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...
Do Our Children Belong to Us, or to God? - "...the insidious message at the core of the culture of death: The worth of a new human being is determined entirely by his or her parents. An unborn child is does not have dignity until her parents say she does."
It's a Crying Shame When Babies Aren't Welcome in Church - "...I know there’s the old saying that children should be seen and not heard, but when it comes to church, I disagree."
Parents of Children: Love Them and Let Them Learn Latin - "...children who study Latin outperform their peers when it comes to reading, reading comprehension and vocabulary, as well as higher order thinking such as computation, concepts and problem solving."
My Advice to Catholic Parents: Don’t Let Your Kids Date Non-Catholics - "...more often than not, mixed marriages (i.e., when a Catholic marries a non-Catholic) are a recipe for serious problems down the road...""
On Biblical Interpretation - "...[T]he Bible is not a Book, it is a library of many books from different periods and using different genres. Christians sometimes get asked, “Do you read the Bible literally?” But this is like asking, “Do you read the Library literally?”
The Real History of the Crusades - "...the Crusades to the East were in every way defensive wars. They were a direct response to Muslim aggression -- an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands." See also: Four Myths About the Crusades
The Truth about the Spanish Inquisition - "From the perspective of secular authorities, heretics were traitors to God and king and therefore deserved death. From the perspective of the Church, however, heretics were lost sheep that had strayed from the flock. As shepherds, the pope and bishops had a duty to bring those sheep back into the fold..."
Friar Who Evangelizes in the Mall - "Many shoppers asked who he was and that led to encounters, some brief, some lengthy. Everyone seemed impressed that a man representing deep matters had set up in a place devoted to fashion, skin products and fast food."
New Media Meet-Up - "A meeting for bloggers will take place in Rome on the afternoon of Monday 2 May 2011."
Crunchy Catholicism - "Faith is a trampoline not an easy chair. It's a risk and an investment in which you give all and receive more than you bargained for in return."
Choosing a Feast Day for John Paul II - "Most beatified popes’ feast days are chosen to commemorate the date they entered Heaven (in John Paul II’s case, that would be April 2nd) and this has applied to almost all beatified popes. "
Church demands reforms to Cuban health-care system - [Calls for more privatization - America Beware!] "According to the editor of Palabra Nueva, the depth of Cuba's health-care crisis can be diagnosed from the death of 26 mental patients suffering cold and malnutrition in 2010 at a Havana psychiatric hospital, a case he believes is only the 'tip of the iceberg.'"
On World Health Day Government Wants You to Fund Abortions - "Planned Parenthoodhood is currently receiving over $350,000,000of your hard earned dollars to help them carry out the eugenic dream of their founder, Margaret Sanger, once a partner to Adolf Hitler’s pre-Nazi regime."
Beyond Pink Ribbon Blues - "...three of the most protective things a woman can do to reduce breast cancer risk: have children earlier in life, refrain from artificial contraception, and avoid induced abortions."
Full page ad exposing Sanger’s racist, eugenic roots - "a full page print ad by the Susan B. Anthony List...highlighting PP founder Margaret Sanger’s roots in the eugenics movement and making the case that the business model of the organization is centered on abortion, not women’s health."
6 of the Most Unexpected Converts - These are pretty surprising...Includes John Wayne(?)
Episcopal Church: Littering is Just Like Crucifixion - "I think it's about time someone took away the fax machine from the Episcopal Church’s office of Economic and Environmental Affairs."
On Burning Books - "By burning a Koran, we tell the Muslim radical, 'Here I stand. You shall not pass.' It may not be prudent, it may not be useful, but it is a stand worthy of respect." [I'm not entirely sure what my opinion is on this, but I must admit this is a bold and well argued point presented in this piece.]
Who Portrayed the Best/Worst Jesus? - A review of some of the more famous (and infamous) portrayals of Christ in film and television.