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, November 11, 2006

Amateur Catholic miscellany

B-Teamer Owen Swain writes:
I was wondering if you could update the link. My blog is no longer called luminousmiseries_ii but once again is known simply as luminousmiseries and the correct url is above. Thanks. I know, I am an amatuer

I changed it in the blogroll, Owen. Sorry it took so long.

Rebecca Taylor of Mary Meets Dolly fame sent in a confession:
Subject: I took the money

Dear Amateur Catholic,

Last week I gave a talk on stem cells and cloning at a local parish. After it was over, the lady that booked me handed me a check, and instead of telling her to donate it to the Church, I said, "Thank-you" and took the money. Shocking, I know. I guess I just wanted the sensation and satisfaction of knowing that someone actually paid me for speaking out loud.

Can I still be part of the B-team? Please?

Ashamed, but sincere, ;)

Rebecca Taylor
See Rebecca, I wish you wouldn't have sent that in. Really, what we don't know won't hurt us. Nevertheless, the damage is done and now we need to spin this somehow. Hmmm, let's see...what would a Jesuit do? Oh - I got it! Since it's perfectly acceptable for a B-Teamer to accept beer for speaking (or for any other matter), all you have to do is explain that the woman who booked you was too busy to pick up your beer, so being the benevolent amateur that you are, you did the charitable thing and accepted the check and picked up the beer yourself. What if you didn't stop and pick up the beer on the way home? No problem. God is outside of time, He can apply it to past or future purchases. There, you're all set. No harm, no foul - thanks to Jesuit thought.

Also from Rebecca:
The Genetics and Health blog is a great online resource for all things genetics. It is written by Dr. Hsien-Hsien Lei, a Ph.D. in epidemiology and genetics and has been honored with a Forbes "Best of the Web" award.

Dr. Lei has a series called the Genetics Interview where she interviews a professional in the genetics field, usually with an M.D. or Ph.D. A few weeks ago she contacted me to do an interview for her site. It is up today. Here is the link:

The science community on the internet can very very anti-religious and hostile to the pro-life point of view. Dr. Lei is very courageous giving me a forum to present some of the Catholic teaching on current issues in genetics and biotechnology to a largely secular audience. I imagine there maybe some negative feedback.

If you feel so inclined, please leave a comment after my interview to let Dr. Lei you appreciate the presentation of a pro-life, religious point of view.

Rebecca Taylor


At 11/22/2006 12:47 PM, Blogger onionboy said...

November 11, Remembrance Day in Canada. As far as remembering goes, it was most appropriate...

At 12/01/2006 1:32 PM, Blogger David L Alexander said...

I call for a secret meeting of the Amateur Hosts to rule on this matter. Let's have it at Tommissar's place. He's got plenty of beer. We should be finished before Christmas.


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