Caroling for Laney

Monday, December 23, 2013 2:33 AM Comments (4)

West Reading Pennsylvania is a normal town with normal people and normal problems. Except this town has a very special eight year old little girl named Laney Brown.

Laney is suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia.

A sick child is the kind of thing that makes people question God. Why? Why would God do this? But something happened this weekend in that town that proved miracles happen.

There was something about Laney's wish to hear Christmas carolers that moved this Pennsylvania town to create one of the most memorable and moving instances of Christmas spirit I've ever seen. After word got out on Facebook and other social media, on Friday, which was also her birthday, about ten...READ MORE

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Duck Dynasty: The Show That Got Away

Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:58 PM Comments (316)

After A&E fired Phil Robertson for saying what every good Christian should believe, social media has been abuzz.  One of the recurring themes has been puzzlement about why A&E would cut off its nose to spite its face.  Duck Dynasty is the franchise right now. Why would they risk destroying their own cash cow?

To understand the why, we have to go back to the beginning.  Duck Dynasty is not the show that they wanted, it is the show that got away from them.

It seems what the producers intended and what A&E envisioned with the show is much different than the show that they ended up with, but they didn't do anything about it because it was so wildly popular and so wildly profitable.  But...READ MORE

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Holy Father, Please Help!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:33 PM Comments (115)

Dear Holy Father,

I urgently need your help and so do others. I have heard all you have been saying for months and I want to believe it is true. I want to believe the you want to decentralize the authority of the Church. I know that you don't want us to be hung up rules that limit our worship to just one way of doing things, that you want to do away with arbitrary rigidity. I know that you are concerned about the little guy, those in the Church with no voice.

Well, this is where I need your help. Holy Father, there is a group within the Church that currently has no voice and is being abused by that arbitrary, rigid, and centralized Church that is so destructive of evangelization.
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Margaret Sanger Would Not Roll Over in Her Grave to Hear This

Monday, December 16, 2013 11:24 AM Comments (25)

If you listen very carefully to the coffin of Margaret Sanger you would hear absolutely nothing.

Assuredly, she's not rolling over in her grave that black and Hispanic babies are far more likely to be aborted than white babies. She might be dancing, however.

Sanger once said, "Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race" and even said, "We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out...READ MORE

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3 of the Most Wildly UnChristian Christmas Songs Ever

Friday, December 13, 2013 1:08 AM Comments (62)

Judging Christmas songs can be difficult. You must use an entirely different metric than you would when judging an ordinary song. Now, there are many songs that actually don't have much to do with the birth of Christ that I can enjoy. The one about Snoopy and the Red Baron. I'll sing along to that any day in December. The Grinch? I've never once turned it off.

So I'm just telling you that I'm not that guy who rages against the radio if the Christmas song doesn't have the word "manger" in it. But there are some Christmas songs that are just the opposite of Christmas songs which are for some reasons beyond my comprehension played incessantly in December between "O Holy Night" and "Little...READ MORE

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The War On Religion Is Real And We Are Losing

Monday, December 09, 2013 1:13 PM Comments (191)

These days, we hear so much about "the war on ..." this or that, we have learned to drown it out as hyperbolic nonsense promoted by those with an agenda. The war on women is a perfect example.

But I am here to tell you that the war on religion is real and religion is losing--big time.

Being religious is about putting what you believe into every day practice. That is they call it practicing your religion.

But increasingly, the State is imposing barriers to practice of your religion anywhere but in your head or heart. Out here in the real world, religion has no place.

Obviously, Obamacare and its contraceptive and abortion mandates are a vivid and very chilling example. But still,...READ MORE

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The Benefits and Dangers of Daily Mass

Thursday, December 05, 2013 10:51 PM Comments (37)

There are many benefits and dangers to attending daily Mass.

Spiritual benefits aside, one of the cool things is that when I walk in to our parish Church at 8 a.m. I'm pretty much the youngest person there by thirty years. It's pretty awesome. I feel like someone could call me a whippersnapper at any moment.

When I first began showing up intermittently, the daily mass-goer brigade looked at me with shocked expressions like I'd clearly just walked in the wrong door. Then they looked at me like maybe I was there to pick someone up.

When I genuflected and got into a pew they thought that this must be a dude who's hit rock bottom and he's turning to the Lord in his most desperate hours...READ MORE

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History Channel May Make Horror Series - Jesus The Teenage Demon Slayer. Seriously.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 12:18 AM Comments (20)

The History Channel seems to be taking all the wrong lessons from their wildly popular "The Bible" miniseries. According to Deadline.com, The History Channel is looking into a miniseries or perhaps even a series about Jesus' "lost years" as an exorcist. It'll be in the horror genre. And it gets worse from there.

It'll be produced by Eli Roth who gave us the horror franchise "Hostel" and the guy behind the remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror. (Hmm, a guy who attempts to update classics and fails horribly. I'm sensing a theme.)

According to the report, "The Lost Years" will portray Jesus’ years as an exorcist sometimes between the time He was 13 years old...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.