I am the Bad Thief

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 10:40 AM Comments (14)

 I am the bad thief.  Sometimes I am all demands and protestations. Sometimes I say “No.”

On Calvary next to Christ, he cursed his fate. The bad thief found himself near Christ who was right there alongside him, suffering. But instead of asking Christ for forgiveness he made demands of God. He said, "If you are the Christ, save yourself and us with you."

In our worst moments, in our most desperate hours, how often have we re-created that desperate impertinence? How often have we rejected our cross?

The thief was a desperate man, so desperate that he attempted to command God. He felt failed by everyone, including God. He was angry at his fate which has brought him to that hill. In...READ MORE

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Heartbroken over Albuquerque

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 11:07 AM Comments (114)

Voters in New Mexico’s largest city of Albuquerque yesterday soundly defeated a ban on late-term abortions. And it just breaks my heart.

Think about it. People had the opportunity to vote to protect unborn children who are old enough to feel pain from late-term abortions. And people simply didn't care enough. Voters on Tuesday rejected the measure 55 percent to 45 percent. How? I mean seriously, how does this happen?

There's a few logical reasons. According to The SBA List, Planned Parenthood and other national pro-abortion groups, including Organizing for America, spent $1 million to defeat it. And the city of Albuquerque is a deep blue city that chose Barack Obama over Mitt Romney...READ MORE

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The Theology of Bruce Springsteen

Monday, November 18, 2013 10:07 AM Comments (54)

Rutgers University recently announced that it will offer a new course exploring the career and theology of The Boss. And Rutgers is not even the first. Other colleges have successfully siphoned parents’ money while preparing their children to return home to their old room with courses on the rocker.

Hey Matt, you might say, Springsteen was raised a Catholic so you might think I’d find it hopeful that a state institution would study the theology of a rock and roll superstar. Uhm. No. Not really. You see, there’s no way to disconnect the writer from his words. Now, Bruce may be the only rock star who’s never checked himself into drug rehab so that’s good. But that’s setting the bar kind...READ MORE

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How Long Until Some Attempt to Put Distance Between the Bishops and Pope Francis

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:34 PM Comments (7)

Uh-oh. Some folks aren't going to like this one. They're going to say that the U.S. bishops are turning a deaf ear to the pleas of Pope Francis to be more pastoral. They'll probably say that the USCCB escalated the use of harsh language and attacked the Obama administration's HHS Mandate on ideological grounds.

How long will it be until some in Catholic media attempt to put some distance between Pope Francis and the U.S. bishops?

The bishops even used language like "frustrating" and "conflict", and concluded their General Assembly by declaring the HHS contraceptive mandate "coercive." Those sentiments are hardly new but they are certainly not bridge building words, some will say....READ MORE

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The ACLU Targets Catholic Hospitals

Wednesday, November 06, 2013 12:09 AM Comments (15)

The ACLU of Washington State is targeting Catholic hospitals.

Concerned about a number of Catholic hospitals merging with secular ones in Washington State, the state's ACLU has put together a petition to be sent to the Governor to "ensure that religious ideology does not dictate the health care services a patient may choose."

This is the same Washington state that approved same-sex marriage, okayed assisted suicide, legalized marijuana, and is home to very liberal abortion laws. Yeah, that Washington state.

One might think it a good thing that the Catholic Church helps so many but leave it to the ACLU to worry about those evil Catholics. "Religious restrictions are putting at risk...READ MORE

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Christmas Eve, 1906. A Miracle.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 7:47 PM Comments (20)

It was Christmas Eve night in 1906. The ships at sea for the US Navy and the United Fruit Company received a message in Morse code to expect a special and important transmission. The telegraphers in their respective ships expected to hear the dits and dashes of Morse coming through.

But instead they heard something that many likely hadn't imagined possible. It was the sound of a human voice. In particular, it was the voice of Reginald Fessenden, the genius behind this first wireless voice transmission who had studied under Thomas Edison, transmitting from Brant Rock, MA, to ships on the North and South Atlantic Ocean.

And what did those people hear from Fessenden, the son of an...READ MORE

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10 Reasons Catholics Should Love Football

Sunday, October 20, 2013 8:31 PM Comments (22)

I was watching a little football this weekend and thought of a number of reasons that Catholics should love football.

 

10) There's a fair and a foul. There's in and there's out. Catholics believe in good and bad, good and evil. We're used to drawing lines.

9) There are rules. Football has a rulebook. Catholics have the catechism. When in doubt if something is good or bad, check the Catechism.

8) While there are many people out on the field, there's a few out there who dress a little differently and wear funny hats who have more authority to decide the rules. That one's self explanatory 'cause you know, bishops and Cardinals dress a little differently.

7) There's a hall of Fame...READ MORE

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7 Possible Headlines if Pope Benedict Donated Money to Mugging Victim

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 8:02 PM Comments (22)

Just imagine what the media would be saying if Pope Benedict XVI had done what Pope Francis did recently.

According to The Catholic Herald, Pope Francis gave €200 to a woman who had written to the pope about being a victim of a mugging. And then last week a package arrived at the door of a local priest from the pope saying: “Please deliver in the manner it deems appropriate, the relevant amount to the lady in question, that it is a gift of His Holiness, who offers her his apostolic blessing accompanied by desired aid and divine comfort for her and for her husband.”

I love that Pope Francis did this. And the media is loving the story as well. But I'm just wondering how the media...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.