The Love Is In The Rules

Friday, March 14, 2014 1:20 PM Comments (29)

When I was a young Catholic, in my late teens and early twenties, I embarked upon a concerted effort to understand my faith.

You see, I was born in the 60's, raised in the 70's, and grew to adulthood in the 80's and I was a product of that age.  Even though I went to Catholic high school and was raised by wonderfully devout parents, I knew next to nothing about my faith beyond Jesus loves me and Jesus loves felt.  

Yet even then, I knew some basic rules, as taught to me by my parents, about how a Catholic should behave and I clung to that understanding.  Although I didn't know much about my faith, I knew I wanted to please the Lord and so I clung tenaciously to "the rules" as I understood...READ MORE

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My Daughter Was Asked Out by a Boy!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:12 PM Comments (28)

My 14 year old daughter was asked out by a boy.

This is a first for me. Yes, it's a big deal. I've had five kids. Now I have four kids and a teenager...who gets asked out by boys!!! Well "boy" in the singular but "Boys!!!!" sounds more dramatic so...

Don't worry. My daughter said no. Wait. She didn't actually say "no." She said "My Dad would kill me and probably you too." And I'm ok with that. I'm ok with being the bad guy. She didn't tell the guy that she didn't want anything to do with him, she just said that my father is a lunatic and its probably best if we don't do anything to provoke him. And once again, I'm ok with that. It's a way of letting them down easy with an implied threat...READ MORE

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This One Weird Trick Can Make You Holy

Friday, March 07, 2014 10:47 AM Comments (22)

Do we ever like shortcuts. This is why the internet is littered with advertisements that lure you in with the "One weird trick" to lose weight quick and easy, build muscle quick and easy, or get rich quick and easy.

Do we ever like quick and easy. But this desire is not limited to our waistlines and bank accounts. We want it for our souls as well.

I think this is amply evidenced by the absurd press coverage that follows every papal utterance. It is easy to blame just the press, but regardless of agenda, in the end they are just a business looking to satisfy a consumer. And the consumer is looking for the easy way. So we stretch, twist, and squint at every papal statement to see if we can...READ MORE

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Catholic School Kids Say the Darnedest Things

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:56 PM Comments (7)

I was talking to a parent of a child who attends public school and she was asking me about my five kids in a Catholic elementary school and if it's different from public school. It is. But it got me thinking about it. Here's a few incidents over the years that brought a smile to my face.

My 8 year old son thought that the ships Columbus sailed to the new world in were named the Lucia, the Jacinta, and the Francisco. Seriously.

My 1st grader answered a question on a religion quiz with the word "Jesus." The answer, unfortunately, was "love." I went over her mistake with her and she said, "But wait, Jesus is God and God is love so I'm right. I'm going to tell my teacher."

Years ago, for...READ MORE

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The Seven Stages Of Heresy

Common Heresies don't just happen. They are grown.

Friday, February 28, 2014 12:49 PM Comments (47)

Stage 1.

Immoral practice is clearly condemned and anathematized. The eternal salvation of souls is at stake. Some people still do it, but they are understood to be sinners and sometimes socially ostracized.

Stage 2.

Immoral practice is still clearly condemned but nobody really talks about it. More people do it, but not considered ideal.

Stage 3.

Immoral practice is formally condemned, but such condemnation is rarely taught. Many more people do it, it is just the way life is sometimes.

Stage 4.

Immoral practice is still formally condemned, but most clergy look the other way and some even encourage it. Most people do it, what is the big deal?

Stage 5.

Immoral practice is still...READ MORE

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Burying the Dead and Clothing the Stick Figures

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:12 AM Comments (10)

My 11 year old had to do a project on the corporal works of mercy. Her class had been studying them for a while. I've tested her so many times on clothing the naked, visiting the sick, visiting the imprisoned, and burying the dead that I can't wait to get to the next chapter.

But first she had a project to do. She had to use a big piece of paper and draw and color a picture of herself doing one of the corporal works of mercy. So she sat down for hours at the kitchen table while I did homework with the other kids. I normally do projects with them but with all the snow days we were a little backed up on homework, tests, and projects so I had to focus on the little ones.

By the time she...READ MORE

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The Pope's First Big "No"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:23 PM Comments (46)

One of my children heard me discussing the upcoming Synod on the Family currently in preparation for October. She asked me, "Dad, what is a synod?"

"Well honey, a synod is a gathering of bishops in Rome with the Pope where they discuss certain issues in the Church with many possible solutions to which the Pope ultimately must say NO."

Despite the headline making reformation of the Curia now under discussion in Rome, the Pope's first big challenge will be the Synod on the family. It is not that the reformation of the Curia is not important, but that it is so much inside baseball. Whatever the decisions there, they will be difficult to decipher for most folks, particularly the...READ MORE

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Hatred in the Form of Admiration

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:21 PM Comments (17)

Columnist Neil Steinberg wrote a piece in the Chicago Sun Times that seeks to lionize a nun who has devoted her life to caring for people with Downs Syndrome, not because of what she does but because her words can be misconstrued and used for his hateful column.

The piece is about Sister Rosemary Connelly, the founder of Misericordia, a home for those with Down syndrome and other cognitive disabilities. But it's not her work which makes the writer like Sister Rosemary. Steinberg, a non-believer who is a radical supporter of abortion rights, wrote of Sister Rosemary:

She said something Tuesday before 400 people at a fundraising lunch that I’ve never heard spoken before, never mind by a...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.