Raising "Right and Wrong" Kids in a "Whatever" World.

09/23/2011 Comments (42)

A sociologist from the University of Notre Dame published a study gauging the moral thinking of 18-23 year olds. The results are depressing and for this father of five, they’re scary.

David Brooks of the New York Times summarized the study, saying that moral thinking to a large extent was considered a relative matter or not considered at all, even regarding issues such as cheating on a partner or drunken driving. Brooks writes that “when asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not moral at all.”

Two-thirds?! That’s a cultural disaster.

Disturbingly, many said that morality is a...READ MORE

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My Wife Thinks I'm Ugly

09/20/2011 Comments (15)

My wife told me the other day that I am handsome, and by this, coupled with unassailable logic of a manly type, I have come to the inescapable conclusion that she thinks me ugly.

When I got married, I was chubby. Not particularly fat, not particularly skinny. Chubby. Since she married me, I can only assume that my wife liked me chubby, and for this assumption I have accumulated, through years of marriage, substantial anecdotal evidence. Suffice it to say that it is well established that my wife liked (likes) chubby Pat.

There is a picture in my bedroom of that glorious and heaven-sent day when this beautiful young woman permanently and inextricably tied her fate to my own in the presence...READ MORE

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How I Became a Dad

09/18/2011 Comments (26)

Men are miserable when their wives are pregnant because, let’s face it, we don’t have anything to do. Present for the conception, we’re then faced with nine months of absolutely no specific responsibility. We have nothing else to do but wait for the baby to be born. And guys stink at having nothing to do. Fortunately, hormones can make women very demanding during pregnancy so there’s never a shortage of things to do. Whether it’s fulfilling some strange desire for Tacos or painting the baby’s room yellow because she didn’t like the shade of teal you painted it last week, there are jobs to do. There are so many layers of paint in the baby’s room that I can now touch both walls with my hands...READ MORE

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Kill All The Babies Before It Is Too Late

09/15/2011 Comments (45)

Close it up folks.  Our culture is over. There is nothing left to save.

A Palm Beach jury has awarded a couple $4.5 million dollars because medical professionals did not alert them soon enough that they needed a hitman in surgical scrubs to kill their child before it was too late.

Ana Mejia and Rodolfo Santana would have much preferred to kill their son had they known in advance that he was not perfect. For this inconvenience, a jury of six (who clearly themselves should not have been allowed to be born either for obvious mental deficiency) awarded Ana and Rodolfo Mengele gobs of dough.

Spare the rod, spoil the child. Spare the child, face the rod.

Juror Rebecca Long said the jury...READ MORE

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I'm a Widdle Drunk

09/14/2011 Comments (33)

I’m not anti-social. Really. I live with six people, so how could I possibly be classified as anti-social? It’s just that I don’t particularly like having people not named Archbold over the house. It’s mostly that I know what takes place before non-Archbold people arrive. My wife makes us all clean the house. Like crazy.

I bring this up because we were getting the house ready for a barbecue/party this past weekend. I honestly don’t even know why we were having people over but we were. My wife is crazy. I can tell you this because I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read me all that often. To prepare for the party, my wife thinks she must make the house look like nobody lives in the house or has...READ MORE

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She Called Them 'Retards'

09/11/2011 Comments (214)

I begin this post with some consternation, some preamble, and a warning. In it, I relay events that I witnessed this weekend while participating in a local 5k event. Don’t worry, it is not another boring post about running; the race is just the setting for a disturbing story about man’s inhumanity to man. It is a story about the callous disregard of some for their fellow man and it is a story of triumph. Fair warning, some of what I will relay is offensive but, alas, true.

Just a few days ago I saw online that there was an annual 5k down at the beach just minutes from my house. I planned to do a speed workout on Saturday and I thought this would be a good way to get my workout and have a...READ MORE

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The Anti-Catholic's Guide to Catholic Comboxes

09/08/2011 Comments (402)

I’ve been a Catholic blogger for a few years now and I’ve noticed that angry atheists and just plain ol’ anti-Catholic folks can’t seem to stay out of Catholic comboxes. Like moths to a flame they just love igniting flame wars in our comboxes. I think there’s probably some good news in that because they know they’re missing something and I think part of them coming back is to fill that hole in their lives.

I think many Catholic bloggers don’t see the angry anti-Catholic coming. So I offer this as a “What to Expect when you’re expecting anti-Catholic Commenters.”

As far as I know there is no “Guide to Catholic Comboxes for Anti-Catholics” but I thought it would look something like this:


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The Cardinal Virtues Of Endurance Athletics

09/07/2011 Comments (12)

In Christian tradition there are four cardinal virtues—prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.

St. Augustine said of these virtues “For these four virtues (would that all felt their influence in their minds as they have their names in their mouths!” Far be it from me to question the great Augustine, but it seems to me he missed something. Would that all felt their influence in their minds so that they feel it in their legs.

Yes. I said legs. As it happens, the four cardinal virtues, whose cultivation prepares us for heaven, are equally necessary for success (however one defines it) in the world of endurance athletics.

As a Catholic and an endurance athlete, I am constantly reminded...READ MORE

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About Matthew Archbold

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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.