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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Casey Anthony Acquittal Good News

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:07 PM Comments (60)

Sometimes justice is served when justice is not done.

At the end of the day, a little girl is dead and her murderer may have gone free.  It is hard to see the good news in that, but good news it is.

I don’t pretend to be an expert on the Anthony case.  I followed it in the news just as many of you did.  I have my opinion on the guilt of Casey Anthony just as I have my opinion on the merits of the case against her.

In the past several hours I have heard and read many comparisons to the OJ acquittal.  In my opinion, the result of this case is as un-OJ as you can get.  In the OJ case, there were gobs of evidence that established the wheres, hows, and whys in the case beyond a reasonable...READ MORE

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Abortion Is Just Like Getting a Tooth Pulled

Monday, July 04, 2011 12:11 AM Comments (21)

In Indiana, where Planned Parenthood could possibly lose access to millions of Medicaid dollars, they’re arguing that they should be treated just the same as all other medical providers. No different. They’re insisting on not being singled out.

So you’d think that Planned Parenthood would be pleased that Kansas was treating them like other surgical facilities. But no. In Kansas, legislators are beginning to hold abortion clinics to the same standards as other medical/surgical clinics like having doorways that gurneys can pass through and a two hour recovery period after a procedure. But Planned Parenthood is arguing they want to be held to different (lesser) standards than other clinics in...READ MORE

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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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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.