The Catholic blogosphere is changing.
Mark Shea announces that his Catholic and Enjoying It blog will be more or less on hiatus until after Labor Day; Rod Bennet's wonderful Tremendous Trifles blog seems to have disappeared completely, with his blogspot being taken over by someone called peteinoz; Amy Welborn has completely changed the name, location, and focus of her blog (She explains why here); and Kathy Shaidle has been struggling with some difficult and painful personal issues and, I think, has a lot of difficulty identifying herself as a Catholic right now. She's announced plans for a change of name and focus for her blog, as well.
I can understand why folks might feel a need for change. "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" says the Preacher (Ecclesiastes 3:1). We do things for a time or a season, but then circumstances change, and we realize it's time to do something different. Goodness knows, my own life is going through enough changes of its own as I struggle with unemployment and figuring out what comes next. To be honest, from time to time lately I've thought of shutting this blog down, too. I've been rather preoccupied with personal issues and things I'm not comfortable sharing with the blog, as you can understand, and I doubt I have much to say about the Catholic Church that hasn't been said better by someone somewhere else. For the time being, however, I will keep this blog going as a channel of communication with the outside world.
Mary, help of Christians, pray for us!