Pinterest and Pinning for Catholic Tradition


crisis-liturgyIn the last months, regular readers of this website will probably have noticed a new type of graphic increasingly popping up at this site.

Whereas in the past, we usually featured either beautiful old images of Christendom or pious devotional pictures, more and more, I’m creating graphics like this one to the left.

That is, graphics with ‘pull quotes’  – even slogans.

Perhaps you will have wondered why. The reason has much to do with Pinterest – a visually oriented, social media site that facilitates promoting and exchanging images.

Of all the new social media sites, Pinterest is my favourite.



Another Benedict XVI pin I created for Pinterest.


Hilaire Belloc Catholic

A Belloc pin I made.

This is partly because – as I’ve explained here – I type everything one-fingered and, after blogging and other writing, I easily weary of typing on Facebook, etc.

But there’s more. When I have time, I can genuinely delight in surfing through Pinterest. One can really find some wonderful things there. (Admittedly, there’s much that’s less than wonderful too!)

In addition, Pinterest creates unusual opportunities for evangelising the Faith, including Catholic traditionalism.

Naturally, I have also found that creating pins can do a lot to promote both the site and my upcoming book The Gentle Traditionalist.

To help me do that, I’ve created a set of Pinterest pinboards here that feature many of the core themes of this website.

Thus I have some forty Pinterest boards with names like:

  • Sacred Heart
  • Catholic Ireland
  • Books That Matter to Me
  • Hilaire Belloc and the Bellocians
  • Secular Modernity
  • Crisis in the Church
  • Conspiracy
  • Traditional Catholic
Sophiology - Submerged Reality

The Submerged Reality – Sophiology and the Turn to a Poetic Metaphysics by Michael Martin

What I’ve tried to do there is create something like a visual guide to this website and its most important themes. I even think of it as a visual companion to this website.

If you don’t know what Pinterest is, you will hardly know what I’m talking about! The best way to find out is to head over to my visual companion and see for yourself.

Truly, Pinterest is so visual, it’s very hard to explain in words. It confounded me at first. I only found out by doing.

But truly, Pinterest has many uses. For example, I’m pinning book covers from books I believe in. For example, there is this especially fine book from Michael Martin (and also my publisher Angelico Press) The Submerged Reality which I recently reviewed here.

Mustard Seeds - L. Brent Bozell

Mustard Seeds by L. Brent Bozell. A Conservative Becomes a Catholic …

And then there is the late, great, but all-too-little-known L. Brent Bozell and his masterpiece Mustard Seeds (reviewed here) which I also want to draw attention to.

And unsurprisingly I’ve done numerous pins now for the great Hilaire Belloc and Charles A. Coulombe.

In truth, Pinterest has many uses in terms of promoting the good, the true and the beautiful.

But perhaps you’re already on Pinterest. If so, let me know. I’d be interested to see what you’re pinning.

Also, if you are on Pinterest, I have a favour to ask.

Right now, I really want to get the word out about my new book and this website.

I’m very grateful to anyone who pins my pins which link to this website – especially the blogs I’m doing of the book. (such as this and also this.)

Also, I’d be grateful indeed for any invites to Group Pinboards – not necessarily only Catholic ones – where I can pin about what I’m doing.

Once again, I can be found on Pinterest HERE.

End of shameless self-promotion. But thanks for any way you can help.

I’ll just leave you now with a couple more pins I made …


Bruce Anderson of The Spectator quoted in Goodbye to Catholic Ireland by Mary Kenny



Illo/pin for blog on the same-sex ‘marriage’ referendum in Ireland.

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