Anti-Catholic HHS Stacks Deck Against Church

Tuesday, November 01, 2011 11:46 PM Comments (13)

If there is one rule about government contracts, it is that the process is to be impartial.  The United States Health and Human Services Department, headed by the anti Catholic Catholic Kathleen Sebelius, doesn’t do impartiality.  At least when it comes to the Church.

Each year HHS awards grants to those who assist victims of the horrific practice of Human Trafficking.  A committee at the HHS evaluated groups that can provide these services, among them is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church.  In fact, the Church has provided these services extremely well for years.

The committee evaluated at least four groups that could provide the services and ranked the Catholic Church at...READ MORE

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Christians Die, Obama Yawns

Monday, October 31, 2011 12:03 AM Comments (30)

I recently read an article that said that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world and nowhere more persecuted than in the middle east.

Pope Benedict recently expressed concern for the persecution of Christians around the world.

Coptic Christians have been repeatedly slaughtered in Egypt, both pre and post Arab Spring.  Earlier this month Egyptian forces drove over Coptic Christians in military vehicles at a rally in Cairo.

ACN reports:

Christians in Egypt are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries. This statement was made by the Coptic Orthodox Bishop Stephanos of Beba and Elfashn to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)....READ MORE

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Town Rejects Rosary as Offensive and the Prayers that Changed Everything

Friday, October 28, 2011 12:34 AM Comments (29)

Mike Casey is a praying man. The father of two believes in the power of prayer to change things. But it’s easy to believe in the power of prayer when you see how a little prayer can change so many things.

It all started simply. Mike Casey wanted to pray. As part of the nationwide “America Needs Fatima” movement, Mike wanted to hold a public rosary in the small Massachusetts town of Upton. It would be one of 7,515 Public Square Rosaries held across the United States on October 15th.

Last year, he and a group of others prayed the rosary outside the rectory of a local church but this year Mike, the owner of a hardwood floor company, asked the township if he and a group of others could pray...READ MORE

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Teach the Children Well

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 9:49 AM Comments (5)

There’s recently been some troubling polling news about young Catholics not being well formed in their faith. Relativism is rampant and many children don’t know the difference between transubstantiation and the Assumption. Many young people aren’t going to Mass because they don’t “get anything” out of Mass. Some opt for vague spirituality, rather than religion.

My sister Mary Archbold and my brother-in-law Pat Shay, both veterans of ImprovOlympic and The Second City Comedy Group, recently had their first child and started creating videos as supplemental teaching aids that Catholic educators can use to teach the faith to young Catholics. (Yes, they’re in the entertainment business and...READ MORE

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Grow Up. But Not So Fast

Monday, October 24, 2011 7:19 AM Comments (11)

Before my father passed away some years ago, he told me that he was happy to see me finally grow up.  He said he was proud of me.  I knew what he meant.  I had grown up, but I didn’t mean to.

My father waited a long time to see me “grow up.”  I was poster child for a generation of slackers, Generation X.  After a prolonged college experience, ahem, my late twenties was spent in a series of dead-end jobs.  I didn’t want a “career,” I wanted jobs for money.  I needed money so I could hang out with my friends and pay the rent on a dingy basement apartment.  And when money got tight, I could always ditch the rent and stay in my old room at my parent’s house.  I took advantage of this several...READ MORE

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I Saw the Mighty Macs

Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:28 PM Comments (25)

I saw the Mighty Macs this weekend, the story about the girl’s basketball team from the little Catholic school that won three national championships. It’s a great story and kinda’ cool for me because Immaculata College isn’t far from my home.

I saw it for free because I’m cool like that but I will tell you that I’ll be taking my kids to see it this weekend and am kinda’ pumped to do so. It’s G rated. And let’s face it, outside of Pixar there aren’t many good G-rated movies. It’s uplifting and fun. It’s not the Citizen Kane of sports movies or anything but it’s good solid family entertainment. It’s not going to change the world but if you miss being able to go to the movies with your kids...READ MORE

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Did Jesus Die For Klingons Too?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 10:24 PM Comments (29)

From time to time, a bunch of science types like to get together. And from time to time they like to let the scope of their scientific speculation stray into areas out of their purview.  And from time to time, based purely upon wild speculation which often poses as science these days, a small minority of these science types like to think that they have discovered a deal breaker for religion in general and Christianity in particular.

Did Jesus die for Klingons too?

ORLANDO, Fla. — The discovery of intelligent aliens would be mind-blowing in many respects, but it could present a special dilemma for the world’s religions, theologians pondering interstellar travel concepts said Saturday (Oct....READ MORE

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Ten Rules for Great Parenting

Sunday, October 16, 2011 9:49 PM Comments (16)

Play with your children every day

- This tires them out for bedtime.

Kiss your children before they go to bed

- That way you can tell if they actually brushed their teeth or they just ran the toothbrush under the faucet.

Hug Your Children

- There are many reasons to hug your children, but a great one is that your child can’t get into too much trouble if you have your arms around them.

Know where your children are

- It’s important to know where your children are at all times. You never know when they’ll need an alibi.

Help them with their homework

- Because then they’ll get into a good college and be employable so they don’t live in your basement. If you are really lucky, you can live...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.