Friday, November 5, 2010

This Week's Headlines

As another week comes to an end, this is your chance to top off your glass with a final helping of news, current events, and just plain interesting stuff that may not have made into the mainstream media. A chance to linger for a few more moments before we close the door on the week. Below are some links to articles, blogs, and miscellaneous happenings that caught my eye over the past few days. Sample what you like - I'll serve up more next Friday...

Three Questions for Putting Politics in Its Place - "...we must recognize that politics in the fallen world does not save, it preserves. This will help prevent the political from becoming an idol."

I'm a Pro-Gridlock American - "I am a pro-gridlock American...The only thing I can hope for while Barack Obama is President is to put a stop to his GROW THE GOVERNMENT plans. "

What Papists Need to Know About the Election - "America now once again has a pro-life majority in the House of Representatives. Catholic Nancy Pelosi, after a lame duck session, will no longer be Speaker of the House."

Farewell to the Stupak 12 - "There’s nothing wrong with a truly pro-life Democrat, but a phony one is almost always keeping out a Republican counterpart who is better on issues relating to child-killing."

Next Speaker of House Could Be Pro-Life Catholic - "Boehner has never been known to mince words, and was an outspoken opponent of abortion funding in ObamaCare. When the president issued an Executive Order that allegedly corrected these problems, Boehner saw through the empty gesture." See also: Amid Electoral Sea Change, Mr Speaker Makes History and: Real Catholic Speaker of the House 

Senate Elections Provide Big Gains for Pro-Life Movement on Abortion - "The results make it so pro-life advocates will have an easier time stopping the advance of President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion agenda" 

Strengths and weaknesses of the Tea Party movement - "It is not that tea party folk believe in 'the myth of the sinless market.' It is that they, and most believers, indeed most Americans, believe that politicians and bureaucrats are not immaculately conceived and require limits to their interventions."

Midterm Election Results Show The Tide Continues To Turn Toward Catholic Orthodoxy - "Some Catholics have abandoned the Church (and their conscience) to secularism and to entertainment based mega churches, but many Catholics now see the wisdom of Catholic orthodoxy..."

The Day After - "All tidal wave mid-terms are essentially expressions of intense voter dissatisfaction with the incumbent party.  Whether the party that is the beneficiary of voter angst can translate that into long-term success really hinges upon the proceeding presidential election"

Catholics and the Mid-Terms - "Patience is the key over the next two years."

Mid-Terms Offer Time to Teach - "We traditional, conservative Americans started paying closer attention. We realized that despite the liberal media’s portrayal of us, we’re not alone, we’re not stupid, we’re not unsophisticated and we’re not victims. We’re patriots."

Pro-Lifers vs. Relativism - "Abortion is now the issue over which a monumental philosophical battle is being waged in our country regarding the objectivity of truth."

Catholic "Fluff" - The Enemy Within - "Make no mistake; I commend the individuals who are attempting to reach out to those Catholics who feel alienated from the Church.  However, removing the more challenging aspects of the Catholic faith doesn’t help anyone to achieve their salvation."

Are We Targeting the Weak? - "...children with Down Syndrome are among the most “at-risk” when it comes to survival—not from their chromosomal abnormalities, but from doctors and scientists who are determined to wipe them out."

Scalia: Many Atheists Irrational - "I can think of no sadder fate than that of a person who has abandoned the search for truth."

A Meditation on Purgatory - "Purgatory makes sense based on the promise of Jesus and the power of his blood to accomplished complete and total perfection for us." 

Biblical Aspects of the Theme of Faith and Politics (homily from then Cardinal Ratzinger) - "But when the Christian faith falls into ruins and faith in mankind's greater hope is lost, the myth of the divine state rises again, because man cannot do without the totality of hope." 

Thy Only Catholicism Can Make Protestantism Work - "Today, as in the sixteenth century, the burden rests with us Catholics. We must live, by God’s abundant grace, up to our high calling in Christ Jesus. And in this way, show our Protestant brethren that their own positive principles are properly expressed only in the Catholic Church." 

The Origin of All Souls Day - "The hermit explained that he could sometimes overhear demons in the cave complaining about all the souls that are released from purgatory through the prayers and sacrifices of the monks in Cluny, France."

Reformation Day and Schism - "Roman Catholicism is, at least in the West, the default position. Rome has a better claim to historical continuity and institutional unity than any Protestant denomination, let alone the strange hybrid that is evangelicalism..."

Pope Benedict, the bishops, and the “clash of civilizations” - "The 'clash of civilizations' is at bottom a clash of irrational ideologies: a distorted faith without reason in the East advances upon a culture of distorted reason without faith in the West."

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi. As we Worship, So we Believe, So we Live - "Worship cannot come from our imagination: that would be a cry in the darkness or mere self-affirmation. True liturgy supposes that God responds and shows us how we can adore Him." (Pope Benedict)

Is it right to genuflect in a Catholic church? - "I am a convert from Anglicanism and in that tradition I had always genuflected when entering or leaving the pew, and when crossing the church in front of the tabernacle..."

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