The Pope's First Big "No"

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 2:23 PM Comments (46)

One of my children heard me discussing the upcoming Synod on the Family currently in preparation for October. She asked me, "Dad, what is a synod?"

"Well honey, a synod is a gathering of bishops in Rome with the Pope where they discuss certain issues in the Church with many possible solutions to which the Pope ultimately must say NO."

Despite the headline making reformation of the Curia now under discussion in Rome, the Pope's first big challenge will be the Synod on the family. It is not that the reformation of the Curia is not important, but that it is so much inside baseball. Whatever the decisions there, they will be difficult to decipher for most folks, particularly the...READ MORE

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Utah's (And The Mormon's) Immoral Adoption Law

Friday, February 14, 2014 12:27 PM Comments (102)

Imagine my surprise that one of the most immoral and anti-family laws I have ever seen is on the books in the supposedly family-friendly state of Utah. And then to find out that the supposedly family-friendly Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is complicit in what amounts to kidnapping.

Utah allows families to be anonymously ripped apart taking babies away from a parent who wants them.

The law allows mothers to place their children up for adoption without the consent or knowledge of the father. In some cases, the father desperately wants the child but he has no say and no path to gain custody of the child.

Foxnews reports on some horror stories that have led a dozen men,...READ MORE

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Is Work Beneath Us?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 1:32 PM Comments (37)

I didn't realize that the country famous for what some call its protestant work ethic, has come to revile work in such an open way.

But this fact was brought home to me in the past week through the confluence of a few stories.

First, the CBO's estimates that Obamacare will be responsible for the loss of 2.5 million jobs. No matter the nuances of the report, this is not the type of story that any politician wants to be talking about. It is the type of story that you ignore and with a willing press, it will soon go away. This is particularly true in an era of stubbornly high unemployment and underemployment. But strangely, that is not what happened.

Talking heads and politicians...READ MORE

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Bad Evangelism

A trip to the autoparts store makes me examine my writing.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014 11:47 AM Comments (27)

With another winter storm looming on the east coast and my windshield wipers shredded, I headed over to the auto parts store to get some replacements.  I wasn't sure of the sizes, so I needed help from an employee.

When I walked into the store, there were already 5 people on line for the employee behind the counter.  I looked around for another employee but none could be found.  So I got on line.

I could see from the outset that at least 2 people on line were already seriously disgruntled and the rest of the folks on line did not look much more gruntled.  Moments after I joined the line, one man left the it and the store, clearly exasperated and with an audible huff.  The employee...READ MORE

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One Nation, Divided

Monday, February 03, 2014 12:00 PM Comments (50)

Let's face it, boring Super Bowls happen..

But at least we have the commercials to entertain us, right?  Well, last night they were all pretty much like the game, boring.

One commercial is garnering attention, one from Coca-Cola that has America the Beautiful being sung in many different languages by many different types of people. 

What has some people talking is the inclusion of a gay couple with their daughter.  Like I said, boring.  Is this even still a thing since this type of stuff is everywhere these days?  I mean gays are the most over-represented subset of a subset in media.  But still, ok, whatever, yawn.

The thing that struck me about the ad that is supposedly...READ MORE

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Foxnews Writer Attacks The Pope

Friday, January 24, 2014 12:33 PM Comments (114)

I guess I shouldn't be surprised that a website that daily publishes lists of stars that have lost their mojo and good/bad bikini bodies would publish something as stupid as Adam Shaw's piece.

Adam Shaw, writing at Foxnews.com, unleashes a juvenile diatribe against Pope Francis is which he calls the Pope a "snob" and against prosperity.

For a taste, check out the opening paragraph of this stupidity.

Pope Francis has declared war on those who aspire to provide a better life for themselves and their families, expressing the misguided snobbery of a man for whom money has never been an issue.

War on prosperity? War on aspirations? Snobbery?

It gets worse. He derides the Pope's...READ MORE

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Poverty And The American Mind

Thursday, January 23, 2014 12:44 PM Comments (17)

After Pope Francis issued Evangelii Gaudium, unfortunately reasonable economic discussions got swamped by talk of Marxism and 'trickle-down theories' and the Pope's blithe retort about Marxists being good people.

I say unfortunate because these issues need genuine discussion to be understood from a Catholic point of view.  In the western world, particularly in America the discussion focused on the Pope's word choices rather than the underlying issues he was trying to address.  There are many reasons for this, the least of which is not the Pope's word choices.  But in part, I think that the underlying point was lost on American minds because we have a unique and somewhat myopic view of...READ MORE

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The Medjugorje Report

Is the big news no news?

Monday, January 20, 2014 11:15 AM Comments (95)

The Vatican has confirmed that indeed the International Commission investigating the events at Medjugorje has completed its mission and submitted its report.

Some news accounts are already giving us hints as to what the report contains. If these news reports are to be believed, the big news coming out of Medjugorje is that there is no big news.

The lack of big news is big news in and of itself and about the best possible outcome for Medjugorje supporters.

Vatican Insider says the report has found no evidence of "any tricks, hoaxes or abuse of popular credulity" as well as no definitive evidence of its supernatural character.

In other words, the status quo remains. Let's face...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.