The Sportswriter vs. The Archbishop

Friday, June 24, 2011 2:56 AM Comments (180)

The push for same sex marriage in New York has been filled with name calling and harsh accusations, mostly from the pro gay marriage side - you know, the so-called “tolerant” ones.

Sportswriter Mike Lupica is a perfect example of that vicious trend. Lupica blatantly and unfairly attacked Archbishop Timothy Dolan in New York’s Daily News over gay marriage yesterday, accusing Dolan of “demonizing” gays just to become a Cardinal. Of course, he has no evidence to substantiate what he’s saying but facts didn’t seem to enter Lupica’s head while writing his hit piece.

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First there is Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who came here from Milwaukee and sounds more like somebody from out of...READ MORE

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I Have No Idea How I'm Doing as a Dad

Monday, June 20, 2011 1:01 AM Comments (18)

So today was Father’s Day. I took the kids to the mall and they rode the Merry-go-Round there. As we were sitting on line this three year old named Bobby in front of us was reading to his Mom. Reading!

So I realized today ON FATHER’S DAY OF ALL DAYS that I suck at parenting. If I gave my three year old a book she’d probably just hit the five year old with it.

I got me thinking. It’s a strange thing about parenting. Most of us have no idea how we’re doing. None.

Working in an office or around other people you can gauge how you’re doing from what your manager says, or raises or reviews. But in parenting you’re the manager, there are no raises and your reviews consist of “Dad, you burned...READ MORE

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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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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.