Friday, March 25, 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...

What Confused Mary About the Annunciation? - "What can our Lady mean by this statement, because I know not man (i.e. I do not have relations with a man)? How is this a quasi-objection to the Angel’s message that Mary would conceive a son?" 

Tradition, Scripture, and Magisterium: The Fullness of Truth - "The Christian faith is not a 'religion of the book.' Christianity is the religion of the 'Word' of God, a word which is 'not a written and mute word, but the Word which is incarnate and living.'" 

A Light to the Nations: The Meaning and Future of the Catholic Church - "It's not possible to be what some people call a 'cultural' Catholic. Catholic culture comes from an active Catholic faith. Unless we truly believe and practice that faith, 'Catholic culture' very quickly becomes a dead skin of nostalgia and comfortable habits." [lengthy (but very good) article by Archbishop Chaput]
Reading the New Testament with Pope Benedict XVI  - "...he does more than study the texts' historical and literary meaning. He reads in light of the Church's teachings and tradition. He employs the spiritual interpretation methods found in the New Testament, the writings of the Church Fathers, and in the Church's liturgy."

The Incredible Shrinking Kung - "After Vatican II, Ratzinger and Kung took very divergent roads. Ratzinger emerged as a formidable defender of Catholic orthodoxy and was eventually elected pope. Kung became a theological celebrity and antagonist of the papacy." 
Why Does God Allow Tsunamis and Massacres? - "The anomaly, Jesus implies, is not that they were judged, but that so far you have been spared.  Repent, while opportunity remains!"
Philosopher's new book appeals to reason alone to make pro-life case - "Instead of appealing to religious authority or an instinctive sense of outrage, Kaczor has sought to examine the arguments for abortion with painstaking care – in order to point out flawed premises, logical inconsistencies, or absurd results."

The Church and the Unions - "A union that does not defend its own is, of course, an absurdity. A union that defends only its own, with no concern for the common good, is something else altogether. That kind of unionized selfishness smacks of organized greed..."

Obamacare and carey's Heart - "The plain truth is that the American system is better at rewarding innovation and responding to consumer needs. But the history of government-led care is there for all to see. Are we doomed to repeat it?" [By Senator Ron Johnson]

How Political Correctness Makes Us Dumb - "The ability of the human mind to make true universal judgments is a power that distinguishes human beings from other things like baboons, snails, and rocks."
Pessimism, not Despair - "For the last many decades, the purveyors of nonsense have argued that what is needed is more and better contraceptives. What we need is self-control and responsibility — qualities hard to inculcate in the young when their parents are devoid of these very qualities."
Beware a Kinder, Gentler Social Leveling - "The state, empowered by the political action of the masses (or at least a group claiming to speak for the masses), works to gain control of the wealth and property of a society and then to redistribute it in such a way as to make people equal. It should be obvious that this type of action vastly increases the power of the state because it becomes the effective owner of all property."
Dino Deaths & Original Sin - "If death, disease, pain and suffering entered the world because of the first sin, then how would one best reconcile the deaths of all the Dinosaurs and other preceding animal throughout time up until the point that God first breathed life into Man and then Mankind committed the first sin?"
Do Beautiful Churches Produce Vocations? - "A building, whether we like it or not, is a statement of our values, our faith and our world view."
Why don’t we have more Novus Ordo Masses in Latin? - [Written from the perspective of a Catholic in England, but still could be asked of America as well.]
It's "Buy Your Priest a Beer" Week! - "Think about it:  these guys get shuttled around, never getting to put down roots.  They spend hours on the road trying to cover a whole cluster of churches; and they either live alone in a shabby rectory, or with a few other equally overworked, underpaid, under appreciated priests whose training and understanding of their vocation might be totally different from their own."

Stations of the Cross - MP3 Downloads from Fr. Z's Blog

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