Apostolic Visitation II: Nunjas!!!

This Time We Are Not Taking No For An Answer

Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:23 PM Comments (38)

The Apostolic Visitation started last year with reports of concerns, irregularities about a secular mentality or even a feminist spirit pervading America’s female religious. A letter from the Vatican followed. A simple request and a questionnaire to help the sisters and to respond to concerns for their welfare.
And then things got ugly. Many women religious teamed up and refused to comply. It was like Norma Rae but with off-the-rack gender neutral pantsuits.

But now, in a world where the Vatican’s Apostolic Visitation was rebuffed, many Sisters forgot something. One very important thing. You never ignore Rome.

While many wondered what the Vatican’s response would be, the second wave of...READ MORE

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The NASCAR of Apologetics

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 1:51 PM Comments (25)

I am a flawed man.

I love to listen to Catholic apologetics. I listen to apologetics CDs, I read apologetic books, and I love to listen to apologetics on the radio. I suspect my reason for listening to apologetics on the radio is different from most people; at least I hope it is.

I think I read once that NASCAR is the biggest spectator sport in the United States. Being a northerner, I am sure that I miss many of the appealing aspects of NASCAR, but I think I know why most people watch it. They want to see the crashes. That is why I listen to apologetics on the radio, particularly Catholic Answers. I want to be around when the crash happens.

I view Catholic Answers like a spectator sport...READ MORE

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3 Words That Drive "Progressive" Catholics Crazy

Monday, January 25, 2010 2:55 PM Comments (197)

I’ve been running a Catholic blog for a few years now and have inadvertently come across certain words and phrases that just drive self described “progressive” Catholics crazy. Tweeters have been doing this a while concerning politics but I thought we could have some fun here coming up with 3 word phrases that just unhinge “progressive” Catholics. Take a look at my suggestions and then I encourage you to add your own in the combox.

1) Traditional Anglican Communion
2) The Catechism states…
3) Abortion is murder
4) Communion on Tongue
5) Scott Hahn said…
6) “Caritas in Veritate”
7) Archbishop Raymond Burke
8) Latin Mass Society
9)Ineffable. Ineffable. Ineffable.
10)Three letters C. D. F....READ MORE

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I Like My Crazy With Extra Nuts

Thursday, January 21, 2010 1:30 PM Comments (14)

I am endlessly entertained by the human ability to draw others into their own grand delusions.  Among this most entertaining group is the lowly-regarded but highly amusing quacks in what is probably the world’s second oldest profession, doomsday prophet.

Doomsday profiteering has gone mainstream these days.  By golly almost every other show on the History channel these days involves the apocalypse.  “Apocalypse Man”, “Life After People”, and every other episode of “The Universe” involves at least one grisly scenario on how the world might meet its end.  But these days the entire doomsday industry revolves around the fanciful and highly extrapolated idea that the end coincides with the end...READ MORE

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Atheists Love You. They Just Don't Know Why.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:00 PM Comments (213)

Richard Dawkins has started up a charity called “Non Believers Giving Aid” so atheists can give to relief efforts in Haiti in a way which promulgates their atheism. Because as I’m sure you know when Haitians receive relief they’re very interested in whether it came from a believer or a non-believer.

Dawkins, who has been saying for years that religion is the “root of all evil,” is now oddly intent on proving that atheists can be as good as Christians. Recently, atheists seem intent on proving they can be good without God.

I always get a kick out of evangelizing atheists and how they’re so desperate to prove that they’re as good (and usually better) than us religious types. Dawkins writes...READ MORE

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Catholics Pray the Catholic Loses

Monday, January 18, 2010 11:08 AM Comments (10)

Pro-lifers everywhere are on pins and needles waiting to see the fate of the abortion funding Obamacare bill.

As Catholic pro-lifers we have tried everything we could to stop this bill or at the very least stop the funding of abortion.  First there was the Stupak amendment, but as many congress-watchers knew at the time that it would likely make little difference.  The real battle has always been in the Senate and they don’t care about abortion in the Senate.  Heck, the ostensibly pro-life Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania folded before the cards were even dealt proving once and for all that the only life he is pro is his own.

But then, then it seemed that there might be one true...READ MORE

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Call Me Mr. Archbold!

Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:30 AM Comments (16)

Doesn’t anyone want to be a grown-up anymore?

When I was a child I wanted to grow up to be an adult. But now it seems so many of the adults I meet seemingly want to be children.

I met an old friend recently and had my five kids in tow. I introduced him as Mr. So-and-so. And right away he interrupts me and says to my kids, “Oh, just call me Ed. Mr. So-and-so was my father.”

So my children look nervously between me and “Ed,” and they opt for quick hellos and avert their eyes.

What is it with people?

I know he meant it as a way to connect with my children, but isn’t it really an obstacle in that it confuses the relationship? My mother has friends who I wouldn’t dream of calling by their...READ MORE

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A Hermeneutic Is A Hard Thing To Shake

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 8:00 AM Comments (1)

A hermeneutic is a hard thing to shake.

We all have our own hermeneutic, a lens through which we view the world, which can either serve to distort or clarify.  The impression that I have is that William Lind may be wearing bifocals. He sees certain things with clarity while other things are distorted.

Lind writes at The American Conservative about the disintegration of the Anglican Communion and how Pope Benedict’s offer to Anglicans might be the first step in a “counter-reformation.”

With delightfully witty tone, he decries the abandonment of orthodoxy in favor of a wholly new religion of its own invention.

Starting sometime in the 1960s, God’s frozen people melted, generating...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.