Did Jesus Die For Klingons Too?

10/18/2011 Comments (32)

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

10/16/2011 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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Lord, Save Us From Liturgists

10/13/2011 Comments (52)

There are certain phrases that conjure up images so frightful one shudders at the mere mention. Swarm of killer bees. School of piranha. National Meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. Brrrrrrr.

Going on right now members of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions from around the country are meeting in Portland Oregon. Now I am sure that some of the members of these liturgical commissions are very fine people. Call me jaded, but when all these good people get together. Bad things, man. Bad things.

Case in point. They kicked off this meeting by taking a bus over to St. Andrews Church for evening prayer. Seems like a good idea, but ... Here are some photos from St. Andrew’s website.



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Contraceptives Kill People, Harm the Environment, and Bankrupt the Economy

10/11/2011 Comments (49)

Contraception is popularly heralded as a great societal advancement while the Catholic Church’s stance against it has been viewed by many as, at best, counter cultural and, at worst, indicative of a Church whose time has passed.

The truth is, however, that the mainstreaming of contraception may be one of the most calamitous events of the past century. While it’s been shown that the availability of contraception has led to increases in illegitimacy, abortion, broken families, and helped to create an epidemic of single motherhood there are other consequences as well. Contraceptives are responsible for an increase in HIV cases in Africa, harming the environment, and bankrupting the worldwide...READ MORE

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My Favorite And Least Favorite Movie Priests

10/10/2011 Comments (75)

There have been many movies that have priests as important characters.  There are movies about saints and some of them are awesome.  But my post today is about priests as characters, as men involved in a story.  I was watching the excellent Tom Wilkinson as Father Moore in “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” the other day on cable.  It got me to thinking about some of my favorite priests as characters and also some of my least favorite.

So for discussion purposes, I thought I would get into the who’s and whys.  After all, what is a Catholic blog for if not discussing movie priests.  On with it.

Let’s just get this one out of the way. Max Von Awesome (aka Sydow) as Father Merrin in the Exorcist. ...READ MORE

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Matt Archbold Interviews Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez

10/06/2011 Comments (17)

You’ve probably heard or seen something about the new film by Emilio Estevez starring his father, Martin Sheen, called “The Way” about a father finishing the Camino De Santiago (or the Way of Saint James) for his dead son.

I’m not a movie reviewer so I’m not going to get all highfalutin on you.  All I can say is that I watched it and absolutely loved it. Truly. Let’s face it. For the most part, Christian movies aren’t usually all that great. This is different. The acting is top notch. Not one false note. The characters are all very human. Nobody’s a caricature. The entire movie felt profound. And it’s the most pro-life movie you’ll see this year in every sense of the word. I guarantee it....READ MORE

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A Priest Lost In Translation

10/04/2011 Comments (96)

What could possibly make a priest so angry?

I went to a wedding in New Jersey last week and I ended up sitting at the same table as the priest who presided at the wedding.  I could tell from some of Father’s, ahem, liturgical stylings, that this priest and I wouldn’t see eye to eye on many issues. Since I was there to wish the happy couple well and to have a little fun, I determined not to engage Father on anything more meaningful than his preference for Dewars over Johnny Walker Red.

I forgot to send my wife the memo.

Half way through reception, my wife innocently decided to make conversation with Father.

“Father, are you ready for the new translation?”

Father turned toward my wife...READ MORE

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Michael Moore Jokes About Jesus Being Gay…At Georgetown!

10/02/2011 Comments (115)

This weekend, Georgetown University’s Lecture Fund “proudly” sponsored a talk by controversial filmmaker Michael Moore.

Moore is uninteresting to me. I don’t believe what he puts in his movies and I certainly don’t care about what he has to say. He bores me but sometimes what’s interesting is other people’s reaction to him.

As we all know, Georgetown’s relationship with Catholicism is a bit strained to say the least. You might recall that in recent years, Georgetown even covered up the “IHS” and the cross when Obama spoke at Gaston Hall.

Moore, a Catholic, gave a speech condemning capitalism (of course) also at Gaston Hall. Moore’s speech was replete with f-bombs (surprise surprise) but...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.