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...
Pope Benedict issues major document on Sacred Scripture - "...the most important Church document devoted to Sacred Scripture since the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation (Dei Verbum), which was promulgated in 1965." Click here for PDF of full document.
A reflection on Liturgy celebrated "ad orientem" - "It was no different from any other Novus Ordo Mass, with one exception...For the Offertory, Canon and Our Father I faced the altar, not the congregation. " See also this commentary on the same article.
The Body Doesn’t Lie, But Modern Culture Does - "Our soul is male or female and hence our bodies reflect that fact...The soul is the form (or blueprint) of the body and thus our differences and our complementarity are deep and essential as well as necessary."
Crime and Punishment - "Rehabilitation and protection of the public are beneficial side effects of punishment, but they cannot be the motivation for punishment. Retribution is not only more objective and fair, but it also is based on the dignity of the human person. "
I saw a woman walk away with Host, put It in pocket - "...if this is happening regularly in that parish, or more than one person is doing this, then there is definitely 'risk of profanation'. If the parish priest is unwilling or unable to something about 'risk of profanation', then higher authority must."
US bishops seek to boost number of exorcists - "Exorcisms are more common in Europe. Dozens of priests are authorised to perform the rite, especially in Italy, France and Poland."
The Proper Ordering of Our Loves - "When we love Him first, all other loves fall into proper place and are not suppressed but increased."
The Catholic Church in the Obama Era - "Obamacare, enacted with the decisive support of Catholic members of Congress, is the Enabling Act of our time in the wide-ranging control it cedes to government over the lives of the people...Such a concentration of power violates the principle of subsidiarity..."
1 Catholic Speaker Gives Way to Another - "...House Republicans are not just on the right track morally, but politically. Some House Democrats just learned that the hard way."
Obamacare: Let the Dismantling Begin - "A full repeal should be passed in the House ASAP. But it will be stopped cold in the Senate. But that’s okay, as that will increase unpopularity of the thwarters of the popular will, setting up 2012 nicely to be an election about repeal."
Jim DeMint Speaks the Truth - "You can’t be a fiscal conservative and not be a social conservative."
America's Bread and Circus Society - "The sad reality is that much of today's masculinity is experienced only vicariously through a variety of sports teams and personalities. Instead of personally flexing our muscles for God and country, freedom and liberty, or home and hearth, we punch the air and beat our chests over touchdowns and home runs (even though we had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with them ourselves)."
Church of England in crisis as five bishops defect to Rome - "The five are said to be 'dismayed' at the liberal reforms to the Church in recent decades and intend to join the Ordinariate in pursuit of 'unity' with Rome when the new body is established next year." Read the bishops' statement here. See also: Report: Archbishop of Canterbury 'to announce conversion of two bishops to Rome on Monday' And this great commentary: Anglican Bishops Fly Away Home How many Anglicans will come home to Rome?: Anglican bishop predicts 'thousands' will enter Catholic Church
‘Failed, Utterly Failed’ - "...multiculturalism has to fail because a society needs cultural cohesion to survive—shared language, shared moral standards, a shared work ethic. Multiculturalism provides no cohesion at all."
Schoolboys punished with detention for refusing to kneel in class and pray to Allah - "Parents said that their children were made to bend down on their knees on prayer mats...and they were also told to wear Islamic headgear during the lesson..."
The Dumbest Column I’ve Ever Read - "We have to stop abusing theology to rationalize our lack of courage to end abortion" (Commentary by Fr. Frank Pavone)
Holy Fulton: Amid Dispute Over Resting Place, Peoria Halts Sheen Sainthood - "...smart money says [New York Archbishop] Dolan won't waste too much time before taking full charge of the cause."
“Mary’s Ultrasound” ad campaign draws criticism from pro-aborts in UK - "Well, let’s face it, Mary’s virginal conception of the divine Son Jesus Christ is a 'pro-life' historical event"
Offbeat: “JP2″ Nightclub opens up in Roman Basilica’s Crypt - "Rev. Maurizio Mirilli, head of youth ministry in Rome’s Catholic Church, has converted a section of the crypt into a nightclub with a live-music stage and a bar stocked with beer..." [I know, it sounds horrible at first, but it is meant as an alternative to the over-sexed, secular night scene in Italy. It is akin the "theology on tap" programs that are so popular in America. Europe could use this kind of thing to bring the youth back to the Church.]