death and encourage the young and old in respecting life in all stages and forms.

We are a youth led movement dedicated to building a culture of life and ending abortion, the greatest human rights injustice of our time. We use new media to educate the public about the humanity of the unborn and investigative journalism to expose threats against the vulnerable and defenseless.


11. Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is without question one of the most neglected and/or misunderstood practices within the Roman Catholic faith. Founded by Dan Burke – who is also the Executive Director of the National Catholic Register – the Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction site blogs and answers questions by faithful Catholic who are seeking to virtuously and righteously order their souls.

The purpose of this site and related resources is to serve you in your journey to and with God. If you are like many Catholics who desire a deeper relationship with Christ and His church, you have probably discovered that the paths to pursuing that relationship are not always clearly illuminated. Thus this humble effort. Our desire is bring greater light to His path and to serve you in your search for greater depth in Him.


12. Rorate Caeli

Rorate Caeli is another staple in liturgical and faithful Catholic blogging. The low-profile site presents the faithful with well documented articles from various contributors and is a must-have site for those seeking to delve into the richness of Catholicism.


Listers, did we miss one?
Add it to the comments below and we’ll possibly add an addendum or make another list of quality Catholic bloggers. 

  • Jon

    What do I think? I think this list is exactly the same as my list. I might have put Rorate Caeli up a bit higher but, good recommendations.

  • Dave

    You should also add Mark Shea’s blog: Catholic and Enjoying It! to your list.

    • Tom Abbott

      I’ll second the “Catholic and Enjoying It!” recommendation.

    • G. de La Hoya

      Mark has gotten somewhat whiney lately. Wonder if everything is ok with him.

      • Luke

        I could not recommend Mark Shea’s blog because of his lack of charity toward those with whom he disagrees. He attacked Fr. Z several months ago; he did not merely disagree with him- he attacked him in extreme language. I would not recommend his blog to anyone.

        • David

          I completely agree with you about his reaction to Fr.Z – but then I also think that Fr.Z can be very high and mighty and more than a little lacking in charity himself. That is why I no longer read either of these blogs.

        • Pepin the Short

          Absolutely. Shea’s lack of respect and intolerance is a serious flaw that cannot be swept under the carpet. Attacking Fr Z is about the limit. Marring what could have been a good blog, Shea’s style brings with it a hard-grinding, investigative/quasi-political/accusative journalism which sits badly, very badly within the realm of a Catholic blog. It would be more normal to find such a style of journalism in a newspaper or magazine which has its own agenda to push and which, as a consequence of this, belittles and tries to pour ridicule on anybody who is perceived to be undermining said agenda. I’ve also caught him glossing over and using information about which he knows very little. Pity…

    • Boanerges

      No they shouldn’t.

  • Called to Communion (calledtocommunion.com)is a must imo!

    Shameless Popery (http://catholicdefense.blogspot.com/)
    Almost not Catholic (http://www.almostnotcatholic.com/)
    St. Joseph’s Vanguard (http://www.devinrose.heroicvirtuecreations.com/blog/)

  • Truth & Charity would make a good lucky #13…

  • Ira Nee

    How about Ignitum Today: http://www.ignitumtoday.com/

  • an buachaill

    My fav is newtheologicalmovement.blogspot.com

  • anon
  • Bob
  • Nathan

    May I recommend:

    http://canonlawblog.wordpress.com/ – Best Canon Law blog – Dr. Edward Peters

    http://blog.adw.org/ – blog of the Archdiocese of Washington – Monsignor Charles Pope

    http://catholicdefense.blogspot.com/ – Shameless Popery – Joe Heschmeyer

  • Nicole

    Marc Barnes’ “Bad Catholic” and Heather King’s “Shirt of Flame.” Also wonderful and cannot believe he’s missing is Mark Shea’s “Catholic and Enjoying It” and Elizabeth Husted Duffy’s “Betty Duffy.”

    • David

      So glad you mentioned ‘Shirt of Flame’. Heather’s posts can be long but well worth the read. One of the things I like about her is that she doesn’t spend most of her time complaining.

  • daniel

    Every day I check:





  • Brother Juniper

    Shameless Popery, already suggested above by Brian O., also has my vote.

  • I’ll add “catholic education resource centre”, and ” The Catholic Thing”

  • Carey

    I highly recommend http://www.conversiondiary.com.

  • AB

    I also like Quodcumque Dixerit (qdvf.wordpress.com)

  • John R.

