Our Battle Of The Bulge

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 2:00 PM Comments (12)

Ten months ago, the Democrats began their campaign for perpetual political dominance through the bureaucratic machine. Health care became their battle of choice. A theoretical filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and a huge numerical advantage in the House gave the Democrats a lot of firepower and they certainly had the will to use it. They made the decision that they would dominate the continent and usher in a political dynasty.  One of the first tasks of the newly-established dynasty would be to use the machinery of state to systematically exterminate a class of people—the unborn.  A horrible vision of the future emerged, yet it seemed that pro-lifers were powerless to stop it.

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Love and Fellowship in the Time of Swine Flu

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 1:00 PM Comments (17)

At my parish they have renamed the narthex of the church as the “fellowship hall”. This novus nomenclature is intended to encourage parishioners, when leaving after mass, to engage each other on a personal level (e.g., smiling, hugging, and conversing) in some place other than the nave of the church. I think this is a very good idea as we all know how important fellowship is to the Christian experience.

I go out the side door.

The parish I grew up in was a keep-your-head-facing-forward and mind-your-own-business kind of place and that suited me just fine. We shared the same faith and for one hour on Sundays, we shared the same air; that was enough. These days, however, I am surrounded by...READ MORE

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The Smiting Is Still Implied

Thursday, February 11, 2010 2:15 PM Comments (4)

People have strange notions of God.  A semi-agnostic co-worker recently remarked to me that he regards the Bible as so much hooey because the God of the Old Testament is mean and wrathful while the God of the New Testament is about love and forgiveness.  How can Christians, he wondered, be silly enough to believe in both.  It seems to me that many people, whether or not they would articulate it in such a way, view God in much the same way.

They think that the God of the Old Testament created the world and was determined to run things His way.  Step out of line and He would send a flood or drop some fire and brimstone on you just as soon as look at you.  Follow the rules or He would open a...READ MORE

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Contraception Is The Key

Monday, February 08, 2010 1:20 PM Comments (8)

“Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.”—Samuel Johnson

When reading the absurd comments of Harry Knox, who serves on President Barack Obama’s faith-based advisory council, I cannot help but think that Samuel Johnson missed a category.

In 2009, in response to the Pope’s comments about condoms and AIDS in Africa, Knox said that the Pope is “hurting people in the name of Jesus.”  This past week, Knox was asked if he stood by this statement and he answered with an emphatic “I do.”

Knox’s statement is as ignorant as it is lacking in integrity.  Why, last year even the leftist Washington Post conceded “The Pope May...READ MORE

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Moral Relativism For The Relatively Moral

Monday, February 01, 2010 10:46 AM Comments (8)

There is an old saying that goes something like this: If you and I are being chased by a bear I don’t need to be faster than the bear, I only need to be faster than you.

I sometimes wonder if this is how our personal judgment will go? If the bear represents hell, do I only need to be better than the guy next to me to eek my way into purgatory? I guess what I am wondering is—does God grade on a curve?

I think by 21st century standards, I am a stand-up guy. I mean, look how most people act these days; by comparison, I am like St. Francis. Well, maybe not St. Francis, but probably almost as good as St. Rene Goupil - Patron saint of Anesthesiologists.

If you remember back in college, one of...READ MORE

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The NASCAR of Apologetics

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 1:51 PM Comments (25)

I am a flawed man.

I love to listen to Catholic apologetics. I listen to apologetics CDs, I read apologetic books, and I love to listen to apologetics on the radio. I suspect my reason for listening to apologetics on the radio is different from most people; at least I hope it is.

I think I read once that NASCAR is the biggest spectator sport in the United States. Being a northerner, I am sure that I miss many of the appealing aspects of NASCAR, but I think I know why most people watch it. They want to see the crashes. That is why I listen to apologetics on the radio, particularly Catholic Answers. I want to be around when the crash happens.

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I Like My Crazy With Extra Nuts

Thursday, January 21, 2010 1:30 PM Comments (14)

I am endlessly entertained by the human ability to draw others into their own grand delusions.  Among this most entertaining group is the lowly-regarded but highly amusing quacks in what is probably the world’s second oldest profession, doomsday prophet.

Doomsday profiteering has gone mainstream these days.  By golly almost every other show on the History channel these days involves the apocalypse.  “Apocalypse Man”, “Life After People”, and every other episode of “The Universe” involves at least one grisly scenario on how the world might meet its end.  But these days the entire doomsday industry revolves around the fanciful and highly extrapolated idea that the end coincides with the end...READ MORE

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Catholics Pray the Catholic Loses

Monday, January 18, 2010 11:08 AM Comments (10)

Pro-lifers everywhere are on pins and needles waiting to see the fate of the abortion funding Obamacare bill.

As Catholic pro-lifers we have tried everything we could to stop this bill or at the very least stop the funding of abortion.  First there was the Stupak amendment, but as many congress-watchers knew at the time that it would likely make little difference.  The real battle has always been in the Senate and they don’t care about abortion in the Senate.  Heck, the ostensibly pro-life Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania folded before the cards were even dealt proving once and for all that the only life he is pro is his own.

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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.