Thursday, January 20, 2011

Now You Know Media

Trying to cash in on the CD market for Catholics, this company sells lectures by "America's Leading Catholic Professors." Well I haven't really heard of any of them, so they are well-known to whom, exactly? See, for example, this on Fr. Donald Goergen, O.P. Other authors include Fr. John Baldovin, S.J. of Boston College. and Fr. Donald Senior of the Catholic Theological Union. The media company has a blog -- nothing objectionable that I can see, but I didn't dig deeply. When you're unfamiliar with a teacher, his name and reputation are important, and if he isn't mentioned by anyone you respect as an dependable or orthodox authority, you have to wonder if he is worth listening to. Who has time to examine every author? The information provided for various CDs leads me to believe that many of the authors are of dubious orthodoxy, and this would reflect poorly on the company. If these authors actually aren't heterodox, they should have done a better job of advertising/describing their lectures.

You're going to have to do better than that, if you want some of my money. How many Uhmerican Catholics would be willing to spend their money on their CDs in this economy? (I don't know how EWTN is faring, but I suspect the network is still receiving donations.) I've already reeived 2 catalogs from the company. I wonder whose mailing list they bought to get my address.


Comodius said...

I know john o'mally sj and he is fine scholar who now teaches at georgetown. His lecture is titled the first popes. He is kind and brilliant.

Comodius said...

John o'mally is a fine scholar. Check him out

Comodius said...

I also know brian daley who is a fine church historian at notre dame. Dubious who are you kidding