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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Me and the Church: A Parable

Sunday, May 29, 2011 5:36 PM Comments (10)

One day a young man walked down a trail and found an old man seated at a crossroads. The old man said to the young man, I have walked these trails my entire life as my father did before me. He taught me the safe way through the woods, and he gave me the tools to help me. If you will permit me, I wish to give you the same gifts given to me. I will give you the tools and I will teach you the way. The young man said to the old man, “No thank you old man, I will find my own way.” The young man looked at the two paths. The one on the right was narrow and winding, and the one on the left wide and straight. The young man proceeded to take the path to the left.

The old man called after him,...READ MORE

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Can I Be Pro-Life and Republican?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 12:58 AM Comments (95)

Can I be truly pro-life and Republican? That is the question with which I have been wrestling.

Let me start by saying that this is not a political post in the classic sense. I like to write political posts because politics is the front line of the culture war. Politics is where we keep the barbarians outside the gate as best we can, but this is not that kind of post. Let me also say that I have no firm conclusion to my opening question. In this post I am thinking out loud, letting you know what I struggle with in the hopes that someone maybe has an answer or even an approach to an answer that can help settle this question in my mind.

I know that no matter how I look at this, many people...READ MORE

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7 Tips for First-Time Moms From Long-Time Dads

Friday, May 20, 2011 12:27 AM Comments (39)

The baby of the family, my sister, just had her first child. Hooray!!

Matthew and I are so excited for the newest addition to the family and my Mother’s 20th grandchild. Hooray again!

My sister has been around nieces and nephews since she was a youngin’ herself. So Matthew and I assumed that she knows all there is to know about babies.

We were wrong. Of course, there are some things that you can only learn from doing it yourself. So there is lots of advice for first-time mothers from other mothers. But we decided that we, as awesome dads, should tell the young moms what to expect.

So you just gave birth, which I gotta tell you does not look like a whole lot of fun. So why in heaven’s...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.