Richard Rohr occasionally writes for publications and online media such as CAC’s journal Oneing, America Magazine, Huffington Post, National Catholic Reporter, and Sojourners. Many of his recent articles are listed and linked below.
Huffington Post – “Silence: Moral Ambiguity and Faith,” a review of Shūsaku Endō’s novel and Martin Scorsese’s film
Both the book and the film penetrate to the heart of the alchemical mystery of faith, where it almost does not look like faith at all—and even like its opposite, especially for those of us born after the mystical balancing act of knowing and not knowing was largely lost during the Enlightenment. Only the older tradition understood darkness as the heart of the matter, and not the later glib certainties which still do not pass for illuminating “light.”
As a follower of both Jesus and Francis, my primary moral viewpoint is not based in the wellbeing of those who are on top but first in those who are at the bottom. For the vulnerable who have now been rendered more vulnerable, I lament and pray and promise to stand with you. A time of national introspection must begin with self-introspection. Without our own inner searching, any of our quests for solutions and policy fixes will be based in shifting sands.
Oneing – “Evolutionary Thinking”
Evolutionary thinking is actually contemplative thinking because it leaves the full field of the future in God’s hands and agrees to humbly hold the present with what it only tentatively knows for sure. Evolutionary thinking agrees to both knowing and not knowing, at the same time. To stay on the ride, to trust the trajectory, to know it is moving, and moving somewhere always better, is just another way to describe faith.
Relevant Magazine – “The Mysticism of Prayer,” an interview with Aaron Cline Hanbury
In terms of humanity’s relation to God, [Protestants teach] some kind of necessary transaction of blood sacrifice that was needed by God to forgive or to love or to accept humanity. The Franciscan school never accepted that. Our Christology is much more of a nonviolent theory of atonement. To put it in two sentences: Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity, it didn’t need changing. Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God.
NYT columnist David Brooks reflects on Richard Rohr’s concept of “the edge of the inside.” Click here to read the full article. (Brooks references CAC’s “Eight Core Principles.” Click here to read a list of the principles with links to Father Richard’s reflections on each.)
White privilege is largely hidden from our eyes if we are white. Why? Because it is structural instead of psychological, and we tend to interpret most things in personal, individual, and psychological ways.
Oneing – “Transgression”
There seems to be an inherent need in humans for crossing boundaries, testing limits, and even “testing the gods” to find out who these gods really are and who we really are in relationship to them. (This full issue of Oneing, which features additional authors, is available from CAC’s Bookstore.)
Francis is not so much telling us what to see (which our dualistic minds will merely fight and resist) nearly as much as teaching us how to see and what to pay attention to. Somehow he is telling us that true seeing is first seeing through the eyes of love and mercy. And this is Christianity itself.