Love and Fellowship in the Time of Swine Flu

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:00 PM Comments (17)

At my parish they have renamed the narthex of the church as the “fellowship hall”. This novus nomenclature is intended to encourage parishioners, when leaving after mass, to engage each other on a personal level (e.g., smiling, hugging, and conversing) in some place other than the nave of the church. I think this is a very good idea as we all know how important fellowship is to the Christian experience.

I go out the side door.

The parish I grew up in was a keep-your-head-facing-forward and mind-your-own-business kind of place and that suited me just fine. We shared the same faith and for one hour on Sundays, we shared the same air; that was enough. These days, however, I am surrounded by...READ MORE

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Pre-Natal Child Abuse

Monday, February 15, 2010 2:10 PM Comments (8)

Have you heard of “Crack Mom?” No? Her case might be one of the most important in the country right now.

A Kentucky woman who the press has dubbed “Crack Mom” faces up to 10 years after pleading guilty to endangering her child’s life by using cocaine during pregnancy, The Kentucky State Journal reports.

But deciding her fate isn’t that simple because the Kentucky Supreme Court heard a similar case in December and a ruling is expected shortly on whether it’s possible to legally abuse a child in the womb.

It’s always amazed me that people look down their nose at women who smoke while pregnant while advocating her right to actually kill her unborn baby.

This case could possibly go all...READ MORE

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The Smiting Is Still Implied

Thursday, February 11, 2010 2:15 PM Comments (4)

People have strange notions of God.  A semi-agnostic co-worker recently remarked to me that he regards the Bible as so much hooey because the God of the Old Testament is mean and wrathful while the God of the New Testament is about love and forgiveness.  How can Christians, he wondered, be silly enough to believe in both.  It seems to me that many people, whether or not they would articulate it in such a way, view God in much the same way.

They think that the God of the Old Testament created the world and was determined to run things His way.  Step out of line and He would send a flood or drop some fire and brimstone on you just as soon as look at you.  Follow the rules or He would open a...READ MORE

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I Am a Miracle Man

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 1:32 PM Comments (5)

I’ve often read that the scientific mind and the musical mind are similarly wired. I believe it because I have not been blessed with an understanding of either. I simply don’t speak music or science. I hear music. I enjoy it. But music is background to my life. Ambiance.

The musical mind can deconstruct a piece and understand it as if it were language. It’s the same with the scientific mind, I would guess. They see something and must investigate what makes it work. I feel no need to deconstruct things or examine the gears of the world. I’m not a science guy. I’m a man very comfortable with miracles.

Some say the word “miracle” is overused. Not me. I don’t think it’s used enough. Not...READ MORE

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Contraception Is The Key

Monday, February 08, 2010 1:20 PM Comments (8)

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”—Samuel Johnson

When reading the absurd comments of Harry Knox, who serves on President Barack Obama’s faith-based advisory council, I cannot help but think that Samuel Johnson missed a category.

In 2009, in response to the Pope’s comments about condoms and AIDS in Africa, Knox said that the Pope is “hurting people in the name of Jesus.”  This past week, Knox was asked if he stood by this statement and he answered with an emphatic “I do.”

Knox’s statement is as ignorant as it is lacking in integrity.  Why, last year even the leftist Washington Post conceded “The Pope May...READ MORE

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Why Big Families Might Be Easier

Thursday, February 04, 2010 11:29 AM Comments (83)

A woman said to me recently that my five children were very well behaved. It’s one of the best things I can hear so I thanked her. Then she asked me “how do you do it with so many?”

I told her that I don’t think I’d be a very good parent of one child or two. She didn’t believe my answer but honest to goodness, I sometimes think that having many children is easier than just one.

Why big families are easier:

Patience. I never have to teach patience. My children know that I can’t drop everything for them if I have a baby in my arms.

Work Ethic. My children have learned to work because there are always chores to do in a small house packed with little messy lunatics. And they all learn...READ MORE

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Us vs. The Slow Motion Suicide Pact

Tuesday, February 02, 2010 2:02 PM Comments (20)

What is the image of the counter-culture to you? It’s not a marijuana joint in the mouth of a raging hippie anymore. It’s a pacifier in the mouth of a screaming baby.

Counter-cultural is no longer the Harley roaring down on an open stretch of highway at 90 mph. It’s the van parked in a church parking lot. Now, that’s counter-cultural.

As evidence I’ll bet you see a lot more hippies on television than you will families with 5,6,or 7 children. Let’s face it, Catholicism is the true counter to the pervading culture of death.

But one motto of the hippie counterculture still rings true. When Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young implored people to “teach your children well,” the counterculture of...READ MORE

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Moral Relativism For The Relatively Moral

Monday, February 01, 2010 10:46 AM Comments (8)

There is an old saying that goes something like this: If you and I are being chased by a bear I don’t need to be faster than the bear, I only need to be faster than you.

I sometimes wonder if this is how our personal judgment will go? If the bear represents hell, do I only need to be better than the guy next to me to eek my way into purgatory? I guess what I am wondering is—does God grade on a curve?

I think by 21st century standards, I am a stand-up guy. I mean, look how most people act these days; by comparison, I am like St. Francis. Well, maybe not St. Francis, but probably almost as good as St. Rene Goupil - Patron saint of Anesthesiologists.

If you remember back in college, one of...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.