Friday, March 11, 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...

Scholars Praise Pope's New Book - "This is a book that all Christians should read, be they Protestant or Catholic. Any Jewish person who is interested in the Christian story and who Jesus was, I think, will profit."
Great Lent (by Thomas Howard) - "The ancient Church, in its observance of Lent, once more asks us to move through the gospel with Christ Himself"

Young Children Receiving Ashes This Wednesday - "I have a three year old girl. She loves the material aspects of Catholicism (holy cards, holy water, lighting candles, relics etc) and has a pretty good understanding of them for her age. Can she receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?"
What Ever Happened to Sacrifice? - "Take up that lost practice of fasting - serious fasting.  Let the pangs of hunger serve to remind you of the cross and that your life is not your own."
So What Are You Giving Up For Lent? - "Of course we did not know it as children, but the concept of giving up has ancient roots in the Old Testament and beyond. Those roots are found in the concept of sacrifice."

Why We Must Fast - "...the practices of Lent are three: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. It will not do simply to practice one of the three, leaving the others aside."

Dumb Liberal Idea #3464: Removing Holy Water During Lent - "You are a soldier and pilgrim in a dangerous world. What is Lent for? Spiritual discipline and war, right? So why… why… why would these dopey liturgists and priests REMOVE a tool of spiritual warfare precisely during the season of LENT when we need it the most??"

An Inoffensive, Vanilla Christianity - "[T]he modern state [is] one of the strongest forms of idolatry that exists; it has become the most absolute substitute for God that men have been able to give themselves… and it is a tyrant god, feeding itself on its victims."

A Public Strategy for Bishops - "[I]n today’s rapidly secularizing culture, almost nothing could be more inimical to the Catholic interest—or indeed to the entire common good—than a default position in favor of solving problems by increasing the responsibility and power of the highest levels of government." 
Budgets, the Church, and the Welfare State - "I highlight the following quote from Abraham Kuyper: 'Never forget that all state relief for the poor is a blot on the honor of your Savior.'"

Why I'm Fighting in Wisconsin - [Scott Walker, Governor of Wisconsin, explains why his policies are necessary...From a Catholic perspective it is obvious that Unions are not always on the side of Justice.] 
Reform of the Reform - "...while I do not claim to be an expert, what I say will be based on sound principles as set forth in The Spirit of the Liturgy, and from the bit of experience I have had so far." [A great series to watch for from Fr. Longenecker on his blog Standing On My Head ]
The Armchair Pro-Life - "In a two-party system, legislative advances require activists to sometimes pick sides. Given that the Democrat party sold its soul years ago and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of big abortion, we are left with the Republicans."

Haggling Over the Cost of Humanity - "You talk about culture wars. The divide in Western civilization isn't between rich and poor, red vs. blue, or the uneducated vs. the educated. It's God. God is the dividing line. You either believe God loves each of us and grants us inalienable rights or you believe that everything is negotiable including life."
‘Gay’ atheist warns of ‘tyrannous new … liberal morality’ oppressing Christians - "Starkey described growing up being homosexual with what he believes was harassment from police.  He said however that, 'I am very, very concerned that a new sort of liberal morality is coming in, which as I said, is as intolerant, is as oppressive, is as intrusive into family life.'"

U.S. Anglican Ordinariate Update - "At this point the ad hoc committee is waiting for the Vatican’s formal decision on establishing an Anglican Ordinariate.  A definitive decision by the Vatican is expected to occur."

Hundreds of Anglicans Moving to Catholic Church - "Hundreds of disaffected Anglicans left the Church of England to become Roman Catholics on Ash Wednesday, the Christian day of penance." See also: The Daunting Journey from Faith to Faith
Anglicans Mull Communion For All - "Canadian Anglicans will hold discussions this spring about whether baptism is necessary for taking part in communion -questioning a requirement of Christianity that has existed for 2,000 years."
Instruction on Summorum Pontificum will reinforce Pope's directive: Vatican analyst - Although some traditionalist groups have expressed fears that the Instruction might water down the provisions of the motu proprio, Tornielli reports that the new document will actually strengthen the force of the Pope’s directive to expand use of the extraordinary form." 
Top Ten Religious Catchphrases of Liberalism - [Funny]

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