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...]

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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...]

An Incestuous Catholicism

There are three options: (1) participate, (2) participate critically, (3) refuse. This post aspires to be a refusal, but will inevitably become a critical participation.There is an analogy to be made between the large scale cycle of popular news and the tiny scale Catholic blogosphere and various websites and social media. The relationship between the two is twofold: in one case directly, in the other indirect. For one, the news cycle drives a large portion of Catholic commentary, especially … [Read more...]

I’d Rather Be Whole

Since the release of my album, just over a month ago, I've faced a number of related questions about the identity of this music I've made and, more intimately, my own identity as its maker. Many have wondered how my work as a musician can be reconciled to my work as an academic and a father. Others have wondered about the religious identity of my work, across its various mediums, and have been generous in allowing me to offer a series of difficult answers.In some cases, such as this review by … [Read more...]

Guest post from JD Flynn

This is a guest post from my dear friend JD Flynn.  It is the conclusion of our dialogue about the honorary doctorate conferred by our alma mater, Franciscan University of Steubenville, upon Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA.  You can read my initial post here, JD's first post here, and my response here.  I promised JD that if he wrote his response here, I'd point out that he's smarter and better looking than me.  He is.Sam Rocha is a pretty good guy.  Not all the time, but often enough.  … [Read more...]


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