America Interviews Fr. Z

Sean Salai, S.J., a summer editorial intern at America, interviews Fr. John Zuhlsdorf on, among other things, Catholic blogging:Do you expect to continue blogging after you finish your doctoral dissertation and go back to full-time ministry? I don't accept your premise.  Work in the blogosphere is ministry. Nearly every day I get an email from someone who says that, because of something he read on my blog, he went to confession for the first time in years, or that she and her husband are ge … [Read more...]

Is Conservatism Worth Conserving?

Of course it is. Without question.The term 'conservative' can be understood in a variety of ways, but I am not interested in qualifying or justifying that here.The post I cited yesterday only told part of the story, because all stories are, ultimately, parts of a greater whole. What I didn't mention was my extended engagement with a conservatism that went far beyond the scope of Rush and the EIB network.Here is the excerpt on that, to balance the scales: My Conservatism does not come from L … [Read more...]

CNN Exposes Socialist Catholic Archbishops

CNN's recent story about Catholic Archbishops is purportedly about their lavish homes, but in reality the story is about the sometimes lavish homes they live in, not the ones that they own. This distinction is a fine one, but it demonstrates what most Catholic clergy share in common: by and large they do not live in privately owned property. In many cases they take vows that absolutely disallow the ownership of private property.This exposes a pre-Marxist socialist principle, recalled this past … [Read more...]

How Being a Poor Lay Catholic Missionary Changed My Politics

CNN just ran a rather unqualified story on the residences of Catholic Archbishops in the US. Joanne McPortland, Deacon Greg, and Jennifer Fitz cover it in rich and fair detail.The story affected me in a personal way. It pricked something in me that may serve to explain some my more deeply felt political intuitions.*I wish we would share how our lived experiences shape and form our politics. Behind every bumper sticker is a story. At least there should be.Being thoughtful and reflective ab … [Read more...]

The August Experiment

The July Experiment went well, despite the fact that I didn't always obey my own rules and posted about half as much as I intended. I think the idea of making each month have an experimental focus is a good thing for me, so I'll carry it over into August.This month, excepting interviews (Leah Libresco is on deck!), I will limit myself to 250 words, with one or two exceptions. Since Late to Love, my Augustinian soul album, will be released on August 28th, you can expect plenty of updates and … [Read more...]

Wounded or Wrangling, Broken or Bickering?

(As with anything that is mostly true, committing it to language will require overstatements and provisos will be omitted for the sake of the whole. Most of all, it will require patience and the assurance I am aware of the glaring irony and even hypocrisy of the points I will try to make.)*There are two categories of blogging and social media sharing. There are the wounded and broken notes, that share (and often overshare) about death and financial ruin, sentimental memes of affection and de … [Read more...]

Pre-Order Late to Love! UPDATED

Wiseblood Records, my small but mighty music label, sent out the following memo a few days ago: On August 28, 2014, Wiseblood Records will release our inaugural collection of music, Late to Love, by Sam Rocha. Late to Love is musically inspired by the genealogy of soul music that scans the genres of spirituals, folk, gospel, country, R&B, blues, funk, jazz, hip-hop, neo-soul and nu-jazz. T-Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Gil Scott Heron, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, and Curtis Ma … [Read more...]

Welcome to the Cafeteria: The Catholic Showdown Started Long Ago

Pope Francis has obviously turned up the volume on a number of issues, and this has generated criticism from those who identity themselves as American conservatives.There are religious voices that rival and complicate the voice of First Things in prominence, at places like Ethika Politika and The American Conservative and elsewhere (including here at Patheos). The more traditional alternatives like Commonweal and America seem to be on the ascendancy.It has become somewhat fashionable to giv … [Read more...]

Images of a Past Still Present: When Children Become Objects

There was a time, not too long ago, when adults heckled children --- protesting the school integration movement.Sometimes these protests became physically violent.But there can be violence in a look.There can be violence in a word. The time of adult violence against children is not over.There was a time, long ago, when --- as Billy Kangas reminds us --- a child named Jesus was an undocumented refugee, too. … [Read more...]

The Apocalypse Will Make Sense, When It Ends

Your punctually tardy weekly apocalypse in eight points:1. Pope Francis has decided to stop giving interviews and instead plans begin to taking them. Whoopi Goldberg, from The View, is reportedly atop his short list.2. Arizona Republican congressional candidate, Adam Kwasman, mistook a bus of YMCA campers for immigrant children and Tweeted his displeasure to the relief of late night comedy writers everywhere.3. President Obama, who holds the all-time record for immigrant deportations with … [Read more...]


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