Bishops Need To Get Serious

Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:34 PM Comments (224)

In a radio interview earlier in the week I was asked what is needed to get Catholic politicians to stop supporting gay marriage.  My answer was short and simple.  The Bishops need to get serious.  Catholic politicians have no fear of voting against the teaching of the Church on very grave matters because other that some occasional Episcopal tut-tutting, nothing ever happens to them.

The Bishops could not be that serious about stopping gay marriage or else they would do something serious about it.  And by serious I mean one thing.  Let me explain.

Well in advance of any vote on gay marriage, such as we just had in NY, Bishops need to be on the phone with every single Catholic...READ MORE

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Hilarious Church Bulletin Bloopers

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 10:04 PM Comments (37)

OK. There’s a lot of serious stuff going on in the Church and in the world right now and I was prepared to write on them but then I received an email from a friend of mine about Church bulletin bloopers and I laughed so hard I nearly choked to death. (I’m actually not kidding. My wife came running into the room to see if I was OK.) I have no idea of the veracity of these or their orignal source but they struck me as funny so I’m thinking you’ll probably get a laugh or two out of it as well.

Here they are:

The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals..
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The sermon this morning: Jesus Walks on the Water.
The sermon tonight: Searching for Jesus.
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Ladies, don’t...READ MORE

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Should Catholics Marry Young?

Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:04 PM Comments (73)

The litany of things in which Catholics are no different from the culture at large is as vast as the number of consonants in an Icelandic phone book.

As we watch the destruction of marriage in the US proceed vote by vote with critical assistance by Catholics, I think it worthwhile to look at some other trends impacting marriage.

The redefining of marriage as some sort of unadorned legalistic relationship similar to a joint checking account, but without a toaster, simply dumbs down the divine. Such vapid redefinition of something so critical to society naturally results in a disintegrating society. Truth be told, this redefinition process has going on for a while now, it is just that the...READ MORE

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The Sportswriter vs. The Archbishop

Friday, June 24, 2011 2:56 AM Comments (180)

The push for same sex marriage in New York has been filled with name calling and harsh accusations, mostly from the pro gay marriage side - you know, the so-called “tolerant” ones.

Sportswriter Mike Lupica is a perfect example of that vicious trend. Lupica blatantly and unfairly attacked Archbishop Timothy Dolan in New York’s Daily News over gay marriage yesterday, accusing Dolan of “demonizing” gays just to become a Cardinal. Of course, he has no evidence to substantiate what he’s saying but facts didn’t seem to enter Lupica’s head while writing his hit piece.

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First there is Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who came here from Milwaukee and sounds more like somebody from out of...READ MORE

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The Pictures The Gov't Doesn't Want You To See

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:22 PM Comments (44)

Federal health officials (a title which always makes me shiver) have unveiled a series of nine graphic warning labels that will now adorn the top half of cigarette packs

“These labels are frank, honest and powerful depictions of the health risks of smoking,  and they will help encourage smokers to quit, and prevent children from smoking,” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said Tuesday in a statement.

The federal government is all about truth, you see.  They insist that the public know the truth about the potential health issues that are caused by certain behaviors.  Smokers certainly do not wish to see these graphic and horrifying images every time they want...READ MORE

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I Have No Idea How I'm Doing as a Dad

Monday, June 20, 2011 1:01 AM Comments (18)

So today was Father’s Day. I took the kids to the mall and they rode the Merry-go-Round there. As we were sitting on line this three year old named Bobby in front of us was reading to his Mom. Reading!

So I realized today ON FATHER’S DAY OF ALL DAYS that I suck at parenting. If I gave my three year old a book she’d probably just hit the five year old with it.

I got me thinking. It’s a strange thing about parenting. Most of us have no idea how we’re doing. None.

Working in an office or around other people you can gauge how you’re doing from what your manager says, or raises or reviews. But in parenting you’re the manager, there are no raises and your reviews consist of “Dad, you burned...READ MORE

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My Favorite Catholic Bloggers - Part 1

Thursday, June 16, 2011 11:39 PM Comments (40)

As a Catholic blogger, I know just how hard it is to be a good Catholic blogger. I admire so many bloggers that bring fidelity, insight, and yuks to the Catholic Interwebs every day. It is one thing to bring it for an occasional post, it is quite another to bring it every day.

Of course, I admire all of the great bloggers here at the Register. Jen Fulwiler is a great writer, period. Mark Shea is a founder of Catholic blogging and still one of its best bloggers. That Mark has been able to do it for this long and at the quality level he maintains is truly remarkable. Matthew and I owe a special debt of gratitude to Mark for all the help he gave us when we were first getting started years...READ MORE

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I Know What You Did Last Sunday

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:04 PM Comments (71)

The threat was out there. Actually it wasn’t a threat, it was a warning. Archbishop Allen Vigneron warned Father Robert Wurm not to preside at the liturgy organized by the progressive American Catholic Council this past weekend.

Father Wurm seemed, to put it lightly, unfazed.

Catholic Culture reported:

Father Wurm told reporters that he was not worried about a disciplinary response, because as a member of a religious order he is not directly subject to the archbishop’s authority. He also pointed out that at the age of 78 he is already retired from active ministry.

That kind of public dismissal of an Archbishop is calamitously unhealthy and dangerous for the Church.

Of course, the...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.