Since I began working for The Catholic Company, I often find myself using many of the large number of Catholic resources on the web. Catholics have increasingly been very active online. There are stores, blogs, media outlets, forums, and more all devoted to Catholicism. At first it was a bit overwhelming to sort through them all to find the best ones.
I soon came to discover that all of these Catholic sites are not equal. Some have better content, more content, and a more appealing site overall. Some sites don’t look cheesy and 90′s, but current and aesthetically appealing. DISCLAIMER: I am obviously biased in this blog and will favor The Catholic Company over any other online Catholic retailer. But honestly, the Catholic Company is the best out there. Do your homework, and I’m sure you’ll agree.
Anyway, here are the Catholic Websites that I think every Catholic ought to at least be familiar with:
The Official Vatican Website – www.vatican.va
If you’re not familiar with this site, and you’re Catholic, well . . . I’m sorry! This site is a goldmine. There are encyclicals, homilies, speeches, apostolic letters, videos, and so much more. This website is by far the most content rich Catholic site out there. They have the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church on their site. If you want to be up-to-date on what’s going on in the Vatican, or if you want to dig through some Church history right from the source, then there is simply no better site.
Catholic Answers Website – www.catholic.com
This website is your one-stop shop for everything to do with Catholic apologetics. If you have any questions about the faith or simply want to learn more, then this is one of the best places to go. You can listen to inspiring talks, watch powerful videos, and read great articles written by some of the best apologists of the 21st century. Some of the top Catholic apologetic speakers work for Catholic Answers, such as Jason Evert and Jimmy Akin. Did I mention they have live Q&As? Well they do! I can’t tell you how many times I have lost track of time on this site because of all the good information there.
New Advent Website – www.newadvent.org
This site, much like the official Vatican website, is essentially a huge dump of some of the best Catholic content. They have hundreds of documents from Church Fathers, the entire Summa, and the entire Catholic Encyclopedia . . . online . . . and for FREE. If you have any questions about anything Catholic, then this is certainly a site to check because chances are they have some of the most reliable content on the issue. They also have some bloggers who write on current events and other topics related to Catholicism. Whenever I have a question about someone in the Church, or what something in the Church is, or anything Catholic, I always turn to newadvent.org. And you can get the entire Summa Theologica by St. Thomas Aquinas, many documents of the Church Fathers, and the entire Catholic Encyclopedia on CD. Wow, right?
These are just three of some of the top Catholic websites. There are many, many more! The Websites Every Catholic Should Use: Part 2 is coming up soon. What websites do you think I still need to cover?