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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Priest Saves Baby with Desperate Facebook Plea

07/10/2013 Comments (37)

This is one of those stories that'll make you feel good about humanity. So if you don't want to restore your faith in your fellow man you should stop reading now.

Fr. Thomas Vander Woude of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Gainesville, Va was talking to a few people who knew a couple who were planning to abort their unborn child because the child had been diagnosed with Down Syndrome.

Fr. Vander Woude told me he did something he’d never thought of before. He responded by getting a promise from the couple that if he could find a family that would adopt their child they would allow the child to live. But he had a very small window to act. The mother was quickly approaching the last days...READ MORE

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We Want Christianity Without the Cross

07/09/2013 Comments (26)

If there were a Nazarene yearbook 2,000 years ago, Jesus would not have been voted most popular. Maybe "most likely to be tortured and crucified" but definitely not most popular.

He didn't seem to care all that much about being popular because he knew that if being popular is your goal you may very well achieve it but at what cost? As Jesus said, we cannot serve two masters.

When Jesus said, "I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world," it freaked a number of his disciples out. In fact, it freaked them out enough that they bolted.

Now, as they abandoned him, Jesus...READ MORE

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We're Not Called To Win Arguments, We're Called to Love

06/29/2013 Comments (145)

The battles over gay marriage are intense. And bitter. One must only look at the comboxes of Catholic blogs and websites to understand that. I have taken part in bitter debates as well. I probably shouldn't even call them debates so much as exchanged accusations. Sometimes

I'll admit I sometimes opt for the witty verbal coup de grace rather than exhibiting grace.

A blogger, Lauren at The Loveliest Hour, wrote something about the Court's decision which gave me pause:

I believe that marriage is the fruit of natural love, a gift from God, of that familial bond between husband and wife with the ideal purpose of having children. Sounds archaic to you maybe, but that’s what I believe to...READ MORE

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"Dad, You Can't Throw Out God!"

06/24/2013 Comments (13)

I'm not a pack rat. But I have packrattish tendencies. I'll admit it, I have a hard time throwing things out. My wife is ruthless, especially with my stuff. Just because a shirt has a few holes she think it's time to throw it in the garbage. I think if you wear another shirt on top of it which has holes that don't match up you're still pretty good. She doesn't. I told you, she's ruthless.

The reason I bring this up is that right now we're faced with our yearly dilemma. School is out and the kids have essentially brought home the entire school with them. I've got kids in five different grades and every drawing, every essay, every art project comes home on the last day. I think they do...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.