No-Good Rotten Blue-Dog Dastard To Retire

12/28/2011 Comments (38)

Everybody remembers the pro-life treachery in the House of Bart Stupak.  Stupak sold babies into government funded death with his last minute support of Obamacare.  His name, like Benedict Arnold before him, quickly became synonymous with his dastardly deed.  So reviled was he, that he announced his retirement soon after.

Well, Stupak’s doppelganger in the Senate, the other no-good rotten dastard in the whole sordid affair Ben Nelson has announced that he will retire rather than face his very deserved electoral comeuppance.

Senator Ben Nelson is the same guy who swore up and down that he would stand firm against abortion funding in the healthcare bill only to suffer the world’s most...READ MORE

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A Christmas Massacre

12/26/2011 Comments (17)

A buddy of mine who fought over in Iraq tells me of visiting a Catholic Church there. He said you’d hardly notice the church but on Sundays a number of Catholics would bravely arrive at Mass, knowing that their mere attendance could be a death sentence.

It affected him greatly. It made him think how he took for granted the ease with which he could attend Mass back in America with his wife and children. And I’ll admit that just hearing him speak of it, affected me. Not many Sundays go by without me thinking of those brave Christians who proclaim their love of Jesus at the risk of their own lives.

I know that growing up I always heard or read of the martyrs being put to death for their...READ MORE

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The Death Of Pretty

12/21/2011 Comments (750)

This post is intended as a lament of sorts, a lament for something in the culture that is dying and may never been seen again.

Pretty, pretty is dying.

People will define pretty differently.  For the purposes of this piece, I define pretty as a mutually enriching balanced combination of beauty and projected innocence.

Once upon a time, women wanted to project an innocence.  I am not idealizing another age and I have no illusions about the virtues of our grandparents, concupiscence being what it is.  But some things were different in the back then.  First and foremost, many beautiful women, whatever the state of their souls, still wished to project a public innocence and virtue.  And...READ MORE

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Gov. Quinn vs. The Bishops

12/19/2011 Comments (60)

Things were a little weird when Governor Pat Quinn, a Catholic, decided to present a pro-choice award for a pro-abortion rights PAC.

The bishops responded strongly by saying, “This approach is irreconcilable with any honest profession of the Catholic faith. While we deeply regret and oppose his actions, we continue to pray for his conversion and the protection of unborn human life.”

Things got a little stranger when the bishops publicly balked and arranged a meeting with the Governor to discuss Quinn’s “personal approval of laws permitting the killing of unborn children.”

But this weekend, things got downright bizarre.

Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois met with a group of bishops on...READ MORE

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Still Praying For Christopher Hitchens

12/16/2011 Comments (82)

Christopher Hitchens now knows the truth of it.

Christopher Hitchens the smart, acerbic, funny, mean, insightful, and thick commenter on all things has passed away at the age of 62.

Hitchens may have been most famous for his outspoken atheism.  A year and a half ago when Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer, I wrote that even if he thought it was stupid, I was praying for him.  I still am.

I have no reason to think that Hitchens had a sudden religious awakening at the end, but I can hope.  I can hope that at the end there was a small crack in the veneer large enough to let in the light. But I can never know, not in this life.

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From Planned Parenthood to Catholicism, a Conversion Story

12/14/2011 Comments (33)

The room in the back of the clinic was quiet but Catherine’s mind was screaming. There was a baby in a jar. Arms. Leg. Fingers! There was a baby in a jar! She knew she had to get out of there. Fast. She couldn’t look at it one moment longer.

It?

Catherine Adair had spent the previous year working at Planned Parenthood convincing women that despite what they thought, that wasn’t a baby growing in their womb. It was a…an…it. And it required a “procedure” as she called it back then.

She’d spent the previous year accepting payment for abortions and “counseling” young women in the bright office and working as a medical assistant for first trimester abortions.

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My Last Baby?

12/12/2011 Comments (38)

We’re not supposed to feel this way.  We’re supposed to be the strong ones.  Us men, we face facts, we see things as they are and we move on.

Except I don’t want to move on.

My wife loves babies.  The smell of them, the feel of them.  She likes ‘em chubby and happy.  I do too.

My youngest turned four years old a few weeks ago.  She is getting to be so big it is amazing.  But her growing up creates a situation in our house that we have never had before.  There is no baby.

Ever since our first baby 11 years ago, my wife and I have had a baby in the house.  One baby didn’t get to 2 years old before a smelly little playmate joined the household.  There was always a baby and that is the way...READ MORE

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"This is totally not a religious thing. This is about Christmas."

12/08/2011 Comments (25)

When I first saw this story, I filed it in the “War on Christmas” file I have in my head. And make no mistake there is a war on Christmas. You seriously can’t be online for twenty minutes before you bump into a story where some government official or some organization of atheists is harumphing over a Christmas tree or…gasp…a nativity creche.

I know. I know. We all get laughed at by the harumphers when we mention the war on Christmas. But I’m here to tell you that the war on Christmas isn’t just an us against them thing. No. It’s a war with two fronts. I’ll call them the harumphers and the hollowers. And both are present in this news story. I’ll explain.

In this first case, a bus company...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.