Greater Love Hath No Man…

12/17/2012 Comments (17)

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

1996 - When Charles Carl Roberts IV hung up on the police dispatcher, the police negotiator outside the Amish schoolhouse frantically redialed Roberts’ cell phone number but could not get through. Roberts, likely feeling that the police were coming at any moment, readied himself to begin shooting the girls.

That was when it happened — a miracle. Not the kind that changed one thing in that schoolhouse, but one that affected the millions of us outside the school house. 13-year-old Marian Fisher raised her voice. “Shoot me first and leave the other ones loose,” she reportedly said.

Her 11-year-old...READ MORE

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Just Once…

12/09/2012 Comments (38)

Just once:

I'd like to see a movie where a girl chooses the corporate lawyer who's a nice guy over the environmental activist who's pretty much a jerk.

I'd like to hear the government say, "hey this program doesn't really work. Let's cut it."

I'd like to hear a teenager tell a parent they were completely right about something. Anything.

I want to hear my dentist admit, "Yeah, this is probably going to hurt quite a bit."

I'd like to see a hybrid with an NRA bumper sticker.

I'd like to see a movie critic admit that yeah Adam Sandler is kinda' funny.

I'd like to see an advertisement for a "Glee" episode that wasn't a very special episode.

I'd like to paint the walls in the...READ MORE

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The Separation of Church and State Is a One-Way Street

12/05/2012 Comments (23)

Australia is looking into requiring Catholic priests to break the seal of confession in cases of serious sex offenses. The Irish government was discussing this very thing recently.

Obviously, this kind of thing is more than distressing to most Catholics. But governmental intrusion into Church affairs is nothing new.

But there's been a lot of talk recently that Catholics should have no concerns whatsoever with marriage becoming a civil right because the separation of Church and state will protect us.

Ironically, those who scream loudest about the separation of church and state can sometimes be its most vociferous opponents. Fairfield University religious studies professor Paul...READ MORE

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America Finally Winning The War on Babies

11/30/2012 Comments (25)

America is finally winning its war on babies. And victory may finally be at hand.

 

If one looks at America's actions since the Supreme Court declared war on babies about 40 years ago it's apparent that this country sees babies as the biggest threat to the country and the world. And while there have been some major successes in the fetal resistance movement such as 50 million babies consigned to medical waste status, they continue occupying wombs and entering into America unbidden and unwanted.

 

In recent years, the United Nations even escalated the war on babies by declaring the inability to take a human life as a human rights violation. But still babies came. One UN official...READ MORE

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3 of the Most Unlikely Saints

11/25/2012 Comments (20)

The Saint Louis Tribune was not alone in casting doubt as to whether Dorothy Day could become a saint: They asked, "Could a bohemian journalist, who had a failed marriage and an abortion, be a candidate for Catholic canonization?" 

This, it seems to me, is a bit of a strange question because in reality aren't all saints unlikely?

I did a little research and came up with a few saints that jumped out at me as some of the most unlikely.

1) Moses the Black - Besides having one of the coolest and most ominous sounding names in the history of Christianity his story has to be one of the unlikeliest saint stories.

Moses the Black (I just love saying his name) was a slave of a government...READ MORE

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I Choose Love

11/16/2012 Comments (27)

My life changed while I was lying on the roof of a beat up Chevy van looking up at the stars and drinking beer. I'd been living as an atheist for years though I would've denied the title. I preferred the term agnostic. I thought shrugging off truth as impossible to know was the intellectually superior position.

You see, while many atheists may look down on Christians, agnostics look down on all Christians and atheists. Poor Christians, on the other hand, have nobody to look down on but it seems to me that may perhaps be the point after all.

My friends and I rode from bar to bar every night of the week in that old van. That night it was parked in a dirt lot outside a bar. Like I said,...READ MORE

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The Stupidest Thing Ever Said on Television

11/13/2012 Comments (20)

Ladies and gentleman, stick your nose under the tent and witness a bizarre fun house world. Why, inside anything is possible. Corey Feldman may be talented, Ed Schultz smart, and the CW televising shows for the thinking man.

Please cast your eyes on the exhibit of the stupidest things ever said in the history of television. To understand just how stupid a statement has to be to get on this list, nobody from the cast of The View even got an honorable mention. Yeah, that stupid.

Yes, sometimes someone says something so stupid that it actually has been known to make viewers brain cells cry. When faced with such a black hole of reason, a smattering of IQ points have been known to crawl...READ MORE

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We Are in Enemy Territory

11/08/2012 Comments (44)

Tuesday night was a rough night. And I believe things are going to only get rougher from here on out for a while. Tuesday night reminded me that we live in enemy territory. I think sometimes we forget that. The world is fallen. And we've fashioned a fallen man-made empire from the shards.

How fallen we all are is evident every day in the cruel way people treat each other, the way babies are aborted, the way so many marriages end in casual cruelty.

I think many Christians feel like we're losing ground. Abortion on demand, same sex "marriage," and restrictions on religious freedom weigh heavily on our minds and we fear we've squandered a grand inheritance from our forefathers. I believe...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.