Category Archives: Religion & Spirituality

Four Sparrows, Chapter 2, Scene 4 and Final Scene

Tomás had learned some English from the three Americans who boarded the ship in Acapulco. He knew the words for oro, herramientas, río, navio, tienda, cuerda, pan, cerveza, gracias. He’d repeat them to himself at night: gold, pan and shovel, … Continue reading

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Four Sparrows, book launch!

It’s been a long time since my last blog post. Since 2013 many things have happened. The most impactful was the sharp decline and death of my mother in August 2014 due to Alzheimer’s. This past weekend we finally buried her … Continue reading

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Moral Relativism is Bias

Moral relativism is the act of not taking a stand, or in other instances, pushing others to accept that there’s not a correct way to do things. Sometimes things are relative, but there are limits to this and it’s trendy … Continue reading

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The Decision on Gay Marriage and its ripple effect on other Identities

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop 8 measure banning marriage between same-sex couples. One of many useful summaries can be found online; here’s one from the Wall Street Journal. It’s … Continue reading

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A Priest’s Article about Coming out as Gay

The following article “Coming out as gay” appeared in Catholic San Francisco May 31, 2013. I’m always intrigued by areas of multisectionality, when multiple identities become salient. What convinced me to post this was that it tackles the mainstream view … Continue reading

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Native Americans – Ancestral Records, Congress, and Sainthood

I’ve noticed Native Americans in the news lately.  Here’s a summary of three recent stories. The truth about Ohlone history was featured in an article last month in Catholic San Francisco. There are few descendants remaining of Bay Area Native Americans … Continue reading

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Religious Ignorance

Watching Law & Order SVU on Hulu, I notice a number of episodes with murders and other secular activities taking place in a Catholic church. It makes me more conscious of how groups are portrayed in the media. With this … Continue reading

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The Problem with Pride

Gay pride weekend, affectionately referred to by many as Pride Weekend, is when more than ever you will find naked white men (some of them straight) who parade themselves in the Castro district, the epicenter of the City’s gay community. … Continue reading

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Catholicism and Science

In our mainstream culture, Catholicism and science are pitted against each other as inherently opposed to the other. It’s hate speech and this post is here to address it. People quickly point out the confinement of Galileo Galilei by the … Continue reading

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Israel-Palestine

I sometimes wonder if the apartheid in Israel is motivated by ethnic hatred more than religion. I think of both groups as Caucasian. However some Palestinians and Israelis aren’t exactly white like me, or an American Jew who may be … Continue reading

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