The Priest Voice

Why do some priests speak like Mr. Rogers?

Sunday, February 06, 2011 11:52 PM Comments (58)

I know well and have known many priests during my earthly span and I hope to be around long enough to get to know even more.

And so, over the years, I have had many conversations, discussions, and even friendly arguments with priests, and most of them are normal guys.  They have opinions and many of them even have short tempers, not unlike me.  Talking to them about various subjects is like talking to most other men.  So it always surprises me when I hear it.  You know what I am talking about.

The Priest Voice.

The priest voice is that cloying sing-songy version of the Mr. Rogers voice which is often heard at the back of the Church or on the front steps as the priest greets parishioners...READ MORE

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Personalities Of The Catholic Combox

You know who you are!

Thursday, February 03, 2011 2:38 AM Comments (65)

The comment box in the blogosphere, or combox, is the wild wild west of the internet.  In the combox you can and will meet all kinds of strange and wondrous characters.

The combox in the Catholic interwebs has its own cast of characters.  I suspect that your average Catholic blog reader probably has never, or very rarely, left a comment on a post.  They read what you have to say and if you are really, really lucky, they might think about it for a moment. Those are the readers.  Commenters are a different ball of wax.  Commenters, and you know who you are, have opinions and they…well they have opinions.

Having been around the Catholic blogging game for a few years now, certain easily...READ MORE

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Mayflower Crosses the Tiber

Monday, January 31, 2011 1:14 AM Comments (7)

Want to know the real reason for the widely abused and misunderstood concept of the separation of Church and State?

America was founded by those fleeing state imposed religion.  Many of those fleeing this oppression left jolly old England. If there remains any in England of the same spunk as the pilgrims of yore, they would be loading up the Mayflower right about now.

Opposition to the ordination of female Bishops has been growing within the Anglican General Synod.  Some Members of Parliament are afraid that the Synod might, in line with 2,000 years of Christian doctrine, reject female Episcopal Ordination.  Well they just cannot have that!

A group of influential MPs will tomorrow call for...READ MORE

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The Faith of Fringe

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 1:47 PM Comments (7)

I find myself in a strange situation.  One of my favorite shows on television is a show I gave up on halfway through the first season.  Fringe.

I gave up on the show halfway through the first season because I felt the show was meandering, strange, and sometimes gross.  It is still sometimes those things, but it is so much more too.

I gave up on Fringe, now in its third season, before the overall “meta narrative” became evident.  Fair warning, spoilers ahead.

The storyline goes something like this.  There is a special division of the FBI named the “Fringe” division that investigates strange occurrences somewhat like the X-files.  However, as we learn throughout the show that most of the...READ MORE

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Incendiary Stupidity or Killing Incivility

Thursday, January 20, 2011 4:25 AM Comments (26)

The following has been redacted for your own safety.

The other day I was

killing time at Target. I overheard two guys shooting the breeze about the new civility. You know, the words and phrases we are no longer allowed to say because it might trigger

a crazy person to do something, well crazy.

One guy, a real

straight shooter, then complained that the media had really jumped the gun in declaring victims of the recent shooting dead saying “It must have killed family members to hear such things.” The other agreed and attributed it to the media just gunning for ratings.

Another guy,

all up in arms, walked up and started shooting off at the mouth saying “Its all Sarah Palin’s fault!”  The first...READ MORE

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Santo Not So Subito!

Monday, January 17, 2011 1:57 PM Comments (28)

The cries echoes up from the piazza, Santo Subito!  Santo Subito!  Sainthood Now!

I can guarantee one thing,  no one will ever hear that phrase pass my lips.

I like mail, doctor’s appointments, and State of the Union address to expeditious.  But not my saints.

Saints should be like a fine wine made at some remote monastery, made with one part fruit, one part yeast, five parts prayer, and fifty parts time.

Now, if you have ever made wine, you know that there is always a temptation to open a bottle before its time but experience teaches you not to do it.  You must wait.

Look at it another way.  How often does popular acclaim ever lead to permanent acclaim?  If popular acclaim was a...READ MORE

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Jared Did It

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 4:42 AM Comments (86)

When Kennedy was shot, they blamed a conspiracy.

When King was shot, they blamed race.

When Reagan was shot was shot, they blamed guns.

When Oklahoma City was bombed, they blamed ideology.

When the World Trade Center was bombed by planes, some blamed Muslims and some blamed….us.

When a man shot up an Army base, they blamed…us…again.

When a man shoots a Judge, a child, and a US Representative, they blame…everybody.

Everybody but…

Even going back to the Kennedy assassination, when was the last time we blamed the person who did something horrible for doing something horrible?

When was the last time we blamed sin?

You know who I blame for the Tuscon shooting?  I blame Jared.  He chose...READ MORE

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Constitution: Divinely Inspired?

Thursday, January 06, 2011 2:17 PM Comments (19)

Today, on the second day of the 112th Congress, the Constitution will be read on the floor in its entirety.  In addition, the new Republican leadership in the House will be instituting a new rule requiring that each new piece of legislation cite the provision which grants Congress the authority to enact such a law.

Today, it is not uncommon to witness people on opposite sides of the political spectrum expressing far out views of this founding document.

Many liberals, or political progressives, view the Constitution as anachronistic.  It is over 200 years old and its writers could never have anticipated the needs of people today.  Therefore the Constitution needs to be treated as a “living...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.