    One which always turn to is “Fr. Ray Blake’s Blog” and “The Hermaneutic of Continuity”. I get New Advent sent to me daily and I regularly turn to The Pulp.it. If you fancy a bit of intellectual reasoning The Sensible Bond is worth turning to

  • robin

    I suggest Sue Brinkmanns blogs on http://WWW.womenofgrace.com
    She does several there along with Johnnette and Fr. Ed…

  • You forgot mine ;)

  • Ed

    I second Shameless Popery twice mentioned above…

  • I’d recommend Ed Feser at http://edwardfeser.blogspot.co.uk/ for Thomist reflections.

  • Dex

    I love CANTERBURY Tales and I am glad it is included here. I’ve been to Fr. Longnecker’s site as well.

  • Joseph Jablonski


  • Ever wondered how priest’s view the world? I’ve started a blog to share reflections that look behind the veil of priestly life in an attempt to reveal the beauty of priesthood. It’s not an explanation of theology, but a look at how theology lives and breathes in the life of this priest.


  • Sharon

    Very good list but I would have included the catholicbibles blogspot. Wonderful site for learning about Catholic Bibles.

  • Tom B

    I’d add the “Catholic Thing” and “Shameless Popery”: especially the latter, I’ve learned more about Catholicism there then any other source I can think of, not excluding all the Homilies I’ve ever heard combined.

  • Phil

    You included two of the blogs I read everyday. Thanks for doing the research!

  • This is an excellent list! Happy to see Dr. Taylor Marshall included and note some blogs that I am not as familiar with but will now check out. Thank you.

  • Michael V.

    There’s a new blog on the block that provides practical advice on winning the culture war based on logic and reason. A few of the posts are insightful, and it’s called Omnia Vincit Veritas (http://vlogicusinsight.wordpress.com/)

  • mbond

    Also… Fr. Robert Barron’s website/blog “Word on Fire” http://www.wordonfire.org/

  • Julie

    I’m bookmarking this page! Excellent resource–both the post & comments. Thank you!

  • Elizabeth

    Rorate Caeli is the first site I check every day.

  • c matt

    A little late to the game, but The American Catholic is a daily read for me. Great commentary and a heck of a lot of good blog links on the side.

  • These are all interesting blogs. Thanks.

  • Benedict Carter

    You would all learn a lot from visiting http://mundabor.wordpress.com/ regularly.

  • Jerry

    For following the liturgical Year with beautiful art through the centuries, arsorandi.blogspot.com tops the list. Read it and rorate_coeli every day.

  • Mike D.

    How about the best of Catholic Twitter?

  • pat


  • Reverend Know-it-All. He only posts once a week or so but they are great posts.

    Ignatius insight from Ignatius Press used to be a must-read for me. I don’t think it’s as interesting anymore, but in case it gets back up there…

  • alan

    I recommend Father Ron Rolheiser.

  • AJ

    I’m glad I found this site. I will check out the Catholic Vote Blog before the presidential elections….

  • I recommend my blog ‘ Being Joseph Michael’ you can find it by clicking on my name.

  • William Stanton

    I like Polo Road Diary at http://poloroaddiary.com

  • I would turn your attention to two sites:

    First – http://www.calledtocommunion.com : A deep look at some of the biggest questions from converts to the Church.

    Second – http://www.21centurypilgrim.com : The blog I started after my conversion to the Catholic Church.

    Eric Neubauer

  • Jim Anderson

    I like These Stone Walls and Holy Souls Hermitage.

  • nothing special

  • traditionalcatholicpriest.com is not to be missed.

  • Prayer to Pen – Catholic worldview from a Diocese of Providence Seminarian Prayer to Pen

  • Check out http://www.thecatholiccatalogue.com! Great layout, design and fresh content.

  • nice blog.Thanks for such an awesome post.Watch Catholichub tv channel to watch live mass.

  • MS
  • Truth In Love

    To Catholics:

    The following is said in love and out of sincere concern, please read it through.

    True believers adhere to the Word of God as final authority in all matters and nothing else. The Catholic church has placed new definitions behind many concepts such as ‘born again.’

    Some of those things said above apply, but to JESUS, not a church organization. We must be born again into HIS body by receiving HIM to be saved, and those are the only ones saved. We do not need any man’s approval for salvation, only God’s.

    Here are verses from the bible that explain why salvation is outside of the Catholic church:

    Mark 12; 38-40, Luke 11; 39-44, Matthew 23; 1-36 (Call no man ‘father’, religious pomp condemned)

    1 Timothy 2; 5-6 (One mediator between God and man – Jesus!)

    Matthew 6; 7, 15; 7-9 (No repetitious prayers, doctrines of men)

    Ephesians 5; 22-24 (Christ is the head of the church)
    Water baptism does not save you:

    And, by the way, baptism does not save you. Many people get water baptized and not saved. Some get saved but not water baptized (like the thief on the cross). The norm is to get saved and then water baptized as a symbolic commemoration of being raised into a new life in Christ (a new life now, not just after we die, etc.), although they can occur simultaneously if they give their life to Jesus and there is some water around, etc.

