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...
RELEASED: Instruction “Universae Ecclesiae” – the text and my initial observations - From Fr. Z's blog: "Here are some rapid points to help you read the document on your own. The document is not so hard that it needs a great deal of interpretation. But some points will need some extra light."
New Guidelines for Tridentine Mass - Ten Key Facts
Our Lady of Fatima - Feast Day May 13
10 Reasons Why Pro-Lifers Will Eventually Win - "#4 We are out-babying the other side. They think babies are a burden. We see them as gifts from God. Our numbers go up while their numbers go down."
Private Charity Versus Government Welfare - "Along with solidarity, Benedict — and indeed all of his predecessors who taught on human development and the justice of economic systems — insists on the principle of subsidiarity."
Does the Church Condemn Capitalism? - "Capitalism, like a handful of other words common in contemporary social and political discourse — rights, liberalism, and religion come to mind — has come to mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people."
Minimum Wage's Discriminatory Effects - "...study demonstrates that increases in the minimum wage at both the state and federal level are partially to blame for the crisis in employment for minority young adults."
Boehner's Catholic Critics Rush to Defend Welfare State - "It appears then that these Catholic academicians who have written to Speaker Boehner do not understand the distinctions the Church herself makes between fundamental, non-negotiable dogmas and doctrines, and the prudential and debatable give and take when it comes to applying the principles of Catholic social teaching."
PCUSA Drops Sexuality Standard - "...the ambiguity introduced by this latest amendment will allow PCUSA bodies so wishing to ordain ministers, elders, and deacons involved in same-sex or opposite-sex relationships outside of marriage." See also: Presbyterians Welcome Gay Clergy
Our Father hand-holding - "I cannot see this hand holding stretch exercise as nothing but contrived sentimentalism which distracts us from the transcendent nature of God Almighty and the meaning of the petitions in the Our Father."
It's Never a Good Time to Have Kids - "Obviously, there are good reasons out there to avoid pregnancy, financial ones included. But what troubles me is this increasingly popular idea that there is such a thing as the perfect time to have a new baby. There’s not."
Better to Stay in a Bad Marriage? "...the children in stepfamilies were over twice as likely to be reported as having behavior problems compared to children living with their own married parents. The children in a cohabiting step arrangement [a mother living with her boyfriend] were almost three times as likely to have these problems."
Offering It Up - "Our enlightened era looks with skepticism on penance, and believes pain is valueless and must be instantly vanquished. Coupled with a prayer of surrender to the cross of Christ, however, they are enjoined to the power of creative and healing love. And then, penance, pain, prayer—it is all privilege."
Mitch Daniels: Words & Deeds - "Deeds matter. Words matter. We are used to politicians who promise everything and deliver nothing. Governor Daniels seems to want to promise nothing but perhaps he might be the guy to deliver."
Life doesn’t have to be easy to be joyful - "Joy is something different than happiness, and it’s a whole lot different than surface-level pleasure or physical comfort. It’s something divine in origin, not subject to the ups and downs of human emotions..."
Aquinas and Horses - "Wyoming Catholic College will celebrate its first commencement on May 14..." [I know a little bit about this college from some mailings I've received. It seems to be a topnotch Catholic institution. They deserve our support.]
‘Stop thinking of her as a person’: a page from Planned Parenthood’s dating playbook
Pastor Uses Jesus Parable to Defend Abortion - "Rev. Westfox would seem to be arguing that only in those cases where everything is perfect should we accept life into the world."