Are Canonizations Infallible? Yes and No

Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:48 AM Comments (83)

The discussion around the infallibility of canonizations comes up from time to time, and with the approaching canonizations of Popes John Paul II and John XXIII we see it naturally being revisited.

Particularly with the lives of Popes, there is always elements of the exercise of the Office or personality that people can reasonably critique. This is true of everyone, but more so with such prominent public figures.

I will not go into the details of any of these criticisms for the above mentioned as any such thing is debatable at best and tangential to my point.

The question is whether canonization is an infallible act and if so, how can it be that people who perhaps did questionable things...READ MORE

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Time To Consecrate Russia

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 10:54 AM Comments (69)

"To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to My Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If My requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to Me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world. In Portugal the dogma of the Faith will always be preserved . . . "


Once again, an...READ MORE

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The Loudest Confession

Monday, April 07, 2014 11:27 PM Comments (41)

This weekend I went to confession at a parish near my son's soccer game.  I am weird that way, I seek out parishes away from home for my confession obligations.

Anyway, I went to a parish. Nice enough looking Church with the standalone wood confessionals.

I picked a pew a few rows up from the confessional at the back of the Church to prepare and wait my turn.

A lady came into the Church and stood right near me but closer to the confessional, clearly not intuiting that I was waiting my turn.

So she is standing maybe 8 feet from me when her cell phone rings.  Of course, she answers it.  As loud as can be, she says...


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Life In Upside-Down World

Monday, April 07, 2014 10:53 AM Comments (14)

Living in an upside-down world (UDW) does take some getting used to.

In UDW, no rights are more vigorously defended than those recently manufactured from whole cloth.  This, while rights granted directly from the creator, such as the right to live in UDW are revoked under the flimsiest of pretexts.

In UDW, tolerance is a bug-eyed and vein popping emotion rather than a calm and serene act of reason.

In UDW, not only can you have it both ways, somebody is legally bound to bake a cake for it.

In UDW, any kind of depravity is forgiven even absent repentance as long the culprit holds to fashionable views.  But to have ever supported something currently unfashionable, even if in fashion at...READ MORE

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The Most Misused Catholic Words

Monday, March 31, 2014 1:23 PM Comments (91)

We hear a lot of Catholics calling using official sounding Catholic words make their arguments or to impugn others, but do we all really understand what these terms mean?

I will try to explain, in the most basic terms possible, the meaning behind the modern uses of these words and how I think they might hit or miss the mark. 

Sedevacantist. We hear this one a lot. The real definition is simple. Sedevacantists hold that, because modern (recent) Pope's have said or done things that seem to be in contradiction to the Tradition of the Church AND that Popes, by virtue of their infallibility, must be perfect in such matters, therefore these Popes must not really be Popes. Therefore,...READ MORE

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Don't Misread Bishop Conley's Letter On Contraception

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 1:52 PM Comments (26)

Some twenty three years after Bishop Glennon Flavin of the Diocese of Lincoln issued a pastoral letter to Catholic couples and physicians on the Issue of Contraception, his successor Bishop James Conley has done the same.

His letter will be discussed along with the topic of contraception generally this Sunday in all parishes of the Diocese.

The letter is a wonderful restatement of Catholic principles on the issues of contraception and I urge each and every one of you to read it in its entirety. Further, I find it wonderful and somewhat counter-cultural, even within the Church, to issue such a letter and instruct that this topic be taught in every parish. Bishop Conley is truly a good...READ MORE

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Will Noah Sink Religious Movies?

Thursday, March 20, 2014 3:16 PM Comments (23)

By now I am sure you have heard the buzz about the upcoming Biblical cinema epic "Noah".  The film, which gets released March 28, 2014, has been the subject of rumor and controversy since a synopsis of an early script was leaked on line.

I have fears about "Noah" but not the same fears about the amount of license that director Darren Aronofsky takes with the Bible story. I have my opinions about what I have heard, but I will until I see the movie. My fears are more about the movie industry.

Let me bottom line it for you.  If "Noah" under performs at the box office, the headlines practically write themselves.

Christians Sink Noah.  Christians Stay Home, Noah Under Water. And so on.


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The Love Is In The Rules

Friday, March 14, 2014 1:20 PM Comments (29)

When I was a young Catholic, in my late teens and early twenties, I embarked upon a concerted effort to understand my faith.

You see, I was born in the 60's, raised in the 70's, and grew to adulthood in the 80's and I was a product of that age.  Even though I went to Catholic high school and was raised by wonderfully devout parents, I knew next to nothing about my faith beyond Jesus loves me and Jesus loves felt.  

Yet even then, I knew some basic rules, as taught to me by my parents, about how a Catholic should behave and I clung to that understanding.  Although I didn't know much about my faith, I knew I wanted to please the Lord and so I clung tenaciously to "the rules" as I understood...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.