Amateur Catholic

We don't write books or do speaking tours.
In fact, we barely do our jobs.
-We're the B-Team of Catholic Bloggers-

This is the home of the Amateur Catholic® bloggers - or as we like to refer to ourselves, the B-team. We don't write books or do speaking tours. In fact, we barely do our jobs. That's not to say we're unambitious though... You see, this coalition is just the second phase our blogoshpere conquest. We suppose you could think of us as amateur crusaders too.

Membership will not bring you any money, perks, notoriety, or prestige - but you will get the privilege of proudly displaying the B-team badge on your blog! Lucky you, huh?

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If you are hosting a conference, parish function, or some other event and can not afford the exorbitant fees typically associated with a Professional Catholic®, please contact one of our members. We like to hear ourselves talk just as much as the Professional Catholics® do, we just don't charge you for it. But hey give us a meal, free beer, and a designated driver, and we'll speak about breaking the Da Vinci Code or anything else you might care to hear about.

The B-Team badge is copryright 2006, The B-Team Bloggers®. Of course, we're Amateur Catholics®, so if you use the badge without permission (enrolled membership), we won't hunt you down and make you cough up your hard-earned bucks. Just have fun with it and maybe buy us a beer next time you're in town.

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

Amateur operations

I thought I'd take a moment to mention a few things. First, with these latest additions we now have a whopping 158 registered B-Team blogs. We still receive from 2 to 5 new applications every week. Who would have ever thought there were so many self-deprecating amatuers in such a relatively small community. It must be a Catholic thing, huh?

I also want to apologize to those folks who have found themselves waiting for three to four weeks to get posted. It stinks and I'm sorry. For future applicants, let me explain. In a perfect world I would check this email account multiple times a day and as soon as an application comes in check out the site and post the application. That's in a perfect world - or at least a professional world. In the amateur world I check the account once or twice a week and after four to five apps have accumulated I wait for an evening - usually on a weekend - when I can post all (or most) of them in one sitting. I have some obligations outside of the typical family/work realm and my free time is generally limited to 5 to 20 minute blocks of time. Of course, if I can't get it in on the weekend then you're stuck waiting another week or more. I know that's an amateurish way to operate, but would you expect anything less ...err ...more?

Anyway, I'd like to again welcome the latest inductees and remind you all to install the B-Team badge (and blogroll if you choose) if you haven't already.


At 7/31/2006 10:44 AM, Blogger Ron Rolling said...

This has, is, and always will be, for those who are members and those who administrate this site, a labor of love. Remember the root word of amateur. That is the perspective all of us have.

At 7/31/2006 1:16 PM, Blogger Jay Anderson said...

And unfortunately for you, Rick, your co-hosts have been absolutely lax about helping you out in administering this blog.

I apologize for that.

At 8/01/2006 10:44 PM, Blogger Rick Lugari said...

No worries, Jay. I just don't like leaving people hanging a long time - not that it probably matters to most, but you know...

Labor of love, Ron? I like that! It sounds a lot better than an idiot armed with a computer and Internet access. ;)

At 8/11/2006 12:56 AM, Blogger Sister Mary Martha said...

Here's some helpful information, updated every couple of days:

At 8/20/2006 9:37 PM, Blogger j said...

Dedicated to
Red Blooded Catholics

In a number of countries the Catholic Church has declined catastrophically. In the U.S. starting in the mid-1960s the Church has completely collapsed. The Church was once served by prominent politicians in the Republican and especially the Democratic Party. Important universities were devoted to the interests of the Church. The media was not hostile to the Church.

How can we reverse this decline? We should:
• Recruit Aggressively – like the Mormons do
• Allow Priests to Marry

We must define our enemies:
• Moslems are oil sheiks, cruel dictators, and terrorists. Moslem leaders are unable to offer their people justice. We should not condemn Moslems for being pro-family. (We should be equally pro-family. Why should they be the only ones to breed?)
• Protestants are not our worst enemy. They are more to be pitied. They actually believe that the earth is only about 6000 years old and the story of Noah’s Ark actually happened. Also they are upper class. George Bush is their poster boy.
• Jews have not always been victims. Jewish commissars like Trotsky, Kaganovich, and Yagoda have killed millions. The Israelis have bombed Palestinian children. Why are Catholics the only ones to apologize?
• Atheists are not leftists. They are rightists. They are libertarians.

We must also define ourselves. Catholics are orthodox and pro-life. We venerate our traditions. We are are happy to die for the ideals the martyrs died for. Yet at the same time we are socialists and anti-imperialists. We must firmly attach ourselves to these popular ideologies.
American Catholics will not appreciate this tactic, but it is necessary.
I picture Catholics fighting back against Moslem violence in Ethiopia, Chad, Cote D’Ivoire, the Sudan, India, the Balkans, Egypt, France, Spain, Germany, Russia, East Timor, the Philippines, and Indonesia. I picture Catholics combating U.S. and English and Israeli imperialism (in Latin America, the Pacific region, the Middle East). I picture Catholics protesting against U.S. and British corporations.
Sometimes we should stay out of a conflict and watch our enemies fight each other. Some of the Middle East wars fall in this category.
To confront some objections:
• Perhaps you think my position is merely incoherent – a strange conglomeration of left and right. I grant you that within the current system my position is incoherent, but that same system has caused our destruction.
• Perhaps you think I am not being charitable enough. My response is: please stop being so naïve.


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