Poverty And The American Mind

Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:44 PM Comments (17)

After Pope Francis issued Evangelii Gaudium, unfortunately reasonable economic discussions got swamped by talk of Marxism and 'trickle-down theories' and the Pope's blithe retort about Marxists being good people.

I say unfortunate because these issues need genuine discussion to be understood from a Catholic point of view.  In the western world, particularly in America the discussion focused on the Pope's word choices rather than the underlying issues he was trying to address.  There are many reasons for this, the least of which is not the Pope's word choices.  But in part, I think that the underlying point was lost on American minds because we have a unique and somewhat myopic view of...READ MORE

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The Medjugorje Report

Is the big news no news?

Monday, January 20, 2014 11:15 AM Comments (95)

The Vatican has confirmed that indeed the International Commission investigating the events at Medjugorje has completed its mission and submitted its report.

Some news accounts are already giving us hints as to what the report contains. If these news reports are to be believed, the big news coming out of Medjugorje is that there is no big news.

The lack of big news is big news in and of itself and about the best possible outcome for Medjugorje supporters.

Vatican Insider says the report has found no evidence of "any tricks, hoaxes or abuse of popular credulity" as well as no definitive evidence of its supernatural character.

In other words, the status quo remains. Let's face...READ MORE

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Cuomo Excommunicates Catholics

Saturday, January 18, 2014 11:53 AM Comments (112)

While the Catholic Church wrings its hands and furrows its collective brow over the unpastoral calls to excommunicate Catholic politicians who advocate grave sin as policy, these unholy pols have no such qualms.

The virulently pro-abortion and anti-Catholic Catholic Governor of New York has just excommunicated all faithful Catholics and their fellow travelers in the pro-life movement from 'his' state.

Are they these extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay? Is that who they are? Because if that’s who they are and they’re the extreme conservatives, they have no place in the state of New York, because that’s not who New Yorkers are.

"L'État, c'est...READ MORE

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First, Kill All The Ushers

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 9:09 PM Comments (68)

If ever they appoint me King of Liturgy, my first act as tyrant will be to kill all the ushers.  Well, not the ushers themselves, but the position as it is currently conceived.

Ushers, in my mind, should limit their duties to assisting old people to find a seat on Christmas and Easter and maybe a few other small duties.  What I do know is that the current tyranny of the ushers must stop.

I truly believe that the presence of ushers and forced row-by-row communion cajoles many people into receiving communion when they are not properly prepared.

A little anecdote.  I was traveling over the New Year holiday and my family and I went to mass for the Solemnity of Mary on the December 31...READ MORE

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Can A Catholic Oppose Minimum Wage Hike?

Monday, January 13, 2014 12:03 AM Comments (55)

On the 50th anniversary of that inglorious war without an exit strategy, the war on poverty, Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development on behalf of the USCCB and Father Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, sent a letter to the U.S. Senate asking the federal government to raise the minimum wage.

The stated goal of raising the minimum wage of Archbishop Wenski and Fr. Snyder is to 'fix' the problem that "a full-year, full-time worker making the minimum wage does not make enough money to raise a child free from poverty."

Archbishop Wenski advocates this position on behalf of the entire US Conference of Catholic Bishops....READ MORE

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The Best Preacher I Ever Had

Monday, January 06, 2014 1:05 PM Comments (15)

I have been thinking about the best preacher I ever heard.  Not about the single best homily or sermon, but about the best and most consistent preaching I have encountered.

When it comes to preaching, we all have our horror stories and I have done my fair share of grumbling. 

But rather than focus on the bad preaching, I have been thinking about what makes the good preaching good.  As Catholics seeking holiness, we have the saints to model ourselves after.  We find a saint that seems like us and we try to do some of the things that helped them become more holy.  The same goes for preaching, do what the good preachers do.

So what is it about the best preaching I ever had and what...READ MORE

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No More Mr. Nice Gay

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 11:45 AM Comments (201)

As the year comes to a close it is natural to reflect upon the year and see if there are any lessons to be learned.

Well it just so happens that this December provided us with a very valuable lesson, if only we are willing to learn it.

For the past 20 years, the Church's teaching on homosexuality have been progressively criticized, marginalized, delegitimized, and perhaps soon criminalized.

As we have lost battle after battle, the rational mind will also understand that at the same time Church leadership has taken a very soft approach to the issue.  They chose to focus almost exclusively on God's love for the sinner with almost no time reserved to God's abhorrence of the sin.  So...READ MORE

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Duck Dynasty: The Show That Got Away

Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:58 PM Comments (316)

After A&E fired Phil Robertson for saying what every good Christian should believe, social media has been abuzz.  One of the recurring themes has been puzzlement about why A&E would cut off its nose to spite its face.  Duck Dynasty is the franchise right now. Why would they risk destroying their own cash cow?

To understand the why, we have to go back to the beginning.  Duck Dynasty is not the show that they wanted, it is the show that got away from them.

It seems what the producers intended and what A&E envisioned with the show is much different than the show that they ended up with, but they didn't do anything about it because it was so wildly popular and so wildly profitable.  But...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.