WordPress to Patheos, Oh My!

Dear Friends:

If all goes well, Public Catholic will start publishing through Patheos on Monday, August 6.

As to what happens if things don’t go well, I’m kinda clueless. I have never done anything like this before so it’s a learn-as-you-go and hope-you-get-it-right process.

I’ve been told that the experience will be seamless for people who follow Public Catholic on Twitter. Hopefully, the same is true of Facebook and Tumblr. It’s the people on WordPress who have me a little worried. I think, if I’ve got this straight, that you will see a link the first couple of days, then it will also be seamless. I may be wrong about that, but I think that’s it.

However it comes down, I hope you’ll be patient and stick with me. One of the things I’m trying to accomplish with Public Catholic is to build a community of Christians who support and learn from one another in our struggles to stand up for Jesus. The world is becoming increasingly hostile to us. That means we need each other. We are the brothers and sisters God has given us to help us make our way in doing His will.

I’m not and have no ambition to be a big-time blogger. I am just a small-time pew-sitting Catholic from Oklahoma who has walked what her pastor once called “a twisted path” to where I am now. I have a passion for encouraging Christians to return to our roots and be the light of the world that our Master told us we are. I want to share the things I’ve learned in walking my twisted path for you to use — or not use — as they will help you be the light of Christ shining out to the people around you.

The reason for the move to Patheos is to gain a wider audience for the things I’m trying to share. We’ve begun something special here at Public Catholic. You are among the finest, most intelligent Christians it has been my pleasure to know. I don’t know if you’re learning anything from me, but I learn from you every single day. My hope is that the move to Patheos will broaden the reach of what we’re saying.

This process has been in the works for a while. I had the honor of being able to decide between moving to Beliefnet or Patheos. They are both big-time web sites that, to be honest, I find a little intimidating. I decided on Patheos because it fosters community among its bloggers and encourages dialogue between them. It just seemed like a Public Catholic kind of place.

Money, that great bugaboo for Christians, is not an issue here. Patheos does pay, but frankly, I’m not big-time enough to hit their pay scale. Even if I did, the money is minuscule. I’m talking about maybe taking my husband out for a hamburger once a month minuscule.

Rest assured that if Public Catholic should ever start making substantial money, I’ll alert you to wear your galoshes and carry your umbrella when you leave the house. You’ll need them because there are going to be lots of pigs flying around. The reason for doing this is reach for my ideas, not jingle-jangle for my pocketbook.

That’s everything I know about this for now. I’ll try to keep you informed as things move forward. Say a prayer about this move, that everything about it will be within God’s will and plan.

In Christ,




  1. I think you are an awesome Christian and an awesome blogger. I will follow you anywhere! It’s a good sign if there are pigs flying about because Jesus warned us there would be. If we are liked by everyone – that ain’t a good sign…

    I will pray for you and for God’s will to be done. And you know what? I hope you can take your hubby on a cruise and not just a hamburger. ( It’s the company that counts – so either is good!)

    ~ Wendy

    1. What a kind, generous comment! Thank you Wendy.

  2. I appreciate your blogs! Having just recently found it, (I forgot why/how, now), I was impressed with your simplicity, back-to-Jesus look at things. You’re right… regardless of where we sit our bodies on Sunday (or Saturday) our identity is what matters: Children of God, thereby making us brothers and sisters in Christ. Wishing you the best on your platform changes!

    1. Thank you. I hope you follow me over to the new home on Patheos.

  3. Yup, Good luck, you deserve it. As others have said, I would follow you anywhere. God and commonsense are far too rare in this world to not stay with one who has both. 🙂

  4. Hello, Rebecca

    Will you be keeping this blog open? I wanted to share with my readers a couple of your posts on voting and thinking morally (your series of seven).

    Thank you for stopping by my blog — greatly appreciated.

    Best wishes at Patheos!

    1. I think so. As I said, I’m not too swift about this whole process.

      I’ll ask and then give you a more reliable answer when I get one myself.

    2. It looks like you can re-blog to your heart’s content! This answer is from Dr Dalrymple, the Director of Content at Patheos. I think I violated blogger courtesy with the link I used from Mother Jones in the post “In Defense of Chick-Fil-A.” I brought the whole thing over instead of just a section. I’ll re-do it, if need be. Live and learn.

      “Your old blog will not be shut down, and no content will be lost.

      We will set up the new blog and you will be able to begin posting there. The old blog will remain. We will, however, move all the archives over from the old blog to the new one, so that readers at the new blog can find all of your content. After a couple days, we will set up what’s called a server-level redirect so that anyone looking to find a certain post at your old blog will be redirected to the same post at the new blog.

      So no content will be lost.”

  5. Thanks for the notice, I’ll definitely follow your blog on to Patheos. Reading your latest posts is one of my morning pleasures. Thanks for all your inspiring and challenging posts.

    Please make sure you post a link here on your wordpress site so that your new blog site can be easily found.

    1. Thank you! Will do.

  6. Congratulations! And on the Feast of the Trasfiguration. I’ll be following on Twitter, still. One giant leap for Patheos-kind!

    1. Thank you!

      I think you’ll be able to follow on WordPress, as well. I’m just not too knowledgeable about all this stuff so I can’t say for sure.

  7. Go and be blessed Rebecca as you continue to be faithful to Him. All to His Glory!

    1. Thank you Kathie!

  8. I just want to say how much I concur with what others here have written, and I will certainly be following you. You are a light in the political darkness.

