Medjugorje Revealed?

07/29/2011 Comments (628)

Recently, famed journalist and author and the “most translated Catholic writer in the world,” Vittorio Messori expressed his concern over Medjugorje.  Messori is concerned that no matter what the Vatican commission decides (pro, con, or wait and see) many good Catholics will be very disappointed.

“Whatever will be the decision of the Holy See, the damage will be severe. If the International Commission of Inquiry, presided over by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, will end up ruling on the non-authenticity of the apparitions, if it made a statement of deceit, misunderstanding, perhaps of cheating, for pastoral care it would be a disaster”, Vittorio Messori explains his position in Tracce.

Vittorio...READ MORE

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Extreme Makeover: Crystal Cathedral Edition

07/25/2011 Comments (33)

The last few years there has been a rash of reality shows in which the old and/or ugly something is renovated, fixed-up or slimmed down for the great reveal.

The have done this to ugly people, obese people, houses and even restaurants. We may need to add a cathedral to the list.

The Crystal Cathedral is a large protestant Church in Garden Grove, Calif., built by Robert Schuller to house his once thriving ministry. Lately however, the ministry has fallen on hard times and declared bankruptcy last year.

Enter the Roman Catholic diocese of Orange, California. In what I am sure they perceive as a very pragmatic move, since they are in need of a cathedral, they have offered $50 million for...READ MORE

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My Advice For Abp. Chaput. Don't Take Advice.

07/19/2011 Comments (21)

Lots and lots of people have advice for Archbishop Chaput for when he comes to Philadelphia.  So do I.

Don’t take any advice.

I conclude that the reason the Holy Father chose Archbishop Chaput for the important job in Philadelphia is because he liked the job he did in Denver. Makes sense, right?

My sincerest hope is that the new Bishop of Philadelphia will be exactly like the old Bishop of Denver.  Others, however, think that Charles Chaput has just been elected representative of their little faction of the Church.

There are those in the Church who want what they want and they think that the Bishop’s job is to give it to them.

It seems that every Bishop now has to deal with the faction...READ MORE

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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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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.