19 Killed in Japan (But Don't Worry, They Were Disabled)

08/07/2016 Comments (6)

The recent murder of nineteen disabled people in Japan did not cause the outpouring of rage and grief that many other instances of violence have caused around the globe. In fact, it was astonishingly underreported. There are, I think, a few reasons for this. Firstly, the killer didn't use a gun so the gun-banning crowd had nothing from the incident that they could use to further their agenda. Secondly, it wasn't an act of Muslim terrorism so you didn't have that ready-made angle. It's almost like we only pay attention to the tragedies which confirm our beliefs and can be used to further our agendas. But lastly, I believe this tragedy escaped the notice of so many simply because the victims...READ MORE

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Free College Plan Could Destroy Catholic Colleges

08/03/2016 Comments (13)

During her speech at the Democratic Convention, Hillary Clinton, in an attempt to woo Bernie Sanders voters, promised to work to have the government provide free college tuition. "Bernie Sanders and I will work together to make college tuition-free for the middle class and debt-free for all," she said.

If this occurs, it could very well mean the end of many Catholic colleges. And please remember, for many on the left that would be considered a feature, not a bug.

Under Clinton's proposal, the government would pay tuition for students of families earning less than $125,000 per year for in-state colleges and universities. This would obviously put private colleges and universities at a...READ MORE

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They Have Come For Us Before

07/27/2016 Comments (2)

Francesc Torras Armengol (1832-1878), “Martiri dels Sants Servand i Germà”

Beloved, do not be surprised that a trial by fire is occurring among you, as if something strange were happening to you.

They have come for us before but it has always made us stronger. They have visited darkness upon us throughout two thousand years of history, yet it has only served to contrast with testaments of courage, love and light. They have danced while covered in Christian blood and celebrated the carnage. Starved and panting lions have been uncaged before. It has all happened before.

Yesterday, Islamist radicals raided a morning Mass in Normandy, France and beheaded an 86 year old priest. One nun, reportedly named Sister Danielle, was taken hostage and described the awful...READ MORE

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7 Religious Liberty Quotes From Our Founding Fathers You Should Know

07/26/2016 Comments (13)

Howard Chandler Christy, “Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States” (1940, Public Domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Despite being guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution, religious liberty is in the crosshairs of many of our most powerful elected officials. But our Founding Fathers were very clear about ensuring religious liberty for all Americans.

Here are 7 quotes from our Founding Fathers concerning religious liberty which you should know.

"Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion." —John Adams, in a letter to Benjamin Rush. 1812

"[T]hat the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion and to restrain the profession or...READ MORE

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When To Cut Your Child's Ties to a Friend

07/25/2016 Comments (18)

This is what you call crowdsource parenting.

My teenage daughter has been friends with this other girl since she can remember. I think they met in Kindergarten. Nice kid. And by "nice kid" I mean that I've never seen her be mean to anyone on purpose. And being a parent of four girls, I've met many girls whom I couldn't say the same thing about.

However... (you knew it was coming, right?) the last three years or so her language has become coarser. My daughter or I will typically point it out politely and she always apologizes. And I can tell she means it. Also her manner of dress has become a bit more... revealing. She talks a lot about getting tattoos and multiple piercings.

To be fair,...READ MORE

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Act Like a Christian. The World is Watching

07/15/2016 Comments (4)

I recently read a piece about an Islamic convert to Christianity who withstood torture at the hands of Islamic radicals. It's an amazing story but it's not the one I want to focus on here. (That has to be the worst lede ever.)

In explaining his conversion, he said what made Christ intriguing to him was meeting Christians at college who seemed at peace and ready to forgive wrongs done to them. He said their openness to sacrifice shocked, surprised, and inspired him to begin reading about Christ. He didn't go into the particulars about what he specifically saw in Christians and it would likely make for boring reading. It may have been something as simple as forgiving gossip or a harsh word....READ MORE

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Nobody Gets "Time and Place" Anymore

07/13/2016 Comments (5)

You ready for the cringeworthy headline of the day: "Holocaust Museum to visitors: Please stop catching Pokémon here." #21stcenturyproblems

The problem isn't the Pokémon people making millions of dollars. The problem isn't even people enjoying a game. The real problem here is that nobody understands that there's a time and place for things anymore. Let's face it, very few people even teach their children about time and place anymore. Think about it. Enough people walked into the Holocaust museum in search of Pokémon that they needed to put up a sign.

Nowadays, "But I want it" is a hedonistic permission slip. We are all so up in our own heads and our own subjective "truths" that nothing we...READ MORE

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Why Can't Catholic Colleges Hire for Mission?

07/11/2016 Comments (4)

Newly hired staff and academics at a large public university are reportedly required to sign some kind of pledge to "diversity and inclusion."

The College Fix reports:

The University of Cincinnati has rolled out a new policy that requires faculty and staff applicants pledge their commitment to “diversity and inclusion.”
The policy comes at a university with a stated goal of hiring more “historically underrepresented” employees, a benchmark spelled out in its “UC Affirmative Action Plan” that calls for more African American, women, and other “traditionally unrepresented” employees campuswide. “As of July 1, the University of Cincinnati will request a Diversity and Inclusion statement of...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.