The Schism Nobody Sees Coming

03/27/2015 Comments (158)

Ever since the announcement of the Synod on the Family and Cardinal Kasper's infamous kickoff speech, people have been predicting that traditionalists might schism because, like Inspector Javert, they just can't handle all that awesome mercy.

People across the ideological spectrum have speculated what will happen when the Church realizes that Jesus was a big meanie and finally admits the divorced and remarried to communion. Will traditionalists finally realize the dreams of their schismatic little hearts and join the SSPX? Will Cardinal Burke chain himself to St. Peters with several litres of gasoline and the European equivalent of a Bic lighter threatening self-immolation unless we burn...READ MORE

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Pope, Heresy, Marxist, Yawn

03/24/2015 Comments (28)

Perhaps the psy-ops are working.

What just 18 months ago would have set the Catholic internet on fire, this time around barely smoldered. In an editorial reflection (not a new interview) the Pope's infamous marxist atheist dialogue partner, Eugenio Scalfari, put the following words in the mouth of the Pope:

What happens to these extinct souls? Will they be punished? And how?
Francis’ answer is unambiguous and clear: There is no penalty but the annihilation of that soul. All others live on to share the the happiness in the presence of the Father. The extinguished souls have no part in this feast, with the death of the body is its end and this is the motivation of the missionary Church: to...READ MORE

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Hard Sayings, Who Can Listen To It?

03/13/2015 Comments (123)

“This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”

At an event in Britain, the Telegraph reports, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila "lamented the “harsh words” that the Church used about gay and divorced people in the past, saying it left them feeling “branded.”

The “harsh” and “severe” stance adopted by the Catholic clerics towards gay people, divorcees and single mothers has done lasting harm, one of the most prominent members of the Church’s new generation of Cardinals has acknowledged.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila in the Philippines, said the Church had to learn lessons from changing social attitudes and a greater understanding of psychology and...READ MORE

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What the Register Gets Wrong on the Death Penalty

03/06/2015 Comments (99)

As a person who does not generally support the death penalty, you might think that I would be pleased with the joint editorial issued the National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, and this paper, the National Catholic Register.

I am not.

When it comes to abolishing the death penalty in the United States, the means matter. The above publications have made the choice that granting unconstitutional power to the Supreme Court to ban the death penalty is a legitimate means as long as the end is good. They collectively write:

We join our bishops in hoping the court will reach the conclusion that it is time for our nation to embody its commitment to the right to life by...READ MORE

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Cardinal Baldisseri Has To Go

02/26/2015 Comments (118)

"Let us invoke openness to a sincere, open and fraternal exchange of views, that it might lead us to take pastoral responsibility for the questions that this changing time brings with it."  — Pope Francis on the Synod.

"Let no one say, 'This can't be said, they will think this or that about me.' Everything we feel must be said, with parrhesia," a Greek word meaning to speak candidly or boldly, and without fear. — Pope Francis on the Synod.

"... a cardinal wrote to me saying that it was a pity that some cardinals did not have the courage to say certain things out of respect for the pope, thinking perhaps that the pope thought differently. This is not good -- it is not synodality, because...READ MORE

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02/23/2015 Comments (107)

It is all the rage today within certain circles of the faithful to declare groups and individuals in schism.  The so-called left does it.  The so-called right does it.  Everybody is getting in on this game.

Spend a few hours on social media and you will see all kinds of people declared in schism by those with self-vested powers.  Through careful study and analysis, I have determined objective criteria deployed by those with the magic power to detect schism in others.  Anyone to the left of our trusted inquisitor is a hippie liberal heretic.  Anyone to the right is a wild-eyed traddie who, if not schismatic in practice, must be in their hearts.  But you, my dear social media inquisitor, you...READ MORE

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The Red and Lowering Sky

02/12/2015 Comments (53)

"And in the morning: Today there will be a storm, for the sky is red and lowering. You know then how to discern the face of the sky: and can you not know the signs of the times? " Matthew 16:3

Some years back, I was the IT manager for a large company. We were moving the datacenter to Long Island. In the course of doing my due diligence, I discovered that both of our datacenter network access providers, while providing completely divergent network infrastructure to our datacenter, routed their traffic through the same building in lower Manhattan near the World Trade Center. Meaning, if this facility experienced a significant problem, all access to my company’s datacenter would be lost. That...READ MORE

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Some Trads Walk Into A Gay Bar

02/09/2015 Comments (137)

It almost sounds like a joke. So these traditional Catholics walk into a gay bar...


At the southern-most tip of France, between Marseille and Cannes, you will find the city of Toulon. Just meters away from the Mediterranean, you will find Eglise Saint François de Paule run by the Divine Mercy Missionaries. Eglise Saint François de Paule is located in a part of the city that has long been a mecca for the gay community. In fact, right next door to the Church was the Texas Bar, a famous gay bar.

The Divine Mercy Missionaries had several times tried to buy the bar and close it down, to no avail. But recently the bar went bankrupt and the building went to auction during liquidation.

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Patrick Archbold is co-founder of Creative Minority Report, a Catholic website that puts a refreshing spin on the intersection of religion, culture, and politics. When not writing, Patrick is director of information technology at a large international logistics company in New York.