    1. Thank you Jessica.

  9. Congratulations, Rebecca! It’s impressive (but not surprising) that you’ll be moving to Patheos. Great to know that more souls will be blessed by your excellent posts. As a fellow convert to Catholicism I would love to know more about the twisted path that brought you into the Church. Maybe you’ll write about it one day?

    1. Thank you Beverly. Yes, I will write about it in the future.

  10. thank you for the warning. I don’t want to lose you, I’m just getting to know you! I admire your tenacity for what is right. When I read your blog, I don’t feel quite as alone. I follow some on blogspot and it is a little clumsy, but if I figured this out, I should be able to keep on. I wish you the very very best, my dear. Back in my college days a ministry advocate told us to “keep on keeping on” and that sure has helped me when I’ve wanted to bury my head in the sand.

    1. I think that’s the some of the best advice anyone can give a Christian, especially these days. I would just add the caveat “keep on keeping on in faith.”

      ” a ministry advocate told us to “keep on keeping on” and that sure has helped me when I’ve wanted to bury my head in the sand.”

  11. Rebecca. May God’s blessings follow you wherever you are going. I look forward to keep reading your posts.


  12. How exciting for you!! I look forward to following your blog on Patheos! Hope all goes well with the transition! 🙂

    1. Thank you Cecilia! Looking at the photos on your blog makes me want to head for the beach!

  13. from http://8kidsandabusiness.wordpress.com Go, Rebecca!! Wonderful news for you and for Christians striving to walk with the Lord.

    1. Thank you dear friend!

  14. Congratulations!! I will keep an eye out for the switch to Patheos. God be with you as you start this new journey. God Bless.

    1. Thank you Teresa!

  15. nateaddington · ·

    Congrats, we’ll miss you over here, but I’m sure all your followers will be excited to grow with you in this new adventure. Keep up the good work, you deserve it!

  16. Dang it! I was just about to give you one of our little wordpress awards! lol. Congratulations! I look forward to reading more on Patheos. 🙂

    1. Thank you for the award I almost got and for your support of this move!

  17. Hi Rebecca,
    I have had you drop in often to ‘Mybroom’, but being an Aussie have not known who you are as your gravator is kinda ‘under the radar’ – anyhow great to read your work – make a comment sometime – it would be good to hear your thoughts. cheers Graeme

    1. Thanks for stopping by Graeme!

  18. Mark 2:17
    17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

    Hello Rebecca,
    If you Remember I came on your blog via common friends and on the Topic : The Crazy People Files.. lol
    Many years ago (as a Protestant) didn’t look twice about A Public Catholic Blog..

    Like Catholics use to tell me, that AS a Protestant I end up in Hell.. like all Protestants.
    The Crazy People Files is already a long way ..better.. lol

    Surprisely enough, Your Open Mind did make me stay, and did Appreciate You!
    We have each other e-mail, You Can Drop a line anytime.

    “On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” ”

    This what did make me post in your topic in the first place, to say about the crazy people files,
    but now I know what you meant, and if someone end up there…well he or she must have done everything for it !
    So God Bless You Rebecca, you and your Family ! Keep The Faith, The Flag High, and Courage on your Path !!!
    There is A Book which is dear to me …it is The Pilgrim’s Progress If You could accept a gift from an heretic protestant, lol, that be the book I like to offer.. and vitualy speaking I do.


    1. Thank you Wil. I am so glad you decided to stay and comment here. You’ve made some great contributions to the discussion. I’ve never read Pilgrim’s Progress, but I’ll put it on my list of books to read in the future. (It’s a long list! I’m a book/reading addict.)

  19. 🙂
    Full: The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

    The Pilgrim’s Progress is an allegory of a Christian’s journey (here represented by a character called ‘Christian’) from the “City of Destruction” to the “Celestial City”. Along the way he visits such locations as the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, the Doubting Castle, and the Valley of the Shadow of Death. Bunyan, the author, had very little formal education and a humble background. Nonetheless Pilgrim’s Progress is considered one of the masterpieces of English literature, and is required reading for Christians who are on the spiritual path in a world of temptations.

    1. Despond, Vanity Fair, theDoubting Castle, Valley of the Shadow of Death … I can see why the book has held up. It speaks to the human condition.

      I’ll check into it.

  20. Well, the found on youtube is not that good, it sound like for kids..even that ..”it with a kid heart that..”
    The Author is John Bunyan :
    It speak to the CHRISTIAN condition.. what a Christian (all denominations…plain Christian, like the name of the hero)… uhm Encounter.. And as you are taking some step further..it is good really.. !! Sure some here, know that book..


    1. I haven’t looked yet, but I bet that I can get it for free on Amazon for my Kindle. They do that a lot with classics. I’m reading a book called “After Virtue” by Alasdair MacIntyre right now. Interesting stuff, although I certainly don’t agree with everything the author says.

      I’ll put Pilgrim’s Progress on my list and read it. Thanks for the recommendation!

  21. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman · ·

    Thanks – I will keep an extra watch to make sure I follow you to your new site – Blessings as you venture forth on this new adventure!! Patty

  22. I think I saw a pig…. 🙂 Best wishes on the move! I will come over and visit.

    1. 🙂

      See you over there!

      1. How do I get a link (or is that forthcoming?).

        And you will do awesome I am sure. In this case, it will be great to see some pigs fly!

        1. I’m trying to figure this out. We didn’t get Public Catholic moved yesterday, but they are working on it today. I’ve had trouble getting onto it, I think because of that. As soon as I know, I’ll spread the word! I enjoy you, and all the rest of these good folks too much. I don’t want to lose our great conversations.

          1. Ok, I understand. 🙂 Hope it all goes well and that you will enjoy it once it is up and running. Thanks!

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