Friday, May 6, 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...

John Paul is Blessed! - See video of Rite of elevation... Or watch this high-def video of entire Mass.

First images of John Paul II’s new tomb - Video: "John Paul II’s coffin is now in its final resting place in St Sebastian’s Chapel, inside St Peter’s Basilica."
  
Blessed John Paul II saved the Catholic Church from going the way of the Anglican Communion - "...secular scholars are unlikely to dwell on the heroic sanctity of the man, which led Pope Benedict XVI to beatify him in a ceremony attended by 1.5 million people. But what they may well say – irrespective of their point of view – is that John Paul II preserved the unity of the Catholic Church at a moment when it seemed likely to fracture."
  
On The Spiritual Attack of our Converts and What to Do About It - "It is sobering for me to consider how many of the people I have baptized quietly slipped away from the Church in the years that followed." 


Jesus' "Brothers" - "The perpetual virginity of Mary, the mother of Jesus, has been consistently taught from the early Christian era. Western and Eastern Catholicism, and the Orthodox, consider it a fixed doctrine. Even early Protestant reformers, including Luther and Calvin, asserted the doctrine as worthy of belief."
  
Pope insists that Bible’s truth is found in its totality - "[T]he Pope said clearer explanations about the Catholic position on the divine inspiration and truth of the Bible were important because some people seem to treat the Scriptures simply as literature while others believe that each line was dictated by the Holy Spirit and is literally true. Neither position is Catholic, the Pope said." 
 
Vatican gathering of bloggers hailed as a success - "Most bloggers in attendance seemed to feel that the Vatican was genuine when it said it didn’t want to control the Catholic blogosphere. There was also a general welcome for the Vatican’s own attempts to overhaul its online presence." 


Bad Liturgical News, Folks - "My problem is with the translators arrogantly deciding to make the changes on their own--as well as introducing other, apparently agenda-driven changes--into a liturgical text. This is the kind of stuff we've had to live with in English liturgical texts for a long time."


'And With Your Spirit': The Big Difference in a Little Phrase - "Cardinal George expressed his hope that this small change in wording will bring about a larger change in the way we experience the Mass... 'Our current translation might seem more personal and friendly, but that’s the problem.'"
 
Vatican Calls for Reflection After Bin Laden's Death - "Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office, said in a statement issued today that 'a Christian never takes pleasure from the fact of a man's death.'"


Justice for Bin Laden? - "[S]cholars stressed that the moral justification for killing a terrorist did not include a denial of his fundamental human dignity. The killing should provoke solemnity, not jubilation..."


Why There is no Conspiracy - "I'm already hearing of the conspiracy theories around Bin Laden's death...[but] It's the inconsistencies and contradictions that make it seem genuine."
 

The Great Lie: Pope Benedict XVI of Socialism - "History is strewn with intellectuals who imagined that they could save the world -- and created hell on earth as a result. The pope counts the socialists among them, and Karl Marx in particular." 

Paying Tribute to a Catholic Reagan - "Bess was married to Neil Reagan, Ronald Reagan’s brother, who was an accomplished advertising executive and who died in 1996."

Rocker Steven Tyler of Aerosmith Haunted by Girlfirend's Abortion - "At the heart of post-abortion healing is the cleansing of a wounded heart. The post-abortive parent must be free of shame, guilt, and grief before he or she can embrace the unborn child with love."


Fear of Hell? - "...when God asks us to do something good—to do something better than our original impulse—we do it not out of fear of punishment, but because we recognize that God is so good to us, so generous." 


Saints and Their Birth Order (Surprising) - [If we want more saints and more priests...then have more kids!]

Interesting Photo: Is Christ in this picture? (Pareidola)

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