It's The Love, Stupid

Thursday, April 08, 2010 2:18 PM Comments (9)

The announcement that Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio has been appointed co-adjutor archbishop for Los Angeles and successor to Cardinal Mahony leaves the mainstream media very confused.

The media is alternately ecstatic and apoplectic over Pope Benedict’s choice for the city of Angels.  Several news outlets, notably the LA Times, have already written several articles about what to expect from Archbishop Gomez and have even tried to send thinly-veiled warnings.  But in most of the coverage, the media makes the same mistake that it always makes when it tries to cover religion like politics.  They attempt to view all matters through the lens of politics and feel compelled to attempt to...READ MORE

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What Do You Want In A Pastor?

Monday, April 05, 2010 12:30 PM Comments (22)

There is a big shakeup going on in my diocese.  Pastors are being relocated throughout the diocese and because of a shortage, many priests will become first time pastors. My parish will not be exempted and the pastor of my parish will be moving to my aunt and uncle’s parish.

They announced yesterday before Easter mass that an auxiliary Bishop for our diocese will be conducting an informational session this week to answer questions and to see what we desire in a pastor.

So I ask myself, what DO I desire in a pastor?

I suppose when we think of an ideal pastor, many of us conjure up images of Bing’s Fr. O’Malley, young, vibrant, and with great business sense or perhaps of the lovable old...READ MORE

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Actor Stands on Principle

Thursday, April 01, 2010 9:00 AM Comments (22)

I’ve got to tell you first off that this is not an April Fool’s joke. This is a real life morality tale coming out of Hollywood. Now, Hollywood isn’t typically the place where we often find tales of moral strength, on screen or in real life. But character actor Neal McDonough isn’t your typical actor.

He has one of those faces you know from television and movies. He’s probably most remembered for his roles in “Band of Brothers” and the movie “Minority Report.” Last year he had a recurring role on “Desperate Housewives” as the resident lunatic on Wisteria Lane and this year he landed a starring role on an ABC series. That’s a huge break for any actor.

But just this week, McDonough was...READ MORE

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Hell Is Not Hot

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 3:00 PM Comments (11)

I have heard it said that when a baby closes its eyes, it perceives the entire world has gone away rather than just their ability to perceive it.  I have often wondered how scientists can know such a thing, but I think that now I know.  They must have witnessed this same behavior in adults and merely extrapolated backwards.

Case in point, Newsweek’s religion editor Lisa Miller has a new book out on Heaven and the various different notions of it.  In an interview with Sally Quinn, Miller is asked whether she believes in Hell, to which she replies with an emphatic “no.”  Asked why, she cites the dwindling polls numbers for hell.  Hell is not hot right now.

Of course, we know that reality is...READ MORE

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Palms and Nails

Monday, March 29, 2010 11:00 AM Comments (11)

I can be a real jerk sometimes. Arrogant. Proud. Judgmental. That probably doesn’t shock you. Case in point, I found myself looking around Mass yesterday thinking snidely that the crowds were much larger on Palm Sunday than typical Sundays. I wondered if it was because the Church was giving something away, the palm being the equivalent of the big foam finger at a baseball game to some. A memento.

And then I scolded myself for thinking such things during Mass. I’ve always fought the urge to see things in terms on black and white.

I used to be even worse. When I was a child even casual injustices and minor slights were met with storms of outrage. I couldn’t stand any breach of my own...READ MORE

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The Easter Bunny Must Die

Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:18 PM Comments (71)

Among the peeves I keep as pets, chief is my loathing of the Easter Bunny.  There are many reasons to hate the Bunny.  I will get into why in particular the Bunny, but first to some other pressing business.

Why is it that religious holidays require mascots to make them palatable to secularists who otherwise wouldn’t give a fig about the celebration?  While some mascots are cool in their own right, most add nothing and typically detract from the holiday’s expressed purpose.

Take the leprechaun.  Actually, don’t take the leprechaun. I am pretty sure that taking a leprechaun is bad luck.  But the leprechaun as a symbol of St. Paddy’s Day?  A hard-drinking short guy consumed with greed is not...READ MORE

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You Do Know What Causes That, Right?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 12:06 PM Comments (140)

OK. I’m sending up a flare. This is me asking for help. I’m looking for some good comebacks to the age old questions that people from big families get asked all the time.

Here’s how it started. I brought my five children to the movies, aged ten down to two this past weekend. And the guy standing there taking tickets pointed to the children and asked, “Are these all yours?”

I typically make a joke and say that two of them were hitchhikers I found on the expressway but he didn’t seem like a happy fellow so I simply admitted they were all mine.

“What?! Really?” he said, his eyes widening. “You ever hear of overpopulation, man?”

And there was me. Gobsmacked. And I’m not easily gobsmackable....READ MORE

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Bishops Share The Blame

Monday, March 22, 2010 9:50 AM Comments (13)

[Please see the addendum at the end of this post.]

Well, it is done. The Government takeover of health-care is now the law of the land complete with the federal funding of abortion.

At this horrific moment we must make an honest assessment of how we arrived at this point.  The responsibility for this terrible moment in history is spread far and wide.  The Democrat party, committed to the Siamese causes of increasing government control of lives and desire to have less lives, is the obvious culprit but far from the only one.

A truly honest assessment of the situation should hold the Republican party to account.  Truth be told, the Republican party has acquitted themselves well in the past...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.