I Am Boring and So Are You

Friday, April 01, 2011 11:47 PM Comments (41)

One of my number one rules of blogging, aside from a three drink limit and a ban on bathtub blogging, is don’t write about Sr. Joan Chittester. It is boring.

That said, I am breaking my rule today because my topic du jour is boring. Not that my topic IS boring, but my post is ABOUT boring. So I judge it ok to break my rule this time.

So fair warning, I am now going to quote Sister. Please do not read this quote if you are operating heavy machinery.

Lent is not an event. It is not something that happens to us. It is at most a microcosm of what turns out to be a lifelong journey to the center of the self.

The purpose of Lent is to confront us with ourselves in a way that’s conscious and...READ MORE

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The New Mass Translation - The Power of Fancy

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:53 AM Comments (41)

I may be weird, but I am looking forward to the new translation of the Mass.

It’s not that I am secretly a Latin scholar who has for years lamented improper translations. I am not. I don’t know my e pluribus unum from my ad nauseum. But I like the idea that the language will be fancier. I like fancy language. Fancy makes things seem special.

Fancy can take the the otherwise mundane and elevate it and make it memorable.

Do you remember those Merchant Ivory films from twenty years ago? They were all the rage back then. They won all kinds of awards and stuff. One I remember in particular, Remains of the Day.

Remains of the Day starred Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. Hopkins plays a...READ MORE

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I Was Born This Way

Thursday, March 24, 2011 12:20 AM Comments (134)

For years I have fought my own nature, but no more.

Ever since I can remember, I have felt this way. It has always been just below the surface, but I have done my best to push it down. Way down.

Also, ever since I can remember, when my ‘tendencies’ would become obvious, people would tell me that it is wrong. My parents, my teachers and especially my priests would warn me, you can’t act that way, that the Bible says that it is wrong.

Now I know otherwise. I have been denying my true nature. There is a long-standing social stigma against people like me. We are put down, and people do not like to associate with us. But the one thing I know is true is that I didn’t ask to be this way. It is...READ MORE

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Fr. Corapi: Convicted Already? Updated!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 3:50 PM Comments (750)

Update:  Please see these important updates on the Fr. Corapi situation at the bottom of this post.

Statement from Rev. Gerald Sheehan, Regional Priest Servant

Statement of Bishop George Leo Thomas, the bishop of the Diocese of Helena


Father Corapi, the dynamic and well known evangelist, broke the news on his own website this weekend that he has been placed on ‘administrative leave’ following wide ranging accusations of misconduct by a former employee. Fr. Corapi is adamant that the accusations are baseless and he decries the de facto policy that now finds accused priests guilty until proven innocent so as to avoid further embarrassment as he puts it, “just in case.”

There seems to no...READ MORE

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The Dumbing Down of Everything

Saturday, March 19, 2011 2:15 AM Comments (38)

It is somehow fitting for the oxymoronic age in which we live that we call the uniform distribution of mediocrity, progress.

Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to watch Ken Burns’ documentary on the Civil War cannot help but be taken aback by the simple eloquence of men of little formal education and the surpassing eloquence of some of the educated.

Illiteracy was widespread 150 years ago. Yet, those who were literate, even with just a fourth grade education, had such a facility with words that this blogger is put to shame.

Take for instance the letter of one Samuel M. Potter to Cynthia Potter, December 10, 1862.  Potter, writing to his wife, makes evident his lack of education,...READ MORE

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SHUT IT DOWN

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 11:59 PM Comments (47)

Tactics.

In the game of golf, there is something called laying up. It refers to a tactical decision by the golfer not to take a risky shot that would, if successful, get him closer to the hole. Instead, he chooses to hit a shorter shot, away from the hazard in the hope of avoiding a costly mistake. Choosing to lose the battle in hopes of winning the war.

For those of you who enjoy golf, you know that laying up is sometimes the right thing to do, the prudent thing to do. It is a sign of maturity and earned wisdom.

And sometimes it simply means that you are a complete wimp.

Like golfers facing a water hazard while playing into a headwind, Republicans fear a government shutdown. For the...READ MORE

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Children Cost Too Darn Much!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:16 AM Comments (29)

Every year or so you see some version of this story.  It costs one gazillion dollars to raise a child.  The implication, it’s just not worth it.  Example.

New research suggests that people may exaggerate the perks of being parents to rationalize the financial costs of raising children.

Two studies, featured in the journal Psychological Science, measured more than 140 parents’ feelings after being presented with information regarding the hefty bill of raising a child. In the Northeast, raising one child to the age of 18 costs nearly $193,000, according to the research.

Wow.  $193,000 buckaroos?  How do I put this politely?  Horse hockey!

All you moms and dads out there of five or more...READ MORE

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The Armchair Pro-Life

Sunday, March 06, 2011 9:09 PM Comments (121)

It should not surprise that I hold in low esteem a particular breed of man who, while claiming the name Catholic, supports openly and actively that wretched party of death. They fret over a folly, which they basely baptize as “social justice”, which inexplicably counsels the right of broadband internet access and condoms for the poor, while innocent life is extinguished by the millions at the cruel hands of the federally subsidized. In so doing, they weave for themselves a seamless garment as a shroud, befitting the whitewashed tombs they gaily inhabit.

Still, another breed of man occupies a rung on my ladder of loathing barely an amoeba’s head above the aforementioned—the armchair...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.