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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Treating Those We Love Like Strangers

08/25/2013 Comments (16)

I was at the bookstore recently with my kids. The little ones were checking out the Legos while the older girls were lounging like hippies on beanbag chairs reading books we hadn’t bought.

I noticed a mother was sitting nearby in the crowded café with her daughter, who seemed about thirteen or fourteen years old. The mother seemed a bit upset and after an intensely whispered conversation the girl walked off past me to go find a book she needed for school, obviously upset.

There was a young woman about 19 sitting at an adjacent table who asked out loud to everybody in particular if they were having trouble connecting to the wi-fi. The mother of the thirteen year old got up and showed...READ MORE

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Maybe If Egypt Promised U.S. Aid Won't Go Towards Killing People

08/15/2013 Comments (8)

The United States federal government is continuing to send over a billion dollars in aid to Egypt even as the government kills its own people. That aid reportedly includes jet fighters.

Some are concerned that U.S. money is going towards killing innocent civilians.

Even The Atlantic, a reliable presidential ally, ran a piece calling for the U.S. to cut off aid in light of the slaughter. "An U.S.-funded "ally" has carried out one of the largest massacres of protesters in a decade," wrote David Rohde. "It is time for Obama to cut off U.S. aid to Egypt."

But isn't there perhaps a middle way. Congress could act now to prevent U.S. taxpayer money from going towards the killing of...READ MORE

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You Might Be a Bad Parent If…

08/11/2013 Comments (44)

You just can’t trust children to tell you you’re being a bad parent.

Case in point: I knew I’d been fooled last week when the kids all started thanking me right after I paid the supermarket cashier. They’d waited until money exchanged hands and the deal was done. Then they all started jumping up and down excitedly, thanking me.

The six year old said effusively, “Dad, you’re a much better shopper than Mom.”

The cashier looked up at me. She knew I'd been had. She looked at all the stuff I’d bought and then at me.

Suddenly I saw before me the list of things being stuffed into bags that Mom never lets them eat like:

Cocoa Puffs and Apple Jacks.

Hershey’s Chocolate for their milk...READ MORE

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The 12 Most Popular Catholic Buts

07/31/2013 Comments (107)

For many, being a Catholic nowadays is like saying you're a Star Trek fan. They feel the need to immediately caveat it with a denial that they're a "trekkie." I hear so many people talk of their Catholicism in a similar way.

Here's some of the more popular sentence I've heard start with "I'm a Catholic but..."

...I don't get crazy about it.

...I believe in science and think it was totally wrong that the Church burned Galileo at the stake.

...I think all religions are true.

...not in a religious way.

...I'm pro-choice because I don't think I can push my belief on others.

...I'm letting my children choose their own religion.

...I don't need an intermediary between God and me...READ MORE

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The Threat of Radical Christianity

07/24/2013 Comments (30)

Here's two stories that I saw this morning and couldn't help but see a link. The Catholic News Agency reports:

The Spanish daily argued that the Moroccan government took advantage of the international chaos to deport the missionaries who worked with the poor because they “perturbed the mentality of the good Muslim.” In his interview with the Spanish daily, Fr. di Giacomo asserted that the expulsion was a consequence of the “fatwa promulgated by 7,300 Moroccan Muslim doctors who recently declared that Christian charity ought to be considered religious terrorism.”

So you see, Christian charity is terrorism and a threat. Hmmm...that reminds me of a story I saw at Jill Stanek's place...READ MORE

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You Might Be In a Liberal Parish If…

07/17/2013 Comments (202)

You might be in a liberal parish if...

...your family has to split up to find the tabernacle.

...the pastor wears an Izod shirt and introduces himself as "Steve."

...there's maraca's in the band.

...your pastor's last name starts with "Pf".

...there's a bin in the narthex with old copies of Commonweal.

...there's more than three rainbow decals in the parking lot which actually match the pastor's vestments.

...the intentions are about "treating our natural resources with respect" and no mention of the sacredness of life.

...they removed the candles for ozone reasons.

...there's a statue of Fr. Richard McBrien.

..."Steve" quotes Hans Kung in his sermon.

...There's more...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.