Poverty And The American Mind

Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:44 PM Comments (17)

After Pope Francis issued Evangelii Gaudium, unfortunately reasonable economic discussions got swamped by talk of Marxism and 'trickle-down theories' and the Pope's blithe retort about Marxists being good people.

I say unfortunate because these issues need genuine discussion to be understood from a Catholic point of view.  In the western world, particularly in America the discussion focused on the Pope's word choices rather than the underlying issues he was trying to address.  There are many reasons for this, the least of which is not the Pope's word choices.  But in part, I think that the underlying point was lost on American minds because we have a unique and somewhat myopic view of...READ MORE

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10 Things Obama Might Say to Pope Francis

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:37 AM Comments (81)

President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis for the first time on March 27 at the Vatican, the White House announced Tuesday.

Here's some thoughts on what Obama might say to the pope.

1) Promise, "If you like your Church you can keep your Church."

2) Say thoughtfully, "If I had a son, I think he'd be Pope."

3) Hand Pope Francis a DVD of his speech at Notre Dame and say "you're welcome."

4) I don't want to be punished with a pope.

5) He could hand Pope Francis a "Reset" button in Latin that actually says, "I must break you."

6) Tell the pope, "America is no longer a Christian nation."

7) Obama could tell Pope Francis that his definition of sin is, “Being out of...READ MORE

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The Medjugorje Report

Is the big news no news?

Monday, January 20, 2014 11:15 AM Comments (95)

The Vatican has confirmed that indeed the International Commission investigating the events at Medjugorje has completed its mission and submitted its report.

Some news accounts are already giving us hints as to what the report contains. If these news reports are to be believed, the big news coming out of Medjugorje is that there is no big news.

The lack of big news is big news in and of itself and about the best possible outcome for Medjugorje supporters.

Vatican Insider says the report has found no evidence of "any tricks, hoaxes or abuse of popular credulity" as well as no definitive evidence of its supernatural character.

In other words, the status quo remains. Let's face...READ MORE

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Cuomo Excommunicates Catholics

Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:53 AM Comments (112)

While the Catholic Church wrings its hands and furrows its collective brow over the unpastoral calls to excommunicate Catholic politicians who advocate grave sin as policy, these unholy pols have no such qualms.

The virulently pro-abortion and anti-Catholic Catholic Governor of New York has just excommunicated all faithful Catholics and their fellow travelers in the pro-life movement from 'his' state.

Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.


"L'État, c'est...READ MORE

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First, Kill All The Ushers

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:09 PM Comments (68)

If ever they appoint me King of Liturgy, my first act as tyrant will be to kill all the ushers.  Well, not the ushers themselves, but the position as it is currently conceived.

Ushers, in my mind, should limit their duties to assisting old people to find a seat on Christmas and Easter and maybe a few other small duties.  What I do know is that the current tyranny of the ushers must stop.

I truly believe that the presence of ushers and forced row-by-row communion cajoles many people into receiving communion when they are not properly prepared.

A little anecdote.  I was traveling over the New Year holiday and my family and I went to mass for the Solemnity of Mary on the December 31...READ MORE

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Dallas News: Hey, That Might Be an Imperfect Baby. Get Em!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:29 PM Comments (18)

The Dallas News ran a pretty darn scary editorial urging a hospital to remove life support from a pregnant woman.

For those unfamiliar, a Texas woman, Marlise Munoz, has been declared dead and is being kept alive by life support. The family, including her husband and parents, are suing to have life support removed. The problem is that the woman is pregnant.

There's a lot going on in the editorial but here's a key graph as to why the editorial board favors removing life support and allowing the baby to die:

The fetus still registers a heartbeat, although it’s unclear whether it also suffered the same brain-destroying oxygen deprivation that ended Muñoz’s life and whether additional,...READ MORE

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Can A Catholic Oppose Minimum Wage Hike?

Monday, January 13, 2014 12:03 AM Comments (55)

On the 50th anniversary of that inglorious war without an exit strategy, the war on poverty, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development on behalf of the USCCB and Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking the federal government to raise the minimum wage.

The stated goal of raising the minimum wage of Archbishop Wenski and Fr. Snyder is to 'fix' the problem that "a full-year, full-time worker making the minimum wage does not make enough money to raise a child free from poverty."

Archbishop Wenski advocates this position on behalf of the entire US Conference of Catholic Bishops....READ MORE

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What's Wrong with Shame?

Thursday, January 09, 2014 12:34 AM Comments (49)

The internet is abuzz with the image of a girl. Shock, right? But not that kind of picture. It's a picture of a girl who appears to be in her early teens, holding a sign which reads:

"My name is Hailey. I am a kind, caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As a punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the charity Beat Bullying, in hopes of changing my behavior as well as bringing awareness to Bullying. Because bullying is wrong."

This is creating a lot of back and forth, with some accusing the mom of going too far and saying the Mom is the real bully.

Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer asked "Who's the Bully Now?"

Family therapist...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.