Friday, April 1, 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...

No Divine Person? No definable personhood. - "What about intrinsic human dignity? If there really is a purely reason-based and natural argument for such a thing — which I personally doubt — the idea at least has never, anywhere, dawned upon a whole nation except through Christianity."

Bringing the Whole Family to Mass - "Before I had children, I would spend silent, focused time in prayer. Holy Mass was a sweet time where I could savor and delight in God’s Presence. It was confusing to me at first to find the situation so altered. I was still to get to Heaven but God was allowing a lot of gooey and colorful distractions to complicate my journey to that final goal..."

Vatican Tells United Nations Human Sexuality Not an 'Identity', Defends Moral Truth - "The Archbishop insisted that 'denying the moral dimension of sexuality leads to denying the freedom of the person in this matter, and undermines ultimately his/her ontological dignity.'"

Dem: Medical Choices Must "Come From Government" - Control is the end goal. It always was and always will be for big government thugs."

The Index of Forbidden Books - "The guidance that the Church gives the faithful today is couched in terms that are not only broader; they are also worded positively rather than negatively. In other words, instead of telling us which books we cannot read, the code contains several canons explaining who has the right to authorize the publication of books that we can."

The Court of Paris. An Assessment - " order to understand better the vision of Benedict XVI that lies behind the Court of the gentiles, one must reread the final part of the speech that he gave on September 12, 2008 in Paris, at that same Coll├Ęge des Bernardins which was the setting of one of the encounters in recent days"

Thirty Years Ago: When President Reagan Was Shot - "Ronald Reagan’s religion was at the crux of his crusade for freedom and against a very real evil. And for Reagan, it was a bullet fired 30 years ago this week, March 30, 1981, that provided sharp clarity to that sense of direction and purpose."

How Modern Art Led Me to God - "What I sensed in my soul is that there is indeed a scale of objective beauty. Some works of art are more beautiful than others; therefore, there must be some ultimate source of beauty that the more beautiful works are more like than the less beautiful ones."
The Myth of Religion "Shoved Down Throats" is Busted! - "There are not real instances of religion being shoved down someone's throat in our modern Western culture. Rather, it is a saying that the non-religious have made up to reject religious dialogue."

Is GLEE Promoting Planned Parenthood's Sexual Education? - "If you don't believe the episode in question is promoting Planned Parenthood - then why would Planned Parenthood hype the episode on their Facebook page?" [Very important to read this follow-up piece: Behind Hollywood Shows are Advocates of Radical Agendas - which exposes a group that pushes abortion and contraception through the media.]

British Museum to Display 'Thorn' from Jesus' Crown - "A relic claimed to be a thorn from Jesus' crown is to go on display at the British Museum, after having been kept safely in a British Jesuit school for 200 years. "

Secret Veil Illustrates Christ's Resurrection - "It is, in fact, "the napkin" or "handkerchief" (in Greek: soudarion), to which St. John the Evangelist is referring in his report of the discovery of the empty tomb by St. Peter and himself, that they saw "apart" from the cloths (including the shroud of Joseph from Arimathea) in which Jesus had been buried."

Could the Discovered Codices Mention Christ's Final Days? - "Seventy lead codices turned up five years ago in a remote cave in eastern Jordan, a region where early Christian believers may have fled after the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70 CE." [Proceed with caution. See this follow-up article: More on the Lead Codices]

Marian Messenger - "A scary encounter with the New Age and an unknown Marian apparition led apologist to use his talents for the Church"

Can We Stop Pretending Now? - "This years Easter Egg Roll at the White House has nothing to do with the resurrection of Our Lord from the dead, but is absorbed with Planet as Idol and children as zealots in formation"

A Short History of the "Left Behind" - Premillennial dispensationalism, especially in popular forms such as the Left Behind books, seemingly offers biblical answers about the near future for Christians who are convinced that things are going from bad to worse. However, it is based on a flawed Christology that leads to a deficient ecclesiology and ultimately results in a severely skewed eschatology.
Eulogies not Allowed at Funeral Masses - "The Church's liturgical law, which the bishop cannot change or disobey or ignore, says that eulogies at funerals are not permitted." 
The Traditional Latin Mass in seminaries? - "The ramifications of an instruction to seminaries to teach students the Extraordinary Form – and enough Latin to know what they’re saying – are enormous."

Why I Wear My Biretta - "I wear the biretta for Luigi."
The New Mass Translation - The Power of Fancy  - "...I like the idea that the language will be fancier. I like fancy language. Fancy makes things seem special."
Pastors: This Is the Time to Fix Your Music Program  - "The new Missal integrates English chant into the structure of the Mass to a much greater degree than the past editions. The Bishops are pushing for the Missal chants to become precisely what we have always lacked in the post-1970 world: a national body of music that has been approved by the Church that is known by everyone."
If you are one of those Catholics who is still wondering why we need a new English translation for the Mass, read this post by Father Z.

Video of Catholic Converts - Names and faces of prominent people who have joined the Catholic Church. [I didn't care for the musical selection, but you can turn the sound down and just read the captions.]

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