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."

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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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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.

 

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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."

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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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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.