Ridiculing Pope Benedict

Monday, April 26, 2010 9:37 AM Comments (13)

In preparation for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Great Britain, a group of British diplomats circulated a memo offering suggestions for a to-do list of sorts for the Pope including launching a new line of ‘ Benedict’ condoms, inviting the Pope to open an abortion clinic or bless a gay marriage.

Nice, huh?

While the British government quickly offered an official apology many sources in the British government and media seem to be saying that anyone truly offended by the memo simply lacks a sense of humor. Mind you, I’m a fan of satire and humor. Over at my blog Creative Minority Report we keep things pretty light. But what the British Foreign Office did this week can’t really be...READ MORE

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The Longest 48 Hours of My Life

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 11:58 AM Comments (14)

My life had always responded to my will and even my whim. The times of my life were dictated by me. During high school I had a great time. I didn’t try very hard but I got by. Any girlfriends I’d had I broke it off with them. I never had my heart broken. In college I studied hard and had lots of fun. And when it came to finding a wife I looked for an Irish Catholic accounting major and found exactly who I wanted. I married her shortly after graduating. When I looked for a career after college I walked into a newspaper and told them I’d work seven nights a week for free for a month and if they liked what I wrote they could start paying me. They did.

It’s not that everything came easy...READ MORE

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Bomb the Vatican?

Thursday, April 15, 2010 9:47 AM Comments (71)

The media has been fanning the flames of anti-Catholicism this month and now
a columnist for the state owned ABC in Australia is comparing the Pope to Osama bin Laden and asking, “Why not bomb the Vatican, and riddle the Pope with bullets as he staggers out of the flames?”

Columnist Bob Ellis, in what has to be the most alarmingly ignorant and offensively anti-Catholic piece in the mainstream media, compares Pope Benedict to Osama Bin Laden:

Let’s consider for a while the comparable crimes, or iniquities, or sins, or misdeeds, or culpable errors of Osama bin Laden and the Pope. Osama’s followers killed 3,000 people in New York and around 700 more by terrorist acts in London, Bali, Madrid...READ MORE

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Reality Show Abortions

Monday, April 12, 2010 9:22 AM Comments (10)

Feminists want a little more reality. But only a little.

You might know the MTV show “16 and Pregnant,” which to its credit does show that getting pregnant isn’t all that great as an unmarried teen. But the show is being criticized by some self declared feminists who believe the show isn’t keeping it real enough.

Guess what they want? Come on. One guess. Ding Ding. More abortions!!!

Jessica Valenti, the creator of the Feministing blog, asked “Where are the pregnant teens who choose not to stay pregnant? Where are the abortions?”

She points out that nearly a third of teen pregnancies end in abortion yet the show has gone a full season with two adoptions but no abortions.

But if that’s...READ MORE

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Actor Stands on Principle

Thursday, April 01, 2010 9:00 AM Comments (22)

I’ve got to tell you first off that this is not an April Fool’s joke. This is a real life morality tale coming out of Hollywood. Now, Hollywood isn’t typically the place where we often find tales of moral strength, on screen or in real life. But character actor Neal McDonough isn’t your typical actor.

He has one of those faces you know from television and movies. He’s probably most remembered for his roles in “Band of Brothers” and the movie “Minority Report.” Last year he had a recurring role on “Desperate Housewives” as the resident lunatic on Wisteria Lane and this year he landed a starring role on an ABC series. That’s a huge break for any actor.

But just this week, McDonough was...READ MORE

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Palms and Nails

Monday, March 29, 2010 11:00 AM Comments (11)

I can be a real jerk sometimes. Arrogant. Proud. Judgmental. That probably doesn’t shock you. Case in point, I found myself looking around Mass yesterday thinking snidely that the crowds were much larger on Palm Sunday than typical Sundays. I wondered if it was because the Church was giving something away, the palm being the equivalent of the big foam finger at a baseball game to some. A memento.

And then I scolded myself for thinking such things during Mass. I’ve always fought the urge to see things in terms on black and white.

I used to be even worse. When I was a child even casual injustices and minor slights were met with storms of outrage. I couldn’t stand any breach of my own...READ MORE

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You Do Know What Causes That, Right?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 12:06 PM Comments (140)

OK. I’m sending up a flare. This is me asking for help. I’m looking for some good comebacks to the age old questions that people from big families get asked all the time.

Here’s how it started. I brought my five children to the movies, aged ten down to two this past weekend. And the guy standing there taking tickets pointed to the children and asked, “Are these all yours?”

I typically make a joke and say that two of them were hitchhikers I found on the expressway but he didn’t seem like a happy fellow so I simply admitted they were all mine.

“What?! Really?” he said, his eyes widening. “You ever hear of overpopulation, man?”

And there was me. Gobsmacked. And I’m not easily gobsmackable....READ MORE

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Nun of the Above

Thursday, March 18, 2010 11:00 AM Comments (4)

Great damage was done to the pro-life movement yesterday with the endorsement of the Senate healthcare plan by nearly 60 Catholic sisters.

With the future of the healthcare bill in question, in rode the habit-less cavalry of sisters to the rescue. The damage done is difficult to gauge but the endorsement has been trumpeted by news sources more than the original statement of opposition from the bishops. This letter and the ensuing media firestorm will certainly dispirit pro-lifers and confuse the faithful. Many of the news reports I’ve seen have erroneously tended to portray the nuns as an equal voice to the bishops, citing a “split” in the Catholic Church.

The sisters point to the many...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.