I am very grateful to the blogging coalition that is The American Catholic for allowing me to come aboard. Before I begin contributing to the blog, I thought I would write a few words to introduce myself.
I am not new to Catholic blogging, but I have been away from it for well over a year now. I started blogging back in 2005 with my then girlfriend, now wife, Katerina, at Evangelical Catholicism. Kat and I later teamed up with a number of other Catholic bloggers to launch Vox Nova, where I stayed until 2009. It appears I am the third Vox Nova alumnus to join TAC, and it’s nice to be in good company.
I am a thirty-something married Catholic with my first child on the way. I have a few degrees in theology and philosophy. I used to teach Latin and religion at a small Catholic school and have since returned to graduate study. I perceive a strong call to the diaconate, though this is something I am still working out with the Lord. I am not one who puts much stock in terms like “traditional” or “modern” or “progressive” when it comes to talking about Catholicism. I think St. Josemaría Escrivá and Ven. Dorothy Day exemplify what it means to be a Catholic in our present day and their writings are a constant source of spiritual insight and conviction.
Politically, I suppose I am centrist with a slight lean towards the left. I am pretty sure I can still be pushed the other direction. Catholic doctrine is the foundation of my political thinking, and I believe that there can be and ought to be much more agreement among Catholics on both general moral/social principles and actual policy making when the Church’s teaching remains central.
Thanks to the TAC bloggers and to the TAC readers for having me!