That Fateful Day Ten Years Ago

Monday, August 08, 2011 10:45 PM Comments (25)

It is hard to believe it has been ten years since that fateful day in which the President addressed us to discuss the death of thousands.  No, not that day.  It has been ten years since President Bush made his decision to allow federal funding for research into how we could use the death of other human beings for maximum benefit.

A little refresher.  On August 9, 2001, just a month short of another fateful day in American history, President Bush addressed the nation to explain his decision to allow federal funding on existing stem cell lines.

President Bush acknowledged the profound ethical questions involved but in a misdirected attempt at Solomonic wisdom decided to split the baby.  He...READ MORE

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American Unexceptionalism

Monday, August 08, 2011 12:37 AM Comments (11)

So we have been downgraded.  The Standard and Poors downgrade of our credit rating was the big thud you heard Friday evening.  No doubt, the next few weeks will be spent in earnest effort by anyone in need of votes to ward off impending unemployment making sure you understand how the other guys are to blame for it.  It is always the other guys.

As we listen to the clamor of “The tea party did it!” and “Tax and spend liberals did it!” know this.  Many of those screaming loudest are the most culpable.  Some of yesterday’s big spenders are today’s tea partiers.  Of course, all economic policies are not created equal but that is not my point today.

The downgrade, in as much as it is a...READ MORE

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Let's Pimp the Popemobile!

Thursday, August 04, 2011 12:38 PM Comments (28)

OK. I’m gonna’ play it straight with you. The original old school 21 foot long Popemobile with the bubble on top is up for sale. And I don’t know how to say this without seeming indelicate but…I want it. I want it bad.

That’s right the 1964 Lincoln Continental Limousine, built at the special request of the Vatican to Ford Motor Company to convey Pope Paul VI through New York to address the United Nations on World Peace, is for sale. And I want it.

Dont’ think this is some flight of fancy. Pat and I have wanted something like this for a long time. Back in the 90’s we spent a lot of time after rehearsals for our “Spandau Ballet” cover band (until Patrick went all Flock of Seagulls on me)...READ MORE

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Debt Deal's Biggest Losers—Bishops

Tuesday, August 02, 2011 10:41 PM Comments (173)

It seems that just about nobody is happy about the debt deal.  Tea-partiers feel they lost.  Liberals feel they lost. The American people certainly lost and whether he feels that way or not, President Obama surely lost.  But there are others that also lost in this deal.  Others that many people would be surprised to see in a list of losers because of the debt deal, Bishops Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York.  And by extension, all the Bishops of the USCCB lost in this deal.

Americans may have lost a great opportunity to get our fiscal house in order, politicians may have lost their base or some political capital, but the bishops lost...READ MORE

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My $3 Lesson in Christianity

Monday, August 01, 2011 12:45 AM Comments (68)

The southern heat hit me as I got off the train. It must have been 115 degrees. A wet 115 degrees. Northerners like me don’t do that kind of heat. It felt like the sun was visiting Virginia and came via the sewer.

I was down there for business a few days ago. A small town. Real small. When I got off the train I didn’t know which direction to walk. I spotted a man sitting on the bench inside the station. I call it a station but it’s not really a station. It’s more like they put a roof on top of the place where the train stops.

The man I asked for directions had a big belly, perfectly parted gray hair, and a furry mustache. If you were making a movie about an old time Southern lawyer, this...READ MORE

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Medjugorje Revealed?

Friday, July 29, 2011 9:26 AM Comments (628)

Recently, famed journalist and author and the “most translated Catholic writer in the world,” Vittorio Messori expressed his concern over Medjugorje.  Messori is concerned that no matter what the Vatican commission decides (pro, con, or wait and see) many good Catholics will be very disappointed.

“Whatever will be the decision of the Holy See, the damage will be severe. If the International Commission of Inquiry, presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, will end up ruling on the non-authenticity of the apparitions, if it made a statement of deceit, misunderstanding, perhaps of cheating, for pastoral care it would be a disaster”, Vittorio Messori explains his position in Tracce.

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Wacko Atheists Sue Over WTC Cross

Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:17 PM Comments (322)

On that bright September 11th morning almost 10 years ago, Muslim terrorists took down the World Trade Center, and amid all the heartbreak, dust, and rubble two intersecting steel beams stood impossibly in the shape of a cross giving comfort to a confused and bewildered country.

Now, a group of atheists is suing to take down the cross. 

On Saturday Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan Monk who blessed human remains and ministered to Ground Zero workers after 9-11, blessed the cross at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the WTC site.

The lawsuit which aims to have the cross removed from the memorial, names pretty much anyone it can name including the state of New Jersey, the city of New York,...READ MORE

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Extreme Makeover: Crystal Cathedral Edition

Monday, July 25, 2011 10:47 AM Comments (33)

The last few years there has been a rash of reality shows in which the old and/or ugly something is renovated, fixed-up or slimmed down for the great reveal.

The have done this to ugly people, obese people, houses and even restaurants. We may need to add a cathedral to the list.

The Crystal Cathedral is a large protestant Church in Garden Grove, Calif., built by Robert Schuller to house his once thriving ministry. Lately however, the ministry has fallen on hard times and declared bankruptcy last year.

Enter the Roman Catholic diocese of Orange, California. In what I am sure they perceive as a very pragmatic move, since they are in need of a cathedral, they have offered $50 million for...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.