Friday, December 17, 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...
What About Santa? - "Do you teach your kids that Santa is real? Or do you worry that such tales might interfere with their understanding of the real meaning of Christmas?"

Is the Abbreviation “Xmas” Really a Secular Slight of Christmas? Or is it Something Else? - Generally speaking I avoid the term today even though, due to my training, it does not bother me. Tactically speaking I also avoid it due to the fact that we need to unambiguously announce Jesus and “X” just doesn’t do that anymore.

Why we need the Catholic League - Archbishop Dolan: "Bill Donohue hardly needs me to defend him.  He’s well-able to do it himself, and has a lot of experience doing so.  But, he’s stood up for a lot of us before, and I am glad to express my encouragement for the work he does." See also this article.

Do You Renounce Kennedy and All His Works? - "The issue is no longer (as it was for Pope Leo XIII) whether the state should provide a basic 'safety net' to catch the unlucky victims of market vagaries. No, the modern Left wants a comprehensive nanny state that wipes every snotty nose, gives 'time outs' for every insensitive remark, and nudges every citizen toward healthy, tolerant behavior productive of the maximum long-term pleasure."

The Beginning of the End for Obamacare? - "On what basis did the Obama administration and the Congress believe they could use the force of law (IRS enforcement) to compel U.S. citizens to purchase a service, in this case health insurance, against their will? More specific, where in the Constitution is Congress given that kind of power? The answer to that question, given by Judge Hudson, is a blunt, 'nowhere.'"

“The Big Cover” of Government Solutions - "It is a deleterious slab of a 'solution' that suffocates us unless we adapt to it, and in truth make ourselves rather uncomfortable in order to accommodate it..."

Shadowing an Exorcist - "Exorcism was central to what Jesus was trying to do in his public ministry. There was spiritual warfare in the early Church, and it has been passed on to priests today who are now exorcists."

Bearing Better Witness - "Is emotional commitment between two adults what the state should care about in marriage? What should a state that does not establish any religion understand marriage to be? I think the answer is clear. The state must promote the best setting in which to nurture the next generation of wholesome citizens."

The Ethics of Profit, the Profit of Ethics - "We ought to celebrate the free market, the drive for profitability and the quest for efficiency. We ought to acknowledge and thank those business enterprises that do business the right way and realize the financial reward."

What Are We Missing? - "It’s easy to get caught up in the mainstream ideas of what’s important but the fact remains that as Christians we are called to go against the mainstream.Our children are on loan to us from God.  Are we doing what He would want us to for them to get to Heaven?"

The Joys of Boys - "I have to admit that there's a refreshing simplicity about the way that most boys handle conflicts...If they need to, they fight."

Abortion and the Occult: A Glimpse Inside Life at a Death Mill - "Seidman described her mother’s abortion clinic as 'pervaded with occult imagery and practices.' ...Seidman’s story aligns strongly with the experience of Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, an exorcist and former president of Human Life International, who has spoken for years on abortion’s connection to the occult."

The ACLU’s Not-So-Holy Trinity - "The ACLU seems unusually active right now. Maybe it’s the Christmas season, which seems to make the ACLU more miserable than usual."

CNN Clearly Hates Half the Country - "CNN has officially lost its mind. OK. That may have happened a long time ago but this is just too ridiculous."

Please give me some of that ol' time religion! - "I have seriously considered becoming Orthodox as of late..."

Fr.Paul, Fried Chicken and the Immaculate Conception  - Note: This post is a little old since the Immaculate Conception was celebrated on December 8, but I couldn't pass up this quote: "We believe in the Immaculate Conception because the Pope tells us to. Pass the fried chicken."


  1. Excellent headline picks! Kennedy sure did religion a major injustice as it relates to politics today. He wrongly made religious beliefs second class to secular beliefs in the political arena. We must reverse course and correct the injustice that Kennedy's speech spurred in the secular media and in politics.

  2. Agree - 100%!
    Becoming the first "Catholic" President doesn't really mean much when you leave behind everything that is distinctively "Catholic."
    We need more Catholic (and Christian) politicians who understand that the Faith is meant to be lived out in every facet of their lives.