Supply Side Confession: The Economics of Mercy

04/27/2011 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?

People who think like this...READ MORE

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Should I Let My Children Watch The Passion?

04/21/2011 Comments (100)

For the past five years, it has been my tradition to watch The Passion of The Christ on Good Friday. The film is exceptionally well done and moves me to tears every time I watch it.

It serves to remind me, in a way that almost nothing else can, how much my Lord suffered for me. For my sins. For my redemption. Oh how He suffered, for me.

My two oldest children are 11 and going on 10 years old. I am seriously considering asking them to try and watch it with me. I want them to understand the last supper, the agony in the garden, and the crucifixion in a way that they never have before.

This film did this for me. It moved me to pity and remorse in a way that I never felt before. It is my...READ MORE

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Voris, Corapi, And The Ned Flanderification Of Catholic Commentary

04/17/2011 Comments (265)

If you are lucky, you may have missed the current debate rippling through the Catholic interwebs. Actually, it is a debate that comes up from time time to time, this time it just happens to involve video provocateur Michael Voris.

Voris contributes to the website RealCatholicTv.com.  He produces several videos a week talking about issues related to faith, politics, and culture.  No big deal, lots of us speak or write about these subjects every day.  What makes Voris a hot topic of debate is mostly style and occasionally a little substance.

Having only watched a handful of Voris’ videos, I do not intend to debate the prudence or sagacity of all his remarks.  But I do want to talk about...READ MORE

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What Is Donald Trump Up To?

04/16/2011 Comments (41)

When you think of Donald Trump, if you think of Donald Trump, you think entrepreneur, billionaire, showman, TV personality, and you may even think of weird hair.  But when you look at Donald Trump do you really think—President?

This is the question many people are asking after Trump’s media blitz the past few weeks that has thrust him into primary discussions and water-cooler discussions.

So what is Trump up to?  What is he after?  What is he promoting?

Well, first and foremost Trump is selling Trump.  Because Trump is always selling Trump.  I believe, and I suspect most other people believe, that Trump has no real interest in running and/or being president if for no other reason that he...READ MORE

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Which Is Better? Easter or Christmas?

04/12/2011 Comments (29)

It is time to address the elephant in the room. The only way to deal with it is head on. To weigh the pros and the cons and determine once and for all, which is the better holiday, Christmas or Easter.

I could go all theological on you, but this is me so ... there will be other criteria.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

R.E.M. Sleep

On Christmas, Dad is up until 5:30 am putting together bicycles and toys clearly shipped with extra parts all the while crying on the inside about the state of his bank account. He is finally off to bed only to ripped from his sugarplum dreams a mere 45 minutes later as his joy-filled but interminably loud children demand immediate access to their undeserved...READ MORE

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Assisi Redux - Not This Time

04/07/2011 Comments (24)

How do you celebrate the 25th anniversary of something?  Well, by everyone getting together again and NOT doing what you did 25 years ago.  Huh?

Well that is exactly what the the Church is doing to commemorate the infamous Assisi conference.  25 years ago, many of the world’s religions gathered together any prayed together.  In order to celebrate this historic act, the Church has invited everyone back together to NOT pray together.

VATICAN CITY (CNS)—Pope Benedict XVI and representatives of the world’s major religions will make speeches and sign a common commitment to peace when they meet in Assisi in October, but they will not pray together, the Vatican said.

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Who Portrayed the Best / Worst Jesus?

04/04/2011 Comments (135)

For the last several years it has been my custom to watch “Passion of the Christ” on Good Friday. It is a masterpiece in my opinion, an opinion that when it comes to cinema is worth less than Steven Greydanus but probably more than Roger Ebert. I love the film and, in particular, I love Jim Caviezel as Jesus.

At first I thought that Caviezel is definitely my favorite Jesus, and he may well be. But to be fair, I thought we should take a look at some of the other Jesuses.

Max Von Sydow
“Beatnik Jesus”

Max portrayed Jesus in The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965). That’s the movie in which Charlton Heston played John the Baptist.  I am sorry, but Max’s Jesus is a little creepy. And creepy is...READ MORE

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I Am Boring and So Are You

04/01/2011 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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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.