What Is Truth? Part I

What is the whole truth?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:33 AM Comments (19)

There is truth and there is the truth.

First a little story. A man is a first time passenger on a great ocean liner of infamy. After some loud noises, the massive ship begins to drastically list. Fear begins to enter into the heart of the man, who is concerned for his family and all the other souls on board. He spies a presumably knowledgeable ranking officer on the deck and puts the question to him. "Sir, the ship is listing badly. Are we all going to drown?" With indifference, the officer says truthfully "I assure you, we will ALL not drown." So the man thanks the officer and runs off to tend to his family. Within a few hours, the man and his family are dead in the freezing ocean. Being...READ MORE

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In The Heart of Every Traditionalist Lies A Schismatic

Thursday, May 22, 2014 10:44 AM Comments (187)

Just because you are paranoid, doesn't mean they are not out to get you.

When it comes to traditionalists in the Church, the hits just keep on coming. We have now the regretful news that the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate will join their brethren in the deepest fog and fire of purgatory.

The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate have suffered under the draconian rule of of their imposed commissioner under the direction of His Eminence João Braz de Aviz Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life for the crime of crypto-lefebvrianism and justified by supposed internal dissent.

I regret to hear the news that that Cardinal Braz de Aviz...READ MORE

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This Family Needs a Miracle

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 2:37 PM Comments (9)

His name is Daniel Wani. He's a Sudanese man who currently lives in New Hampshire and is traveling to his home country on a desperate mission to save his pregnant wife who has been sentenced to death for marrying him, a Christian.

His wife's name is Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag. She is eight months pregnant and sentenced to death by the Sudanese government for being a Christian. You see, she is guilty of apostasy for the crime of converting to Christianity even though she was raised by her Christian mother. Her father was Muslim and that's all that legally matters.

“We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam," the judge told her. "I sentence you to be...READ MORE

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How Great Thou Art

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:00 AM Comments (8)

I sometimes wonder if God chose to reveal a great event through signs in the heavens, would anybody notice?

Up until a little over a century ago, the heavens were heavenly. Nights were dark, but in the darkness we saw the Heavens more clearly. It served to put us in our place and inspire us with a sense of awe for all God's great creation.

But when the nights became illuminated with our own light, we failed to look up anymore. We are no longer inspired because we can no longer see. We are a society of navel gazers who in their hubris imagine they understand a universe better than their ancestors even though many of of us have never seen it. Who needs the heavens? We have our own light.
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Awww, look at the adorable parasitic foreign organism sucking the life out of you.

Monday, May 12, 2014 9:08 AM Comments (14)

Slate Magazine just published this piece that would be hilarious if it were meant as satire. Sadly, it's not.

Rebecca Helm, a PhD candidate at Brown University thank you very much, acknowledges Mothers Day by apologizing to her for forming in her womb. She calls it "probably the worst thing I’ve ever done to my mother." C'mon, I'd bet the bills during all those years of Ivy League education was much worse than just nine months in her womb.

Or maybe the embarrassment of your child writing for Slate Magazine may be worse.

It all started when I was a zygote. I was floating through your uterus when I bumped into your uterine wall. I’m not proud of what I did next, but I really wasn’t...READ MORE

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Science, Saints, and the Shroud of Turin

Friday, May 09, 2014 7:37 AM Comments (49)

Science has newly confirmed something about the Shroud of Turin that saints already knew.

Centuries ago, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux in ecstasy asked Jesus which was His greatest unrecorded suffering and the wound that inflicted the most pain on Him in Calvary and Jesus answered:

"I had on My Shoulder, while I bore My Cross on the Way of Sorrows, a grievous Wound which was more painful than the others and which is not recorded by men. Honor this Wound with thy devotion and I will grant thee whatsoever thou dost ask through its virtue and merit and in regard to all those who shall venerate this Wound, I will remit to them all their venial sins and will no longer remember their mortal...READ MORE

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One Judge Away from a Religious Freedom Calamity

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 11:23 PM Comments (19)

In what must be seen as a near-miss, the Supreme Court ruled that public officials could open public meetings with a prayer.

I'm thrilled, don't get me wrong. It's a victory for religious freedom. But the ruling was 5-4. That's a sobering thought. The Supreme Court was one judge away from seriously curbing religious freedom. What four justices essentially said was that if you're an elected official you give up your right to express your religion at public meetings.

But here's the thing -say the town council is all Christians. Are they supposed to pray a Hindu prayer at one meeting, a Buddhist one at the next, an Islamic prayer at the next, and then maybe just maybe a Christian one. That...READ MORE

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We Are Not Going Anywhere

Thursday, May 01, 2014 11:21 PM Comments (128)

I'm a Catholic, and I am not going anywhere.

With some of my friends, family, and fellow travellers I have been discussing how a Catholic should respond and behave in these times.

These times?  Well, yes.  Whether you share their concerns, there are a number of good and faithful Catholics out there (myself among them) who are concerned with some of the things going on in the Church these days.  Chief among these worries is the potential for, well, let's just say the potential for genuine problems in the Church following this October's Synod on the Family.  Why are we concerned?  Well, let's just say if the Church follows any of the suggestions of Cardinal Kasper, who gave the keynote at...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.