One Nation, Divided

Monday, February 03, 2014 12:00 PM Comments (50)

Let's face it, boring Super Bowls happen..

But at least we have the commercials to entertain us, right?  Well, last night they were all pretty much like the game, boring.

One commercial is garnering attention, one from Coca-Cola that has America the Beautiful being sung in many different languages by many different types of people. 

What has some people talking is the inclusion of a gay couple with their daughter.  Like I said, boring.  Is this even still a thing since this type of stuff is everywhere these days?  I mean gays are the most over-represented subset of a subset in media.  But still, ok, whatever, yawn.

The thing that struck me about the ad that is supposedly...READ MORE

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7 Reasons You Shouldn't Be Too Pleased About Pope Francis on the Cover of Rolling Stone

Thursday, January 30, 2014 1:02 PM Comments (23)

There's a few reasons Catholics shouldn't get too psyched about Pope Francis being on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

7) It's not 1978. Look, at one point Rolling Stone was a huge cover which granted the imprimatur of cool to anyone on its cover. Those days aren't just gone. They're long gone. Their courting of irrelevance may have turned into a full embrace sometime around them putting Wilson Phillips on the cover. Or maybe it was Ricky Martin. But it was definitely already gone by the time they put Clay Aiken on the cover. Definitely.


6) There's a big story about Sting and Paul Simon in the same issue. I think AARP's magazine is also running the same feature.


5) Let's...READ MORE

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Searching for a Catholic High School

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:56 PM Comments (78)

I have been looking at different Catholic high schools for my 8th grader. So we went on the tours and she “shadowed” (which is to say, attended for a day) at several schools and I met many people in the administration. I have to say, that as someone who is concerned about Catholic education the results have been a bit disheartening.

The first tour I went on, the first person the school had everyone meet was an elderly nun in a wheelchair. Nice woman. I’m still unsure what her responsibilities at the school were but she was very nice. Other than her I don’t think there was anything else there to indicate the school was Catholic at all except the crucifixes on the classroom walls. We were...READ MORE

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Foxnews Writer Attacks The Pope

Friday, January 24, 2014 12:33 PM Comments (114)

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a website that daily publishes lists of stars that have lost their mojo and good/bad bikini bodies would publish something as stupid as Adam Shaw's piece.

Adam Shaw, writing at, unleashes a juvenile diatribe against Pope Francis is which he calls the Pope a "snob" and against prosperity.

For a taste, check out the opening paragraph of this stupidity.

Pope Francis has declared war on those who aspire to provide a better life for themselves and their families, expressing the misguided snobbery of a man for whom money has never been an issue.

War on prosperity? War on aspirations? Snobbery?

It gets worse. He derides the Pope's...READ MORE

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Poverty And The American Mind

Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:44 PM Comments (17)

After Pope Francis issued Evangelii Gaudium, unfortunately reasonable economic discussions got swamped by talk of Marxism and 'trickle-down theories' and the Pope's blithe retort about Marxists being good people.

I say unfortunate because these issues need genuine discussion to be understood from a Catholic point of view.  In the western world, particularly in America the discussion focused on the Pope's word choices rather than the underlying issues he was trying to address.  There are many reasons for this, the least of which is not the Pope's word choices.  But in part, I think that the underlying point was lost on American minds because we have a unique and somewhat myopic view of...READ MORE

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10 Things Obama Might Say to Pope Francis

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:37 AM Comments (81)

President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis for the first time on March 27 at the Vatican, the White House announced Tuesday.

Here's some thoughts on what Obama might say to the pope.

1) Promise, "If you like your Church you can keep your Church."

2) Say thoughtfully, "If I had a son, I think he'd be Pope."

3) Hand Pope Francis a DVD of his speech at Notre Dame and say "you're welcome."

4) I don't want to be punished with a pope.

5) He could hand Pope Francis a "Reset" button in Latin that actually says, "I must break you."

6) Tell the pope, "America is no longer a Christian nation."

7) Obama could tell Pope Francis that his definition of sin is, “Being out of...READ MORE

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The Medjugorje Report

Is the big news no news?

Monday, January 20, 2014 11:15 AM Comments (95)

The Vatican has confirmed that indeed the International Commission investigating the events at Medjugorje has completed its mission and submitted its report.

Some news accounts are already giving us hints as to what the report contains. If these news reports are to be believed, the big news coming out of Medjugorje is that there is no big news.

The lack of big news is big news in and of itself and about the best possible outcome for Medjugorje supporters.

Vatican Insider says the report has found no evidence of "any tricks, hoaxes or abuse of popular credulity" as well as no definitive evidence of its supernatural character.

In other words, the status quo remains. Let's face...READ MORE

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Cuomo Excommunicates Catholics

Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:53 AM Comments (112)

While the Catholic Church wrings its hands and furrows its collective brow over the unpastoral calls to excommunicate Catholic politicians who advocate grave sin as policy, these unholy pols have no such qualms.

The virulently pro-abortion and anti-Catholic Catholic Governor of New York has just excommunicated all faithful Catholics and their fellow travelers in the pro-life movement from 'his' state.

Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

"L'État, c'est...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.