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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Top Ten Things You Don't See Coming as a Parent

Thursday, July 21, 2011 11:45 PM Comments (38)

1) You can’t wait until they start walking and talking and then you can’t imagine why you wanted that so badly.

2) Sometimes silence from a baby is more worrisome than their crying. And you’ll find yourself touching their chest or putting your finger under their nose at 3 a.m. just to make sure they’re breathing.

3) You have to hold children down when they get their shots. Couldn’t doctors hire a thug who comes in and holds them down and then your kid could watch as you throw them out? It would be a lot less confusing to the kids if we weren’t holding them down while a strange woman plunged a sharp object into their arm and then we think a hug from us is going to make it better.

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My Advice For Abp. Chaput. Don't Take Advice.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 11:48 PM Comments (21)

Lots and lots of people have advice for Archbishop Chaput for when he comes to Philadelphia.  So do I.

Don’t take any advice.

I conclude that the reason the Holy Father chose Archbishop Chaput for the important job in Philadelphia is because he liked the job he did in Denver. Makes sense, right?

My sincerest hope is that the new Bishop of Philadelphia will be exactly like the old Bishop of Denver.  Others, however, think that Charles Chaput has just been elected representative of their little faction of the Church.

There are those in the Church who want what they want and they think that the Bishop’s job is to give it to them.

It seems that every Bishop now has to deal with the faction...READ MORE

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If Only Bachmann Ran A Sex Change Clinic

Sunday, July 17, 2011 9:42 PM Comments (32)

The big “scandal” around Presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann is telling of where we are as a culture. And it’s not good.

It’s been reported that Bachmann’s husband runs a clinic that, aside from doing all sorts of marital and personal counseling, also attempts to help homosexuals not act on their impulses.

Learning of this, the media screams that the clinic is trying to “cure gays,” and their response falls into three categories which are: Gasp! Horror! Mock!

You’d think this was a huge scandal by the way the media is reporting this. Over 440 news stories have mentioned this, according to Google News.

The State reported:

Republican presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Michele...READ MORE

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Ireland: Priests Must Break Seal of Confession

Friday, July 15, 2011 12:23 AM Comments (132)

Here in the U.S., governmental antipathy toward religion and particular the Catholic Church is a growing threat. Catholic organizations are already being prevented from providing adoption services and you can bet your favorite pair of skinny jeans that gay marriage laws will eventually culminate in discrimination charges for any religious organization that refuses to go along.

All these things erode our religious liberty. But the governmental death blow aimed at the heart of the Church is to destroy the seal of confession. If you think this could never happen, think again. It may be happening right now in Ireland.

The Irish government, including the person no less than the Prime...READ MORE

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Any Good Fiction for Christians?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 12:29 AM Comments (122)

I’m a reader. I read anything and everything. I’m always on the lookout for new authors, and while I enjoy non-fiction, my first love is good fiction. I went to the bookstore tonight and browsed the Christian fiction section and didn’t see anything that jumped out at me. So I browsed the Literature/Fiction section and perused a number of books that had New York Times recommendations and other awards, but I put them down because, so often, I find these books are well written but ultimately devoid of any hope or meaning.

I’ve read at least half a dozen books this year that I had hopes for that about halfway through just got slogged down in despair and meaninglessness, where the denouement...READ MORE

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Politics And The Death Penalty

Sunday, July 10, 2011 10:53 PM Comments (116)

I am conflicted on the execution of horrendous murderer Humberto Leal in Texas.

I am not conflicted because I think that executing him was the right thing to do.  I don’t.  But I am conflicted about almost everything else to do with this case.

I find it absolutely infuriating that the Mexican government tried to intervene in this case almost as frustrating as the US federal government in this case.  Humberto Leal was indeed a Mexican national but he lived in the US since he was 2 years old.  There are laws on the books designed to protect foreign nationals from being executed without due process and so they are allowed to contact their embassy.  The idea is that such foreign nationals...READ MORE

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12 Catholic Words that Don't Sound Like What They Mean

Thursday, July 07, 2011 11:17 PM Comments (117)

I was born a Catholic but that doesn’t mean I knew anything about the faith until I decided to investigate it for myself in college. In my research, I came across a number of things that weren’t true that I thought were, many things that were true that I hadn’t thought were true, and words that I misunderstood completely.

So to help others here’s a list of Catholic words that probably don’t mean what some may think they mean.

Acolytes - Sounds like something you drink to flush out your system. Hyper-Ade! Now with extra acolytes. In reality it’s one who assists in the celebration.

Aspergillum - Let’s be frank. It sounds like a fungus that wraps itself up in your intestine and makes you...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.