Nothing too fancy to start. This blog was my wife's idea, and I think it will be a good forum for us both to get some stuff off our chests. We're both squarely in the category labeled by some as "Moderate," but we'd prefer to call ourselves "Progressives." What's the difference? Well, to some extent I think Moderates are happy with the status quo and are looking to preserve it, while Progressives are interested in embracing change and moving forward -- with sensible policies and decisions that will benefit society as a whole. Feel free to disagree with my brief description of Moderates; it's just my own way of sorting through labels, and I'm open to alternate definitions. I certainly don't want to look like I'm criticizing Moderates in any way. On the contrary; I think we need more of them (as well as more Progressives).
Anyway, my wife and I are Progressive Catholics. We deeply love our faith, but we're both concerned that conservative forces are acting on it in ways that will be bad for Catholicism as well as the world (or at least the U.S.). Of course there are many conservative forces acting on the USA these days, and we're plenty concerned about them as well. We'll use this blog as sort of a sounding board to let people know what we think is wrong, how we'd like to fix it, and show the world that there are voices of reason out there, even though many times they are drowned out by extremists on both sides of the political spectrum.
So, we hope you like the blog, and we welcome your comments. Just one request: try to play nice. While we may make it clear when we don't like someone, our goal is to never stoop to personal attacks or threats. Our whole point is that we respect other people's opinions. Many times these opinions, even if we don't agree with them 100%, will shape our own, and we encourage well-reasoned rebuttals.
Thanks for reading.