They Call Them Theories For A Reason

01/27/2015 Comments (78)

Some few months back I wrote a post in which I advised that the Church should be more cautious in giving its seeming imprimatur to various different scientific theories. The post was widely misunderstood (my fault) as saying that the Church shouldn't discuss science. I wish to be clear here that I do not suggest such a thing. The Church should and must speak to science and scientists about the proper limits and morals that should govern scientific inquiry.

But I would like to re-emphasize my previous suggestion that the Church hierarchy, and in particular Popes, should refrain from suggesting acceptance of or even specifically endorsing particular theories about the origins of the...READ MORE

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Just in Time for the March for Life, GOP Punks Out on Abortion

01/22/2015 Comments (24)

This is deflating. Here I am running out the door to head down to Washington D.C. for the March for Life and I read that the House GOP dropped plans to debate a bill that would make late-term abortions illegal. The whole thing was sort of a show anyway since President Obama was going to veto it anyway. But that's the thing. Republicans don't even dare to bring up a show vote on abortion.

This on the day before the March for Life just shows why we can't get anywhere. According to polls, banning late-term abortions is supported by something like 70 or 80 percent of people. That means it would actually be good politics to raise this issue. But instead, they punk out on the unborn.

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The Baby Promise

01/20/2015 Comments (17)

I remember it clearly.  I remember the day my future wife and I had the conversation about children.

She asked me, "How many children do you want to have?"

Me, being me, answered.  "Who cares?  Who cares how many children I want?"

My wife, already on her way to sainthood for choosing the cross that is me, said, "I mean, what do you think a good size family is?"

"A good size?  Sixteen.  That is a really good size."

"Why are you being a pain?  You know what I mean."

"Yes, I know what you mean.  I am just trying to make a point.  I don't know what our optimal family size is, but I am very certain that God does.  Let me put it to you this way.  When it comes to children, I make you this...READ MORE

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Real Men Pray

01/13/2015 Comments (60)

My father was a tough guy. A war veteran right out of the John Wayne/Ted Williams mold. A man who never complained about pain and worked hard every day. And I grew up watching the toughest man I ever met pray. Often.

To me, it was what real men did. He wore a scapular, attended daily Mass, and prayed the rosary for the souls in purgatory almost incessantly. And there's something about seeing the strongest person you know get down on his knees that helps to shape a child to learn what being a man is about.

I tell you this because I just read an interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke who made headlines discussing the issue that many men no longer feel at home in the Church. I know that...READ MORE

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The Only Answer To Muslim Extremism

01/12/2015 Comments (56)

Millions gathered in the streets of Paris to proclaim their solidarity in resisting terrorism and to trumpet to the world their belief that Islam and the West can live in harmony.

Politicians and fools (Dept. of Redundancy Dept.?) rush to every microphone to proclaim that such extremism is not true Islam, it is just an aberration.  Well, if it is an aberration, it is a pervasive 1,400 year old aberration.

Yes, this kind of stuff has been happening long before Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, cartoonists, or even fossil fuels.  It is a feature, not a bug.

So while everyone marches loudly proclaiming their belief that we can live together, evil men scheme to inflict more damage while millions of fellow...READ MORE

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Atlanta's Fire Chief Fired for Espousing Christian Beliefs

01/08/2015 Comments (90)

The mayor of Atlanta Kasim Reed announced today the firing of the city's fire chief for the crime of being a Christian, according to news reports.

It seems the fire chief, Kelvin Cochran, wrote a book for his Bible study group in which he espoused actual Christian beliefs. How dare he?

But his firing doesn't infringe on religious freedom at all, so says the mayor. "This is not about religious freedom, this is not about free speech" the mayor reportedly said. "Judgement is the basis of the problem." So there you have it. If you're fired for being a Christian it's not because you're a Christian it's because you displayed bad judgment in being a Christian. You get the difference, right?

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Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus: A Question of Emphasis

01/05/2015 Comments (62)

You know what they say, every over-reaction deserves an equal and opposite over-reaction.  Well, even if they don’t say that, they should.

We discussed last week the different levels of Magisterium and the confusion that can sometimes arise from seemingly contradictory statements.  In that article, I used ecumenism as an example and I will do so again today.  But rather than get into the muck and mire of the theology surrounding the issue, I want focus on the real world consequences of this confusion.
The other day, I put a quote up on social media from Presidential contender Senator Marco Rubio. Though I had just written about the confusion over this issue, even I was surprised by the...READ MORE

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If Guys Ran Christmas…

12/26/2014 Comments (27)

Everyone's always talking about the secularization of Christmas. I'm more concerned right now with the wife-icization of Christmas. I'm supposed to be wrapping my presents for my wife right now so I'm locked in my room but instead of wrapping, I'm writing this stupid post. I'm thinking that if guys ran Christmas things would be very different.

So if guys ran Christmas...

There'd be no wrapping paper. It just wouldn't even exist. You can be surprised by my gift when I carry it into the room. You don't need an extra moment of anticipation at 69 cents a foot. Not worth it. The most you'd get is we'd put the gift in an old shoebox but actually we'd never keep the shoebox so forget that part....READ MORE

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Matt Archbold graduated from Saint Joseph's University in 1995. He is a former journalist who left the newspaper business to raise his five children. He writes for the Creative Minority Report.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.