ON PROTEST (AND THOSE WHO PROTEST AGAINST THEM)

I am continually amazed at the conveniently short memory of the vast number of the "political scientists" that post their analysis on social media. The fact is there always have been protests on inauguration day. The scale and degree, of course, varies, but the plain and simple reality is that protest, even destructive protest, is as American as the Boston Tea Party. If there were no protests on inauguration day it would be unamerican and dangerous.Indeed, revolution is one of the few d … [Read more...]

Remember Your Promises: A Note to My Spiritual Elders

You raised me. You taught me. You took my family and gave them a direction. You fed us and sometimes clothed us. You loved me. You promised.The keywords: Orthodoxy, conservative with a small c that started to grow during the Clinton years, fidelity, authority. You swore an oath, and I did too. I still do. Magisterium. Teacher. Rabbi.I loved what you loved, I drank deeply and it was good. God, yes, always Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but also Rome. You led me there and showed it to me. … [Read more...]

The Tenacious Wit of Shea’s Apologetics

 Mark Shea is a convert to Catholicism who has spent nearly thirty years as an apologist, author, speaker and, in the digital age, blogger and online commentator. We used to call this type of person a public intellectual, and that is what I consider Mark to be. The classic public intellectual is not like today's version that, like me, takes refuge in an academic institution of some kind. A public intellectual lives on the back of their pen and, above all, their wits.Shea is also a p … [Read more...]

My Letter to the Readers of Patheos Catholic

Today I posted an editorial letter at The Font, where I plan to periodically communicate on behalf of the channel.Here is an excerpt: For fans and critics alike: In the near future I will hopefully be able to announce other initiatives taken by Patheos Catholic to enable person-to-person meetings. Whether this interests you or not, we should not let the digital medium replace the analog reality. Surely this is something that can be better observed by all sides, but even when this goes … [Read more...]

When Political Incorrectness Becomes Politically Correct

I've already shown how an ideological critique of "political correctness" can, and in today's GOP indeed has already, become a form of politically correctness. This shows that any political inflection of value on what is correct will always fall into a form of political correctness. But what about the other side of the expression? The correct side?Donald Trump has recently received an enormous amount of criticism for his treatment of the Khizr and Ghazala Khan, parents to an Army captain who … [Read more...]

More on Pope Francis, ISIS, and Muslims at Catholic Mass

 Blogging ought to be a speculative project. If there is anything to add to the common refrain of blog posts against blogging, it is this: those who take the time to blog, ought to also take the time clarify what is often not a completely well thought-out post.Today I wrote about the two-sided problem of, on the one hand, a complete equivocation between the religion of Islam and ISIS and, on the other hand, the complete anti-equivocation of that relationship in the recent words of Fr … [Read more...]

All Mediocre Things Must Come to an End: My Last Blog Post

The digital problem of problems multiplies itself in multiples of seventy-seven daily diminishing returns. Every tweet, like, share, and short-term superlative comment feed a smoky back room appetite for page views, digested by algorithmic marketing muscle acids, and gasoline controversy fumes erupt into a few dollars --- a small price for hurt feelings and cheap thrill therapy.In my case, most of this is self-inflicted. I started blogging in the summer of 2005 and have been through a half do … [Read more...]

Franciscan University of Steubenville Must Repent

On May 17, 2012, I wrote the following post regarding Franciscan University of Steubenville (FUS) bestowing an honorary degree to General Michael Hayden. My alma mater, Franciscan University of Steubenville, has been in the news lately. They’ve been skewered and adulated by the two, predictable sides of every news story for discontinuing their student healthcare coverage. Their main published reason for doing so is out of concern for participating “in a plan that requires us to violate the cons … [Read more...]

Book Release: A Primer for Philosophy and Education

After countless drafts and a strong run as a self-published book, I am very happy to announce that A Primer for Philosophy & Education has found a good home with Cascade Books, an imprint of Wipf and Stock.  The new edition is priced at a proletarian rate and is slightly expanded with edited artwork, a new preface, exercises and questions at the end of each section, and a list of suggestions for further reading. You can order a copy here.Thanks to so many people who have helped this pr … [Read more...]

Hatred of the Poor: Sad, Self-Loathing Poison from the Right-Wing Catholic Ghetto – UPDATED

Moving to Canada has afforded me a convenient, but slight, distance from the septic squalor of US political commentary. I trace the headlines with my eyes, but little more than that.I mention this to reenter the fray, and address a recent post at the Candid World Report, by Stephen J. Herreid, entitled "How to Fend Off Freeloaders: What Keeps Left and Right so Far Apart?" The post claims to be about the perils of political partisanship, but what it really amounts to is a personal attack of Ar … [Read more...]