Most Common Big Family Fracases (and Solutions!!!)

02/10/2011 Comments (40)

New parents will often ask me questions about how to raise children because I have five children, none of whom are (currently) in jail.

Asking me for parenting advice is a bad idea but I understand what it’s like to have many children and not know what you’re doing. The Bible tells us to be fruitful and multiply but after that the Bible kinda’ hangs us out to dry. Well, that’s where I step in, I guess. I decided I’d like to help other parents by offering the beginnings of a database of fracas’ they’ll eventually encounter after they’ve been fruitful.

Most Common Fracases:

“You’re in my spot!”- There’s going to be a spot on the couch that becomes THE most coveted spot by children in the...READ MORE

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7 Reasons I Stink at Praying

02/08/2011 Comments (30)

I Am…

Awesomely Humble. Sometimes, no sooner do I hit my knees when I start thinking about how wonderful I am to take time out of my day to pray. I’m like a short chubby St. Teresa of Avila, bursting with humility. And then because I’m so wonderful at being humble I start fretting about all those other bad people who are not as wonderfully humble as me and aren’t praying this very minute. I am so glad I am not them, the poor Hell-bound dears.

Lazy. Even though I know that the time I spend in prayer is a source of strength that I can draw on so that I can do well in all the other facets of my life, I tend to schedule it as catch when can. In between blogging, watching Phineas & Ferb, and...READ MORE

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The Priest Voice

Why do some priests speak like Mr. Rogers?

02/06/2011 Comments (58)

I know well and have known many priests during my earthly span and I hope to be around long enough to get to know even more.

And so, over the years, I have had many conversations, discussions, and even friendly arguments with priests, and most of them are normal guys.  They have opinions and many of them even have short tempers, not unlike me.  Talking to them about various subjects is like talking to most other men.  So it always surprises me when I hear it.  You know what I am talking about.

The Priest Voice.

The priest voice is that cloying sing-songy version of the Mr. Rogers voice which is often heard at the back of the Church or on the front steps as the priest greets parishioners...READ MORE

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Personalities Of The Catholic Combox

You know who you are!

02/03/2011 Comments (65)

The comment box in the blogosphere, or combox, is the wild wild west of the internet.  In the combox you can and will meet all kinds of strange and wondrous characters.

The combox in the Catholic interwebs has its own cast of characters.  I suspect that your average Catholic blog reader probably has never, or very rarely, left a comment on a post.  They read what you have to say and if you are really, really lucky, they might think about it for a moment. Those are the readers.  Commenters are a different ball of wax.  Commenters, and you know who you are, have opinions and they…well they have opinions.

Having been around the Catholic blogging game for a few years now, certain easily...READ MORE

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Shock Video: Planned Parenthood Advises Pimp

02/01/2011 Comments (24)

Yesterday I saw a number of headlines screaming that Planned Parenthood has reported the Live Action group, which has been going undercover into abortion clinics across the country and exposing illegalities, to the Justice Department. Planned Parenthood is asking for some kind of investigation.

Because I don’t trust the media at all I figured that this was just about Planned Parenthod trying to get in front of the story, spinning it. I figured there was more to the story. And there is. A lot more. And none of it looks good for Planned Parenthood.

According to Live Action:

A Planned Parenthood manager in New Jersey coaches a man and a woman posing as sex traffickers how to to secure...READ MORE

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Mayflower Crosses the Tiber

01/31/2011 Comments (7)

Want to know the real reason for the widely abused and misunderstood concept of the separation of Church and State?

America was founded by those fleeing state imposed religion.  Many of those fleeing this oppression left jolly old England. If there remains any in England of the same spunk as the pilgrims of yore, they would be loading up the Mayflower right about now.

Opposition to the ordination of female Bishops has been growing within the Anglican General Synod.  Some Members of Parliament are afraid that the Synod might, in line with 2,000 years of Christian doctrine, reject female Episcopal Ordination.  Well they just cannot have that!

A group of influential MPs will tomorrow call for...READ MORE

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11 Craziest Things I've Ever Heard in Church

01/27/2011 Comments (106)

1) Whispered by a father in the pew behind me to his children who were being a little noisy: “When we get to the car I’m testing all of you on what the gospel was. And if you get it wrong you’re dead.”

2) Whispered by my daughter minutes before going up for her First Communion: “Dad, I think I’m gonna’ throw up.” (She did. Our parish priest later came to our home to offer her the Eucharist but she was still sick so we waited until the next week.)

3) Said by priest who noticed that two birds had flown into the Church and were dive bombing parishioners: “Oh, I know how to get the birds out of here. I’ll baptize them and then they’ll only come back twice a year on Christmas and Easter.”

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The Faith of Fringe

01/25/2011 Comments (7)

I find myself in a strange situation.  One of my favorite shows on television is a show I gave up on halfway through the first season.  Fringe.

I gave up on the show halfway through the first season because I felt the show was meandering, strange, and sometimes gross.  It is still sometimes those things, but it is so much more too.

I gave up on Fringe, now in its third season, before the overall “meta narrative” became evident.  Fair warning, spoilers ahead.

The storyline goes something like this.  There is a special division of the FBI named the “Fringe” division that investigates strange occurrences somewhat like the X-files.  However, as we learn throughout the show that most of the...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.