    When Peter set out to preach in the house of the first gentile converts, they got saved BEFORE water baptism! See below:

    “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”
    Acts 10; 44-48

    So they got saved BEFORE being water baptized, proving that water baptism is not necessary for salvation, nor does it save you, it is merely symbolic.

    Then, infant baptism is actually OUTLAWED in the bible! See below:

    “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”

    And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

    So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him.’
    Acts 8; 34-38

    So, a person must be conscious enough of what is happening for water baptism to be meaningful.

    But, we needn’t worry about babies who haven’t reached that level yet, as Jesus himself said in Luke 18; 16 that the kingdom of heaven is made up of such as these (children).
    And then there is the eucharist:

    And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”

    Luke 22; 19

    When Jesus spoke these words, where WAS his body? That was the first communion, and it was not his body, it was symbolic of it. That is evident in the words “Do this in remembrance of me.” It is symbolic, a commemoration. Also, the whole book of Hebrews clearly explains that Jesus died ONCE and FOR ALL, and the atoning sacrifice is FINISHED. Nothing reappears in the bread and the wine, we celebrate what Jesus has completed on the cross. Communion in any way does not save you nor do any sacraments. The only thing that will save you is what Christ accomplished on the cross, dying for your sins, and you accepting and receiving that atonement for your sins personally of freewill as a cognizant and conscientious adult.

    Also, the term ‘Catholic’ here does not mean the early church, but the stale rigidity of an establishment that morphed via infiltration and compromise in later centuries during Constantine’s time.

    And, I don’t know where all that dogma came from, but it seems off topic (about all those Catholic pope dogmas). It doesn’t matter what a church has in the books if what they are doing contradicts it. It is like a man who hangs a plaque on the wall that says in gold “I do not believe in sex before marriage.” It is hanging above his bed where he just committed the act and the cigarette is still dangling from his mouth. It is like these apostate churches who claim “oh, yes, we are solid orthodox bible believing Christians!” and their statement of beliefs is ‘kosher,’ yet they are showing a recent video of Rick Warren praising the pope and advertising for his ‘crislam,’ and so forth. It is not what they say, but what they DO that we need to look at.
    Here are a few more…

    Jesus died once and for all, communion is not the body and blood, only symbolic

    Matthew 26; 26-28, Mark 14; 22-24, Luke 22; 19-20, Hebrews 7; 27, 9; 12, 25-28, 10; 10,12,14,18, 1 Peter 3; 18

    Not to worship Mary

    Luke 11; 27-28

    You must be born again as an adult

    John 3, 1 Peter 1; 3, 23

    Jesus is the one and only way of salvation
    John 14; 6, Acts 4; 12, 1 Timothy 2; 5-6

    Salvation is by the grace of God, not of works
    Ephesians 2; 8-10, Acts 15; 11, 2 Timothy 1; 9, Romans 3; 28, Titus 3; 4-8

    Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man, our High Priest and only priest

    1 Timothy 2; 5-6, Hebrews 7; 27, 9; 12, 25-28, 10; 10,12,14,18

    And of course all those verses about idols in the OT.

    Even though there are some doctrines in the Catholic as well as Protestant churches (Lutheran, etc.) that are true, such as the Trinity, we must be born again for salvation. Once we totally and truly surrender to God we have a desire to only follow truth, the truth of God’s word, and not what man has said in any denomination. Since there are so many contradictions in these denominations today with the bible, we must go by the bible and not associate with those who compromise but fellowship with one another instead.

    The question becomes; are we religiously following a stale tradition of man (via denomination, family, etc.) or the word of God? Can we truly say we have been obedient to God according to His Word and our conscience? Many hide behind religious curtains while holding back from truly following Jesus.

    Go into your closet and pray alone to Him today and surrender yourself to Him and see for yourself!

    • Oh, dear. What a sad repetition of the common (most of them tired) misunderstandings of the Church founded by Jesus Christ, the Catholic Church! Go to http://www.catholic.com and do some homework before parroting what you see on anti-Catholic websites.

  • James Christopher

    Here’s a great blog: http://benedicteen.blogspot.com/

    It’s a commentary on the Rule of Saint Benedict…but it’s pretty good for older people too.