Ireland: Priests Must Break Seal of Confession

07/14/2011 Comments (132)

Here in the U.S., governmental antipathy toward religion and particular the Catholic Church is a growing threat. Catholic organizations are already being prevented from providing adoption services and you can bet your favorite pair of skinny jeans that gay marriage laws will eventually culminate in discrimination charges for any religious organization that refuses to go along.

All these things erode our religious liberty. But the governmental death blow aimed at the heart of the Church is to destroy the seal of confession. If you think this could never happen, think again. It may be happening right now in Ireland.

The Irish government, including the person no less than the Prime...READ MORE

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Politics And The Death Penalty

07/10/2011 Comments (116)

I am conflicted on the execution of horrendous murderer Humberto Leal in Texas.

I am not conflicted because I think that executing him was the right thing to do.  I don’t.  But I am conflicted about almost everything else to do with this case.

I find it absolutely infuriating that the Mexican government tried to intervene in this case almost as frustrating as the US federal government in this case.  Humberto Leal was indeed a Mexican national but he lived in the US since he was 2 years old.  There are laws on the books designed to protect foreign nationals from being executed without due process and so they are allowed to contact their embassy.  The idea is that such foreign nationals...READ MORE

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Casey Anthony Acquittal Good News

07/05/2011 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

06/30/2011 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?

06/26/2011 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

06/21/2011 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

06/16/2011 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

06/12/2011 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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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.