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...
The Best catholic Books of All Time - "To find my next read I often turn to Fr. John McCloskey, an Opus Dei priest and book-loving brother. He has put together what he calls the "Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan" a comprehensive list of the best Catholic books of all time"
Fr. Z’s annual rant about Ascension Thursday Sunday - "I think the option to dislocate such an important and ancient feast is an arrogant novelty."
Not Whether to Help the Poor, but How - "Helping the poor requires a different sort of moral analysis — not because I (or the Church’s teaching) am 'dualist,' as some critics suggest, nor because assisting the poor is “less important” than protecting the unborn, but because the two issues possess different characteristics and therefore require different sorts of moral analysis."
Social Security and the Fifth Commandment - "How different things are today. Now, when an elderly person becomes ill, it’s typical for relatives to strip him of all his assets, and then put him on Medicaid. Is this the right thing to do?"
TV Executives Admit in Taped Interviews That Hollywood Pushes a Liberal Agenda - "Some of TV’s top executives from the past four decades may have gotten more than they bargained for when they agreed to be interviewed for a politically charged book that was released Tuesday, because video of their controversial remarks will soon be hitting the Internet."
Downward and Deeper into Sexual Confusion: Parents Choose to Raise “Genderless” Child - "In suppressing the truth about God and what can be known from nature, our senseless Western minds have become darkened."
Pepsi Ignores Criticism on Use of Aborted Cells in Research - "Pro-life organizations are asking the public to boycott all Pepsi drink products and encourage consumers to contact Pepsi management requesting that they sever all ties with Senomyx. Consumers are also encouraged to contact Campbell Soup and thank them for responding to pro-life concerns."
The Preacher's Ex-wife - "Every promise, every blessing, every teaching, every encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ in Sacred Scripture is for the Body of Christ."
The Socially Awkward Person's Guide to the Sign of Peace - "For my fellow people who share the psychological profile of SHBDH (Should Have Been a Desert Hermit), I offer this handy guide to the strange extrovert ritual known as the sign of peace..."