Raising "Alleluia" Kids in a "Whatever" World

04/20/2012 Comments (33)

I saw an 18 year old girl yesterday put air quotes on the word "love." She was asked by her friend if she loved her boyfriend. And she shrugged, saying, "I guess I 'love' him whatever that means" with the air quotes.

You see, she wasn't questioning her feelings for him. She was questioning the existence of love itself. And it just blew me away and I wondered what went wrong with this girl's life. She's sitting in the bleachers of her sister's softball game on a beautiful day with car keys dangling from her fingers and an IPhone in her palm and she absolutely seems hopeless.

And I don't think she's alone. I think cynicism, ironic detachment, and hopelessness are prevalent in children...READ MORE

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I Think This Movie Hates People

04/15/2012 Comments (23)

I'm not boycotting movie director Joss Whedon or anything. I'm just saying I'm not very interested in his movies or television shows anymore. Look, I've been a Joss Whedon guy for a long time. I watched Buffy. I watched Angel. I was all about Firefly. I even defended Dollhouse even though absolutely nothing happened for a looooong time.

I enjoyed his work so much that I didn't even altogether blame Whedon for infusing vampires with souls. But that's why I've been so curious why he's taken the soul out of everyone else. Recently I read that Buffy, in the comic book series that takes place after the show ended, is getting an abortion. Why? According to Whedon, there's not enough abortion...READ MORE

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Oh No, Not Humanae Vitae!!!

04/10/2012 Comments (28)

I grew up in a Catholic family. I mean the kind of Catholic where my mom dragged me by the hair to Confession just because I picked the neighbor's apple tree bare for a rock fight with other neighbors. (I was out of rocks.) But despite my upbringing, I turned into a hardcore agnostic (if that's not an oxymoron.)

I would've been an atheist but I thought I was smarter than them too. Needless to say, the older I got, stealing apples for rock fights was the least of my transgressions. I went to college because I wanted to make a lot of money. I went to a Catholic college because I wanted to marry an Irish-Catholic accounting major. I know it sounds weird but I didn't like the girls I found...READ MORE

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In 2008, Who Could’ve Predicted This?

04/03/2012 Comments (28)

If in 2008 you had pondered the possibility of a winner-take-all matchup between president-elect Barack Obama and then Archbishop of Milwaukee Timothy Dolan, I think few would've considered it a fair fight.
As President-elect Barack Obama stood between the Greek columns delivering his acceptance speech, not only the country applauded but the world. There were few who weren’t moved. Barack Obama seemed to be a man astride the Earth.

One can look back now and say he was just reading off a teleprompter or that the Republican Party had nominated a candidate who was never really sure he wanted to beat Obama. One could even say that the image of Obama between the columns was a foreshadowing...READ MORE

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Priest Witnessed Man "Brought Back to Life by God"

03/26/2012 Comments (12)

I spoke with Father John Higgins, the Pastor of Saint Raymond’s parish in California, last night. He’s a funny and faithful priest. We spoke for a while about the HHS mandate and the Catholic blogosphere in general and he almost made me forget why I called him in the first place. But the reason I called was to ask him about a story he recently printed in his parish bulletin about a miraculous trip to the emergency room about twenty years ago where he witnessed…the improbable. 

I wanted to share it with you. Check it out:

Who doesn’t enjoy a good BarBQue with friends? When I was asked to a young couple’s home for a Young Adult Ministry Home Mass and BarBQue I packed my Mass kit and off I...READ MORE

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Write Your Own HHS Slogan!

03/21/2012 Comments (111)

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Church of England Bishop Rallies To Prevent a Catholic King

03/12/2012 Comments (26)

The headlines scream: “Catholic monarch could put Church of England in peril, bishop warns.”

Come on. With all the calamity the Church of England has been inviting upon itself for decades, is focusing on the possibility of a Catholic monarch really the thing that they’re going to worry about? It might appear so.

There’s recently been some talk that England may finally toss its three hundred year old anti-Catholic law barring a Catholic from ascending the throne, but at least some in the Church of England are vowing to fight a repeal.

The Telegraph is reporting:

The Bishop of Leicester, the Rt Rev Tim Stevens, who leads the 26 bishops who sit in the House of Lords, tells The Sunday...READ MORE

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The Myth of Consequence Free Sex

03/07/2012 Comments (46)

I know a guy who married the wrong woman because for the first time in his life he was having sex. And he was fooled into thinking he was in love—for a while.

I know a girl who was smarter than seven colleges. She dropped out of high school when she got pregnant.

I know a guy who’s haunted by the abortion of a casual hook up.

I know a young woman who’s confused and angry because she never had a father.

I know a man who has a venereal disease and after a few dates with women he has to explain it to them and watch them recoil.

I knew a man who died of AIDS.

I don’t know who came up with the idea that sex was consequence free; whether it was the genius advertisers pushing The Pill, or...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.