New Movie About Jesus by Director of "Showgirls." What Could Go Wrong?

06/21/2012 Comments (26)

A new movie about Jesus is being made by the producer of American Psycho, the director of Showgirls, and the writer of Pulp Fiction.

What could go wrong?

Well, lots. According to Deadline, the movie will be based on a book that director Paul Verhoeven wrote that discounts all the miracles that inform the New Testament. "Verhoeven doesn’t believe any of them happened" writes Deadline.

The book turned movie will declare that Jesus might have been the product of his mother being raped by a Roman soldier, Jesus was not the Son of God, and Jesus was simply a radical who was convinced he would find the kingdom of Heaven on earth.


It seems that once again we have the specter of...READ MORE

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How a Little Boy Saved a Catholic School

06/16/2012 Comments (26)

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has closed down a lot of Catholic schools recently including the elementary school my five children attend. But we're far from alone.

I was searching around the internet about all the different school closings when I came upon news that St. Cyril's school in Lansdowne which had been reccomended for closure by the archdiocesan Blue Ribbon commission was now remaining open as a mission school.

I saw the news and couldn't help but smile.

Why? Because there's a story behind the news story. And it's a great one. It happened just a few years ago. If you put this story in a movie nobody would believe it. Too corny, they’d say. Waaaay too Frank Capra. This is...READ MORE

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Greatest Invocation Evah!

06/06/2012 Comments (22)

Fr. Andrew Kemberling was invited to lead the opening prayer at the 2012 Colorado Republican State Assembly and Convention in the Magness Arena at the University of Denver. He took no prisoners. None. This is awesome.

Fr. Kemberling beats socialism so bad that Karl Marx woke up just long enough to apologize to private property. Fr. Kemberling champions religious freedom in one of the most stirring invocations I've ever heard. It pumps me up. It's like a Rocky workout scene for Catholic culture geeks like me.

This is better than watching Garnett block a soft layup by LeBron. I say for now on, when something is just so awesome that you want to make a poster about it, you just say "they...READ MORE

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My Complete Ignorance of History Finally Pays Off

05/31/2012 Comments (29)

My complete ignorance of all things history finally paid off for me earlier this week when I saw "For Greater Glory."

You see, I had no idea what happened in Mexico at the time of the Cristero War. None. And normally you'd think that for a Catholic writer, having no knowledge of a fairly recent persecution of Catholics by our next door neighbors would be...a bad thing. But it made "For Greater Glory" incredibly exciting as all get out for me to watch.

I honestly had no idea what was going to happen next during the movie. If you had told me that the President of Mexico was going to challenge the leader of Cristo Rey to a break dancing competition for all the marbles I would've had no...READ MORE

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Democrat Commiteewoman Resigns from Party, Cites Her Catholic Faith

05/28/2012 Comments (333)

Jo Ann Nardelli has been a Catholic Democrat her entire life. Her father was one before her. And she couldn't imagine a day where that wouldn't be true.

But that day was Wednesday of last week. 

I read a story about Jo Ann leaving the Democratic Party and was interested because she cited her Catholic faith as the reason.

So I gave her a call. I got her machine and as I was leaving a message she picked up. She said she'd been screening her calls because so many people have been calling to say nasty things to her or just pleading with her to change her mind. But when I called, saying I was with The National Catholic Register she picked up.

She said she figured I wouldn't be too mean...READ MORE

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Ivy League Profs Call Docs to Civil Disobedience over Pro-Life Laws

05/20/2012 Comments (17)

Writing in USA Today, two Harvard Medical School professors urged doctors to civil disobedience over what they call "unprecedented and sweeping legal assault on women's reproductive rights."

The piece by doctors Marcia Angell and Michael Green of Harvard suprisingly begins with an argument against recent laws protecting doctors from "wrongful birth" lawsuits. Why? Because the two doctors seem to think that eeeevil pro-life doctors won't tell mothers if their babies in the womb aren't perfect in time to abort them.

Just think about that for a second. One could almost surmise that these doctors like abortions more than they dislike lawsuits. Greater love hath no doctor than willing to...READ MORE

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I Want to Hear The Abortion Jokes

05/16/2012 Comments (28)

"Newt Gingrich’s campaign is so dead, Mitt Romney wants to baptize it and Rick Santorum wants to put it in a jar and show it to his kids."

That's the joke that Jimmy Kimmel was going to tell at The White House Correspondent's Dinner. He didn't, but only because an ABC News reporter told him that it could "cause the room to turn against him."

Yup. Jimmy Kimmel thinks dead babies are funny. It's a ghastly ghoulish joke in which I see no possibility of humor. None. But that's why I wish he would've told it.

I don't want this topic of the sacredness of life to be whispered about. I want to see and hear what people actually think about things like 50 million dead babies. I want to hear...READ MORE

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Pelosi Says Catholicism "Compels" Her to Support Same Sex "Marriage."

05/10/2012 Comments (101)

This story sickens me. Is Nancy Pelosi's Catechism just different from everyone else's?

Yesterday, Pelosi told reporters that her Catholic faith "compels" her to "be against discrimination of any kind" and thus for same-sex marriage.

Answering a question about how she correlates her Catholic faith and her public stance in favor of gay marriage, she said:

"My religion has, compels me--and I love it for it--to be against discrimination of any kind in our country, and I consider this a form of discrimination. I think it’s unconstitutional on top of that."

So the Constitution and her Catholic faith compels her to support gay marriage? Doesn't it strike her as odd that her view of...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.