The Amazing And Inspiring Story of the Quadriplegic Priest

04/17/2015 Comments (14)

This is an amazing story.

Bill Atkinson was an exceptional athlete and ruggedly handsome young man from the Philadelphia area. He attended Catholic schools throughout his life in the 1960's including Monsignor Bonner High School.

The Atkinson family was a wonderfully faithful Catholic family. In fact, the New York Jets nearly didn't draft his older brother, Al, as a linebacker because they feared he would become a priest. He didn't. Bill did.

Bill attended a pre-seminary program in upstate New York where one winter morning he was terribly injured when a toboggan he was riding down a hill along with three friends crashed into a tree. His friends weren't sure he would survive being carried...READ MORE

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Superhero Catholics

04/12/2015 Comments (15)

There's a new Netflix show about the superhero Daredevil, who happens to be Catholic. And there's been a lot of discussion about how Catholicism is portrayed in the series.

For those of you who don't know, Daredevil is like weaponized spandex. He's a bit...complex. He's blind but somehow he knows how to fight crime. He's a public defender and a vigilante. He's a vigilante and he's Catholic. And he can afford expensive suits but seems to like wearing spandex more. Hey, don't judge. There's a lot going on in this guy's life. His mom abandoned him in a Church and later became a nun. But don't worry she comes back sometimes and saves him. Sheesh. Forget about Daredevil I want to watch the...READ MORE

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Thuggery Under the Banner of Tolerance

04/08/2015 Comments (367)

I long believed that the oft-discussed tolerance and compassion of secularists were remnants of Christianity or even seeds of the faith which given proper care could be guide those touting those values towards the faith. But I don't think I think that's the case anymore.

While being wrong is nothing new to me, this is especially painful in that I believed tolerance and compassion could bring secularists and Christians together, now I believe they will tear us apart further. In fact, the tolerance and compassion that I believed would bring us together is being used as a cudgel to attack Christians.

One must only look to the "tolerance" of those fighting religious freedom laws in Indiana. A...READ MORE

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"If you were a Christian, you were shot on the spot"

04/02/2015 Comments (93)

On Holy Thursday, nearly 150 people (mostly Christians) were killed and another 70 injured on the campus of a university in Kenya, Garissa University College, by a group of Islamic terrorists with links to the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab, a group linked to Al Qaeda.

The masked terrorists separated Christian students from Muslims, and then mercilessly killed them. One student later said he heard the terrorists storm the dormitory, force open doors, and ask if the people inside were Muslims or Christians.

"If you were a Christian, you were shot on the spot," reportedly said the student. "With each blast of the gun, I thought I was going to die."

Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, al-Shabaab’s...READ MORE

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Pro-Choice Episcopal Bishop Says Climate Denial is a Moral Issue

03/31/2015 Comments (43)

Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal church, who is pro-choice on the issue of life, says climate change denial is a "moral issue."

“Episcopalians understand the life of the mind is a gift of God and to deny the best of current knowledge is not using the gifts God has given you,” she reportedly said. “In that sense, yes, it could be understood as a moral issue.”

She continued by saying, “I think it is a very blind position. I think it is a refusal to use the best of human knowledge, which is ultimately a gift of God.”

Wow. Seems like a hard line, huh? Well Jefferts Schori takes a rather more...nuanced view on other issues such as life.

"We say it is a moral...READ MORE

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The Schism Nobody Sees Coming

03/27/2015 Comments (158)

Ever since the announcement of the Synod on the Family and Cardinal Kasper's infamous kickoff speech, people have been predicting that traditionalists might schism because, like Inspector Javert, they just can't handle all that awesome mercy.

People across the ideological spectrum have speculated what will happen when the Church realizes that Jesus was a big meanie and finally admits the divorced and remarried to communion. Will traditionalists finally realize the dreams of their schismatic little hearts and join the SSPX? Will Cardinal Burke chain himself to St. Peters with several litres of gasoline and the European equivalent of a Bic lighter threatening self-immolation unless we burn...READ MORE

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Dear Doug Kmiec at al, Abortion is Not a Poverty Issue

03/26/2015 Comments (12)

You might recall Catholic law professor Doug Kmiec's political conversion in which he surprised many by going from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to supporting Barack Obama. He later went on to be Obama's ambassador to Malta and later ran for Congress, saying he wanted to be Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick.

When asked about his political turnaround considering the issue of abortion, Kmiec essentially argued that Obama was actually more pro-life than many Republicans because he supported poverty programs. Specifically, he said:

The Democrats had a brilliant strategy on abortion this year: Don't play the futile court speculation game. Instead, Obama's team promoted life in...READ MORE

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Pope, Heresy, Marxist, Yawn

03/24/2015 Comments (28)

Perhaps the psy-ops are working.

What just 18 months ago would have set the Catholic internet on fire, this time around barely smoldered. In an editorial reflection (not a new interview) the Pope's infamous marxist atheist dialogue partner, Eugenio Scalfari, put the following words in the mouth of the Pope:

What happens to these extinct souls? Will they be punished? And how?
Francis’ answer is unambiguous and clear: There is no penalty but the annihilation of that soul. All others live on to share the the happiness in the presence of the Father. The extinguished souls have no part in this feast, with the death of the body is its end and this is the motivation of the missionary Church: to...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.