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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7 Reasons You Shouldn't Be Too Pleased About Pope Francis on the Cover of Rolling Stone

Thursday, January 30, 2014 1:02 PM Comments (23)

There's a few reasons Catholics shouldn't get too psyched about Pope Francis being on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine.

7) It's not 1978. Look, at one point Rolling Stone was a huge cover which granted the imprimatur of cool to anyone on its cover. Those days aren't just gone. They're long gone. Their courting of irrelevance may have turned into a full embrace sometime around them putting Wilson Phillips on the cover. Or maybe it was Ricky Martin. But it was definitely already gone by the time they put Clay Aiken on the cover. Definitely.

 

6) There's a big story about Sting and Paul Simon in the same issue. I think AARP's magazine is also running the same feature.

 

5) Let's...READ MORE

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Searching for a Catholic High School

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 11:56 PM Comments (78)

I have been looking at different Catholic high schools for my 8th grader. So we went on the tours and she “shadowed” (which is to say, attended for a day) at several schools and I met many people in the administration. I have to say, that as someone who is concerned about Catholic education the results have been a bit disheartening.

The first tour I went on, the first person the school had everyone meet was an elderly nun in a wheelchair. Nice woman. I’m still unsure what her responsibilities at the school were but she was very nice. Other than her I don’t think there was anything else there to indicate the school was Catholic at all except the crucifixes on the classroom walls. We were...READ MORE

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10 Things Obama Might Say to Pope Francis

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 10:37 AM Comments (81)

President Barack Obama will meet with Pope Francis for the first time on March 27 at the Vatican, the White House announced Tuesday.

Here's some thoughts on what Obama might say to the pope.

1) Promise, "If you like your Church you can keep your Church."

2) Say thoughtfully, "If I had a son, I think he'd be Pope."

3) Hand Pope Francis a DVD of his speech at Notre Dame and say "you're welcome."

4) I don't want to be punished with a pope.

5) He could hand Pope Francis a "Reset" button in Latin that actually says, "I must break you."

6) Tell the pope, "America is no longer a Christian nation."

7) Obama could tell Pope Francis that his definition of sin is, “Being out of...READ MORE

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Dallas News: Hey, That Might Be an Imperfect Baby. Get Em!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:29 PM Comments (18)

The Dallas News ran a pretty darn scary editorial urging a hospital to remove life support from a pregnant woman.

For those unfamiliar, a Texas woman, Marlise Munoz, has been declared dead and is being kept alive by life support. The family, including her husband and parents, are suing to have life support removed. The problem is that the woman is pregnant.

There's a lot going on in the editorial but here's a key graph as to why the editorial board favors removing life support and allowing the baby to die:

The fetus still registers a heartbeat, although it’s unclear whether it also suffered the same brain-destroying oxygen deprivation that ended Muñoz’s life and whether additional,...READ MORE

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What's Wrong with Shame?

Thursday, January 09, 2014 12:34 AM Comments (49)

The internet is abuzz with the image of a girl. Shock, right? But not that kind of picture. It's a picture of a girl who appears to be in her early teens, holding a sign which reads:

"My name is Hailey. I am a kind, caring, smart girl, but I make poor choices with social media. As a punishment, I am selling my iPod and will be donating the money to the charity Beat Bullying, in hopes of changing my behavior as well as bringing awareness to Bullying. Because bullying is wrong."

This is creating a lot of back and forth, with some accusing the mom of going too far and saying the Mom is the real bully.

Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer asked "Who's the Bully Now?"

Family therapist...READ MORE

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I'm Not OK and I Suspect You're Not Much Better

Thursday, January 02, 2014 2:08 AM Comments (20)

I am the broken pieces of what was supposed to be Matt Archbold. I know this. I have fallen short of the man I am called to be.

Charged with following Christ and spreading the gospel I shudder to think of my wayward path over the years. And I hesitate to consider how many times I have, when faced with a perfect moment to spread the gospel, instead opted for biting sarcasm? Or even cowardly silence.

I don't know if it's in my nature to jump to sarcasm or to opt for silence but I do not come to Christ for validation of my fallen nature. I require correction. I beg for it. I need that steady campfire to beckon me back from my mad midnight charges into the wilderness.

I wonder when so...READ MORE

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Caroling for Laney

Monday, December 23, 2013 2:33 AM Comments (4)

West Reading Pennsylvania is a normal town with normal people and normal problems. Except this town has a very special eight year old little girl named Laney Brown.

Laney is suffering from an aggressive form of leukemia.

A sick child is the kind of thing that makes people question God. Why? Why would God do this? But something happened this weekend in that town that proved miracles happen.

There was something about Laney's wish to hear Christmas carolers that moved this Pennsylvania town to create one of the most memorable and moving instances of Christmas spirit I've ever seen. After word got out on Facebook and other social media, on Friday, which was also her birthday, about ten...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.