Stats for September 2011

I think we recovered from the August dip: with 4,592 views we’re back at a level not seen since May. So that’s nice. Oddly enough, no single post was responsible for a significant percentage of those views. They’re all at fairly low numbers, from which I can only include that many people were interested in many things, if the search terms didn’t tell me otherwise. Boy, the Gänswein fan club was out in force again. Especially in the days of the papal visit to Germany, this blog lodged literally many hundreds of searches on this name or variations thereof.

Let s see if ‘Gorgeous George’ pushed any blog posts into the top 10:

1: Het opmerkzaam hart – Overwegingen over de basis van de wet 57
2: Het probleem Medjugorje 55
3: In Germany, childish behaviour before the pope comes 46
4: Impresive words from the Holy Father to the German parliament 33
5: Under the Roman Sky 31
6: Before Liempde, Bishop Mutsaerts outlines his points 29
7: A Twitter ordination, Homily at the Mass on the occasion of leaving Rotterdam 27
8: Four days before Germany, Holy Father poses the question of God 26
9: A thank you note from the archbishop 25
10: The World Youth Days’ positive result for Madrid 24

A Twitter ordination

It has to be a first: a priest live tweeting his ordination to bishop. Bishop Thomas Dowd, since yesterday one of two auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Montréal in Canada (and at 41, the second-youngest bishop in the world), has done exactly that.

And it’s perhaps a sign of the times that Archbishop Gerald Lacroix of Québec then went on to relay his congratulations via the same medium: “Dear brother Bishop. I am happy to share this wonderful day with you. God bless your ministry. Welcome!”

As Father Dowd, the new bishop has been running the ‘Waiting in Joyful Hope‘ blog, which has been offering a fascinating glimpse into the life of a priest who suddenly is called to become a successor to the Apostles.

Photo credit: Marcos Townsend