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Milquetoast Catholic Mag to Become Catholic Again!!

This is great news. First the translation, now this! The whole "Catholic, but..." crowd will be reeling upon hearing this news.

Danielle Bean of DanielleBean.com and Faith & Family Live fame is taking over leadership of the Catholic Digest. Catholic Digest is probably the largest, oldest, and best-known Catholic publication in the U.S. They've got hundreds of thousands of readers so it's kind of a big deal.

But what makes it especially awesome is that this is the same publication that once featured the Catholic Mario "personally pro-life" Cuomo on the cover. Yup. This is the same publication that drooled all over its interview with un-Catholic Barack "it's above my pay grade" Obama. (Do magazines drool?)

But now they put the muy Catholic Danielle "personally and publicly pro-life" Bean in charge. This is seriously great news.

Danielle has done great things over at Faith & Family Live. I read it and I'm a dude. CMR has every confidence in Danielle, because besides everything else, Danielle is Catholic, unadorned and unafraid.

And given that the publication's readership probably skews towards seniors, hopefully Danielle will be moving the magazine out of the nursing home and into the nursery.

This is a seriously big deal in that a major "Catholic" publication is abandoning the tired old wishy washy "future Church" garbage and putting an authentically Catholic person in charge.

I suspect Danielle's influence will be felt immediately at the Catholic Digest. This is great news for Catholic media. Now, if Pat and I could just take over the National Catholic Reporter we'd all be set.

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33 comments:

Joseph K @ Defend Us In Battle said...

WOW! THIS IS HUGE!!!!

Awesome, so happy to see this news!

Maria...not so young anymore... said...

This is good news however I hope it's not leaving the nursing home for the nursery. There is soooo much out there for you young folks and your families. Older folks need something good to read too.

bryn said...

happy days

Dwija {House Unseen} said...

Awesome. Absolutely awesome!

Marilyn H said...

This is great news! I hear that NCR is having financial troubles. Just think what a dose of the Archbold brothers could do for its circulation!

Katie said...

Fantastic!!

A Random Friar said...

Wonderful news! May it blossom once more as a beacon of light, hope and faith!

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Ann Margaret Lewis said...

W00t! Makes me want to submit an article or two...

Laura said...

Congrats to Danielle and to the "Catholic Digest" folks who dared to hire her! Bold statement! Faithful Catholics rejoice.

Sophia's Favorite said...

Someone really should've told Obama "Dude, you do realize you're campaigning to get the highest pay-grade there is? President's commander-in-chief, he outranks even O-10s."

But what do you expect from the guy who thinks Navy medics are "Corpsemen"?

Amy @ Finer Things said...

Congrats, Danielle! Woot!

Liza Jane said...

This should be very interesting :)

LarryD said...

Perhaps you might recall that I wrote about big changes at the NCR back in February.

So Matthew, when you and Pat do take it over, call me.

Al said...

Is Bayard still the owner? If so then I am surprized at this. & I wonder how long her being in charge will last if they are.

donbtex said...

Good news indeed! Looks like it will be time to start reading Catholic Digest again.

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Margaret in Minnesota said...

"Personally and publicly" Pro-Life people are a big deal, aren't they? This is great news. I am a huge fan of Danielle.

(For the record, I read *this* website too, even though you both are dudes.)

Cam said...

Awesome news!

Bepax said...

Having sampled 'Catholic' media sources and been discourged by many and found encouragment in only a few, one more reliable one with the reach of Catholic Digest is welcome. I am an RCIA catechist for 20 years, dispelling inaccuracy from 'Catholic' sources has taken more time than it deserves.

Patrick Archbold said...

anon + nasty = deleted

Elizabeth said...

Wow that is great news. And, certainly there's nothing wrong with a magazine having many older subscribers, they also most definitely need faithful Catholic writing too. But, it's pretty likely that if it were truly faithful it would begin to attract younger readers. The way it is now it has no interest to me whatsoever--but, I am actually very interested in faithful Catholic reading material.

Rachel W. said...

Congrats to the magazine and to Danielle. This magazine was a fixture on my Grandmother's side table until the day she died (back in 1982). I loved reading it when I was a kid (didn't know any better) and tried to as an adult (some time at Franciscan U. made me know better). Looking forward to this revival and prayerfully hopeful that current subscribers won't know what is happening to them (getting more faithful material) until it is too late! :-)

paladin said...

I seriously thought you were kidding, until I actually read the details; wow, but this is phenomenal news!! Godspeed, Danielle! :)

Margaret said...

Will this mean the Digest will be under the control of the Legionaries, either overtly or de facto?

Deirdre Mundy said...

Margaret-- Danielle Bean hasn't worked for Circle Media or the Legionaries for quite some time. She's been working for Bayard for a while now.

Margaret said...

Are we 100% certain Bayard has no connection with RC/LC? Not to be paranoid or anything, but... ;)

Sharon said...

That's great news! I had a subscription for a while with Catholic Digest, and I didn't renew it because it was annoying and lame. I've been wanting a subscription to Faith & Family; I think it's time to get that AND Catholic Digest. Way to go, Danielle! :)

Anonymous said...

Bayard is a large French company that I am 100% certain has no LC ties.

Micah said...

I had quit my subscription years ago when the liberal spin just got too much. Catholic Digest was the first Catholic publication I got a subscription to when I converted. Maybe now I will re-subscribe?

mary624mi said...

As a mother of 11 children, I absolutely LOVE that a mom of 8 (or 9?) kids is heading a formerly liberal Catholic magazine. That has to have the pro-choice Catholics spitting soup in their tea-cups!!!

Sharon said...

I recently subscribed to Catholic Digest through a Fund Raiser. Gosh, now I'm really excited!

Anonymous said...

The loss of the moderate voice in the Catholic Digest is disheartening to those of us who understand that there has to be a space at the table for All of His people. I am sad that there continues to be rush to embrace the conservative agenda, that Catholics have turned on Catholics and the discussion around family, inclusion, and God's love has become so narrow that it is impossible to have a real discussion around faith and humanity.

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