The Pope's PR Man

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (24)

I’ve worked in public relations so I know some of the rules. You know who breaks all of them? Pope Benedict XVI. I’ve got to imagine that Pope Benedict’s PR man would be pretty frustrated with him about now if he had one.

I’d imagine his message to the Pope would be something like this:

“Benny baby how’s it goin’? Fantabulous. Great great great. But I gotta’ tell you I’m getting a little concerned that you’re veering a wee bit from my recommended plan. You did get the plan, right? I gave it to one of the cardinals to forward to you. I’ll have to get his name from my assistant but he was a little old Italian cardinal with a red hat. So you can probably find him based on that.

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The Grinch Who Stole Ecumenism

Monday, June 28, 2010 8:00 AM Comments (3)

One can imagine that Cardinal Kasper has feelings akin to those experienced by an old school salesman in a world of cell phones and web conferences.  For them, it is all about the meet and greet, the personal connection, and the bond formed between men.  He is still doing his job the same way he always has and to the best of his ability, yet it just doesn’t seem to work anymore. He hasn’t changed, but the job has.

Cardinal Kasper, the Church’s head ecumenist, is 77 years old and rumor has it his retirement is imminent.  In a press conference the Cardinal spoke about the end of his tenure.  In his remarks he looked backwards and forwards.  The theme of his remarks, as always, is dialogue.

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Is Handing Out the Gospel "Disorderly Conduct?"

Thursday, June 24, 2010 3:00 AM Comments (26)

This story should alarm Christians all over America.

It all started a few years ago with pro-life free bubble zones where pro-lifers weren’t allowed to discuss abortion with people going into an abortion clinic. But that was only the start. Now heavily Muslim Dearborn Michigan apparently has “Jesus free” zones.

Powerline reports:

Police in the heavily Arab Detroit suburb of Dearborn say they arrested four Christian missionaries for disorderly conduct at an Arab cultural festival… The “disorderly conduct” consisted of handing out copies of the Gospel of John outside the festival.

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Lesbians On 34th Street—Bad For Business

Tuesday, June 22, 2010 12:33 AM Comments (13)

Do you remember the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street?  In that movie the legendary department store that employed Santa sent its shoppers to other stores if they had better prices.  It was the department store with a heart of gold.

But do you remember the motivation of the fictional Mr. Macy for institutionalizing the referral policy?  Because having a heart of gold translated into customer loyalty and real gold—aka profit.

Do you know how I know that the Mr. Macy in the movie was fictional?  He cared about profit, something the real Macy’s doesn’t seem to desire.

Blogger Thomas Peters recently noted that the Macy’s in D.C has prominent street displays promoting gay marriage.

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Communion Wafers in Shape of Swastika? Yawn.

Monday, June 21, 2010 9:00 AM Comments (6)

I don’t appreciate modern art. Seriously, have you seen one piece of public art that didn’t look like evidence of public drunkenness? I saw some metallic structure the other day in Philadelphia and I couldn’t decide if it was a bear signaling a rescue plane or a hobo with antlers.

I sometimes fear that our art will somehow be the most durable thing we create and 25th century archaeologists will conclude that we either lost a terrible battle with antlered hobos who left their statues all over the planet as a sign of planetary domination or we were so artistically puerile that an antlered hobo invasion would’ve been preferable. To ensure that doesn’t happen I’ve been considering running...READ MORE

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Reason #5,647 Not To Like Soccer

Thursday, June 17, 2010 2:45 AM Comments (32)

I understand that soccer is all the rage these days and I have been following the world cup just like many others. But…

One often hears the question, “Why isn’t soccer more popular in the US?”  Of course there are many reasons.  Ninety minutes of running around only to end up nil nil is not very satisfying.  I mean real sports shouldn’t end in a tie and they certainly shouldn’t end 0-0.

When my boys were little and started out playing little league, the rules said not to keep score.  Of course, even though they weren’t supposed to, the kids knew who really won the game.  Even these little ones understand that sports are supposed to have winners.

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World's Oldest IVF Mother is Dying

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 2:31 AM Comments (4)

This is heartbreaking in just about every way possible.

Rajo Devi Lohan of India and her husband wanted children for years but were unable to conceive. But so intense was their desire for children that they procured loans to afford IVF treatments while in their 60’s. The couple celebrated the birth of their child last year while Lohan was 70 years old. Now, due to complications stemming from the pregnancy, Lohan is reportedly dying and currently too weak to care for her baby, saying her body never recovered from bearing the child.

This is awful and my prayers go out to the entire family but especially the child. But is it surprising? I don’t think we can call it that.

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Ave Maria: Questions and Answers

Monday, June 14, 2010 9:00 AM Comments (21)

A week ago I wrote a post calling on Tom Monaghan, founder of Ave Maria University and builder of the town of of Ave Maria, to answer some serious questions surrounding the sale of his land for the purpose of development for the bio-tech company Jackson labs.

The serious question arose because there is evidence that Jackson labs is involved in research into contraception and in vitro fertilization and there was some speculation that Jackson Labs might even have some links to human embryonic stem cell research.

On its face, the sale of the land for the expressed purpose of developing a facility for such a company would seem to run counter to the professed mission and Catholic values of Mr....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.