When To Cut Your Child's Ties to a Friend

07/25/2016 Comments (18)

This is what you call crowdsource parenting.

My teenage daughter has been friends with this other girl since she can remember. I think they met in Kindergarten. Nice kid. And by "nice kid" I mean that I've never seen her be mean to anyone on purpose. And being a parent of four girls, I've met many girls whom I couldn't say the same thing about.

However... (you knew it was coming, right?) the last three years or so her language has become coarser. My daughter or I will typically point it out politely and she always apologizes. And I can tell she means it. Also her manner of dress has become a bit more... revealing. She talks a lot about getting tattoos and multiple piercings.

To be fair,...READ MORE

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Act Like a Christian. The World is Watching

07/15/2016 Comments (4)

I recently read a piece about an Islamic convert to Christianity who withstood torture at the hands of Islamic radicals. It's an amazing story but it's not the one I want to focus on here. (That has to be the worst lede ever.)

In explaining his conversion, he said what made Christ intriguing to him was meeting Christians at college who seemed at peace and ready to forgive wrongs done to them. He said their openness to sacrifice shocked, surprised, and inspired him to begin reading about Christ. He didn't go into the particulars about what he specifically saw in Christians and it would likely make for boring reading. It may have been something as simple as forgiving gossip or a harsh word....READ MORE

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Nobody Gets "Time and Place" Anymore

07/13/2016 Comments (5)

You ready for the cringeworthy headline of the day: "Holocaust Museum to visitors: Please stop catching Pokémon here." #21stcenturyproblems

The problem isn't the Pokémon people making millions of dollars. The problem isn't even people enjoying a game. The real problem here is that nobody understands that there's a time and place for things anymore. Let's face it, very few people even teach their children about time and place anymore. Think about it. Enough people walked into the Holocaust museum in search of Pokémon that they needed to put up a sign.

Nowadays, "But I want it" is a hedonistic permission slip. We are all so up in our own heads and our own subjective "truths" that nothing we...READ MORE

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Why Can't Catholic Colleges Hire for Mission?

07/11/2016 Comments (4)

Newly hired staff and academics at a large public university are reportedly required to sign some kind of pledge to "diversity and inclusion."

The College Fix reports:

The University of Cincinnati has rolled out a new policy that requires faculty and staff applicants pledge their commitment to “diversity and inclusion.”
The policy comes at a university with a stated goal of hiring more “historically underrepresented” employees, a benchmark spelled out in its “UC Affirmative Action Plan” that calls for more African American, women, and other “traditionally unrepresented” employees campuswide. “As of July 1, the University of Cincinnati will request a Diversity and Inclusion statement of...READ MORE

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Less Young "Pro-lifers" But More Seek Abortion Restrictions

07/07/2016 Comments (1)

My buddy Michael New at NRO wrote an interesting piece yesterday detailing that while there are less self described "pro-lifers" among young adults, the number of those wishing to see restrictions on abortion has increased.

It's no surprise that the "pro-life" label is anathema to many young people. On college campuses all over the country students learn that saying one is pro-life is like saying "power to the patriarchy!!!" (Yes, you have to include the exclamation points.)

But New points out in NRO's The Corner that pro-lifers should not completely despair about this even though the media loves to rub it in our faces.

Last week Students for Life of America (SFLA) released a series of...READ MORE

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It's Open Season on Abortion Laws

07/01/2016 Comments (40)

In the past decade there has been great progress in protecting the unborn at the state level. The U.S. Supreme Court just did everything they could to stop that.

Five Supreme Court legislators (which let's face it, that's what they are) just called open season on abortion laws. "Go get 'em" is their message.

The court ruled that the Texas law which called for better safety standards for abortion clinics somehow endangers women. 'Cause that makes sense, right? It's always a puzzle to me how some can believe that regulating the energy industry protects the environment while regulating the abortion industry hurts women. I just don't get it.

But what's most distressing is that the court...READ MORE

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Abp. Wenski: "Regime of Political Correctness" Must End

06/24/2016 Comments (8)

(Photo credit: Piotr Drabik, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Delivering the homily at the Fortnight for Freedom Mass earlier this week, Archbishop Thomas Wenski invoked the martyrdoms of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher as increasingly relevant in today's culture of intolerance toward Christianity. Speaking at the Little Flower Church in Coral Gables, Archbishop Wenski described the two martyrs as "men for our season."

"Today, a regime of 'political correctness' wishes to impose itself on us and force us to conform ourselves, our values and our beliefs to the ascendant secularism of our time," he said.

The original Fortnight for Freedom in 2011 was created in light of the Obama administration's increasing intolerance of religious liberty as seen in...READ MORE

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What's With These Weird "Good Thoughts" Everyone's Sending?

06/23/2016 Comments (16)

Leonid Pasternak (1862–1945), “The Passion of Creation”

I heard someone say "I'll keep a good thought for you" on the side of the softball field the other day. (Well, pretty much any interaction I have with adults is on the side of a field or a court nowadays.)

But some lady was explaining that her mother was sick and her husband has been drinking again. My heart broke for her. (I'll never get over the way women talk to each other and really connect whereas guys could have all sorts of calamities and debacles occurring and sit there and talk about football and politics.) But anyway, this other woman said, "I'll keep a good thought for you."

What the heck is that? Seriously. What even is that? We've all heard things like people talking...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.