Friday, July 22, 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...

Pope appoints Archbishop Chaput to Philadelphia archdiocese - "The Pope's appointment comes as the archdiocese struggles to deal effectively with clerical sex abuse allegations."
From the Prairie to the Atlantic Coast. The New Bishops Stateside - "With Chaput in Philadelphia, a see traditionally honored with the cardinal's hat, the upper echelon of the episcopate of the United States is thus more and more solidly occupied by persons in close harmony with pope Joseph Ratzinger, and known and respected by him." [Interview with Chaput included with this article.]

Philadelphia Needs Its New Archbishop - "We should all pray for quick and long sustained success here for Abp. Chaput. Just hearing about this appointment has put a spring in my step."

Want to Know the Secret to a Vibrant Parish? - "I’m convinced this Eucharistic adoration is the key to the vitality, growth, and effectiveness of our parish." 
The Present State of Our Polygamous Future  - "The And why should society deny a man the right to marry all the women he loves? What reasons do those who favor gay marriage have for excluding polygamy? Having rejected all arguments from nature and reason when they were used against their position, what do they have left to justify their discrimination?"

Paul Ryan vs. Stephen Shenk – A Budget Debate between Catholics and a Request for Your Input - "These articles show how very different Catholics can be among each other when it comes to what is often termed the Social doctrine of the Church."

Vatican bank president: Bigger families are solution to economic crisis - "The Vatican bank president explained that because there aren't enough young people in society to support the increasing amount of elderly, population aging 'can be considered the true origin of the current economic crisis.'"
Texas Gov. Rick Perry Signs Bill De-Funding Planned Parenthood - "In other states, Indiana approved a law de-funding Planned Parenthood, and New Hampshire Planned Parenthood centers may close after the state revoked a $1.8 million grant. Montana Planned Parenthood is also grappling with funding cuts and one county in Tennessee de-funded Planned Parenthood."
We Weren’t Always So Secular: Recovering a Sense of the Presence of God - "[W]e need to teach and help our young people get in touch with God’s presence... There ought to be family prayer and observances of the various feasts and seasons of our Church. "

In Praise of Catholic Guilt - "By following the Church’s teachings and learning to develop a relationship with God, my life has become more rich and fulfilling than I ever thought possible…and it all started with a good dose of Catholic guilt."

Altar Rail Returning to Use - "'Little children like to kneel and pray there while their mom and dad receive holy Communion,' said Father Markey. 'There’s almost universal embracing. It’s one of the most popular decisions I’ve made as pastor.'

An American Pope in Our Lifetime? - "Europe is in crisis, demographically and morally...For this and other reasons, it may be time, in the not-too-distant future, for an American Pope."

Rush Limbaugh: They Wouldn’t Care if Casey Anthony Had an Abortion - "How is it that we can obsess over the horror of the Casey Anthony trial and not see the parallels to abortion? There is national lament and outcry over the murder of a two year old, but thousands of unborn children are dismembered and thrown away every day through abortion, and our society turns a blind eye."
Gay, Catholic, and Doing Fine - "I'm grateful to gay activists for some things -- making people people more aware of the prevalence of homosexuality, making homophobia less socially acceptable -- but they also make it more difficult for me to be understood, to be accepted for who I am and what I believe. If I want open-mindedness, acceptance, and understanding, I look to Catholics."

Do You Have Candles With You? A Meditation On The Saving Power of Prayer - "On frigid day, if the car broke down, or got stuck in the snow, lighting even one candle and cracking the window just slightly (for ventilation), could mean the difference between life and death. Just one candle, maybe two, could warm the car enough to stave off death. And Catholic votive candles were the perfect choice."
Guess the Date of this Prophecy - "The family is steadily losing its form and its social significance, and the state absorbs more and more of the life of its members..." [Click the link and read the whole quote. Then scroll down to the comments section and find out when it was written."

Ten Cheap, Stupid Ideas For Summer With Kids - [They all look cool, but I really want to try number ten.]

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