I'm Making the Jump to Homeschooling

07/08/2014 Comments (110)

I'm making the big jump to homeschooling. If you'd have told me five years ago that I'd be teaching my children at home I'd have asked for a drug test. For you and me.

But it's come to it. And I'm nervous and anxious. AND COMPLETELY IGNORANT!!!! I'm used to being ignorant but nervous and anxious are new to me.

So here's me tale of woe. My kids went to our local parish school and we loved it. The faith formation in that school was excellent; so excellent that I was willing to overlook the fact that sometimes the teachers weren't the best and I had to do some of the heavy lifting at home. I really was fine with it.

But then we were regionalized. (Cue the impending doom music.)...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan Addresses Holy Innocents Situation

07/03/2014 Comments (66)

Since news broke in April that Holy Innocents parish in midtown Manhattan, the site of the only daily traditional Latin mass in the NYC, was on the list of recommended church closures, concerns among Traditional Latin Mass community and Catholic traditionalists in general have grown.

These concerns reached a peak a few weeks ago when Father Justin Wylie, a priest from South Africa who works at the United Nations and helps serve the Traditional Catholic community at Holy Innocents, was removed from his job and ordered to return to South Africa after a homily in which he exhorted the traditional community to charitably demand pastoral care and to stop “scurrying about like ecclesiastical...READ MORE

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Hobby Lobby Wins!

06/30/2014 Comments (37)

This morning the Supreme Court released its decision in the cases of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius about the ability of the government to force businesses and business owners to violate their religious principles by mandating contraception and abortifacients.

The decision is a narrowly defined 5-4 win for Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood that says closely held corporations, like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood, cannot be required to provide contraception coverage.

From Scotusblog

RFRA applies to regulations that govern the activities of closely held for-profit corporations like Conestoga, HL and Mardel.

The Court says that the government has failed to show that...READ MORE

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling a Win for Sidewalk Counselors

06/26/2014 Comments (18)

In a stunning unanimous decision in favor of pro-lifers, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Massachusetts' 35-foot "buffer zones" around abortion clinics to keep pro-lifers away from women considering abortion, are unconstitutional.

"Petitioners wish to converse with their fellow citizens about an important subject on the public streets and sidewalks -- sites that have hosted discussions about the issues of the day throughout history," Roberts reportedly wrote in the decision. He added that the Masachusetts law attempted to shut down a "traditional public forum to all speakers" namely the sidewalk.

About a decade ago, the court had upheld an eight foot buffer zone but Massachusetts...READ MORE

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Archbishop Listecki and Common Core-tesy

06/19/2014 Comments (48)

If the implementation of Common Core in the schools of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee is not enough to make you think twice about sending your kids to Catholic school there, Archbishop Listecki's response letter to concerned parents might be.

A growing number of Catholic educators and parents have been expressing concerns about the implementation of Common Core in Catholic schools, with some dioceses rejecting its use. This mirrors a generalized concern about common core throughout the country, but with added emphasis and concern about Catholic identity.  Catholics in Milwaukee started a petition and sent a letter with their concerns to the Archbishop as well as bringing their concerns to...READ MORE

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In This Age of Nice, Mercy is a Dead Letter

06/16/2014 Comments (48)

We've all seen those sharp spikes on buildings meant to keep birds from nesting on ledges. They're put there because birds are messy and a nuisance. I've always felt a little bad for the birds seeing those but it's perfectly understandable why building owners would have them there. I've even seen them on churches.

But I've got to say, the thought of buildings erecting spikes in alcoves to keep homeless people away is absolutely abhorrent. One building in London is doing exactly that though. And they're not alone.

Now, some might argue that this is a case about property rights. But I'm not arguing that. What one can and should do are often very different. This is not about property...READ MORE

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Beautiful Model Gives Up Flourishing Career To Become Nun

06/11/2014 Comments (24)

At the top of her flourishing career, a beautiful Spanish model has given it all up to become a nun.

Olalla Oliveros, a beautiful and well known Spanish model who did advertisements, television commercials, and worked as an actress has given up her career and decided to become a nun. Last month, Oliveros entered the semi-cloistered Order of Saint Michael.

Oliveros during modeling career.

Oliveros is reluctant to talk about herself, but says she had an "earthquake" experience on a visit to Fatima and could not shake the image of herself dressed as a nun, which at the time she thought was absurd.
 
Olalla Oliveros -- Second from right.
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Amazing Story About a WWII Catholic Priest Told By Actor David Niven

06/09/2014 Comments (12)

I was reading William F. Buckley's Nearer, My God: An Autobiography of Faith and came upon this story relayed by the late actor David Niven about a disaster at sea and the sacrifice of a priest.

"David Niven told the engrossing story (I had never heard it) of a single episode in the chaotic flight from France after Dunkirk in 1940.
One motley assembly, ‘Royal Air Force ground personnel who were trapped, Red Cross workers, women, ambulance drivers and, finally, the embassy staff from Paris with their children — by the time they got to St. Nazaire at the mouth of the Loire, there were over three thousand of them and the British government sent an old liner called the Lancastria to come and...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.