Catholic School Kids Say the Darnedest Things

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:56 PM Comments (7)

I was talking to a parent of a child who attends public school and she was asking me about my five kids in a Catholic elementary school and if it's different from public school. It is. But it got me thinking about it. Here's a few incidents over the years that brought a smile to my face.

My 8 year old son thought that the ships Columbus sailed to the new world in were named the Lucia, the Jacinta, and the Francisco. Seriously.

My 1st grader answered a question on a religion quiz with the word "Jesus." The answer, unfortunately, was "love." I went over her mistake with her and she said, "But wait, Jesus is God and God is love so I'm right. I'm going to tell my teacher."

Years ago, for...READ MORE

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The Seven Stages Of Heresy

Common Heresies don't just happen. They are grown.

Friday, February 28, 2014 12:49 PM Comments (47)

Stage 1.

Immoral practice is clearly condemned and anathematized. The eternal salvation of souls is at stake. Some people still do it, but they are understood to be sinners and sometimes socially ostracized.

Stage 2.

Immoral practice is still clearly condemned but nobody really talks about it. More people do it, but not considered ideal.

Stage 3.

Immoral practice is formally condemned, but such condemnation is rarely taught. Many more people do it, it is just the way life is sometimes.

Stage 4.

Immoral practice is still formally condemned, but most clergy look the other way and some even encourage it. Most people do it, what is the big deal?

Stage 5.

Immoral practice is still...READ MORE

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Burying the Dead and Clothing the Stick Figures

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:12 AM Comments (10)

My 11 year old had to do a project on the corporal works of mercy. Her class had been studying them for a while. I've tested her so many times on clothing the naked, visiting the sick, visiting the imprisoned, and burying the dead that I can't wait to get to the next chapter.

But first she had a project to do. She had to use a big piece of paper and draw and color a picture of herself doing one of the corporal works of mercy. So she sat down for hours at the kitchen table while I did homework with the other kids. I normally do projects with them but with all the snow days we were a little backed up on homework, tests, and projects so I had to focus on the little ones.

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The Pope's First Big "No"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:23 PM Comments (46)

One of my children heard me discussing the upcoming Synod on the Family currently in preparation for October. She asked me, "Dad, what is a synod?"

"Well honey, a synod is a gathering of bishops in Rome with the Pope where they discuss certain issues in the Church with many possible solutions to which the Pope ultimately must say NO."

Despite the headline making reformation of the Curia now under discussion in Rome, the Pope's first big challenge will be the Synod on the family. It is not that the reformation of the Curia is not important, but that it is so much inside baseball. Whatever the decisions there, they will be difficult to decipher for most folks, particularly the...READ MORE

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Hatred in the Form of Admiration

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:21 PM Comments (17)

Columnist Neil Steinberg wrote a piece in the Chicago Sun Times that seeks to lionize a nun who has devoted her life to caring for people with Downs Syndrome, not because of what she does but because her words can be misconstrued and used for his hateful column.

The piece is about Sister Rosemary Connelly, the founder of Misericordia, a home for those with Down syndrome and other cognitive disabilities. But it's not her work which makes the writer like Sister Rosemary. Steinberg, a non-believer who is a radical supporter of abortion rights, wrote of Sister Rosemary:

She said something Tuesday before 400 people at a fundraising lunch that I’ve never heard spoken before, never mind by a...READ MORE

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Utah's (And The Mormon's) Immoral Adoption Law

Friday, February 14, 2014 12:27 PM Comments (102)

Imagine my surprise that one of the most immoral and anti-family laws I have ever seen is on the books in the supposedly family-friendly state of Utah. And then to find out that the supposedly family-friendly Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is complicit in what amounts to kidnapping.

Utah allows families to be anonymously ripped apart taking babies away from a parent who wants them.

The law allows mothers to place their children up for adoption without the consent or knowledge of the father. In some cases, the father desperately wants the child but he has no say and no path to gain custody of the child.

Foxnews reports on some horror stories that have led a dozen men,...READ MORE

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Is Work Beneath Us?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:32 PM Comments (37)

I didn't realize that the country famous for what some call its protestant work ethic, has come to revile work in such an open way.

But this fact was brought home to me in the past week through the confluence of a few stories.

First, the CBO's estimates that Obamacare will be responsible for the loss of 2.5 million jobs. No matter the nuances of the report, this is not the type of story that any politician wants to be talking about. It is the type of story that you ignore and with a willing press, it will soon go away. This is particularly true in an era of stubbornly high unemployment and underemployment. But strangely, that is not what happened.

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Saying No to Sleepovers

Friday, February 07, 2014 4:51 PM Comments (99)

How do you say no to a sleepover? My fourteen year old is asked to sleep over so many people’s houses that if I said yes to all of them she’d be an emancipated minor by now.

I’ve been going with “not tonight” but other parents are definitely noticing. My daughter told me that the kids’ parents have said that Mr. Archbold doesn’t trust them. It’s not that I don’t trust them, it’s just that I don’t trust them with my children who mean more to me than anyone in the world. Is that so hard to understand?

Last weekend I had a Dad walk up to me and say his daughter wanted to know if my oldest could sleep over. I’m being honest here, I’d never laid eyes on the man before. He’s a divorced...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.