So When Can We Start with the Nazi Analogies Again?

Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:03 PM Comments (12)

OK, now that a hospital has been found to be using aborted babies as material to heat the hospital, is it OK yet to invoke the much maligned Nazi analogy? I know. I know. Any analogy to Nazis is outrageously hyperbolic and ridiculous. But can you just think about this for a second? A hospital was using aborted babies to heat their building. Just thinking about it shrivels my soul.

The number of aborted children since Roe is up to about 55 million (I think I'm rounding down but hey what's a few million babies, right?) so when is the Nazi analogy allowed again? I'm looking for a number.

It seems to me that Godwin's law is being used as a get-out-of-the argument free card. Their position...READ MORE

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Sensus Fidelium on Steroids

Monday, March 24, 2014 9:39 AM Comments (37)

We've been hearing a lot about sensus fidelium recently. It's the only Latin word some Catholics will allow to be uttered. It's definition for many seems to be "what we say goes." Or if enough Catholics believe something stupid, it becomes right.

As if God gives into mob rule.

You often hear it brought up when it comes to the Church's teaching on contraception, abortion, and gay marriage. The argument goes that 98 percent of the Catholic women have used contraception so therefore the Church should change its teaching. It's really religion by poll. But Catholicism is about the gospels, not Gallup. If it were we'd be Unitarians.

There's a certain hubris to it in that there's a belief that...READ MORE

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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is finding the right judge.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:47 AM Comments (13)

A federal judge has ruled that a law that don't permit abortion after a heartbeat can be detected is unconstitutional. We should hardly be surprised. Legislatures are the only branch of government no longer allowed to make laws; they only make suggestions for judges to consider when crafting a law.

Appointed by President George H.W. Bush, U.S. District Judge Susan Webber must believe that the legitimate interests of the state stop where the agendas of judges begin. She ruled that the bill that made abortions illegal after a heartbeat can be detected is unconstitutional. She clearly believes "unconstitutional" means "I don't like it."

“The Court notes that the [state] conveys that...READ MORE

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My Daughter Was Asked Out by a Boy!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:12 PM Comments (28)

My 14 year old daughter was asked out by a boy.

This is a first for me. Yes, it's a big deal. I've had five kids. Now I have four kids and a teenager...who gets asked out by boys!!! Well "boy" in the singular but "Boys!!!!" sounds more dramatic so...

Don't worry. My daughter said no. Wait. She didn't actually say "no." She said "My Dad would kill me and probably you too." And I'm ok with that. I'm ok with being the bad guy. She didn't tell the guy that she didn't want anything to do with him, she just said that my father is a lunatic and its probably best if we don't do anything to provoke him. And once again, I'm ok with that. It's a way of letting them down easy with an implied threat...READ MORE

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Catholic School Kids Say the Darnedest Things

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 12:56 PM Comments (7)

I was talking to a parent of a child who attends public school and she was asking me about my five kids in a Catholic elementary school and if it's different from public school. It is. But it got me thinking about it. Here's a few incidents over the years that brought a smile to my face.

My 8 year old son thought that the ships Columbus sailed to the new world in were named the Lucia, the Jacinta, and the Francisco. Seriously.

My 1st grader answered a question on a religion quiz with the word "Jesus." The answer, unfortunately, was "love." I went over her mistake with her and she said, "But wait, Jesus is God and God is love so I'm right. I'm going to tell my teacher."

Years ago, for...READ MORE

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Burying the Dead and Clothing the Stick Figures

Monday, February 24, 2014 8:12 AM Comments (10)

My 11 year old had to do a project on the corporal works of mercy. Her class had been studying them for a while. I've tested her so many times on clothing the naked, visiting the sick, visiting the imprisoned, and burying the dead that I can't wait to get to the next chapter.

But first she had a project to do. She had to use a big piece of paper and draw and color a picture of herself doing one of the corporal works of mercy. So she sat down for hours at the kitchen table while I did homework with the other kids. I normally do projects with them but with all the snow days we were a little backed up on homework, tests, and projects so I had to focus on the little ones.

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Hatred in the Form of Admiration

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 3:21 PM Comments (17)

Columnist Neil Steinberg wrote a piece in the Chicago Sun Times that seeks to lionize a nun who has devoted her life to caring for people with Downs Syndrome, not because of what she does but because her words can be misconstrued and used for his hateful column.

The piece is about Sister Rosemary Connelly, the founder of Misericordia, a home for those with Down syndrome and other cognitive disabilities. But it's not her work which makes the writer like Sister Rosemary. Steinberg, a non-believer who is a radical supporter of abortion rights, wrote of Sister Rosemary:

She said something Tuesday before 400 people at a fundraising lunch that I’ve never heard spoken before, never mind by a...READ MORE

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Saying No to Sleepovers

Friday, February 07, 2014 4:51 PM Comments (99)

How do you say no to a sleepover? My fourteen year old is asked to sleep over so many people’s houses that if I said yes to all of them she’d be an emancipated minor by now.

I’ve been going with “not tonight” but other parents are definitely noticing. My daughter told me that the kids’ parents have said that Mr. Archbold doesn’t trust them. It’s not that I don’t trust them, it’s just that I don’t trust them with my children who mean more to me than anyone in the world. Is that so hard to understand?

Last weekend I had a Dad walk up to me and say his daughter wanted to know if my oldest could sleep over. I’m being honest here, I’d never laid eyes on the man before. He’s a divorced...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.