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Monday, July 3, 2006
Some Website Reviews

From Catholic Culture, I wanted to share two websites that they have reviewed and said are dangerous to the faithful. Be aware of these...
  1. Just for Catholics - made by a fallen away Catholic and former seminarian, this site tries to lead us away from the Catholic Church and in turn the Sacraments! Do not support this site.
  2. American Catholic Online - Home of St. Anthony Messenger, Catholic Update, Millennium Monthly, Youth Update, Scripture From Scratch, and Franciscan Radio, this site is bad too. The site undermines the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist and features articles by dissidents.


del_button July 3, 2006 at 7:43 AM
Mike said...

I have to admit that I was not aware of any problems like this with American Catholic Online or St Anthony Messenger. In fact i have had a link to their site up on my blog for months to the Lenten Radio Retreat becausee I found it very useful during Lent, and even afterwards, to listen to these reflections.
I am going to take the link down for a while at least until I can more thouroughly investigate the content on the site. Thanks for the heads up.


del_button July 3, 2006 at 8:02 AM
Moneybags said...


Please let me know what you find. I have enjoyed reading the magazine put out by them, so this was a shock to me too. So, please let me know what you find out.

del_button July 3, 2006 at 1:29 PM
Fredi said...

If you are looking for dangerous sites to stay away from, Catholic Culture's site rating of "danger" should be given earnest consideration.

Otherwise, be cautious!

Dr. Jeff Mirus, founder and president of Catholic Culture (formerly PetersNet), leads the site review staff.

Any site that in any way supports a so-called "unapproved" apparition receives a "caution" rating based on its diminished "fidelity" to sound, authentic Catholicism.

Any knowledgeable Catholic has already learned from the official teaching authority of the Church how to respond to private revelation. They don't need the advice of arrogant individuals who place themselves above - and do a disservice to - the Magisterium, Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. In fact, such behavior cannot come as an inspiration from the Holy Spirit and does a disservice to all Catholics.

In a recent commentary Dr. Jeff Mirus stated the following:
"... when I referred in my conclusion to “the perils and the arrogance of those who think they have all the facts necessary to form certain moral judgments while condemning the judgments of others”, they assumed I must be referring to only one side in the debate. I wasn’t, and if the red flag obscured that fact, I shouldn’t have waved it." and "In wars fought by men of good will, those who find judgment simple are very likely either ignorant or prejudiced, and nearly always singularly unhelpful. We must recognize that these prudential questions cannot be settled by Revelation. Paradoxically, we can make progress only by first acknowledging how little we know."

I suggest that Dr. Jeff Mirus apply those same principles with regard to so-called "unapproved" apparitions and private revelation.

Don't submit your site for a review. The best rating you will receive will be "caution" and many potential readers who could benefit from what you have to offer might just avoid your site entirely.

Read Fr. Albert Roux's response to an article authored by a writer for Catholic Answers, which attacks the Marian Movement of Priests and is posted on Catholic Culture.

I'll look elsewhere for my spiritual and authentic Catholic development, including the intercession of Our Blessed Mother - Mother of the Church - who leads all to her Son.

del_button July 3, 2006 at 2:19 PM
Moneybags said...


Thank you for that information. I didn't know that just because a site supports an apparation that isn't approved (like Medjugorje) that it gets a cautious rating at best.

del_button July 3, 2006 at 9:35 PM
Fredi said...

I think there is some confusion with Catholic Culture and Your Catholic Voice. The link for donations is for Your Catholic Voice Foundation. I was unable to find any kind of charitable activities on Catholic Culture.

del_button July 3, 2006 at 10:03 PM
Moneybags said...


My mistake. Thank you for pointing that out. While I support Your Catholic Voice, I should probably include the link for donations for Catholic Culture :) Here's the link:

del_button July 3, 2006 at 11:00 PM
Fredi said...

I think it's important to clarify that the charitable activities you recommended for our support are provided by Your Catholic Voice; not Catholic Culture. I hope people contribute to the correct organization. As far as I can determine Catholic Culture is not involved in any charitable activities.

del_button July 4, 2006 at 4:10 AM
Anonymous said...

This is new to me also. I receive the Messenger. I will take a second look at this site.

del_button July 4, 2006 at 8:32 PM
Mike said...

I've always enjoyed the magazine and the site also. I haven't come across anything independent of the links in the artcle to support these claims so far but better to err on the side of caution for the time being.


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