Friday, December 3, 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...

"Social Justice" and the New Politics - "The phrase 'social justice,' when invoked by members of the Catholic left, is a euphemism for the agenda of the Democratic Party. ...[T]he Catholic left had invested a great deal in the success of the Democrats and in particular Barack Obama."

Pres. Obama’s speechwriter makes anti-Catholic joke - "At best this reveals a double-standard.  At worst this reveals gross anti-Catholicism."

The Real History of the Crusades - "At some point, Christianity as a faith and a culture had to defend itself or be subsumed by Islam. The Crusades were that defense. "

Benedict's Vigil For Life - "The mystery of the Incarnation of the Lord…reveals to us, with intense light and in an amazing way, that every human life has an incomparable, a most elevated dignity."

Contraception and Homosexuality: The Sterile Link of Separation - "The widespread practice of contraception is a major force behind the rapidly growing acceptance of homosexuality in western societies as a natural, sexual orientation. Bluntly stated, the justification for the one counts as the justification for the other."

Jonah Goldberg: This pope plays the right notes - "'We need more rocks in the river,' my dad explained. What he meant was that change comes so fast, in such a relentless torrent, that we need people and things that stand up to it and offer respite from the current."

Just in time for Advent - Another War on Christmas? - "In the spirit of Herod, the organization American Atheists has launched this new campaign aimed at putting an end to Christianity - claiming our faith is built on myth, using the word in its most common form." As a follow-up: Catholics Fire Back in Christmas Billboard Battle

In 'The War on Christmas,' Christmas is winning - "When your advertising has trees and ornaments and gift wrapping, you're advertising Christmas, so don't call it holiday."

Where’s the Human in Humanism? Humanist Ads Violate their Own Humanist Standards - "I am not sure what part of the human person they think faith resides in but they surely do not think it can be in the intellect. But of course faith IS a way of knowing. "
Obamacare: No Severibility Clause Means Entire Law Could Fall! - "[L]egislators...put a 'severability clause' into legislation, so that if part of a law is found unconstitutional, the rest of it can remain in effect.  But Obamacare has no such clause."

A Funeral of Sorts ... every Sunday for the next year - "a passing of Mass texts that will never be heard again."

Why I Want To Be "Left Behind": How Rapturists Misread Jesus' Words - according to the standard rapturist interpretation, when Jesus says, "one is taken and one is left," he is teaching that the righteous one will be "raptured" while the wicked, unbelieving heathens will be "left behind."
On a Strange and Horrible Biblical Story and the Bad Memory of God - We too do well to consider the rapid descent into evil of our culture as we have increasingly and collectively rejected the true faith.

The Origin of Ave Maria -  "The results of this research tell an untold story of one of the central and most powerful prayers of Christianity in the Middle Ages, still widely uttered in the Catholic Church today."

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