Don't Misread Bishop Conley's Letter On Contraception

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:52 PM Comments (25)

Some twenty three years after Bishop Glennon Flavin of the Diocese of Lincoln issued a pastoral letter to Catholic couples and physicians on the Issue of Contraception, his successor Bishop James Conley has done the same.

His letter will be discussed along with the topic of contraception generally this Sunday in all parishes of the Diocese.

The letter is a wonderful restatement of Catholic principles on the issues of contraception and I urge each and every one of you to read it in its entirety. Further, I find it wonderful and somewhat counter-cultural, even within the Church, to issue such a letter and instruct that this topic be taught in every parish. Bishop Conley is truly a good...READ MORE

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Sensus Fidelium on Steroids

Monday, March 24, 2014 9:39 AM Comments (37)

We've been hearing a lot about sensus fidelium recently. It's the only Latin word some Catholics will allow to be uttered. It's definition for many seems to be "what we say goes." Or if enough Catholics believe something stupid, it becomes right.

As if God gives into mob rule.

You often hear it brought up when it comes to the Church's teaching on contraception, abortion, and gay marriage. The argument goes that 98 percent of the Catholic women have used contraception so therefore the Church should change its teaching. It's really religion by poll. But Catholicism is about the gospels, not Gallup. If it were we'd be Unitarians.

There's a certain hubris to it in that there's a belief that...READ MORE

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Will Noah Sink Religious Movies?

Thursday, March 20, 2014 3:16 PM Comments (23)

By now I am sure you have heard the buzz about the upcoming Biblical cinema epic "Noah".  The film, which gets released March 28, 2014, has been the subject of rumor and controversy since a synopsis of an early script was leaked on line.

I have fears about "Noah" but not the same fears about the amount of license that director Darren Aronofsky takes with the Bible story. I have my opinions about what I have heard, but I will until I see the movie. My fears are more about the movie industry.

Let me bottom line it for you.  If "Noah" under performs at the box office, the headlines practically write themselves.

Christians Sink Noah.  Christians Stay Home, Noah Under Water. And so on.

If...READ MORE

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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is finding the right judge.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:47 AM Comments (13)

A federal judge has ruled that a law that don't permit abortion after a heartbeat can be detected is unconstitutional. We should hardly be surprised. Legislatures are the only branch of government no longer allowed to make laws; they only make suggestions for judges to consider when crafting a law.

Appointed by President George H.W. Bush, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber must believe that the legitimate interests of the state stop where the agendas of judges begin. She ruled that the bill that made abortions illegal after a heartbeat can be detected is unconstitutional. She clearly believes "unconstitutional" means "I don't like it."

“The Court notes that the [state] conveys that...READ MORE

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The Love Is In The Rules

Friday, March 14, 2014 1:20 PM Comments (29)

When I was a young Catholic, in my late teens and early twenties, I embarked upon a concerted effort to understand my faith.

You see, I was born in the 60's, raised in the 70's, and grew to adulthood in the 80's and I was a product of that age.  Even though I went to Catholic high school and was raised by wonderfully devout parents, I knew next to nothing about my faith beyond Jesus loves me and Jesus loves felt.  

Yet even then, I knew some basic rules, as taught to me by my parents, about how a Catholic should behave and I clung to that understanding.  Although I didn't know much about my faith, I knew I wanted to please the Lord and so I clung tenaciously to "the rules" as I understood...READ MORE

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My Daughter Was Asked Out by a Boy!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:12 PM Comments (28)

My 14 year old daughter was asked out by a boy.

This is a first for me. Yes, it's a big deal. I've had five kids. Now I have four kids and a teenager...who gets asked out by boys!!! Well "boy" in the singular but "Boys!!!!" sounds more dramatic so...

Don't worry. My daughter said no. Wait. She didn't actually say "no." She said "My Dad would kill me and probably you too." And I'm ok with that. I'm ok with being the bad guy. She didn't tell the guy that she didn't want anything to do with him, she just said that my father is a lunatic and its probably best if we don't do anything to provoke him. And once again, I'm ok with that. It's a way of letting them down easy with an implied threat...READ MORE

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This One Weird Trick Can Make You Holy

Friday, March 07, 2014 10:47 AM Comments (22)

Do we ever like shortcuts. This is why the internet is littered with advertisements that lure you in with the "One weird trick" to lose weight quick and easy, build muscle quick and easy, or get rich quick and easy.

Do we ever like quick and easy. But this desire is not limited to our waistlines and bank accounts. We want it for our souls as well.

I think this is amply evidenced by the absurd press coverage that follows every papal utterance. It is easy to blame just the press, but regardless of agenda, in the end they are just a business looking to satisfy a consumer. And the consumer is looking for the easy way. So we stretch, twist, and squint at every papal statement to see if we can...READ MORE

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Catholic School Kids Say the Darnedest Things

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:56 PM Comments (7)

I was talking to a parent of a child who attends public school and she was asking me about my five kids in a Catholic elementary school and if it's different from public school. It is. But it got me thinking about it. Here's a few incidents over the years that brought a smile to my face.

My 8 year old son thought that the ships Columbus sailed to the new world in were named the Lucia, the Jacinta, and the Francisco. Seriously.

My 1st grader answered a question on a religion quiz with the word "Jesus." The answer, unfortunately, was "love." I went over her mistake with her and she said, "But wait, Jesus is God and God is love so I'm right. I'm going to tell my teacher."

Years ago, for...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.