Faux Dramatic Stress Disorder

Monday, March 08, 2010 5:00 PM Comments (7)

Our culture is well acquainted with the notion of post-traumatic stress disorder.  Originally developed to describe the real psychological after-effects of combat, our culture knew a good excuse when it saw it.  We took the term, shortened it to an enticing acronym (PTSD) and substituted drama for trauma.  No need for further explanation, we hold these truths in the contempt reserved for the familiar.

In our entrepreneurial culture we now drill and mine for excuses the way we once did for oil or coal.  Recently, our professional extenu-ologists have discovered a new vein from which to mine absurd alibis, pre-traumatic stress disorder.  This was the evasion of choice for the...READ MORE

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Man Made Limbo

Thursday, March 04, 2010 11:15 AM Comments (16)

God may or may not have created limbo so man, always eager to improve on God’s work, created it. Due to the widespread use of In Vitro Fertilization of which the Church does not approve, hundreds of thousands of “spare” or “extra” embryos now exist in a man-made refrigerated limbo.

This is nothing short of a horror. And of course, the natural question that comes to mind is: Can they be rescued? While our instincts to preserve life might make the answer seem easy, it isn’t. According to Church teaching keeping the embryos frozen, implanting them in a woman’s womb, and destroying them are all immoral responses to a terrible situation.

Dignitas Personae, the CDF’s 2008 instructions on...READ MORE

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Liturgical Jai -Alai

Tuesday, March 02, 2010 1:07 PM Comments (3)

“The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.  This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good, and that could be again. Oh people will come, Ray. People will most definitely come” –Terrence Mann - “Field of Dreams”

I love baseball.  I love its history and traditions.  It is our pastime. A treasure which is handed from generation to generation.  Each generation may put its own small stamp on the game, organic development if you will, but the game remains the same.  In the American...READ MORE

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A Sherpa's Guide to Heaven

Monday, March 01, 2010 11:00 AM Comments (3)

I didn’t want to be a father. It wasn’t that I had anything against kids. I just didn’t understand the whole melting oooh and aaaaah thing that people did around children.

It’s not that I was against having children. It’s what people seemed to do when they grew up so I figured that at some point I would probably procreate but it was just not something I thought would be all that big of a deal to me. I knew I’d accept the responsibility of loving my children and educating them. I knew it would change what I did but I never expected it to change who I was.

But the real reason I didn’t want to have children was that I didn’t want to become a Tenzing Norgay. You see, everyone knows Sir...READ MORE

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If Planned Parenthood Were Toyota

Thursday, February 25, 2010 12:37 PM Comments (9)

Were it not for double standards, the gummint would have no standards at all.

As you probably have heard by now, President and CEO of Toyota Corp., Akio Toyoda was dragged before Congress this week to explain why his company did not do more to address critical safety issues with their vehicles that resulted in several deaths.

Vehicle safety is surely an important issue and we expect companies, when they become aware of these issues, to deal with them promptly and effectively. Lives depend on it.

It was in this context that Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) addressed Mr Toyoda saying...

“I am not satisfied with your testimony,” she said. “I do not feel it reflects sufficient remorse for those...READ MORE

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Our Battle Of The Bulge

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 2:00 PM Comments (12)

Ten months ago, the Democrats began their campaign for perpetual political dominance through the bureaucratic machine. Health care became their battle of choice. A theoretical filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and a huge numerical advantage in the House gave the Democrats a lot of firepower and they certainly had the will to use it. They made the decision that they would dominate the continent and usher in a political dynasty.  One of the first tasks of the newly-established dynasty would be to use the machinery of state to systematically exterminate a class of people—the unborn.  A horrible vision of the future emerged, yet it seemed that pro-lifers were powerless to stop it.

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Who Wants Elton's Jesus?

Monday, February 22, 2010 1:30 PM Comments (5)

Elton John recently said that Jesus was a gay genius.

Now, Elton’s theological ramblings aren’t to be taken too seriously but I think that there’s a lot of Elton Johns out there. By that I don’t mean there’s millions of flamboyant rockers with funny sunglasses. But I do think it’s rather telling that Elton sees Jesus as a homosexual and a genius as Elton himself is a homosexual and could easily be called a musical genius. Weird, huh?

I don’t think Elton is alone in this kind of thinking. I think people often see Jesus in a narrow way, as a reflection of themselves.

While we’re supposed to see God in others, I think that too often we look for God in ourselves, for reaffirmation of our...READ MORE

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Equality vs. Christianity

Thursday, February 18, 2010 12:04 PM Comments (16)

Everyone talks about equality. But equality only exists in the eyes of God and is, after all, a rather Christian concept. We are all loved by God and in that is our worth. Ironically, many politicians are marginalizing religion from the public sphere in the name of equality. And many see the major obstacle to this enforced equality as Christianity.

Right now, homosexual advocates are marching under the banner of equality. And advancing quite well thank you very much. In fact, just this week the Archdiocese of Washington fell victim to the cause of enforced equality.

The Archdiocese just posted on its website that it’s dropping its foster care program as well as adoption program due to...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.