Medjugorje Revealed?

07/29/2011 Comments (628)

Recently, famed journalist and author and the “most translated Catholic writer in the world,” Vittorio Messori expressed his concern over Medjugorje.  Messori is concerned that no matter what the Vatican commission decides (pro, con, or wait and see) many good Catholics will be very disappointed.

“Whatever will be the decision of the Holy See, the damage will be severe. If the International Commission of Inquiry, presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, will end up ruling on the non-authenticity of the apparitions, if it made a statement of deceit, misunderstanding, perhaps of cheating, for pastoral care it would be a disaster”, Vittorio Messori explains his position in Tracce.

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Wacko Atheists Sue Over WTC Cross

07/26/2011 Comments (322)

On that bright September 11th morning almost 10 years ago, Muslim terrorists took down the World Trade Center, and amid all the heartbreak, dust, and rubble two intersecting steel beams stood impossibly in the shape of a cross giving comfort to a confused and bewildered country.

Now, a group of atheists is suing to take down the cross. 

On Saturday Father Brian Jordan, a Franciscan Monk who blessed human remains and ministered to Ground Zero workers after 9-11, blessed the cross at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the WTC site.

The lawsuit which aims to have the cross removed from the memorial, names pretty much anyone it can name including the state of New Jersey, the city of New York,...READ MORE

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Extreme Makeover: Crystal Cathedral Edition

07/25/2011 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

07/21/2011 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.

07/19/2011 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

07/17/2011 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:

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Ireland: Priests Must Break Seal of Confession

07/14/2011 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.

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Any Good Fiction for Christians?

07/12/2011 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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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.