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...]

True and False Religion: Pope Francis, Fr. Jacques Hamel, and French Muslims at Catholic Mass

 When we talk about a religion, we tend to assume we refer to the some true version of that religion, especially when we identify with it or are at least not hostile to it. This can still be tricky business, especially when the same word is being used at once. For instance, the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) is categorically different from the LDS, despite three identical terms, and we understand that mainstream Mormonism does not, for instance, p … [Read more...]

Subsidiarity, Suffrage and Political Experience

No one writing from a national platform can tell you how to vote. Especially one, like me, writing from Canada. The reason is this: I don't know who is running for your local school board, sheriff, county commissioner, mayor, State house of representatives, governor, and so on.A basic principle of Catholic Social Teaching is subsidiarity. This is basically a social criterion that operates with an imperative like Occam's Razor: entities should not be multiplied without necessity. Subsidiarity … [Read more...]

“Political Correctness” Is Politically Correct, Too!

At last week's Republican National Convention, Arkansas Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, drew applause for saying, "I'm a Christian, pro-life, gun- carrying, conservative woman." This was the same convention featuring a US Flag bandana collecting no sweat on the brow of one of the characters from Duck Dynasty.Identity politics no longer belong to the left.Political correctness is usually, and for good reason, associated with the left. It is a form of politeness and caution to offend t … [Read more...]

Education as Constitution: An Examination of Political Conscience

This is a long post. Just shy of 6k words. It began in a Facebook note, subsequently posted at Cosmos the in Lost, where I talked aloud about the week off I took this past week. I wrote: I may also try to pen a retrospective of sorts, recalling my own political journey to wherever it is that I am now politically.I especially want to disclose my process of rejecting the right-wing politics that slowly evolved out of the mostly apolitical (and very social justice oriented) Charismatic Renewal … [Read more...]

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All Terrible Things Must Begin Anew

Well folks, I'm back.More soon, but be alerted that I'm resurrecting my blog.A bit of housekeeping will take place and a very long opening post.Cheers,SR … [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...]


The blog is presently stowed away for technical reasons.In the meantime, I wish you all a very merry Christmas holiday season.SR … [Read more...]