I Was the Worst Altar Boy Ever

Monday, May 23, 2011 1:01 AM Comments (85)

I come from a family that went to Mass every Sunday. No questions. And it wasn’t like school where you could complain of a stomach flu and maybe get to stay home. To get out of going to Mass, you had to vomit up a spleen at least. We were hardcore Mass goers every Sunday. My Mom even shockingly went on other days (gasp!) when it wasn’t even a law that you had to go.

When I did something wrong, my mother dragged me to confession. I was dragged there a lot—so often that I think some of the priests started scheduling it into their day.

As unlikely as it seems in such a family, I had my very first crisis of faith when I was only eight years old while training to be an altar boy. A little...READ MORE

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Torture Works!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 10:05 PM Comments (244)

Sometimes torture works. Sometimes the death penalty saves innocent lives.

But so what?

I’m willing to say that enforcing the death penalty on a murderer does deter THAT murderer from ever murdering again. And torturing suspected terrorists sometimes gets the truth out which can lead to bigger fish, a battlefield victory, or the saving of innocent lives.

But I’m still against them both. I think we opponents of torture and capital punishment must stop skirting the consequences of our morality. Why do we insist on having both sides of every argument? We say torture is wrong AND by the way it doesn’t work and don’t you dare say it does because it doesn’t and I’m not listening anymore. We...READ MORE

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The Scariest Conversation I've Ever Heard

Friday, May 13, 2011 12:58 AM Comments (33)

A number of years ago I was told to meet two “money guys” at an expensive social club in Philadelphia. I was earning money in politics at that point. I’d started off just writing press releases and speeches but I got in pretty deep pretty fast and I’ll admit I liked it. High stakes at high speeds can be addictive. I can’t remember how long ago this particular night was but I know I was still drinking so it was at least six years ago.

I knew my job. It wasn’t to walk out of the meeting with money but it was to make sure that the guy who called or met them the next day would. I would laugh at their jokes but not too loudly. I would drink but not enough to lose control. I would tell stories...READ MORE

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Pastor Uses Jesus' Parable To Defend Abortion

Monday, May 09, 2011 12:19 AM Comments (76)

We’ve all heard Christians argue that while their religion might say abortion is wrong, they can’t force their religion on others. That’s the out they give themselves. But Reverend Matthew Westfox of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice goes one step further by actually twisting one of Jesus’ parables into a pro-abortion defense. He did so in an article on his reflections on Easter.

According to Live Action , Westfox wrote:

A pro-life stance cannot concern itself only with the life of the woman. In the parable of the sower, Jesus reminds us that seed alone does not bring about new life — that all aspects of the conditions into which the seed are cast must be suitable to sustain...READ MORE

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What if the Church Went Galt?

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 11:42 PM Comments (23)

In the famous novel Atlas Shrugged, the capitalists, maligned and put upon by the overreaching hand of government, all suddenly disappear so that the world would discover how much they really needed the capitalists. They called it “Going Galt” after the man named John Galt who initially vanished.

Today, few groups are more maligned and put upon than Catholics both here in America and around the world. We’ve all heard it suggested that the world would be better off without the Catholic Church.

So this is my response. Not that it could ever happen but what if the Catholic Church went “Galt.” What would happen to the world if the Catholic Church just stopped. Everything. Leaving aside all...READ MORE

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The Good Goering

Thursday, April 28, 2011 10:30 PM Comments (31)

You probably know that Hermann Goering was one of the architects of the hellish Nazi concentration camps for political dissidents and Jews among others. You probably know that next to Hitler, Herman Goering was the man who played the largest role in the holocaust and The Final Solution.

You probably didn’t know, however, that Herman Goering’s little brother Albert, “a devout Catholic,” was a hero who struggled against the Nazis and risked his life many times to save possibly hundreds of people from the grasp of the Nazis, to the point of being arrested four times and even had him fleeing an execution order. But his heroics have been hidden, obfuscated by the evil last name which he bore.

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Batman Tried to Save Jesus

Monday, April 25, 2011 2:34 AM Comments (16)

My 3-year-old daughter is a Batman nut. She kinda’ thinks she is Batman. Not Batgirl, mind you. Batman. Most days, she pretends to be caped crusader leaping from cushion to cushion saving us all from evil of some sort or another. She has an assortment of Batman shirts she wears when she changes out of her Batman pajamas. When we go to the beach she wears her bathing suit and a batman mask. I’ve got pictures. I’m not proud of that you see, I’m just explaining. When I’m forced to peel her Batman shirt off and wash it she stands in the laundry room waiting. Impatiently.

Well, on Good Friday I suggested she wear a dress to church as we were going to pray for an hour. My three-year-old at first...READ MORE

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Mother Teresa on Suffering

Saturday, April 23, 2011 7:00 PM Comments (8)

On Easter I can’t help but think about suffering all around the world and its meaning. I could give you my poorly formulated thoughts, but I came across this wonderful interview of Mother Teresa by William F. Buckley on his “Firing Line” show. They spend a great deal of time discussing suffering and I thought it’s definitely worth passing on.

In one great story early in the video, Mother Teresa said she told one cancer patient that pain means Jesus is near to you and that suffering is “an opportunity to share in the passion of Christ.” She said she compared suffering to kisses from Jesus. She said the person replied, “Please tell Jesus to stop kissing me.”

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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.