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...
Legacy of Life - "Christianity contradicted pagan mores on almost every point. What were virtuous acts to the Romans and Greeks — contraception, abortion, infanticide, suicide, euthanasia — were abominations to the Christians...Our last generations have perverted our world from one Way to another, and we too will be judged. But we can still do something, as our earliest Christian ancestors did, and we must."
A Culture Exposed - "Christianity’s critics say they want to promote a tolerant, welcoming, inclusive society. What they usually mean is a society that gives free rein to every vice, every cruel lust, and every sin."
Ecumenical manners can't blunt pro-life message, pope says - "Benedict acknowledged the difficulties in ecumenical dialogue, saying that sometimes'“the conversation partners bring completely difference conceptions of church unity' into the conversation, which further delays the aim of full visible communion and a common celebration of the Eucharist."
California Medicaid Sink Hole More Proof of Single Payer Fatal Rationing Flaw - "Centralized control is the wrong approach to health care. Like good investment strategies, we need a diverse coverage strategy. And free market competition is a crucial part of the mix."
Appreciating the Gift of Suffering - "...let’s explore the Catholic teaching on redemptive suffering and its importance in our daily lives. After we’re finished, I think you’ll agree that it not only makes sense, but that it really is possible to 'rejoice in our sufferings'."
Habeas corpus: The Curious Cause of Bp. Fulton Sheen - "Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria has announced that the Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation has resumed its efforts to advance Sheen’s cause."
Pope Benedict: authenticity and faithfulness in social networking - "To proclaim the Gospel through the new media means not only to insert expressly religious content into different media platforms, but also to witness consistently, in one’s own digital profile and in the way one communicates choices, preferences and judgements that are fully consistent with the Gospel, even when it is not spoken of specifically."
The Church of England's mean-spirited attitude to the Ordinariate: whatever happened to the 'Broad Church'? - "The Ordinariate is showing the Roman Catholic Church offering compromises, fudges and political fixes to Anglican traditionalists. Whereas the Church which has always taken pride in the image of itself as a via media and a place where everyone could fit in had nothing to offer the same traditionalists."
Saint Thomas Aquinas: Priest and Doctor of the Church - "It was the outstanding fact about St. Thomas that he loved books and lived on books; that he lived the very life of the clerk or scholar in The Canterbury Tales, who would rather have a hundred books of Aristotle and his philosophy than any wealth the world could give him."
Exorcist praises new movie 'The Rite' for showing power of faith - "Fr. Thomas also said that the intensely eery trailers for the film are 'deceptive' in the sense that they make it look like a “horror movie,” which he says is inaccurate."
Be Not Afraid of the Devil - “The devil is something people need to be aware of, but his usual activity is temptation. The remedy that the Church offers from her treasures is the sacraments, devotions, blessings, prayers, and holy water; that is the normal work of the priest.”
Doorways for the Devil (and interview with an exorsist) - "...there are more and more Catholics involved in idolatrous and pagan practices. That’s really why there’s more demonic activity. There’s the absence of God in the lives of a lot of people."