Communion Wafers in Shape of Swastika? Yawn.

06/21/2010 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

06/17/2010 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.

While I certainly don’t endorse...READ MORE

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World's Oldest IVF Mother is Dying

06/15/2010 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.

According to the...READ MORE

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Ave Maria: Questions and Answers

06/14/2010 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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Don't Assume the Assumption

06/10/2010 Comments (12)

My eight year old, unlike my other children, needs to be cajoled, coddled, and complimented into learning. I don’t cajole, coddle or compliment well. Her grades are good but it just seems more difficult to get there.

All the children have finals this week, starting with Religion and English on Wednesday.

Here’s the timeline of the past week:

Thursday: The study guide comes home. We jump right in. They sit at the kitchen table memorizing and I quiz them. Some right. Some wrong. But it’s the first day. The eight year old got many right but she called the Assumption of Mary the “Intention of Mary.” I corrected her and she nodded her head.

Internal thoughts: I’m an awesome Dad. Prepared....READ MORE

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Re-Married Lesbian Bishops Are Hard To Shop For

06/08/2010 Comments (7)

What happens when you sit on a three legged stool with only two legs?

Out of the UK comes news that at a meeting of the Anglican House of Bishops in May, they voted for the first time to allow divorced bishops.

The only question I have is, what took them so long?  What I mean to say is that in a ‘church’ that has formally abandoned the indissolubility of marriage (a point on which Jesus was fairly unambiguous), that this day was surely to come.

The Anglican traditionalists are shocked and disappointed.  For my part, I am shocked and disappointed that there are still traditionalists adhering to the Anglican Communion.

For those not fond of slippery slope arguments, let’s recap shall we?...READ MORE

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The Jesus Seminar Takes on Paul

06/07/2010 Comments (9)

Remember the Jesus Seminar? They were those scholars who voted away all of Jesus’ miracles and much of what He said because it didn’t seem plausible to them. You know, things like the resurrection and that kind of weird stuff. They voted on whether they thought Jesus REALLY said that or did that. Pretty much, miracles and all that oogedy-boogedy stuff were scorned.

One of the more well known books coming out of the seminar was the infamously color-coded “The Five Gospels,” which had its own translations of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John from the New Testament but they also threw in the Gospel of Thomas for good measure. Jesus’ sayings appeared in red ink if the seminar deemed them...READ MORE

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Ave Maria U: What Are You Doing?

06/03/2010 Comments (39)

I am befuddled.  Why would those who built a Catholic University and ostensibly a Catholic town to surround it, actively recruit and assist a business that performs work antithetical to Catholic teaching to the area?

That seems to be exactly what is happening.  Tom Monaghan and his development partners are actively recruiting Jackson Laboratory to the surrounding area and the University leadership is assisting.

I understand that luring a large bio-tech company into the area could be a boon to the town and to the university, but at what price?  Through facts dug up at AveWatch.com, I must say there is enough evidence of Jackson Laboratory’s involvement in contraceptive research and...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.