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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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How I Became a Dad

Sunday, September 18, 2011 10:46 PM Comments (26)

Men are miserable when their wives are pregnant because, let’s face it, we don’t have anything to do. Present for the conception, we’re then faced with nine months of absolutely no specific responsibility. We have nothing else to do but wait for the baby to be born. And guys stink at having nothing to do. Fortunately, hormones can make women very demanding during pregnancy so there’s never a shortage of things to do. Whether it’s fulfilling some strange desire for Tacos or painting the baby’s room yellow because she didn’t like the shade of teal you painted it last week, there are jobs to do. There are so many layers of paint in the baby’s room that I can now touch both walls with my hands...READ MORE

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I'm a Widdle Drunk

Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:22 AM Comments (33)

I’m not anti-social. Really. I live with six people, so how could I possibly be classified as anti-social? It’s just that I don’t particularly like having people not named Archbold over the house. It’s mostly that I know what takes place before non-Archbold people arrive. My wife makes us all clean the house. Like crazy.

I bring this up because we were getting the house ready for a barbecue/party this past weekend. I honestly don’t even know why we were having people over but we were. My wife is crazy. I can tell you this because I’m pretty sure she doesn’t read me all that often. To prepare for the party, my wife thinks she must make the house look like nobody lives in the house or has...READ MORE

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The Anti-Catholic's Guide to Catholic Comboxes

Thursday, September 08, 2011 11:46 PM Comments (402)

I’ve been a Catholic blogger for a few years now and I’ve noticed that angry atheists and just plain ol’ anti-Catholic folks can’t seem to stay out of Catholic comboxes. Like moths to a flame they just love igniting flame wars in our comboxes. I think there’s probably some good news in that because they know they’re missing something and I think part of them coming back is to fill that hole in their lives.

I think many Catholic bloggers don’t see the angry anti-Catholic coming. So I offer this as a “What to Expect when you’re expecting anti-Catholic Commenters.”

As far as I know there is no “Guide to Catholic Comboxes for Anti-Catholics” but I thought it would look something like this:

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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.