A National Day Of Prayer, Hardly

Monday, April 19, 2010 10:43 AM Comments (105)

Last week it was widely reported that a Federal judge, in an absurd decision, killed the National Day of Prayer.

No she didn’t.

It has also been widely speculated that the decision of the descriptively named Judge Crabb will be over-turned by a higher court and the National Day of Prayer will live again.

No it won’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I think this absurd decision - a decision which willfully ignores everything the framers thought and stood for - should be overturned.  However, The National Day of Prayer was dead long before Crabb killed it and it will take more than reversal on appeal for it to ever really live again.

Truth is, the National Day of Prayer signifies nothing more than a...READ MORE

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A Time For Prophecy

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 2:00 PM Comments (6)

Prophecy has a bad rap.

When people think of prophecy, wild visions of predicted doom rush to mind.  One cannot divorce prophecy from the prediction of future events, no sense in arguing that point.  But in seeing only the obvious, many people lose sight of the purpose of this important gift of the Holy Spirit, to provide hope.

The Old Testament prophets did not primarily concern themselves with events in the future or portray the future as some abstract freight train of destiny filled with unstoppable momentum.  Rather, God sent prophets to tell the people what they are doing wrong, to rebuke them for turning away from God and the commandments, and to cajole them with visions of a future...READ MORE

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It's The Love, Stupid

Thursday, April 08, 2010 2:18 PM Comments (9)

The announcement that Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio has been appointed co-adjutor archbishop for Los Angeles and successor to Cardinal Mahony leaves the mainstream media very confused.

The media is alternately ecstatic and apoplectic over Pope Benedict’s choice for the city of Angels.  Several news outlets, notably the LA Times, have already written several articles about what to expect from Archbishop Gomez and have even tried to send thinly-veiled warnings.  But in most of the coverage, the media makes the same mistake that it always makes when it tries to cover religion like politics.  They attempt to view all matters through the lens of politics and feel compelled to attempt to...READ MORE

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What Do You Want In A Pastor?

Monday, April 05, 2010 12:30 PM Comments (22)

There is a big shakeup going on in my diocese.  Pastors are being relocated throughout the diocese and because of a shortage, many priests will become first time pastors. My parish will not be exempted and the pastor of my parish will be moving to my aunt and uncle’s parish.

They announced yesterday before Easter mass that an auxiliary Bishop for our diocese will be conducting an informational session this week to answer questions and to see what we desire in a pastor.

So I ask myself, what DO I desire in a pastor?

I suppose when we think of an ideal pastor, many of us conjure up images of Bing’s Fr. O’Malley, young, vibrant, and with great business sense or perhaps of the lovable old...READ MORE

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Hell Is Not Hot

Tuesday, March 30, 2010 3:00 PM Comments (11)

I have heard it said that when a baby closes its eyes, it perceives the entire world has gone away rather than just their ability to perceive it.  I have often wondered how scientists can know such a thing, but I think that now I know.  They must have witnessed this same behavior in adults and merely extrapolated backwards.

Case in point, Newsweek’s religion editor Lisa Miller has a new book out on Heaven and the various different notions of it.  In an interview with Sally Quinn, Miller is asked whether she believes in Hell, to which she replies with an emphatic “no.”  Asked why, she cites the dwindling polls numbers for hell.  Hell is not hot right now.

Of course, we know that reality is...READ MORE

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The Easter Bunny Must Die

Thursday, March 25, 2010 12:18 PM Comments (71)

Among the peeves I keep as pets, chief is my loathing of the Easter Bunny.  There are many reasons to hate the Bunny.  I will get into why in particular the Bunny, but first to some other pressing business.

Why is it that religious holidays require mascots to make them palatable to secularists who otherwise wouldn’t give a fig about the celebration?  While some mascots are cool in their own right, most add nothing and typically detract from the holiday’s expressed purpose.

Take the leprechaun.  Actually, don’t take the leprechaun. I am pretty sure that taking a leprechaun is bad luck.  But the leprechaun as a symbol of St. Paddy’s Day?  A hard-drinking short guy consumed with greed is not...READ MORE

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Bishops Share The Blame

Monday, March 22, 2010 9:50 AM Comments (13)

[Please see the addendum at the end of this post.]

Well, it is done. The Government takeover of health-care is now the law of the land complete with the federal funding of abortion.

At this horrific moment we must make an honest assessment of how we arrived at this point.  The responsibility for this terrible moment in history is spread far and wide.  The Democrat party, committed to the Siamese causes of increasing government control of lives and desire to have less lives, is the obvious culprit but far from the only one.

A truly honest assessment of the situation should hold the Republican party to account.  Truth be told, the Republican party has acquitted themselves well in the past...READ MORE

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Throwing The Bathwater Out With The Baby?

Sacrificing Health Care For Abortion

Tuesday, March 16, 2010 5:00 PM Comments (5)

In all the discussion about whip counts it is easy to lose sight of what really counts and what the health care debate is really all about.  It should come as little surprise that this is all about abortion, or more specifically about the federal funding of abortion.

However, conversely to what the media would have you believe, it is not primarily about Bart Stupak and a handful of pro-life Democrats holding up health-care reform.  Rather, it is about the leadership of the Democrat party’s willingness to sacrifice their electoral livelihoods and/or health-care “reform” in order to make sure abortion is covered.

The real truth is that if health-care reform were the true overriding...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.