Teach the Children Well

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 9:49 AM Comments (5)

There’s recently been some troubling polling news about young Catholics not being well formed in their faith. Relativism is rampant and many children don’t know the difference between transubstantiation and the Assumption. Many young people aren’t going to Mass because they don’t “get anything” out of Mass. Some opt for vague spirituality, rather than religion.

My sister Mary Archbold and my brother-in-law Pat Shay, both veterans of ImprovOlympic and The Second City Comedy Group, recently had their first child and started creating videos as supplemental teaching aids that Catholic educators can use to teach the faith to young Catholics. (Yes, they’re in the entertainment business and...READ MORE

Filed under

I Saw the Mighty Macs

Thursday, October 20, 2011 9:28 PM Comments (25)

I saw the Mighty Macs this weekend, the story about the girl’s basketball team from the little Catholic school that won three national championships. It’s a great story and kinda’ cool for me because Immaculata College isn’t far from my home.

I saw it for free because I’m cool like that but I will tell you that I’ll be taking my kids to see it this weekend and am kinda’ pumped to do so. It’s G rated. And let’s face it, outside of Pixar there aren’t many good G-rated movies. It’s uplifting and fun. It’s not the Citizen Kane of sports movies or anything but it’s good solid family entertainment. It’s not going to change the world but if you miss being able to go to the movies with your kids...READ MORE

Filed under

Ten Rules for Great Parenting

Sunday, October 16, 2011 9:49 PM Comments (16)

Play with your children every day

- This tires them out for bedtime.

Kiss your children before they go to bed

- That way you can tell if they actually brushed their teeth or they just ran the toothbrush under the faucet.

Hug Your Children

- There are many reasons to hug your children, but a great one is that your child can’t get into too much trouble if you have your arms around them.

Know where your children are

- It’s important to know where your children are at all times. You never know when they’ll need an alibi.

Help them with their homework

- Because then they’ll get into a good college and be employable so they don’t live in your basement. If you are really lucky, you can live...READ MORE

Filed under

Contraceptives Kill People, Harm the Environment, and Bankrupt the Economy

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 12:34 AM Comments (49)

Contraception is popularly heralded as a great societal advancement while the Catholic Church’s stance against it has been viewed by many as, at best, counter cultural and, at worst, indicative of a Church whose time has passed.

The truth is, however, that the mainstreaming of contraception may be one of the most calamitous events of the past century. While it’s been shown that the availability of contraception has led to increases in illegitimacy, abortion, broken families, and helped to create an epidemic of single motherhood there are other consequences as well. Contraceptives are responsible for an increase in HIV cases in Africa, harming the environment, and bankrupting the worldwide...READ MORE

Filed under

Matt Archbold Interviews Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez

Friday, October 07, 2011 12:15 AM Comments (17)

You’ve probably heard or seen something about the new film by Emilio Estevez starring his father, Martin Sheen, called “The Way” about a father finishing the Camino De Santiago (or the Way of Saint James) for his dead son.

I’m not a movie reviewer so I’m not going to get all highfalutin on you.  All I can say is that I watched it and absolutely loved it. Truly. Let’s face it. For the most part, Christian movies aren’t usually all that great. This is different. The acting is top notch. Not one false note. The characters are all very human. Nobody’s a caricature. The entire movie felt profound. And it’s the most pro-life movie you’ll see this year in every sense of the word. I guarantee it....READ MORE

Filed under

Michael Moore Jokes About Jesus Being Gay…At Georgetown!

Monday, October 03, 2011 12:32 AM Comments (115)

This weekend, Georgetown University’s Lecture Fund “proudly” sponsored a talk by controversial filmmaker Michael Moore.

Moore is uninteresting to me. I don’t believe what he puts in his movies and I certainly don’t care about what he has to say. He bores me but sometimes what’s interesting is other people’s reaction to him.

As we all know, Georgetown’s relationship with Catholicism is a bit strained to say the least. You might recall that in recent years, Georgetown even covered up the “IHS” and the cross when Obama spoke at Gaston Hall.

Moore, a Catholic, gave a speech condemning capitalism (of course) also at Gaston Hall. Moore’s speech was replete with f-bombs (surprise surprise) but...READ MORE

Filed under

The Myth of the Personally Pro-Life Catholic

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 1:00 AM Comments (40)

I was wondering something tonight in light of the news that Congress will be investigating Planned Parenthood. Are there really Catholics who are personally pro-life and publicly pro-choice? Is that an honest opinion? The answer, if you can call it that, came to me in the form of a question. Have I ever seen or heard of personally pro-life Catholics praying in front of abortion clinics?

Nope.

Have I seen personally pro-life Catholics pushing to hold Planned Parenthood or other abortionists to higher safety standards?

Nope.

But the truth is that to be pro-anything it can not be a passive stance. It must be active or it can’t be described as “pro,” can it?

In the political sphere,...READ MORE

Filed under

Raising "Right and Wrong" Kids in a "Whatever" World.

Friday, September 23, 2011 12:21 AM Comments (42)

A sociologist from the University of Notre Dame published a study gauging the moral thinking of 18-23 year olds. The results are depressing and for this father of five, they’re scary.

David Brooks of the New York Times summarized the study, saying that moral thinking to a large extent was considered a relative matter or not considered at all, even regarding issues such as cheating on a partner or drunken driving. Brooks writes that “when asked to describe a moral dilemma they had faced, two-thirds of the young people either couldn’t answer the question or described problems that are not moral at all.”

Two-thirds?! That’s a cultural disaster.

Disturbingly, many said that morality is a...READ MORE

Filed under

Page 25 of 43 pages ‹ First  < 23 24 25 26 27 >  Last ›

About Matthew Archbold

Matthew Archbold
  • Get the RSS feed
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.