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's Wrong with the West? - "...secularists seek what the great American Christian leader, Fr Richard John Neuhaus, called the “naked public square”. That is, they seek to “cleanse” (from their perspective) the public square of all references to Christianity, Judaism, or revealed religion of any type.
Don't Impose Your Morality on Me! - "People today are generally at ease with the first part of morality, the fair play in our social relationships. But many are not at all comfortable discussing the second aspect of morality, which focuses on the individual's life choices and moral character. Many think they should be free to do whatever they want with their lives, as long as they do not hurt other people."
Morality Without Religion? - "...one can be 'moral' without religion if one defines 'moral' however you wish."
Marriage: A Way to Heaven - "...love of self is easy, but loving another, not for what the other does for me but for the other's own sake, is difficult. But marriage is about learning just that. And that's why marriage has been on the decline in North America since the late 60s. Individualism and hedonism took root in this culture at that time."
Charlie Sheen's Search for God - "'Every man who knocks on the door of a brothel is looking for God.' Even those who have never read G.K. Chesterton have likely heard a variation of his famous line. Messy are the ways that sinful men seek what is good."
Obamacare Repeal - "...there are whole swaths of methods to expand access to care and coverage without government mandates."
'Social Justice' is a complex concept - "A system that pits the haves against the have-nots, with politicians and bureaucrats acting as referees, should be rejected by anyone sincerely interested in building a just social order."
The attacks on the new English Missal are the last expiring gasp of the ‘Spirit of Vatican II’ - "The point is that there has already been a huge battle over this (which the good guys won), a battle which began when Pope John Paul published Liturgiam Authenticam, a document which made it clear that Mass translations in future should be faithful to the Latin text..."
Silence - "...I think Priests and music ministers could be ever mindful to create an atmosphere that encourages silence."
More Christianity - A book by Fr. Dwight Longenecker which takes up where C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity leaves off. [This link takes you to an interview with the author at IgnatiusInsight blog.]
Liberal Religions in Free Fall - "...those religions which have experienced the greatest proportionate decline in membership are generally the most progressive or liberal in their teachings; conversely, conservative-oriented religions have fared comparatively well."
Homosexual Church Weddings - "England's Daily Telegraph reports here that parliament is preparing legislation to remove the ban on same sex civil unions being religious."
Academia and Lifestyle Bias - "...selection factors and biases have resulted in the academy becoming populated mainly by strongly progressive people who plan to marry late and have few if any kids..."
When Does the Pope Speak Infallibly? - "The Catholic teaching about papal infallibility is so thoroughly misunderstood—especially by non-Catholics with a hearty dislike for our Church—that some of the erroneous ideas that one encounters might almost be entertaining, if their absurdity didn’t at the same time reveal such sad misconceptions about the authority which the Pope really has."
Literature and Literalism - "Myth connects with the deeper parts of our shared consciousness within our humanity...The stories of the beginning of Genesis do as well, with the exception that these are not fanciful stories as the pagan myths are, but stories based in real events."