Fish Fry Friday 2019: Riverview Presbyterian Church (Partial Review) #FishFryFriday

Fish Fry Reviews Grand Jury Report

Welcome to the slightly-delayed inaugural fish fry Friday review in this #GrandJuryReport era. You can read more about this feature, including our criteria at this blog post.   ‘Name: Riverview Presbyterian Church (Perry North/Northside) Date: March 8, 2019 Time We Ate: Ordered at 5:20 PM, Order Picked Up at 6:40 PM In review, the factors we […]

The Future of #FishFryFriday in the post Grand Jury Report era of Catholicism

For the past five years, I’ve hosted a (semi) regular feature on my blog – Fish Fry Fridays. This series of blog features me and Ledcat visiting area fish fries and writing up reviews. Here’s how it works. We visit a different fish fry each week. The location is determined first by proximity to the […]

Pittsburgh Marathon Defends Chick-fil-A Partnership

Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Marathon

Yesterday, I blogged about the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon bringing on Chick-fil-A as the title sponsor of their youth programming, including the Chick-fil-A Kids Marathon. People began contacting the Marathon offices known as the non-profit, P3R. Early responses indicated that the staff were in a meeting to discuss the blowback. A few hours later, […]

Casual Catholic Culture & Pittsburgh: No More Glorifying Fish Fries, Pierogies, and the Like

Pittsburgh Fish Fry

I came across a local online contest for the best local pierogies this weekend, one of those features that media sites run to generate interest and engagement. It was the final round of voting and one of the finalists is a local Roman Catholic parish here in Pittsburgh. My initial reaction was both shock and […]

WESA Revamped Daily ‘Confluence’ News Program Misses the Point

Most Liveable Boosterism

I heard a long time ago that local NPR affiliate WESA 90.5 FM was planning to launch a daily newsprogram. It seemed like a good idea. We need daily news here in Pittsburgh. I wasn’t particularly thrilled that existing program The Confluence would be expanded rather than create a new program. The Confluence was originally […]

Mon Valley Catholics Worried About Losing Church Building, No Mention of Grand Jury Report: My Response

Catholics Sex Abuse Scandal Pittsburgh

On August 16, 2018 – just days after the release of the Grand Jury Report detailing the sexual victimization of more than 1000 children and youth by nearly 300 Pennsylvania priests – the investigative journalism site PublicSource published an in-depth piece on another failure of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. They chose to scrutinize how the […]

The Grand Jury Report on Sexual Abuse in Pennsylvania Catholic Dioceses: First Thoughts

On Tuesday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office released a redacted version of the Grand Jury Report on a two-year investigation into six Roman Catholic Dioceses in Pennsylvania investigating wide-spread sexual abuse of children and the institutional cover-up by the dioceses and the Vatican. I’ve discussed my history with Catholicism many times on this blog, […]