Friday, January 14, 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...

John Paul II's beatification approved for May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday - "The healing of a French nun with Parkinson's disease is to go down in history as the miracle that made John Paul II a "blessed." The title is given to martyrs and other Christians to whom a miracle has been officially attributed, thus bringing them one step closer to sainthood." - Observations about the speed of some causes for beatification
Does the USCCB Understand Subsidiarity? - "While the bishops objected vigorously to the presence of abortion funding in the legislation, they seem untroubled by the question of its general constitutionality, one that comports closely with the principle of subsidiarity as articulated in Catholic social teaching." See also this follow-up piece:  Subsidiarity and Human Dignity

Vatican official: Church’s justice teachings need new 'vocabulary' for some US audiences - "...the Pope is mistakenly seen as promoting socialist or big-government solutions to social problems. ...[S]ocial justice involves citizens’ obligations and responsibilities to ensure fairness and opportunity in their communities and societies. While this may include the adoption of specific government policies and programs, the emphasis in Catholic social teaching is on the obligations that flow from citizens' relationships in societies."

Within the Pale: The Making of Community  - "Ultimately, the only order of community that survives is one that embraces a religious dimension. Only one that recognizes transcendence beyond material existence will endure for the long term..."

Five Changes to Expect with the New Missal - "At last, and after much suffering and pain, we seem to be on the right track again. We might find that our parishes will fill up again, our seminaries will have new vocations, and popular devotions will return as part of Catholic life. All of this will get a huge push forward with the new Missal."
The pope on children's names - "...names are important, and that the choice of a child’s name should not be left to whim or fancy."

It's Time to Recognize that America Isn't "Protestant" Anymore - "Classic Protestantism and Anglicanism together has dropped like a stone and now only make up 26% of American Christians. Catholics and Orthodox grew dramatically and together now comprise 38% of all Christians in North America."

Church reveals fine details of ordinariate - "The ordinariate represents a completely new canonical structure which is similar to a military diocese, but allows groups of Anglicans who wish to keep their patrimony to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church."

Prophetic Gesture? First Priests of the Anglican Ordinariate to be Ordained - "On January 13, 2010, three former Anglican Bishops John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham and Keith Newton, who were received into the full communion of the Catholic Church on the Feast of the Mother of God, January 1, 2010,will be ordained as Catholic Deacons. Two days later, they will be ordained to the Catholic Priesthood by Archbishop Nichols."
Heart of the Mass: Transubstantiation - "Because of his presence, the space in a Catholic church is very different from the space in a Protestant church or a synagogue or a mosque. In those buildings there is no physical presence of God."

Did the Church Fathers Practice Communion in the Hand? (Not Exactly) - "Let it be noted at the outset that St Leo the Great, St Basil, and St Gregory the Great are early witnesses to Communion on the Tongue as the normative." See Also: 5 Tips on Receiving the Holy Eucharist on the Tongue

Despite earlier misgivings, Pope invites religious leaders to Assisi - "Benedict XVI has announced that he will go to Assisi in October to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s interreligious prayer for peace, but he has not actually said anything about praying with members of other religions."

The Diversity Police Are At It Again - "An alarm has been sounded for Republicans who advocate big-government, abortion, gay marriage, and gun control:  Take heed!  The GOP is being taken over by (gasp!) actual conservatives!"

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