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...
Little by Little, the Tide Is Turning - "Most of you probably heard of the Gallup Poll released yesterday that showed that 61% of Americans want all, or most abortions, to be declared illegal."
Historic Gallup Poll: Majority of U.S. Supports Gay Marriage - [Given the news about abortion (see article above) this statistic is indeed sad.]
Awesome! Pro-lifers Take Over NARAL Site - "And here's the thing -as much fun as it is just to mess with them it's also about the fact that you never know who's going to look at it. You never know if your message is going to be the one to turn a heart around."
T-minus six months and counting to the revised Roman Missal! - "Have you begun to prepare for the changes coming Nov. 27, the first Sunday in Advent? Here are some simple ways to welcome the revisions."
Germans present Pope Benedict with his own papal crown - "...from my personal view I would be very happy if we had a Pope who was crowned again like a king or a queen of any other country..."
Church of England tied in knots over allowing gay men to become bishops - [This is why we have the Ordinariate...]
14 Steps to a More Self-Centered Church - [Great satirical piece on just about everything that's gone wrong with the post-Vatican II Mass.]
Advocates press Archbishop Sheen sainthood cause at Vatican - "The canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen moved a step closer today as the official document outlining his cause – known as a 'positio' - was presented to Pope Benedict XVI."
POLL: Nearly 1/3 of Russians believe historic division of Christians to be a mistake - "The Russian news agency Interfax reports today on a recent religion survey that may offer new reasons for hope that there can somehow be a reunion between the Catholic Church and (at least) the Russian Orthodox Church."
Rome's New UGLY John Paul II Statue - "The placement of the statue outside Rome’s main train station—the Termini—is particularly unfortunate, because it ensures a large number of people will see the thing."
Catholic scholar dismantles May 21 Judgment Day claims - [I know this is old news...but this is a great opportunity to provide a lesson on Catholic teaching regarding End Times.]
Endtimes, Millennium, Rapture - "As Cardinal Ratzinger recently pointed out (in the context of the message of Fátima), we are not at the end of the world. In fact, the Second Coming (understood as the physical return of Christ) cannot occur until the full number of the Gentiles are converted, followed by 'all Israel.'"
Rapture Theology’s Ominous Origins - "Regardless of whom one regards as the originator of the teaching — whether Ribera, Lacunza, Irving, Darby, or Margaret MacDonald – one thing is obvious; the 'rapture' theory is of recent heterodox origin, has no basis in Scripture, the Fathers, is mentioned nowhere in antiquity, nor was it ever a teaching of the Christ, or His Apostles."
The Rapture and the Latin Vulgate - "We Catholics don't believe in the rapture. The "rapture" is a term created by 19th century Protestant dispensationalists who held that God would 'rapture' all faithful Christians from the earth before the tribulation period of the Antichrist."
Raptured or Not? A Catholic Understanding - "Will Catholics be raptured? No, of course not, but then neither will be anyone else."
Rev. Sirico: Change thinking on poverty - "Vast amounts of state aid and governments imposing endless regulations are not the way to solve global poverty; rather it will be done through trade, private enterprise and helping populations in poor countries to contribute to their own prosperity."
Boehner’s Critics Misrepresent Catholic Social Teaching - "Catholic social teaching stresses a “preferential option for the poor,” but addressing the problems of poverty involves a heavy dose of prudential judgment. The social encyclicals make clear that the Church offers no political or economic program, that within Catholic orthodoxy many different approaches may be undertaken to achieve the principles and moral teachings that are set out."
'Til Debt Do Us Part - "As predicted, the American government this week reached its $14.3 trillion debt limit...One thing’s for certain: There’ll be no fixing this without significant discomfort on everyone’s part. The sooner we accept that, the sooner we can get to work fixing this problem."
Mother of Aerosmith Singer Steven Tyler’s Aborted Baby Now Pro-Life - [This is a follow-up to a piece I posted a week or two ago.]
An Anti-Israel President - [This was the man who received the Nobel Peace Prize?]