Why am I blogging?

( A )They say God never closes one door but S/He opens another.  Problem is people sometimes spend so long staring at the door that has banged shut that they do not notice the door that is ajar and inviting entry.  It is important to see that open door and push in to new space to see what the new opportunities are that await.  Thus if one loses, or is deprived of a platform or soap box it is important to look for another.  And this is where blogging provides a marvelous opportunity and one which I hope to use responsibly. 

In particular I wish to offer comments, observations, reflections on matters religious and theological and also on political, social and economic issues and events as they intersect with religious concerns.  And I hope to do this with reference to matters with local, regional, national and global perspectives.  this may seem to be too tall an order but I believe it is feasible especially with assistance from readers who may suggest topics, offer queries and criticisms, and help make this a forum for free, responsible, open reflection without fear of censorship or behind the back denunciations which, unfortunately, people still use to silence views with which they disagree.

There will be no order to topics selected.  Obviously current events will draw comments as will ongoing controversies but there will also be explanations and clarifications so that issues may be discussed and debated in a civil way with respect to legitimate differences of opinion.

If you wish to post a comment please send your name, e-mail and comment as directed below.  Names will not be published if that is requested, but I must have a source I shall not accept or publish anonymous posts.  You may submit a user name but e-mails are not for publication unless that is explicitly requested.

 I hope also as I go on to post all the sermons I have preached over the past several years and these will be posted exactly as delivered.  Again, constructive criticism will be welcomed and due weight will be given to questions and calls for clarifications.  Without more ado I shall begin

9 Responses to “Why am I blogging?”

  1. Jane Gutloff Says:

    I am so glad to have found your blog.

    • Jane Gutloff Says:

      There is so little logical criticism on issues facing humanity. It is a reassuring to hear a voice that invites dialogue addressing the issues facing the global community.

  2. Tom Carew, Dublin 6, Ireland Says:

    Such a blog is all the more welcome at a time when serious refection is being systematically silenced by the Vatican apparatchiks, as has happened with the leading Irish Moral Theologian, Father Sean Fagan, now 84, as with so many others. The valid answer to concerns with any Theology – as with History – is more and better Theology – or History – and vigorous open exploration – and not to silence or intimidate those with whom we do not agree. The Parable of the Weeds has not been abrogated, and in addition, so many blooms deemed to be *weeds* by Rome, have turned out to be remarkable flowers.

  3. Ron Orso for Kathleen (Drury) Orso Says:

    Mr. Surlis,
    My wife was “googleing” various names and came up with one of your blog posts mentioned former Corpus Chrisi Bishop Thomas J. Drury. “Bishop Tom” was my wife’s uncle (her father being The Bishop’s youngest brother Joseph.) We were wondering if you might have some information on his work in Vatican II.
    Thank you,
    Ron Orso
    Ramsey, NJ

  4. stanthestruggle Says:

    By chance I came across your letter to the New York Times in 1983 about the Sabra-Shatila massacre


    Unfortunately in the 30 years since the massacre neither the Lebanese, Israeli or U.S. governments have shown any interest in arresting the guilty.

    We’re written a lot about this at our site http://www.TheStruggle.org

    Thanks for your 1983 letter.

    Stanley Heller mail@thestruggle.org

  5. Tom Carew Says:

    Concentrating on one among many massacres in 1983 of hundreds of Arabs by fellow Arabs [ and also during a 15 year long Lebanese Civil War which killed maybe 150,000 ] is very odd – especially when the savage Syrian tyrant Assad has already massacred well over 20,000 Arabs, and is not being stopped.

  6. Ernest C. Raskauskas, Sr Says:

    Father Paul—Read your letter to the editor in America Magazine and agree 100%. I am an 86 yrar old retired lawyer and graduate of the Catholic University of America. If you drive, call me sometime and drive into Potomac, MD for lunch. (301- 299-70200 land line.

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