Let's Pray for a Young Woman Who Has to Choose Between her Health and Her Conscience

07/18/2012 Comments (32)

I saw the news last night that a lawsuit against the HHS mandate had been dismissed by a federal judge. The news reports all focused on the seven states and the attorneys general who’d filed the suit. Some of the reports eventually got around to referring to "an individual" who had also signed on to the suit.

But that individual has a name. It's Stacy Thomlison, a Catholic convert and FOCUS missionary who agreed to be a plaintiff in the suit against the HHS mandate because she didn’t want to pay for insurance that covered abortifacients, contraceptives and sterilization procedures.

When I learned the lawsuit was tossed last night I gave her a call. I decided against calling the...READ MORE

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6 Reasons I Won't Support Condoleezza Rice for Vice President

07/13/2012 Comments (60)

I used to run political campaigns. I know how to strategize. I know how to read polls. So many years ago, I might have argued to you why Mitt Romney picking Condoleezza Rice as his vice presidential nominee would be a brilliant maneuver. But I can't do that anymore. I won't. Because some things matter more than polls. And I'm telling you now that I won't be able to vote for a Romney/Rice ticket. I just don't see how I could.

Here's a few reasons:


1) Abortion. When asked by a Washington Times reporter about her stance on abortion, she responded by calling herself "mildly pro-choice."

I guess babies killed during a Romney/Rice administration would only be mildly dead? Nope. They'd...READ MORE

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Overzealous Tambourine Player Tazed at Church Service. Seriously.

07/09/2012 Comments (59)

An overzealous tambourine player was tazed and pepper sprayed at a church service last week. Seriously.

Now, how many of you just said out loud, "That's terrible" while your inner rad-trad giggled at that headline like a 14 year old girl at a One Direction concert? Come on. There's a reason you clicked on the link and it wasn't to donate to the "Don't taze me bro" recovery fund.

I know you're not going to take my word that something like this actually happened so here's the actual news item, according to The Church Report:

    A woman was apparently playing a tambourine too loudly during Wednesday night services. When she refused to stop, the woman was escorted out by an off duty...READ MORE

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Woman Tries to Sell Her Soul on Ebay

07/06/2012 Comments (28)

A New Mexico woman attempted to sell her soul on Ebay, according to news reports.

Describing it as a "slightly used soul," the woman said she's offering buyers a kind of a "Carfax" so they can see the black and white marks her soul has accumulated over the years.

But the woman named Lori isn't selling her soul in some kind of weird macabre deal with the devil. You see, after being disabled in a drunk driving accident years ago, Lori told NBC 2 that she feels like she's "at the end of her rope" and just wants to connect with another soul. 

Now, it's easy to read this and have a quick knee jerk blogger reaction of outrage. And believe me I can bring the knee jerk blogger reaction of...READ MORE

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No More Lights Under a Bushel Basket

07/01/2012 Comments (31)

The federal government demands that you to be a Christian for just one hour a week on Sundays and the rest of the time that light must be hidden under a bushel basket. That didn't just happen. The government has come to believe they can get away with this. And I believe it's because we let them.

In Sunday's gospel, many mocked Jesus for saying a woman wasn't dead, just sleeping. "Arise," He said. And she did.

Showing how little things change, many today say the Church is dead. They mock and jeer Christians. But it's time to arise.

It is said that the meek shall inherit the Earth...but that doesn't mean we have to be quiet about it. I think for too long many of us have confused...READ MORE

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We're All Abortionists Now

06/29/2012 Comments (77)

Congratulations, you will soon be complicit in the death of the unborn.

What happened yesterday is as incredible as it's insane. Barney Frank after six appletinis is easier to understand than Chief Justice John Roberts' decision.

It's often said that the two certainties of life are death and taxes. Barack Obama just conveniently combined them for us - with an awesome assist by John Roberts.

Healthcare is now about the redistribution of wealth as well as the redistribution of guilt. We're all abortionists now. But actual abortionists are paid. You actually have to pay for the right to share in the guilt. Awesome new government program, huh? Remember how we've been fighting to have...READ MORE

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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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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.