Hey, Remember When the Papacy Was Irrelevant?

10/01/2013 Comments (5)

Remember when the Church was irrelevant?

In March, CNN ran a piece by a Boston University Professor entitled, "My Take: The pope is irrelevant."

The New York Book Review ran a piece around the same time by author Gary Wills, which led off by saying, "The next pope should be increasingly irrelevant, like the last two."

Salon.com ran a piece last year entitled, No One's Listening to the Pope.

It's a funny thought. But if everyone's talking at the same time about how irrelevant something is, isn't it relevant?

The funny thing though is that right after the media declared the papacy irrelevant they focused thousands of cameras on a tiny chimney for days to cover the irrelevance? And...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Did What I Didn't

09/25/2013 Comments (82)

A man I know said to me yesterday that I must be outraged about what Pope Francis is saying. I inwardly rolled my mind's eye.

Let me just tell you who this guy is. He's a professed non-believer. A former Catholic. The worst kind, right? And he's a bit in your face about it too, if I'm being honest. (I've told him that so I think it's ok to write here.) He occasionally reads my stuff here at The National Catholic Register because his wife is a Catholic who comes across my stuff occasionally.

He's a funny guy who loves his wife and kids but when it comes to religion we're not typically on the same side of the issue. Doesn't mean we don't have fun together when we're standing on the...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Has Unsettled Me

09/20/2013 Comments (180)

I'll be honest. I was shocked at what Pope Francis said in an interview published yesterday. I was disturbed because I knew that his comments would be used against pro-life and traditional marriage activists. I knew that sidewalk counselors would be told by those supporting abortion that the pope told them not to be "obsessed" with abortion. Traditional marriage supporters would also be told that the pope said, "Who are you to judge?"

I'll be honest, I was disturbed. While it's clear that the pope is not changing Church teaching he is clearly changing the emphasis. The pope with a few words has unsettled so much. With a few words the pope has unsettled me.

But I thought and prayed...READ MORE

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"Evolving" on Euthanasia

09/12/2013 Comments (53)

The incoming head of the Canadian Medical Association is reportedly saying that the thinking around euthanizing the sick and dying is "evolving." I'm not sure how deciding to kill sick people could be called "evolving" but maybe I'm un-evolved. You notice, nobody in power changes their mind anymore. They evolve. Even if it seems the opposite of evolving.

The B.C. Catholic reports:

"What I am sensing is that thinking is evolving quite rapidly around this issue right now, and it may change," Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti told Postmedia's Sharon Kirkey Aug. 17.
"More [doctors] want to have the discussion," Francescutti told her. "And as more people start having the discussion they start...READ MORE

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Winning the Culture War One Yawn at a Time

09/10/2013 Comments (51)

My two favorite quotes of the day. The first is from Vicki Saporta, head of the National Abortion Federation.

“The anti-choice folks have gotten smarter. They’re no longer talking about overturning Roe, because there would be a huge backlash, she reportedly said. "But if you make abortion inaccessible in state after state, they are in fact achieving their goal while seeming reasonable, when they’re anything but.”

The second is from Michelle Goldberg of The Daily Beast. "The anti-abortion movement has been making epochal advances using regulations that are as tedious to read about as they are to describe," she said. "In the abortion wars, boredom has become a powerful weapon."

You...READ MORE

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I've Had It With Emoticons

09/06/2013 Comments (24)

My wife and I were looking to get a little work done around the house, namely to take down the nasty, rotting pillar type things holding up the front of our house and replace them with pillars that don't make me dash through the overhang on my way to the mailbox because I'm pretty sure it's going to crash down on my head. So I went online and found a few local companies that fix pillar type things and I sent an email to them explaining what I needed done.

The next day I checked my email and I see a response. Here's what I get:

Matt, I was surprised see your email :O because I closed down my business about two years ago and I've taken on a regular job in an office cubicle :( My brother...READ MORE

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Philadelphia is Hoping You Forget that Life is Sacred

09/01/2013 Comments (5)

Philadelphia City Hall seems to be hoping that pro-lifers forget that life is sacred. Good luck with that.

Forty seven victims of abortionist Kermit Gosnell were treated as non-human waste from the moment they were conceived. Their inhumane treatment continues even now, months after abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murder in the City of Brotherly Love.

Currently, the city’s medical examiner’s office faces quite the conundrum. Archbishop Charles Chaput along with several pro-life leaders asked for the release of the remains of the 47 babies for proper burial. Now, mind you, Gosnell was only convicted with the murder of three of these bodies, not all. The rest were what,...READ MORE

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How Dads Show Love

08/28/2013 Comments (20)

My wife and I just had our 16th wedding anniversary. My kids were making fun of me about how often I underwhelm on these big days.

The card and the flowers aren't all that impressive, I guess. But my wife told them that love isn't just seen in cards and flowers.

Dads, she said, show their love sometimes in different ways.

When there's a noise in the night and Dad gets up and searches the house and checks all the windows and doors while everyone else sleeps because he can't sleep knowing that he didn't do everything they could to protect you, that's how he shows his love.

Dads come running when they hear the squeal from wives or daughters (and yes, sometimes sons) when they...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.