Cardinal Baldisseri Has To Go

02/26/2015 Comments (45)

"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 (55)

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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They Call Them Theories For A Reason

01/27/2015 Comments (78)

Some few months back I wrote a post in which I advised that the Church should be more cautious in giving its seeming imprimatur to various different scientific theories. The post was widely misunderstood (my fault) as saying that the Church shouldn't discuss science. I wish to be clear here that I do not suggest such a thing. The Church should and must speak to science and scientists about the proper limits and morals that should govern scientific inquiry.

But I would like to re-emphasize my previous suggestion that the Church hierarchy, and in particular Popes, should refrain from suggesting acceptance of or even specifically endorsing particular theories about the origins of the...READ MORE

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The Baby Promise

01/20/2015 Comments (17)

I remember it clearly.  I remember the day my future wife and I had the conversation about children.

She asked me, "How many children do you want to have?"

Me, being me, answered.  "Who cares?  Who cares how many children I want?"

My wife, already on her way to sainthood for choosing the cross that is me, said, "I mean, what do you think a good size family is?"

"A good size?  Sixteen.  That is a really good size."

"Why are you being a pain?  You know what I mean."

"Yes, I know what you mean.  I am just trying to make a point.  I don't know what our optimal family size is, but I am very certain that God does.  Let me put it to you this way.  When it comes to children, I make you this...READ MORE

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The Only Answer To Muslim Extremism

01/12/2015 Comments (60)

Millions gathered in the streets of Paris to proclaim their solidarity in resisting terrorism and to trumpet to the world their belief that Islam and the West can live in harmony.

Politicians and fools (Dept. of Redundancy Dept.?) rush to every microphone to proclaim that such extremism is not true Islam, it is just an aberration.  Well, if it is an aberration, it is a pervasive 1,400 year old aberration.

Yes, this kind of stuff has been happening long before Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, cartoonists, or even fossil fuels.  It is a feature, not a bug.

So while everyone marches loudly proclaiming their belief that we can live together, evil men scheme to inflict more damage while millions of fellow...READ MORE

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Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus: A Question of Emphasis

01/05/2015 Comments (62)

You know what they say, every over-reaction deserves an equal and opposite over-reaction.  Well, even if they don’t say that, they should.

We discussed last week the different levels of Magisterium and the confusion that can sometimes arise from seemingly contradictory statements.  In that article, I used ecumenism as an example and I will do so again today.  But rather than get into the muck and mire of the theology surrounding the issue, I want focus on the real world consequences of this confusion.
The other day, I put a quote up on social media from Presidential contender Senator Marco Rubio. Though I had just written about the confusion over this issue, even I was surprised by the...READ MORE

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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. Patrick, his wife Terri, and their five children reside in Long Island, N.Y.