I’ve recently noticed a 22-person blog, Where Peter Is. One of my parishioners sent me a few recent essays from there after I rendered my opinion on a certain ex-nuncio who has inspired quite a bit of Catholic dissent these days.
Blogging still seems to be a man’s thing. 81.8% of WPI’s contributors are male. Men aren’t necessarily a bad thing. We do populate about 50% of the human race, 45% of Catholic churchgoers, 40% of people who are more than once-a-week Catholics, and about one-sixth of church professionals. I think that includes the all-male priesthood, so make of that what you will.
Maybe the blogs just balance things out a bit.
Last week I was thinking about the parishes I’ve served, and the people who have preceded and followed me in ministry positions. By my count, it’s been sixteen women and four men. Almost the exact reverse of the ratio of WPI.
Two random bits of data don’t have any big meaning. I’ve never surveyed bloggers, Catholic or otherwise, to check the sex ratio in larger systems. I’m sure than anyone, man or woman, who wants to blog, can blog. And some do.
As for Where Peter Is, I think I like the tone. They seem to take pokes at the hyperventilating cadre of Catholics. And that’s probably a good thing.