Life In Upside-Down World

Monday, April 07, 2014 10:53 AM Comments (14)

Living in an upside-down world (UDW) does take some getting used to.

In UDW, no rights are more vigorously defended than those recently manufactured from whole cloth.  This, while rights granted directly from the creator, such as the right to live in UDW are revoked under the flimsiest of pretexts.

In UDW, tolerance is a bug-eyed and vein popping emotion rather than a calm and serene act of reason.

In UDW, not only can you have it both ways, somebody is legally bound to bake a cake for it.

In UDW, any kind of depravity is forgiven even absent repentance as long the culprit holds to fashionable views.  But to have ever supported something currently unfashionable, even if in fashion at...READ MORE

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Whenever Two or More are Gathered in His Name…It Better Not be in a Public School

Friday, April 04, 2014 10:29 AM Comments (15)

Whenever two or more are gathered in His name, it better not be in a public school.

A federal appeals court has decreed that New York City churches are prohibited from meeting in public school buildings because of the separation of Church and state...or something.
 
That decision overturns a lower court ruling.

The case dates all the way back to 1995, when a small church in the Bronx attempted to rent space in a public school as is done quite frequently by many groups. But the Board of Education denied the request.

The list of government enforced "Thou Shalt Nots" for Christians grows ever longer. Thou shalt not resist government mandates that require you to pay for abortifacients. Thou...READ MORE

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The Most Misused Catholic Words

Monday, March 31, 2014 1:23 PM Comments (91)

We hear a lot of Catholics calling using official sounding Catholic words make their arguments or to impugn others, but do we all really understand what these terms mean?

I will try to explain, in the most basic terms possible, the meaning behind the modern uses of these words and how I think they might hit or miss the mark. 

Sedevacantist. We hear this one a lot. The real definition is simple. Sedevacantists hold that, because modern (recent) Pope's have said or done things that seem to be in contradiction to the Tradition of the Church AND that Popes, by virtue of their infallibility, must be perfect in such matters, therefore these Popes must not really be Popes. Therefore,...READ MORE

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So When Can We Start with the Nazi Analogies Again?

Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:03 PM Comments (12)

OK, now that a hospital has been found to be using aborted babies as material to heat the hospital, is it OK yet to invoke the much maligned Nazi analogy? I know. I know. Any analogy to Nazis is outrageously hyperbolic and ridiculous. But can you just think about this for a second? A hospital was using aborted babies to heat their building. Just thinking about it shrivels my soul.

The number of aborted children since Roe is up to about 55 million (I think I'm rounding down but hey what's a few million babies, right?) so when is the Nazi analogy allowed again? I'm looking for a number.

It seems to me that Godwin's law is being used as a get-out-of-the argument free card. Their position...READ MORE

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Don't Misread Bishop Conley's Letter On Contraception

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:52 PM Comments (26)

Some twenty three years after Bishop Glennon Flavin of the Diocese of Lincoln issued a pastoral letter to Catholic couples and physicians on the Issue of Contraception, his successor Bishop James Conley has done the same.

His letter will be discussed along with the topic of contraception generally this Sunday in all parishes of the Diocese.

The letter is a wonderful restatement of Catholic principles on the issues of contraception and I urge each and every one of you to read it in its entirety. Further, I find it wonderful and somewhat counter-cultural, even within the Church, to issue such a letter and instruct that this topic be taught in every parish. Bishop Conley is truly a good...READ MORE

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Sensus Fidelium on Steroids

Monday, March 24, 2014 9:39 AM Comments (37)

We've been hearing a lot about sensus fidelium recently. It's the only Latin word some Catholics will allow to be uttered. It's definition for many seems to be "what we say goes." Or if enough Catholics believe something stupid, it becomes right.

As if God gives into mob rule.

You often hear it brought up when it comes to the Church's teaching on contraception, abortion, and gay marriage. The argument goes that 98 percent of the Catholic women have used contraception so therefore the Church should change its teaching. It's really religion by poll. But Catholicism is about the gospels, not Gallup. If it were we'd be Unitarians.

There's a certain hubris to it in that there's a belief that...READ MORE

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Will Noah Sink Religious Movies?

Thursday, March 20, 2014 3:16 PM Comments (23)

By now I am sure you have heard the buzz about the upcoming Biblical cinema epic "Noah".  The film, which gets released March 28, 2014, has been the subject of rumor and controversy since a synopsis of an early script was leaked on line.

I have fears about "Noah" but not the same fears about the amount of license that director Darren Aronofsky takes with the Bible story. I have my opinions about what I have heard, but I will until I see the movie. My fears are more about the movie industry.

Let me bottom line it for you.  If "Noah" under performs at the box office, the headlines practically write themselves.

Christians Sink Noah.  Christians Stay Home, Noah Under Water. And so on.

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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is finding the right judge.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:47 AM Comments (13)

A federal judge has ruled that a law that don't permit abortion after a heartbeat can be detected is unconstitutional. We should hardly be surprised. Legislatures are the only branch of government no longer allowed to make laws; they only make suggestions for judges to consider when crafting a law.

Appointed by President George H.W. Bush, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber must believe that the legitimate interests of the state stop where the agendas of judges begin. She ruled that the bill that made abortions illegal after a heartbeat can be detected is unconstitutional. She clearly believes "unconstitutional" means "I don't like it."

“The Court notes that the [state] conveys that...READ MORE

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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.