Teach the Children Well

10/26/2011 Comments (5)

There’s recently been some troubling polling news about young Catholics not being well formed in their faith. Relativism is rampant and many children don’t know the difference between transubstantiation and the Assumption. Many young people aren’t going to Mass because they don’t “get anything” out of Mass. Some opt for vague spirituality, rather than religion.

My sister Mary Archbold and my brother-in-law Pat Shay, both veterans of ImprovOlympic and The Second City Comedy Group, recently had their first child and started creating videos as supplemental teaching aids that Catholic educators can use to teach the faith to young Catholics. (Yes, they’re in the entertainment business and...READ MORE

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Grow Up. But Not So Fast

10/24/2011 Comments (11)

Before my father passed away some years ago, he told me that he was happy to see me finally grow up.  He said he was proud of me.  I knew what he meant.  I had grown up, but I didn’t mean to.

My father waited a long time to see me “grow up.”  I was poster child for a generation of slackers, Generation X.  After a prolonged college experience, ahem, my late twenties was spent in a series of dead-end jobs.  I didn’t want a “career,” I wanted jobs for money.  I needed money so I could hang out with my friends and pay the rent on a dingy basement apartment.  And when money got tight, I could always ditch the rent and stay in my old room at my parent’s house.  I took advantage of this several...READ MORE

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I Saw the Mighty Macs

10/20/2011 Comments (25)

I saw the Mighty Macs this weekend, the story about the girl’s basketball team from the little Catholic school that won three national championships. It’s a great story and kinda’ cool for me because Immaculata College isn’t far from my home.

I saw it for free because I’m cool like that but I will tell you that I’ll be taking my kids to see it this weekend and am kinda’ pumped to do so. It’s G rated. And let’s face it, outside of Pixar there aren’t many good G-rated movies. It’s uplifting and fun. It’s not the Citizen Kane of sports movies or anything but it’s good solid family entertainment. It’s not going to change the world but if you miss being able to go to the movies with your kids...READ MORE

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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.



That...READ MORE

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

10/12/2011 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 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.