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...
"You Will Not Change Me into Yourself... You Will Be Changed Into Me" - "...here's the Vatican's English rendering of B16's homily at yesterday's traditional outdoor Mass for Corpus Christi at St John Lateran."
A Lutheran Pastor Shows the Need for the Catholic Church - "So Luther turned to sola Scriptura not because Scripture says so (It doesn't), but because it means he doesn't have to concede he's wrong, when he doesn't feel like he's wrong."
Heaven, Hell, and Progressive Catholics - "When it comes to Catholics, hell’s disappearance and the ensuing trivialization of the hope of heaven has resulted in some effectively redefining their faith so that it becomes almost exclusively focused on various political agendas with utopian flavors ('end poverty forever'). It’s especially characteristic of those religious orders whose numbers have collapsed over the past 40 years."
The Magisterium and Catholic Social Teaching - "We are bound to obey in those social issues that are strictly defined (abortion, marriage, pornography, contraception, etc.). However, in the great majority of social, political, and economic questions, the Church gives principles that allow the laity to apply them as best they can, according to their understanding of the problem."
The Failure of Our Gay Marriage Argument - "Why have many of us in the anti-SSM camp been unwilling to deploy the argument that homosexual behavior is immoral/unnatural? For one, we have been intimidated by the gay movement’s very formidable propaganda machine."
On the Fearful Fruits of False Freedom - "One of the terribly destructive philosophies is a false notion of freedom. The sinful world, going all the way back to Satan’s deceit in the garden, thinks of freedom as being able to do whatever I please."
Wisconsin to Defund Planned Parenthood - "Wisconsin will join Indiana, Kansas and North Carolina in passing similar legislation. Each cut funding to the health care and abortion provider earlier this year."
Movies, Beauty, Truth, and Swear Words - "If you've seen movies like The Blind Side and X-Men or TV series like "Lost" and "24," you've been exposed to projects that have been worked on by alumni or faculty of the Act One program in Hollywood."
...It was a long week, and I had very little time to gather articles for this Friday's post. I recomend the following sites to find more interesting Catholic links:
Creative Minority Report