Friday, January 7, 2011

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...

Libertarianism's Folly: When 'Live and Let Live' Fails - "If someone is not a moral being, how can he be expected to vote for moral government? Do you really think a vice-ridden person will be immoral in business, when raising children, and in most other things but then, magically somehow, have a moment of clarity at the polls? This is why John Adams warned, 'Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private [virtue] ... '"

Curvatus in Se: On the Inward Focus of Modern Liturgy and On Rediscovering the True Source of Our Unity  - "...if we do not communally focus on the Lord, we have no true unity. It may be argued that there is some vaguely human sort of unity, but it really is no different than the unity that exists among the members of a bowling league. And even the members of a bowling league know that at some point it is important to focus on the act of bowling rather than merely on each other."
Why is it 2011? (or) Why New Years is Not Simply Secular - "Christ at his birth and through his passion, death and resurrection ushered in a new era for the world. The Christian West acknowledged this fact quite radically by resetting the calendars."

On Time Warps and Missing Feasts: Puzzling Over the Confusion in the Christmas Cycle - "I must admit that I have a few concerns about the Christmas Calendar and I am interested in your thoughts on the matter."

The Wise Men from the East - "Who were these gift-bearing kings, these Wise Men of the East? What has their mission meant to Christians across the ages? "
Three ex-Anglican bishops are received into full communion - "The Ordinariate is launched very quietly and gently, slipping almost unnoticed into the water.”

First Anglicans are received into the Roman Catholic Church in historic service - "It is expected that as many as 50 clergy will be ordained by Easter as the new structure begins to take shape, but there are likely to be many disputes in parishes torn over whether to remain in the Church of England" 

Anglican Catholics Then and Now  - "...this is not the embarrassed reception of disenchanted Anglicans, but a very public beginning of the Ordinariate, and what is going unsaid is the fact that under the papacy of Benedict XVI it is all but shouted from the housetops that the old ecumenism is dead."

Fr. Longenecker on the Anglican Ordinariate and the Great Re-Alignment  - "This is historic. Never before has the Catholic Church opened its doors so wide to a group of Protestants in such a creative way."

25 Phrases from the Catechism Worth Memorizing - "Other than being some of my favorites, each has plenty of room for one’s private meditation and contemplation. In other words, each provides a lot to chew on."

John Paul II to be Beatified in 2011? - "...the medical advisers of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints have produced “a favorable view on the miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Wojtyla..."

On Good Intentions and Flawed Moral Reasoning - "Too many people today use flawed or incomplete reasoning when it comes to morally assessing acts. Intentions, how a person feels, or what they think and know can affect blameworthiness, but they cannot make a bad thing good, they cannot make an evil act upright, they cannot remove the harm or negative results of an incorrect, bad or evil act."
Ten stories that are likely to define the coming year

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