Who Is Mark Shea Talking About?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 2:43 AM Comments (256)

After several posts by Mark Shea on the subject of “conservatism”, I must admit I don’t like those conservative Catholics very much.  Anyway, at least how Mark Shea describes them.  Fortunately, I haven’t met very many who fit Mark’s description.  And I think I would have run into them, for I am a conservative Catholic.

I won’t go point for point with Mark on this as he has so many points it would be rather pointless.  A snippet then.  Mark says things like:

But when alleged conservative Catholics tell me that they would rather get their social teaching from a talking hairdo on FOX than from the bishops, when they tell me that it is “moralistic” not to be willing to put your soul at risk of...READ MORE

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The Catholic Or The Commie?

Thursday, October 14, 2010 9:54 AM Comments (26)

Well the debate between Senate candidates O’Donnell and Coons happened last night in Delaware wherein took place this little exchange.

“I would argue that more people would support my Catholic beliefs than his Marxist beliefs.”  I hope that is true, although since I live in New York, I am not entirely sure that is true.

That said, I think it is entirely fair to call a Marxist a Marxist.  Why this is sometimes considered name calling I don’t know.  Things are labeled for a reason.  When a guy says he was inspired to become a Democrat by his Marxist professor, I think it is entirely fair.

Now to the evolution bit.

I actually liked elements of her answer about evolution.  The relevant...READ MORE

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Blessed Are The Piece Makers?

Monday, October 11, 2010 2:02 AM Comments (48)

Bad.  Shouldn’t do things like this.  Bad.  Not Funny.

Ok, maybe a little funny.

I can see the comments now.  “Patrick, are you advocating violence and vandalism?”

As a general rule, no.

It is a long drive from Kalispell, Montana to Denver.  690 miles to be exact.  That is a lot of time in the car to think about the reason for your trip.  If you are going to get in your car to to drive 690 miles, you better have a good reason for your trip.  Kathleen Lorie Folden thought she had one.

Kathleen heard of an “art” exhibit in Denver.  This piece of ... ummm…“art” depicted Jesus engaged in a homosexual act.  Kathleen thought to herself (I am mind paraphrasing here) “Oh no you didn’t.  Not...READ MORE

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Shock! Smothering A Disabled Child An Act of Love?

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 1:36 AM Comments (13)

‘If I were the mother of a suffering child - I mean a deeply suffering child - I would be the first to want to put a pillow over its face… If it was a child I really loved, who was in agony, I think any good mother would.’

This goes to show that no principle of civilization, no precept—no matter how holy, authentic, or certain—cannot be twisted into the service of evil.  Murder as an act of love.

The statement above is that of UK television pundit Virginia Ironside.  The video below shows the entire exchange.

The host, about to introduce another guest was shocked into continuing the conversation calling her statement a “horrifying thing.”  Indeed.

In another part of the interview,...READ MORE

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Amazing Grace: The Flying Scotsman

Thursday, September 30, 2010 3:14 AM Comments (12)

I recently watched again the Oscar winning film ‘Chariots of Fire’. It is a terrific film. Once again I was moved by how the film portrays the faith of Olympian Eric Liddell (played to perfection by the late Ian Charleson). But there is more to the story than most people know.

For those not acquainted with the story or the film, a brief summary. Eric Liddell was born in China to a Scottish protestant missionary family. He was quite an athlete. An accomplished Rugby player, he attended the University of Edinburgh where he also took up and eventually dedicated himself to running. So accomplished was he as an athlete, Liddell was asked to represent the U.K. in the 1924 Paris Olympics in the...READ MORE

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Bigots Of The World, Unite!

Sunday, September 26, 2010 10:41 PM Comments (12)

Four Christian Missionaries, laughably arrested and charged with inciting a riot at a Dearborn Muslim festival, have been acquitted by a jury.  One of the missionaries was found guilty of failure to obey a police officer’s order

The missionaries videotaped the entire incident and posted it on Youtube.  To charge these four with inciting a riot is like charging Rowan Williams with orthodoxy, the charge will never stick.

The four missionaries, from a group called Acts 17 Apologetics specifically proselytizes Muslims, this is the real reason they were arrested that day.  To proselytize a Muslim is to suggest that the Muslim may be wrong and that is all the evidence of bigotry some people...READ MORE

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Witches Brew

Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:41 AM Comments (16)

As you have probably heard, Christine O’Donnell won the Republican primary in Delaware for the Senate seat.  The story for the first few days after her victory was about how establishment Republicans have it out for her (they do).

But now professional leftist loudmouth Bill Maher has tried to undercut and embarrass the candidate by releasing a video of her back in the 90’s talking about some tenuous connection she had with witchcraft in high school.  High school.

Now of course, such things are never to be dabbled in, no matter what your age.  But Maher is not concerned for her soul; he does not believe she has a soul.  Rather, Maher seeks to embarrass her and maybe disqualify her in the...READ MORE

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The Rise Of The True Believer

Thursday, September 16, 2010 2:38 AM Comments (30)

What is one to make of all the hubbub this Republican primary season?  Most of the talk has centered around the tea party, Sarah Palin, Republicans in name only (RINOs), and the reaction of the Republican establishment.  Well, there is much to talk about.

The Republican establishment has clearly been shocked by the rapid ascension and influence of the tea-party and more general tea-party sentiment during the primary season.  And rank and file conservatives new to the political process have been shocked at the unfriendly welcome they have received in Republican circles.

For a long time the mantra has been that for the Republican party to succeed, the party needs to engage and motivate 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.