The Pope's First Big "No"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:23 PM Comments (46)

One of my children heard me discussing the upcoming Synod on the Family currently in preparation for October. She asked me, "Dad, what is a synod?"

"Well honey, a synod is a gathering of bishops in Rome with the Pope where they discuss certain issues in the Church with many possible solutions to which the Pope ultimately must say NO."

Despite the headline making reformation of the Curia now under discussion in Rome, the Pope's first big challenge will be the Synod on the family. It is not that the reformation of the Curia is not important, but that it is so much inside baseball. Whatever the decisions there, they will be difficult to decipher for most folks, particularly the...READ MORE

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Hatred in the Form of Admiration

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:21 PM Comments (17)

Columnist Neil Steinberg wrote a piece in the Chicago Sun Times that seeks to lionize a nun who has devoted her life to caring for people with Downs Syndrome, not because of what she does but because her words can be misconstrued and used for his hateful column.

The piece is about Sister Rosemary Connelly, the founder of Misericordia, a home for those with Down syndrome and other cognitive disabilities. But it's not her work which makes the writer like Sister Rosemary. Steinberg, a non-believer who is a radical supporter of abortion rights, wrote of Sister Rosemary:

She said something Tuesday before 400 people at a fundraising lunch that I’ve never heard spoken before, never mind by a...READ MORE

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Utah's (And The Mormon's) Immoral Adoption Law

Friday, February 14, 2014 12:27 PM Comments (102)

Imagine my surprise that one of the most immoral and anti-family laws I have ever seen is on the books in the supposedly family-friendly state of Utah. And then to find out that the supposedly family-friendly Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is complicit in what amounts to kidnapping.

Utah allows families to be anonymously ripped apart taking babies away from a parent who wants them.

The law allows mothers to place their children up for adoption without the consent or knowledge of the father. In some cases, the father desperately wants the child but he has no say and no path to gain custody of the child.

Foxnews reports on some horror stories that have led a dozen men,...READ MORE

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Is Work Beneath Us?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:32 PM Comments (37)

I didn't realize that the country famous for what some call its protestant work ethic, has come to revile work in such an open way.

But this fact was brought home to me in the past week through the confluence of a few stories.

First, the CBO's estimates that Obamacare will be responsible for the loss of 2.5 million jobs. No matter the nuances of the report, this is not the type of story that any politician wants to be talking about. It is the type of story that you ignore and with a willing press, it will soon go away. This is particularly true in an era of stubbornly high unemployment and underemployment. But strangely, that is not what happened.

Talking heads and politicians...READ MORE

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Saying No to Sleepovers

Friday, February 07, 2014 4:51 PM Comments (99)

How do you say no to a sleepover? My fourteen year old is asked to sleep over so many people’s houses that if I said yes to all of them she’d be an emancipated minor by now.

I’ve been going with “not tonight” but other parents are definitely noticing. My daughter told me that the kids’ parents have said that Mr. Archbold doesn’t trust them. It’s not that I don’t trust them, it’s just that I don’t trust them with my children who mean more to me than anyone in the world. Is that so hard to understand?

Last weekend I had a Dad walk up to me and say his daughter wanted to know if my oldest could sleep over. I’m being honest here, I’d never laid eyes on the man before. He’s a divorced...READ MORE

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Bad Evangelism

A trip to the autoparts store makes me examine my writing.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 11:47 AM Comments (27)

With another winter storm looming on the east coast and my windshield wipers shredded, I headed over to the auto parts store to get some replacements.  I wasn't sure of the sizes, so I needed help from an employee.

When I walked into the store, there were already 5 people on line for the employee behind the counter.  I looked around for another employee but none could be found.  So I got on line.

I could see from the outset that at least 2 people on line were already seriously disgruntled and the rest of the folks on line did not look much more gruntled.  Moments after I joined the line, one man left the it and the store, clearly exasperated and with an audible huff.  The employee...READ MORE

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One Nation, Divided

Monday, February 03, 2014 12:00 PM Comments (50)

Let's face it, boring Super Bowls happen..

But at least we have the commercials to entertain us, right?  Well, last night they were all pretty much like the game, boring.

One commercial is garnering attention, one from Coca-Cola that has America the Beautiful being sung in many different languages by many different types of people. 

What has some people talking is the inclusion of a gay couple with their daughter.  Like I said, boring.  Is this even still a thing since this type of stuff is everywhere these days?  I mean gays are the most over-represented subset of a subset in media.  But still, ok, whatever, yawn.

The thing that struck me about the ad that is supposedly...READ MORE

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7 Reasons You Shouldn't Be Too Pleased About Pope Francis on the Cover of Rolling Stone

Thursday, January 30, 2014 1:02 PM Comments (23)

There's a few reasons Catholics shouldn't get too psyched about Pope Francis being on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

7) It's not 1978. Look, at one point Rolling Stone was a huge cover which granted the imprimatur of cool to anyone on its cover. Those days aren't just gone. They're long gone. Their courting of irrelevance may have turned into a full embrace sometime around them putting Wilson Phillips on the cover. Or maybe it was Ricky Martin. But it was definitely already gone by the time they put Clay Aiken on the cover. Definitely.


6) There's a big story about Sting and Paul Simon in the same issue. I think AARP's magazine is also running the same feature.


5) Let's...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.