They Call Them Theories For A Reason

01/27/2015 Comments (78)

Some few months back I wrote a post in which I advised that the Church should be more cautious in giving its seeming imprimatur to various different scientific theories. The post was widely misunderstood (my fault) as saying that the Church shouldn't discuss science. I wish to be clear here that I do not suggest such a thing. The Church should and must speak to science and scientists about the proper limits and morals that should govern scientific inquiry.

But I would like to re-emphasize my previous suggestion that the Church hierarchy, and in particular Popes, should refrain from suggesting acceptance of or even specifically endorsing particular theories about the origins of the...READ MORE

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The Baby Promise

01/20/2015 Comments (17)

I remember it clearly.  I remember the day my future wife and I had the conversation about children.

She asked me, "How many children do you want to have?"

Me, being me, answered.  "Who cares?  Who cares how many children I want?"

My wife, already on her way to sainthood for choosing the cross that is me, said, "I mean, what do you think a good size family is?"

"A good size?  Sixteen.  That is a really good size."

"Why are you being a pain?  You know what I mean."

"Yes, I know what you mean.  I am just trying to make a point.  I don't know what our optimal family size is, but I am very certain that God does.  Let me put it to you this way.  When it comes to children, I make you this...READ MORE

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The Only Answer To Muslim Extremism

01/12/2015 Comments (60)

Millions gathered in the streets of Paris to proclaim their solidarity in resisting terrorism and to trumpet to the world their belief that Islam and the West can live in harmony.

Politicians and fools (Dept. of Redundancy Dept.?) rush to every microphone to proclaim that such extremism is not true Islam, it is just an aberration.  Well, if it is an aberration, it is a pervasive 1,400 year old aberration.

Yes, this kind of stuff has been happening long before Gitmo, Abu Ghraib, cartoonists, or even fossil fuels.  It is a feature, not a bug.

So while everyone marches loudly proclaiming their belief that we can live together, evil men scheme to inflict more damage while millions of fellow...READ MORE

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Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus: A Question of Emphasis

01/05/2015 Comments (62)

You know what they say, every over-reaction deserves an equal and opposite over-reaction.  Well, even if they don’t say that, they should.

We discussed last week the different levels of Magisterium and the confusion that can sometimes arise from seemingly contradictory statements.  In that article, I used ecumenism as an example and I will do so again today.  But rather than get into the muck and mire of the theology surrounding the issue, I want focus on the real world consequences of this confusion.
The other day, I put a quote up on social media from Presidential contender Senator Marco Rubio. Though I had just written about the confusion over this issue, even I was surprised by the...READ MORE

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The Magisterium of The Now

12/23/2014 Comments (33)

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

This is what often pops into my head many times when people use the word Magisterium in articles and comboxes across the Catholic Internet.

There are different kinds of Magisteria the infallible and the non-infallible kind.  Of course, non-infallible is just a nicer way of saying fallible. As Catholics, we all hold to the infallible teachings of the Church, but there are other teachings as well: the fallible kind or in other words, the non-infallible teachings of the ordinary Magisterium.  Of course, even the non-infallible teachings of the ordinary Magisterium cannot be ignored or rejected simply because they...READ MORE

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This Papal Interview Changes Everything

12/15/2014 Comments (116)

When it comes to Papal interviews, for the past 16 months, I have mostly adopted a hands off approach. There are many reasons for this, but the most recent Papal interview has me reassessing my reasons. To understand why, I must explain why I made the decision to refrain from comment on most Papal statements to media and other informal and semi-informal statements.

First, Pope Francis is the Pope. While I readily admit that I have found many of his statements perplexing, he is the Pope and deserves my respect and certain leeway in modes of expression, what I think of as Kentucky windage.

Kentucky windage are those small adjustments a sharp shooter makes, to the left or the right, to...READ MORE

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The Outrage Industry

12/05/2014 Comments (28)

These past weeks have been very illustrative of the damage that the outrage industry and their co-conspirators in the mainstream media can do.

We are all familiar with the damage that race hustlers have done over the past week and months.  They have fanned the flames of racial hatred in Ferguson as they treat truth as the enemy of progress. In the tragic case of Eric Garner, a man that should still be alive, their absurd cries of racism in the face of no evidence have distracted from the real issues that should be addressed in the Eric Garner case, namely overly aggressive and dangerous police procedures use to enforce petty and confiscatory revenue laws.  What happened to Mr. Garner could...READ MORE

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A Tale Of Two Protests

11/28/2014 Comments (18)

Put this in your "Everything that is wrong with America" files.

The term "media bias" gets thrown around so often that we tend to ignore it.  I know I do.  We all know media bias exists, but people use it as an excuse for just about everything.  Ho hum, right?

But media bias is real and it has real consequences.

We have all been witness in these last months and in particular these last days to the non-stop coverage of "protests" in Ferguson, Missouri.  I put "protests" in scare quotes because what is happening there is not a "protest" in any recognizable way in the same way that a post-Superbowl riot is not a celebration in any recognizable way.  Mainly it is miscreants using a...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 in New York.