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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I Want Some English In My Latin Mass

Monday, May 16, 2011 12:26 AM Comments (36)

The Latin Mass is back in the news. On Friday, the Church released the long awaited instruction on the Latin Mass following the ground-breaking issuance of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.

There are many fine analyses of the instruction (here and here for instance.) The document takes a few minutes to read and many more minutes to digest, so if I may, let me provide the Reader’s Digest Version.

Pope to Church: You know how I wrote in Summorum Pontificum four years ago that priests who want to say the Traditional Latin Mass - -can? And you know how I wrote that a group who wants it can request it and that that request should be granted if all possible? And you know how I wrote that I...READ MORE

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Mitch Daniels: Words & Deeds

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 3:24 AM Comments (45)

It is a common complaint that politicians say one thing during the campaign but do something entirely different when governing.

Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana is the Benjamin Button of potential Presidential candidates, he turns the whole thing on its head by not talking the talk but walking the walk.

I have been extremely critical of Governor Daniels these past months as he has openly advocated for what has been termed “a truce” on the divisive social issues so we can focus on the pressing problem of debt. He put it this way on the Laura Ingraham radio show.

“If you don’t accept that we face a republic-threatening issue in terms of the debt—and again I would love to conclude one day...READ MORE

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Braggart-In-Chief

Thursday, May 05, 2011 11:40 PM Comments (39)

I love football and I love football players who love football enough to respect the game. There are two kinds of star players in the game. There is the back who, after scoring a critical touchdown, simply hands the ball to the referee and gets on with the game. He did what he needed to do, that is his job, and now it is time to get on with the game. Then there is the other kind. Ya know, the kind of player who spikes the ball, does some kind of weird shuffle dance, and then proceeds to jump into the stands. For the latter player, it is not about the game and it is not just getting the job done—it’s all about him.

Guess which one of these players occupies the White House? Yeah…

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We Are the Humanitarian Crisis We've Been Waiting for

Sunday, May 01, 2011 11:27 PM Comments (31)

Back when the “kinetic military action” (formerly known as war) began in Libya a few months ago, I suggested that it was not a humanitarian action, but rather taking sides in a civil war. I have since amended my position. We are taking the losing side in a civil war.

After weeks of dropping lots of kinetic “stuff,” the President retroactively justified his action by stating that our actions were aimed only at preventing a humanitarian crisis. He suggested that Qaddafi was about to cut off water to hundreds of thousands of people in Misurata. So it followed that we must drop bombs because apparently dropping water was out of the question.

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Supply Side Confession: The Economics of Mercy

Wednesday, April 27, 2011 2:18 AM Comments (29)

Have you given any thought to the economics of mercy?

The approach of Divine Mercy Sunday troubles me. What good is mercy if it is hardly ever available? The quality of mercy is certainly strained by the stinginess by which it is often granted.

As Catholics, we naturally wish for as much mercy as possible to be doled out to all who would seek it. In theory. In practice, we wish to dole as much mercy as can be doled out between the hours of 4:00 and 4:45 pm on Saturdays or by appointment.

Defenders of this woeful practice argue that even during the 45 minutes a week confession is available, not that many people take advantage of it, so why increase the hours?

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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.