The Information Age has been overwhelming. The superfluity of the internet has necessitated a sharpening of the virtue of discernment. With limited free time each day, which websites will we visit?For me -- and I'm guessing I'm not alone on this blog -- Rocco Palmo's Whispers in the Loggia is a sine qua non for learning about the Catholic Church, especially in North America. Mr. Palmo has been performing this labor of faith and love for almost eight years. He was one of the first dedicated bloggers about the Catholic Church. He has frequently been the journalist who "broke the news" on a story, usually a high-level appointment or announcement. For his tireless and crafty work, he has received accolades, invitations to the Vatican, and even an honorary degree.He has not received, however, much money. Last week he posted a dire message:

...either this readership's support allows these pages to continue on... or Whispers will be forced to close.No joke, gang. Not that it's ever been before, either -- given the way things've been of late, though, without the needed resources to do the work, having little choice but to pull the plug is a considerably more "live" possibility than it's ever been.

He also recently sent an email to donors, which explained that only 3 percent of readers have contributed (approximately the average giving rate at Mass?). To continue that analogy, Rocco needs a second collection.

Michael Peppard is associate professor of theology at Fordham University and on the staff of its Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. He is the author of The World's Oldest Church and The Son of God in the Roman World, and on Twitter @MichaelPeppard. He is a contributing editor to Commonweal.

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