Casey Anthony Acquittal Good News

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 11:07 PM Comments (60)

Sometimes justice is served when justice is not done.

At the end of the day, a little girl is dead and her murderer may have gone free.  It is hard to see the good news in that, but good news it is.

I don’t pretend to be an expert on the Anthony case.  I followed it in the news just as many of you did.  I have my opinion on the guilt of Casey Anthony just as I have my opinion on the merits of the case against her.

In the past several hours I have heard and read many comparisons to the OJ acquittal.  In my opinion, the result of this case is as un-OJ as you can get.  In the OJ case, there were gobs of evidence that established the wheres, hows, and whys in the case beyond a reasonable...READ MORE

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Bishops Need To Get Serious

Thursday, June 30, 2011 10:34 PM Comments (224)

In a radio interview earlier in the week I was asked what is needed to get Catholic politicians to stop supporting gay marriage.  My answer was short and simple.  The Bishops need to get serious.  Catholic politicians have no fear of voting against the teaching of the Church on very grave matters because other that some occasional Episcopal tut-tutting, nothing ever happens to them.

The Bishops could not be that serious about stopping gay marriage or else they would do something serious about it.  And by serious I mean one thing.  Let me explain.

Well in advance of any vote on gay marriage, such as we just had in NY, Bishops need to be on the phone with every single Catholic...READ MORE

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Should Catholics Marry Young?

Sunday, June 26, 2011 11:04 PM Comments (73)

The litany of things in which Catholics are no different from the culture at large is as vast as the number of consonants in an Icelandic phone book.

As we watch the destruction of marriage in the US proceed vote by vote with critical assistance by Catholics, I think it worthwhile to look at some other trends impacting marriage.

The redefining of marriage as some sort of unadorned legalistic relationship similar to a joint checking account, but without a toaster, simply dumbs down the divine. Such vapid redefinition of something so critical to society naturally results in a disintegrating society. Truth be told, this redefinition process has going on for a while now, it is just that the...READ MORE

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The Pictures The Gov't Doesn't Want You To See

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:22 PM Comments (44)

Federal health officials (a title which always makes me shiver) have unveiled a series of nine graphic warning labels that will now adorn the top half of cigarette packs

“These labels are frank, honest and powerful depictions of the health risks of smoking,  and they will help encourage smokers to quit, and prevent children from smoking,” Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said Tuesday in a statement.

The federal government is all about truth, you see.  They insist that the public know the truth about the potential health issues that are caused by certain behaviors.  Smokers certainly do not wish to see these graphic and horrifying images every time they want...READ MORE

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My Favorite Catholic Bloggers - Part 1

Thursday, June 16, 2011 11:39 PM Comments (40)

As a Catholic blogger, I know just how hard it is to be a good Catholic blogger. I admire so many bloggers that bring fidelity, insight, and yuks to the Catholic Interwebs every day. It is one thing to bring it for an occasional post, it is quite another to bring it every day.

Of course, I admire all of the great bloggers here at the Register. Jen Fulwiler is a great writer, period. Mark Shea is a founder of Catholic blogging and still one of its best bloggers. That Mark has been able to do it for this long and at the quality level he maintains is truly remarkable. Matthew and I owe a special debt of gratitude to Mark for all the help he gave us when we were first getting started years...READ MORE

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Lying Father Jenkins Must Go

Sunday, June 12, 2011 11:20 PM Comments (89)

I believe that Roxanne Martino, the University of Notre Dame Trustee who just resigned over her support of virulently pro-abortion groups, was just a mere symptom of a much greater disease.

Something has been sticking in my craw these last few days. It is this line used by Martino in her resignation statement and is similar to the defense mounted for her by Fr. Jenkins and his minions on the Notre Dame Board.

“In the best interests of the University, I regretfully have decided to step down from the Notre Dame Board of Trustees,” Martino said in the statement. “I dearly love my alma mater and remain fully committed to all aspects of Catholic teaching and to the mission of Notre Dame. I had...READ MORE

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Democrat Leader Operated Abortion Clinic

Tuesday, June 07, 2011 10:58 PM Comments (73)

If there were any question what type of blood runs through the veins of the Democrat party, this piece should answer that question. Abortion money is the life-blood of the Democrat party.

Not only were the Democrats willing to shut down the entire federal government to keep taxpayer money flowing to Planned Parenthood; not only is the Obama administration willing to cut off Medicaid funding for millions of poor people in Indiana to keep the money flowing to Planned Parenthood; but now in a shocking development, we find that the Congresswoman selected by the Democrat party to recruit candidates for Congress founded, owned, and operated an abortion clinic.

My co-blogger Matthew Archbold has...READ MORE

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Graceland

Thursday, June 02, 2011 11:27 PM Comments (5)

A spurious conceit informs the mantra of our age, drilled into our children at every turn, that you can do anything if you just try hard enough.  The knowledge that I, from time to time, find myself teaching this foolish notion or some form of it to my own children leaves me abashed.  My years of life cause me to hold few dogmas but I hold fast to this one, that this particular hubris commonly precedes sin.

Early youth and old age sustain a wisdom that the intervening years regretfully diminish, that to reach a goal one must often ask for help.

The saying goes that the hypocrite looks upon the sinner and thanks God that he is not like them.  The saint looks upon the sinner and thanks God...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.