The Cardinal Virtues Of Endurance Athletics

09/06/2011 Comments (12)

In Christian tradition there are four cardinal virtues—prudence, justice, temperance, and fortitude.

St. Augustine said of these virtues “For these four virtues (would that all felt their influence in their minds as they have their names in their mouths!” Far be it from me to question the great Augustine, but it seems to me he missed something. Would that all felt their influence in their minds so that they feel it in their legs.

Yes. I said legs. As it happens, the four cardinal virtues, whose cultivation prepares us for heaven, are equally necessary for success (however one defines it) in the world of endurance athletics.

As a Catholic and an endurance athlete, I am constantly reminded...READ MORE

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Time for A Pope Party

09/01/2011 Comments (9)

Let’s get this party started.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the head honcho in a poncho for the Church in England, has suggested that people throw a Pope party in celebration of the first anniversary of the Pope’s historic visit.

Yeah boy. Now, a Pope party can’t be any ordinary party. We need to spice it up. And guess what? I have some ideas.

First, we need to be ecumenical. So I suggest that we invite the heads of other “ecclesial communities” to the party to play musical chairs. One by one, the ecclesial communities go bye-bye until there is only one chair left. But they can’t sit there because the Pope is already in it!

Next, we need to invite the former Anglicans turned Catholic who...READ MORE

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10 Things About Church That Have Changed

08/25/2011 Comments (122)

Many things in the Church have changed since I was a kid. There are things you see now that you would never have seen back then and vice versa. For good and for ill.

Altar boys wearing sneakers. This drives me nuts. When I was a kid, we weren’t even allowed to wear sneakers to church. When we were serving at Mass, only shiny black pleather would do. Nothing but the best. Today, I see altar boys wearing ratty high tops or even sandals. Makes me wanna smack the parents upside the head. Big deal? No. In bad taste? You betcha.

Puppet Masters. This is actually an improvement. When I was a kid, I witnessed several priests condescend to Mass attendees with puppet-laden homilies.  Thanks to...READ MORE

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Qaddafi's Days (Mins) Are Numbered. Now What?

08/21/2011 Comments (5)

Reports have abounded around the Internet Sunday night. By the time you read this, things may or not have significantly changed. But the situation, as it seems right now is that Libyan rebels have been continually pushing back loyalist troops and have now entered Tripoli. It now seems that brutal Qaddafi’s 42-year rule is effectively over. And while Qaddafi’s fate is not yet known, it seems the Libyan rebels have won the day.

With all the talk of Libyan rebel’s victories and advances with our military help, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that President Obama got us involved in Libya under the pretense of a pending humanitarian crisis. We had no choice but to go in and protect the...READ MORE

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Obama's Assault On Religious Freedom

08/16/2011 Comments (29)

The title of this post is not hyperbole.

Every once in a while a court case comes along that could have profound ramifications for our liberty. Many times, everyone knows about these cases. Sometimes they do not. Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC could be one of those cases.

This particular case is about the Ministerial Exception. In a nutshell, the Ministerial Exception allows for religious organizations “to decide for themselves, free from state interference, matters of church government as well as those of faith and doctrine.”

Based on this right, twelve federal circuits have recognized the “ministerial exception.” (The Federal Circuit has no jurisdiction...READ MORE

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That Fateful Day Ten Years Ago

08/08/2011 Comments (25)

It is hard to believe it has been ten years since that fateful day in which the President addressed us to discuss the death of thousands.  No, not that day.  It has been ten years since President Bush made his decision to allow federal funding for research into how we could use the death of other human beings for maximum benefit.

A little refresher.  On August 9, 2001, just a month short of another fateful day in American history, President Bush addressed the nation to explain his decision to allow federal funding on existing stem cell lines.

President Bush acknowledged the profound ethical questions involved but in a misdirected attempt at Solomonic wisdom decided to split the baby.  He...READ MORE

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American Unexceptionalism

08/07/2011 Comments (11)

So we have been downgraded.  The Standard and Poors downgrade of our credit rating was the big thud you heard Friday evening.  No doubt, the next few weeks will be spent in earnest effort by anyone in need of votes to ward off impending unemployment making sure you understand how the other guys are to blame for it.  It is always the other guys.

As we listen to the clamor of “The tea party did it!” and “Tax and spend liberals did it!” know this.  Many of those screaming loudest are the most culpable.  Some of yesterday’s big spenders are today’s tea partiers.  Of course, all economic policies are not created equal but that is not my point today.

The downgrade, in as much as it is a...READ MORE

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Debt Deal's Biggest Losers—Bishops

08/02/2011 Comments (173)

It seems that just about nobody is happy about the debt deal.  Tea-partiers feel they lost.  Liberals feel they lost. The American people certainly lost and whether he feels that way or not, President Obama surely lost.  But there are others that also lost in this deal.  Others that many people would be surprised to see in a list of losers because of the debt deal, Bishops Stephen E. Blaire of Stockton, California, and Howard J. Hubbard of Albany, New York.  And by extension, all the Bishops of the USCCB lost in this deal.

Americans may have lost a great opportunity to get our fiscal house in order, politicians may have lost their base or some political capital, but the bishops lost...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.