Monday, August 29, 2016

A Thank You Note to Fans of The Chimney!

What began as a simple three minute podcast recorded in my 2008 Pontiac Vibe station wagon has become...well...pretty much just a simple three minute podcast recorded in my 2008 Pontiac Vibe station wagon.

Now that we have reached Episode 50, I just wanted to take a quick moment to thank everyone who has clicked that little link and listened in over the last (nearly) 6 months.

Thank you!!

Also, a gigantic thanks to Liz Aiello, Adam Hamway, and all the amazing folks at Sirius XM's The Catholic Channel! Thanks to them having interest in The Chimney and helping me work out the kinks, I'm happy to say that the 40th interstitial to reach the radio was sent in today!

Hearing this little podcast on a radio station as cool as The Catholic Channel has been quite a blessing!!

Here's to the next 50! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

When is Catholic radio not Catholic radio?

I love Catholic radio. 

Catholic Answers and ETWN Open Line were crucial in my reversion back to the faith, and I'll never cease thanking God for the impact Catholic radio had on my life.

That being said...

When elections come up, Catholic radio works hard to remind us to vote as Catholics. Typically, I appreciate their approach, but lately the push has made me increasingly uncomfortable. It has become less about principles and more about a blind allegiance toward the Republican party, and even worse, Donald Trump. 

It's kind of like: "Hillary would be terrible, and we have to defeat Hillary, even if that means electing someone at least equally as terrible (or possibly even worse)..." 

I realize people are going to say this isn't the case. 

Catholics in media, and on the radio specifically, painstakingly remind everyone that they are just pushing the principles of the faith and not actually supporting individual candidates or parties. 

But at some point, we all start to see through it. 

Just in the past week alone, I've listened to Catholic radio on my work commute supporting the building of a wall along the US/Mexico boarder, point out that an Atheist group gave Hillary Clinton an A grade and Donald Trump an F grade so that's proof enough who we should vote for, and push ever so gently toward a Nationalist point of view. 

While I understand people who vote based on a single issue, especially one as clearly terrible as abortion, I think this election presents a mirky situation. 

Sure, Hillary is a terrible choice if we hope to see the pro-life movement gain any ground over the next 4 years. But, have you met Donald? He praises Planned Parenthood and feels that women who seek out abortions should be punished. He wants to immediately deport people who have come to this country looking for a better life, which would inevitably break up families. He has zero desire to actually help people being persecuted in war torn countries. He asked why we don't use nuclear weapons more frequently. He flat out stated that he doesn't feel the need to ask God for forgiveness for anything in his life and he never has...and yet he says the Bible is his favorite book. 

I'll stop because I know how much digital ink has been spilled on this, but I just want to point out that the choice for Catholics isn't as clear as it may have been in the past, and it pains me to hear Catholic radio present it as such. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back-to-Back #HipsterCatholicMusic wins for...

The Daughters of St. Paul!!!

That's right, after 99 votes, the Media Nuns have come back to take home their second consecutive crown!

I'm pretty sure Blessed James Alberione would be cool with changing the FSP nickname from "Media Nuns" to "Hipster Nuns" at this point. 

Congrats to the Sisters, and all the awesome musicians who were also up for the award!