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...
Bishops of England, Wales announce details of new Anglican ordinariate - "At the beginning of Lent, the groups of faithful together with their pastors will be enrolled as candidates for the Ordinariate."
Dr Rowan Williams: Ordinariate ‘may be prophetic’ - "He said: 'Well, I think if the Ordinariate helps people evaluate Anglican legacy or patrimony, well and good, I’m happy to praise God for it.'"
The Pope, The Bible and The Response... - "There has been a surprising hush amongst Catholic Bloggers on the Holy Father’s recently released Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Verbum Domini."
"Faithfully, But Not Slavishly": Amid Questions, Bishops Release Missal Update - "As the work of editing and assembling nears completion, there is assurance that the published text will be available in more than ample time for implementation in Advent 2011."
Voluntary extinction: America's one child policy? - Absent a shift in cultural attitudes, the United States will eventually face the demographic realities that Japan, Western Europe, and sooner rather than later, China are facing. These societies will have fewer workers to support an increasing number of elderly.
US bishops elect NYC archbishop as leader in upset - "This is an indication that bishops are going to continue to be leaders in the culture wars." See also: In Bishops' Shocker, TIM WINS!
New Catholic Bishops President Chided Biden, Pelosi on Abortion - "In Archbishop Dolan, the USCCB will be headed by a strong pro-life advocate."
The USCCB's New President, Archbishop Timothy Dolan - New Tone, New Face, New Voice - "Archbishop Dolan brings with him a passion for orthodox Catholic faith, firm conviction on the right to life from conception to natural death, and an unfaltering commitment to Christ and His Church." And: Three Great Things About USCCB’s New President Dolan
Cardinal O'Conner's Revenge - "...the “Seamless Garment” bishops are running out of steam, stopped not only by their overtly political liberalism, which looks painfully passé in the light of the Democratic Party’s crack-up and the nation’s changing mood, but also by the moral fallout of their doctrinal liberalism."
God and George W. Bush - "He became a laughingstock among some. He probably should be a role model."
Why Marxism Always Fails - "Action compelled by government can never transcend itself, because the person has nothing to draw on from within, or look to from without. "
New York Times Columnist Says Death Panels Needed to Fix Economy - “They laughed when Sarah Palin said Obamacare would require death panels to control medical costs. But for some reason no one laughs when New York times columnist Paul Krugman says the same thing."
Converting Anglican bishop says papal action changed the landscape - "...he noted the scriptural image of the shepherd, who must lead his flock from the front rather than follow it from behind. 'This is what I hope I am doing. I am leading the way and I hope and pray that many of you will follow me in the months and the years ahead,' he explained." See also: Here Come More Anglicans
The Antichrist tells us to "build the city of God" - "It is one of the great heresies of our day that man can perfect himself and can save the world himself. Whether this be expressed as a political party (e.g. Communism), or a religious movement (e.g. Liberation Theology), or an individual work (e.g. Pelagianism) – the Church has always insisted that salvation does not come through human works, but through the grace and the power of Jesus Christ."
A Holy Fear of Man - "We began with the fear of God, but the incarnation of Christ taught us also a 'fear' of man -- that we ought, on pain of sin, to hold in religious awe the liberty and sanctity of the created human person. "
"As Great a Challenge as the Reformation": The Bishops on Social Media - "...I don’t think I have to remind you of what happened when the Catholic Church was slow to adapt to that new technology. By the time we decided to seriously promote that common folk should read the Bible, the Protestant Reformation was well underway."
In Defense of Provocative Preaching - "I think a lot of people think that preaching is supposed to merely please and encourage them. There is a place for that but good preaching also afflicts and provokes response. Jesus was more than willing to provoke people and unsettle them."
Countercultural Time - "...we should not look for ways to cut temporal corners by shifting to Sunday long-established feasts whose celebration during the week once gave a unique rhythm to Catholic life."
And We Can Talk About Things Catholic! - "The Catholic way is varied. The studious use intellectual approaches. Those devoted to Mary use the rosary. Sensitive souls use art. Some ladle soup and visit prisoners. Others simply listen. There are so many ways for Catholics to evangelize."