Anti-Catholic HHS Stacks Deck Against Church

11/01/2011 Comments (13)

If there is one rule about government contracts, it is that the process is to be impartial.  The United States Health and Human Services Department, headed by the anti Catholic Catholic Kathleen Sebelius, doesn’t do impartiality.  At least when it comes to the Church.

Each year HHS awards grants to those who assist victims of the horrific practice of Human Trafficking.  A committee at the HHS evaluated groups that can provide these services, among them is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church.  In fact, the Church has provided these services extremely well for years.

The committee evaluated at least four groups that could provide the services and ranked the Catholic Church at...READ MORE

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Christians Die, Obama Yawns

10/31/2011 Comments (30)

I recently read an article that said that Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world and nowhere more persecuted than in the middle east.

Pope Benedict recently expressed concern for the persecution of Christians around the world.

Coptic Christians have been repeatedly slaughtered in Egypt, both pre and post Arab Spring.  Earlier this month Egyptian forces drove over Coptic Christians in military vehicles at a rally in Cairo.

ACN reports:

Christians in Egypt are currently experiencing their worst time in recent centuries. This statement was made by the Coptic Orthodox Bishop Stephanos of Beba and Elfashn to the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN)....READ MORE

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Grow Up. But Not So Fast

10/24/2011 Comments (11)

Before my father passed away some years ago, he told me that he was happy to see me finally grow up.  He said he was proud of me.  I knew what he meant.  I had grown up, but I didn’t mean to.

My father waited a long time to see me “grow up.”  I was poster child for a generation of slackers, Generation X.  After a prolonged college experience, ahem, my late twenties was spent in a series of dead-end jobs.  I didn’t want a “career,” I wanted jobs for money.  I needed money so I could hang out with my friends and pay the rent on a dingy basement apartment.  And when money got tight, I could always ditch the rent and stay in my old room at my parent’s house.  I took advantage of this several...READ MORE

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Did Jesus Die For Klingons Too?

10/18/2011 Comments (32)

From time to time, a bunch of science types like to get together. And from time to time they like to let the scope of their scientific speculation stray into areas out of their purview.  And from time to time, based purely upon wild speculation which often poses as science these days, a small minority of these science types like to think that they have discovered a deal breaker for religion in general and Christianity in particular.

Did Jesus die for Klingons too?

ORLANDO, Fla. — The discovery of intelligent aliens would be mind-blowing in many respects, but it could present a special dilemma for the world’s religions, theologians pondering interstellar travel concepts said Saturday (Oct....READ MORE

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Lord, Save Us From Liturgists

10/13/2011 Comments (52)

There are certain phrases that conjure up images so frightful one shudders at the mere mention. Swarm of killer bees. School of piranha. National Meeting of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. Brrrrrrr.

Going on right now members of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions from around the country are meeting in Portland Oregon. Now I am sure that some of the members of these liturgical commissions are very fine people. Call me jaded, but when all these good people get together. Bad things, man. Bad things.

Case in point. They kicked off this meeting by taking a bus over to St. Andrews Church for evening prayer. Seems like a good idea, but ... Here are some photos from St. Andrew’s website.


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My Favorite And Least Favorite Movie Priests

10/10/2011 Comments (76)

There have been many movies that have priests as important characters.  There are movies about saints and some of them are awesome.  But my post today is about priests as characters, as men involved in a story.  I was watching the excellent Tom Wilkinson as Father Moore in “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” the other day on cable.  It got me to thinking about some of my favorite priests as characters and also some of my least favorite.

So for discussion purposes, I thought I would get into the who’s and whys.  After all, what is a Catholic blog for if not discussing movie priests.  On with it.

Let’s just get this one out of the way. Max Von Awesome (aka Sydow) as Father Merrin in the Exorcist. ...READ MORE

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A Priest Lost In Translation

10/04/2011 Comments (96)

What could possibly make a priest so angry?

I went to a wedding in New Jersey last week and I ended up sitting at the same table as the priest who presided at the wedding.  I could tell from some of Father’s, ahem, liturgical stylings, that this priest and I wouldn’t see eye to eye on many issues. Since I was there to wish the happy couple well and to have a little fun, I determined not to engage Father on anything more meaningful than his preference for Dewars over Johnny Walker Red.

I forgot to send my wife the memo.

Half way through reception, my wife innocently decided to make conversation with Father.

“Father, are you ready for the new translation?”

Father turned toward my wife...READ MORE

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Don't Say "God Bless You" Or Else

09/30/2011 Comments (26)


God bless you.

Somebody sneezes, you say “God bless you.”  It is a nice thing to do.  Common courtesy.  But not in one classroom.  If somebody says “God bless you,” they had points deducted by the teacher.

It will likely not surprise that this school is located in the Bay Area.  Must be some leftover LSD in the water or something.

Teacher Steve Cuckovich deducted points from children’s grades for using the phrase.

“The blessing doesn’t make any sense anymore,” Cuckovich told the Fox affiliate in Sacramento. “When you sneezed in the old days, they thought you were dispelling evil spirits out of your body. So they were saying, ‘God bless you,’ for getting rid of evil...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 in New York.