Welcome to my little space in cyberspace where my alternate universes of baseball, faith star trek, history and a host of other subjects juxtapose themselves intersecting in sometimes homorous, sometimes serious and hopefully always interesting ways.
A little about me…
I’m a Navy Chaplain and Priest in the Apostolic Catholic Orthodox Church which is a North American expression of the Old Catholic Church and tradition. I’ve been in the military 37 years and have been a Priest for 23 years. I’ve been married to my extremely long-longsuffering wife Judy for 35 years. If it wasn’t for Judy I would probably be in a lot of trouble, she is the control rods in my nuclear reactor.
I struggle with faith and belief a lot after returning from a tour in Iraq in 2008 with a terrible case of PTSD, and lately diagnosed mild-TBI. I write a lot about those struggles because they are a huge amount of the person I have become.
God speaks to me through baseball and Soccer. My favorite authors include Father Andrew Greeley, Roger Kahn, David Halberstam, Max Hastings and James McPherson. I am a Fan of the San Francisco Giants, Norfolk Tides and Baltimore Orioles.
In Soccer I have been a big fan of Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga since my first tour in Germany in 1985. I spend most Weekend mornings watching the Bundesliga, and evenings catching the Spanish, French, and Italian games. American football has lost its mojo for me.
Religiously I am a moderate Priest belonging to the Apostolic Catholic Orthodox Church which is of the Old Catholic tradition and a big fan of the Second Vatican Council and a member of the Church of Baseball, Harbor Park Parish. I am passionately progressive in terms of both religion and politics, some might even call me a total liberal and they would not be far off, despite that I am a patriot, I love my country and have sworn an oath to defend the country and the Constitution, all of it for 34 years.
I am a Navy Brat and grew up on the West Coast where my dad taught me to love the game of baseball. My family hails from Huntington West Virginia, I was the first one born out of the state. I Since joining the Army we have lived all over the place and I have been to much of the world. We have spent the majority of our time stateside in the South. I’m a graduate of California State University at Northridge, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where I came our Anglo-Catholic prior to the Fundementalist takeover. I hold a Doctor of Ministry Degree, I completed a second Masters in Military History in 2010. I did a one year Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital, I am a graduate of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Joint Combined Warfighting School at National Defense University.
My friends include conservatives and liberals, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Independents; Christians from across the spectrum, Catholic and Protestant, Orthodox and Evangelical, Social Gospel and Fundamental, Charismatic and anti-Charismatic, Latter Day Saints, Seventh Day Adventists, Oneness Pentecostals, Particular Baptists, Calvinists, Wesleyans, Premillenial Dispensationalists, Amillenialists, Jews, Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans and Wiccans. Heterosexuals, Homosexuals, anti-Homosexual activist and Pro-Homosexual activists, pro-Lifers and pro-Choicers, militarists and pacifists, capitalists, socialists, environmentalists, industrialists; progressives, traditionalists, white, black, Asian and Hispanic, people from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Korea, Japan and China, India, and Central America, Mississippi and Manhattan, California and Carolina, Dallas and Detroit. Doctors, lawyers, priests, rabbis and imams; Protestant ministers, labor leaders, teachers, preachers, pundits, poets, politicians, professors and prosecutors; bureaucrats, technocrats, kleptocrats; geeks, freaks, sailors, jailers, whalers, runners, gunners, fighters, riders, sky divers, scuba divers, truck drivers; guitar players, ball players, naysayers; free thinkers, beer drinkers, thrill seekers and Methodists.
On this site you will find a plethora of pernicious posts on subjects far and wide. I write a lot about the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg, Likewise I write a lot about Weimar and Nazi Germany as well as the various War Crimes Trials. I write about the latter as it was my first major area of study at California State University at Northridge where I studied under Professor Helmut Haeussler who had been a translator and interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials.
as well as many issues dealing with social, political and religious issues. Of course much has to deal with baseball, since the Deity Herself speaks to me through baseball as well as history, religion and a bit of this and a bit of that. The are over 2100 articles on the site, so take your time, pick a category and have some fun, laugh, cry and ponder the musings of Padre Steve, the Passionate Moderate. Please take the time to browse the site. Make comments and let me know how you found me.
Oh and a note on comments….
I pretty much allow comments, evn those that I disagree with on this site and try to be respectful of those who make them. I do not accept spam comments. The spam filter is pretty good and I do look through the spam folder just to make sure that a legitimate comment did not end up there.
Now on rare occasion I do not approve a comment that is not spam. This is simply because the comment is so off the chart and the author refuses to contact me when I ask them to clarify that I say the hell with it and disallow the comment.
As for comments that I disagree with and allow I do try to be respectful even if I think that the person who made the comment is an asshole. Many times I will post a response to such a comment and at that point if I have deemed the commenter a total idiot or asshole might use sarcasm and humor to belittle them as I have on some rare occasions.
If you want me to respond personally by e-mail let me know in your comment, otherwise my response will remain in the comment section.
So feel free to leave a comment, I am actually honored when someone bothers to drop a note, even if they think that I am a heretical asshole who is bound for Hell. As to being an asshole, I can live with that, same with the title “heretic.”
And a disclaimer:
The views presented on this site are purely those of the author. They are personal views and not those of the United States Navy, the Department of Defense, the Apostolic Catholic Orthodox Church, Major League Baseball or anyone else that I associate with the occasional exception of my Papillons, Minnie Scule and Izzy Bella.
Blessings on you all,