Ave Maria U: What Are You Doing?

06/03/2010 Comments (39)

I am befuddled.  Why would those who built a Catholic University and ostensibly a Catholic town to surround it, actively recruit and assist a business that performs work antithetical to Catholic teaching to the area?

That seems to be exactly what is happening.  Tom Monaghan and his development partners are actively recruiting Jackson Laboratory to the surrounding area and the University leadership is assisting.

I understand that luring a large bio-tech company into the area could be a boon to the town and to the university, but at what price?  Through facts dug up at AveWatch.com, I must say there is enough evidence of Jackson Laboratory’s involvement in contraceptive research and...READ MORE

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Breaking Bad: The Wages of Sin

05/31/2010 Comments (13)

My favorite show on television is about the manufacture and distribution of crystal meth in Albuquerque.  Yeah, go figure.

The show, Breaking Bad, centers around a high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston) who receives a diagnosis of lung cancer.  Walter, fearing financially for his family which includes a pregnant wife and a fifteen year old boy with cerebral palsy, decides to use his chemistry skills to cook crystal meth just for a little while.

I really enjoy this show for many reasons.  The acting is first rate and the story telling enthralling.  But mostly I enjoy it because it is a character study, it dives deep into the character and nature of sin.

I...READ MORE

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Coming Soon: TV Abortion Commericals

05/25/2010 Comments (7)

Well, it was only a matter of time.  In a first, a UK television station will air an advertisement for abortion.

You can see the story in this youtube video.

My first impulse upon hearing this story was that abortion providers here might try the same thing, and they probably will.  Then it occurred to me that perhaps TV ads are the last thing they want.

Think about it.  Two-thirds of every drug commercial you see on television in the U.S. expounds a ludicrously long litany of any and all possible side effects.  I am no legal expert and most abortions being surgery rather than a drug, the same standards may not apply.  However, it is conceivable that abortion providers might very well...READ MORE

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A Pox On 'Pastoral'

05/20/2010 Comments (16)

Have you ever had one of those experiences wherein you got sick after eating or drinking something and then, even though you know that the sickness was probably not related to that food item, you just cannot stand to look at it or even smell it without getting nauseous?

Well I have.  Nothing against Cracker Barrel, but I can’t go within 1000 yards without needing a barrel myself. Enough about that.

But I have also found that the same thing can happen with words.  When I find words that occur in frequent proximity to things that make me sick, I find that I can no longer stomach the word anymore, even if used appropriately.

Much to my chagrin, I find myself facing this very situation right...READ MORE

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I Want Bill Donohue's Job

05/17/2010 Comments (45)

There is quite the tiff going on between William Donohue of the Catholic League and the denizens of dissent at the National Catholic Reporter.

It seems that other NCR does not like Bill very much.  The published a piece by Joe Feuerherd entitled “Billy the bully is bad for the church.”  If you think that title seems harsh, you should read Donohue’s response.

I am not here to wade into the he said/she said of this particular debate.  Rather, I merely want to note a few facts and then make a humble suggestion.

First, whether you love or loathe Bill Donohue, you have to admit that this guy has fun doing his job.  For a guy that does outrage for a living, he is having a blast.  He is out...READ MORE

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Support Immigration "Language" Reform

05/11/2010 Comments (45)

Words mean things. I don’t like it when people abuse words in order to deceive or obfuscate. I especially don’t like it when Christians do it. I really, really don’t like it when Christians do it in the name of being Christian.

As a Catholic, I firmly believe in the inherent God-given dignity of all men. Many in Christian circles, in an effort to foster respect for the dignity of the illegal immigrant, have taken to disrespecting my dignity or, at the very least, my intelligence.

But I do not view it as an offense against the dignity of man to call an illegal immigrant an illegal immigrant. If someone has immigrated here without the consent of this sovereign nation, they are an illegal...READ MORE

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The Third Secret - Did The Pope Lie?

05/06/2010 Comments (48)

Get ready for conspiracy season, opening day is almost here.

Prepare thyself for an onslaught of information, speculation, and defamation over the next few weeks as the Pope prepares to visit Fatima this month.

Speculation about the contents of the famous third secret of Fatima had become such a cottage industry among among some Catholics that they were determined not to let a little thing like the secret being revealed in the year 2000 get in their way.  If you have a successful business model, you stick with it I suppose.

It is fair to say that the Pope’s visit to Fatima will, of course, make the famous secret once again a hot topic as it is intensely interesting.  However, Antonio...READ MORE

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Was Jesus A Hooligan?

05/03/2010 Comments (5)

Tolerance just ain’t what it used to be.

Besides Lord and Savior, We’ve heard Jesus called many things.  Some say he was a prophet, some say he was a post-modern hippie in pre-modern times, some say he was just an ordinary guy who thought love was a good idea, and many more.  But I never heard Jesus called this name before.  The police in the UK think that Jesus was a hooligan.  That’s right.  A hooligan.

What other conclusion can you come to after hearing this story. Dale Mcalpine, a part-time Christian preacher in the UK was handing out leaflets on the street when he got into a conversation about homosexuality with a passer-by and a police officer.  He told them that he believes as 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.