I Know What You Did Last Sunday

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 11:04 PM Comments (71)

The threat was out there. Actually it wasn’t a threat, it was a warning. Archbishop Allen Vigneron warned Father Robert Wurm not to preside at the liturgy organized by the progressive American Catholic Council this past weekend.

Father Wurm seemed, to put it lightly, unfazed.

Catholic Culture reported:

Father Wurm told reporters that he was not worried about a disciplinary response, because as a member of a religious order he is not directly subject to the archbishop’s authority. He also pointed out that at the age of 78 he is already retired from active ministry.

That kind of public dismissal of an Archbishop is calamitously unhealthy and dangerous for the Church.

Of course, the...READ MORE

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OCALHEAP!!!

Thursday, June 09, 2011 11:46 PM Comments (16)

I’m going to explain this in chronological order. It’s the only way. I could go back and forth thematically but it’s best just to tell it like it happened.

Last week I woke with a start. I realized like I do every week that I forgot to take out the garbage. So I woke the four girls and the boy by dashing into the room, turning on the lights, yelling at the girls, and pulling blankets off the boy and throwing them across the room because that’s the only way he’ll get up.

They weren’t scared because they get this fire drill wake up call once a week (on Garbage day) so they know not to panic. I raced down the stairs, ran outside into the driveway in my bare feet and stepped into ... I’m...READ MORE

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Obama: Kill Babies or I'll Hurt the Poor

Sunday, June 05, 2011 10:44 PM Comments (118)

It happens all the time in movies. The snarling bad guy is cornered by the good guys so he grabs some poor hapless victim, puts a gun to their head, and tells everyone to back off or he’ll hurt the poor hapless victim.

Well, believe it or not that’s what’s happening right now between President Obama and pro-lifers. And sorry, but Obama’s the snarling bad guy.

As we all probably know the Indiana legislature passed a bill defunding Planned Parenthood, the abortion giant. And thankfully, Governor Mitch Daniels signed the bill.

That’s kind of a big deal because other states may gear up to do the same. Planned Parenthood doesn’t like that and sued Indiana of course but more importantly, they...READ MORE

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WWYD on Abortion. Texas Style.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 11:10 PM Comments (33)

This is an amazing video that makes me want to get up and move to Texas. WWYD, a new show on ABC, puts people in odd and fabricated situations to see what they would do. In this episode, they sat a young couple at a restaurant and had the young man push his girlfriend to get an abortion pretty loudly. This is the second time they’ve done this. The first scene took place in New Jersey, and let’s just say that some of the folks around the couple seemed almost willing to grab some rusty utensils out of the kitchen to help with the abortion right there.

But this time, WWYD re-enacted the same scene in Texas with very very different results. I just have to ask—which response seems more loving?...READ MORE

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We Say "I Love You" All the Time But Something's Wrong

Thursday, May 26, 2011 11:38 PM Comments (51)

As a perceptive child, I made it my job to notice every little thing my parents did wrong in raising me, and I swore not to make the mistakes they made. One of the chief things I was going to do differently was to tell my kids I loved them all the time. I remember seeing television specials about this exact subject. Parents needed to tell their kids they loved them more.

So now I’m all grown up and I tell my kids I love them all the time. Seriously, not a day goes by without hugs and kisses. And I’m not the only one. I hear it a lot from parents.

When I was a kid, if we heard any parent say to a kid that they loved him, it was instant Lord of the Flies time. It was chum in the water....READ MORE

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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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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.