First, Kill All The Ushers

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:09 PM Comments (68)

If ever they appoint me King of Liturgy, my first act as tyrant will be to kill all the ushers.  Well, not the ushers themselves, but the position as it is currently conceived.

Ushers, in my mind, should limit their duties to assisting old people to find a seat on Christmas and Easter and maybe a few other small duties.  What I do know is that the current tyranny of the ushers must stop.

I truly believe that the presence of ushers and forced row-by-row communion cajoles many people into receiving communion when they are not properly prepared.

A little anecdote.  I was traveling over the New Year holiday and my family and I went to mass for the Solemnity of Mary on the December 31...READ MORE

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Dallas News: Hey, That Might Be an Imperfect Baby. Get Em!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:29 PM Comments (18)

The Dallas News ran a pretty darn scary editorial urging a hospital to remove life support from a pregnant woman.

For those unfamiliar, a Texas woman, Marlise Munoz, has been declared dead and is being kept alive by life support. The family, including her husband and parents, are suing to have life support removed. The problem is that the woman is pregnant.

There's a lot going on in the editorial but here's a key graph as to why the editorial board favors removing life support and allowing the baby to die:

The fetus still registers a heartbeat, although it’s unclear whether it also suffered the same brain-destroying oxygen deprivation that ended Muñoz’s life and whether additional,...READ MORE

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Can A Catholic Oppose Minimum Wage Hike?

Monday, January 13, 2014 12:03 AM Comments (55)

On the 50th anniversary of that inglorious war without an exit strategy, the war on poverty, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development on behalf of the USCCB and Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking the federal government to raise the minimum wage.

The stated goal of raising the minimum wage of Archbishop Wenski and Fr. Snyder is to 'fix' the problem that "a full-year, full-time worker making the minimum wage does not make enough money to raise a child free from poverty."

Archbishop Wenski advocates this position on behalf of the entire US Conference of Catholic Bishops....READ MORE

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What's Wrong with Shame?

Thursday, January 09, 2014 12:34 AM Comments (49)

The internet is abuzz with the image of a girl. Shock, right? But not that kind of picture. It's a picture of a girl who appears to be in her early teens, holding a sign which reads:

"My name is Hailey. I am a kind, caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As a punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the charity Beat Bullying, in hopes of changing my behavior as well as bringing awareness to Bullying. Because bullying is wrong."

This is creating a lot of back and forth, with some accusing the mom of going too far and saying the Mom is the real bully.

Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer asked "Who's the Bully Now?"

Family therapist...READ MORE

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The Best Preacher I Ever Had

Monday, January 06, 2014 1:05 PM Comments (15)

I have been thinking about the best preacher I ever heard.  Not about the single best homily or sermon, but about the best and most consistent preaching I have encountered.

When it comes to preaching, we all have our horror stories and I have done my fair share of grumbling. 

But rather than focus on the bad preaching, I have been thinking about what makes the good preaching good.  As Catholics seeking holiness, we have the saints to model ourselves after.  We find a saint that seems like us and we try to do some of the things that helped them become more holy.  The same goes for preaching, do what the good preachers do.

So what is it about the best preaching I ever had and what...READ MORE

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I'm Not OK and I Suspect You're Not Much Better

Thursday, January 02, 2014 2:08 AM Comments (20)

I am the broken pieces of what was supposed to be Matt Archbold. I know this. I have fallen short of the man I am called to be.

Charged with following Christ and spreading the gospel I shudder to think of my wayward path over the years. And I hesitate to consider how many times I have, when faced with a perfect moment to spread the gospel, instead opted for biting sarcasm? Or even cowardly silence.

I don't know if it's in my nature to jump to sarcasm or to opt for silence but I do not come to Christ for validation of my fallen nature. I require correction. I beg for it. I need that steady campfire to beckon me back from my mad midnight charges into the wilderness.

I wonder when so...READ MORE

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No More Mr. Nice Gay

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 11:45 AM Comments (201)

As the year comes to a close it is natural to reflect upon the year and see if there are any lessons to be learned.

Well it just so happens that this December provided us with a very valuable lesson, if only we are willing to learn it.

For the past 20 years, the Church's teaching on homosexuality have been progressively criticized, marginalized, delegitimized, and perhaps soon criminalized.

As we have lost battle after battle, the rational mind will also understand that at the same time Church leadership has taken a very soft approach to the issue.  They chose to focus almost exclusively on God's love for the sinner with almost no time reserved to God's abhorrence of the sin.  So...READ MORE

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Caroling for Laney

Monday, December 23, 2013 2:33 AM Comments (4)

West Reading Pennsylvania is a normal town with normal people and normal problems. Except this town has a very special eight year old little girl named Laney Brown.

Laney is suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia.

A sick child is the kind of thing that makes people question God. Why? Why would God do this? But something happened this weekend in that town that proved miracles happen.

There was something about Laney's wish to hear Christmas carolers that moved this Pennsylvania town to create one of the most memorable and moving instances of Christmas spirit I've ever seen. After word got out on Facebook and other social media, on Friday, which was also her birthday, about ten...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.