Which Is Better? Easter or Christmas?

04/12/2011 Comments (29)

It is time to address the elephant in the room. The only way to deal with it is head on. To weigh the pros and the cons and determine once and for all, which is the better holiday, Christmas or Easter.

I could go all theological on you, but this is me so ... there will be other criteria.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

R.E.M. Sleep

On Christmas, Dad is up until 5:30 am putting together bicycles and toys clearly shipped with extra parts all the while crying on the inside about the state of his bank account. He is finally off to bed only to ripped from his sugarplum dreams a mere 45 minutes later as his joy-filled but interminably loud children demand immediate access to their undeserved...READ MORE

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You-Genics

04/10/2011 Comments (20)

This week, Congress fought a battle over eugenics. Make no mistake. That’s what it was about.

You might not know it because you see, the stupid Nazis almost ruined all the eugenics fun for everyone. But it turned out that they only just tarnished the name “eugenics.” Its advocacy and practice continues. With government funding.

This week the great SBA List put out an ad showing the history of eugenics behind Planned Parenthood with all those sweet quotes from Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger including the oldie but a goody, “The most merciful thing a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.”

But eugenics ain’t just history. Richard Dawkins spelled it out...READ MORE

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Where the Heck Is My Baby?

04/08/2011 Comments (18)

Where the Heck is My Baby?

My oldest is eleven now, but I remember clearly thinking, “Where’s my baby? Where the heck is my baby? She was just here.” I whirled my head, scanned the storefronts in the mall for my two-year-old, whirled some more, glanced down the aisles of the Hallmark store, glared at the suddenly ominous looking strangers passing by, and looked up the down escalator and down the up one.

“Where the heck is my baby?” I panicked—until I realized I’d been holding her in my arms, her head on my shoulder. I looked down at her perfectly calm face. She smiled up at me and said, “Hi Dad.”

OK. I found her. Take a deep breath. Everything is alright.

I’ve heard that probably...READ MORE

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Assisi Redux - Not This Time

04/07/2011 Comments (24)

How do you celebrate the 25th anniversary of something?  Well, by everyone getting together again and NOT doing what you did 25 years ago.  Huh?

Well that is exactly what the the Church is doing to commemorate the infamous Assisi conference.  25 years ago, many of the world’s religions gathered together any prayed together.  In order to celebrate this historic act, the Church has invited everyone back together to NOT pray together.

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Pope Benedict XVI and representatives of the world’s major religions will make speeches and sign a common commitment to peace when they meet in Assisi in October, but they will not pray together, the Vatican said.

In fact, Pope Benedict’s...READ MORE

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6 of the Most Unexpected Converts

04/05/2011 Comments (138)

Dutch Schultz  - Cold blooded killer/Catholic convert. This literally deathbed conversion caused quite the uproar.

Born Arthur Simon Flegenheimer, he has to be one of the least likely converts. His parents were both German Jews who attempted to raise their son in their faith but instead he became the notorious gangster known as Public Enemy #1 Dutch Schultz.

In 1935, while plotting criminal activity Schultz was gunned down in the rear of a bar. He was rushed to a hospital where he registered as a Jew. But early the next morning, he unexpectedly called for a Catholic priest. Father Cornelius McInerney was told by Schultz that he wanted to die a Catholic. Father McInerney baptized him,...READ MORE

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Who Portrayed the Best / Worst Jesus?

04/04/2011 Comments (135)

For the last several years it has been my custom to watch “Passion of the Christ” on Good Friday. It is a masterpiece in my opinion, an opinion that when it comes to cinema is worth less than Steven Greydanus but probably more than Roger Ebert. I love the film and, in particular, I love Jim Caviezel as Jesus.

At first I thought that Caviezel is definitely my favorite Jesus, and he may well be. But to be fair, I thought we should take a look at some of the other Jesuses.

Max Von Sydow
“Beatnik Jesus”

Max portrayed Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). That’s the movie in which Charlton Heston played John the Baptist.  I am sorry, but Max’s Jesus is a little creepy. And creepy is...READ MORE

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I Am Boring and So Are You

04/01/2011 Comments (41)

One of my number one rules of blogging, aside from a three drink limit and a ban on bathtub blogging, is don’t write about Sr. Joan Chittester. It is boring.

That said, I am breaking my rule today because my topic du jour is boring. Not that my topic IS boring, but my post is ABOUT boring. So I judge it ok to break my rule this time.

So fair warning, I am now going to quote Sister. Please do not read this quote if you are operating heavy machinery.

Lent is not an event. It is not something that happens to us. It is at most a microcosm of what turns out to be a lifelong journey to the center of the self.

The purpose of Lent is to confront us with ourselves in a way that’s conscious and...READ MORE

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Planned Parenthood: "We're Mostly a Surgical Facility"

03/30/2011 Comments (34)

Lila Rose and her Live Action crew have done it again. While the mainstream media have all but ignored the story I’ve listened to a lot of conversation about this on the radio and read about it on blogs. One aspect of the story doesn’t seem to me to have received its due.

When Live Action called the abortion giant a woman named Samantha answered the phone and when asked about mammograms she did something completely surprising. She told the truth.

“We don’t…um… deal with the health side of it so much…we’re mostly a surgical facility.”

Ah, finally some truth from Planned Parenthood. That is the statement that tells all if you ask me. They don’t deal with health. They are an abortion...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.