Friday, August 12, 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...

Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, the Meaning of Marriage and Political 'Conservatism'   - "Along with solidarity, which confirms the truth that we truly are our brother/sister's keeper, we must always keep in mind the importance of subsidiarity. Subsidiarity is a social ordering principle which respects the proper role of the family and the mediating instituions as the first place where governing should occur. It is about much more than federalism and it certainly is not satisfied with a misguided "States Rights" approach to issues such as Life and marriage."
Do Wisconsin Unions Reflect Catholic Social Doctrine? - While Mr. Winters has a point that the Church has been in support of unions, what he and many others fail to note are the parameters which the Holy Fathers have given for that support. There are limits, and these limits are almost always ignored.

Whatever Happened to Stem Cell Research? - "Often, a lack of rules results in wider chaos while narrow rules result in greater creativity – and even beauty. That is Bush’s great contribution. He encouraged scientists – and gave them room – to catch up to the ethics."
Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent, brutalised youngsters - "They are products of a culture which gives them so much unconditionally that they are let off learning how to become human beings. My dogs are better behaved and subscribe to a higher code of values than the young rioters of Tottenham, Hackney, Clapham and Birmingham."
Can We Stop Telling God What To Do? - It’s not only that I don’t want to be in the theologically awkward position of telling God what to do, it’s also the case that I don’t want to be in the socially awkward (and politically annoying) position of being assaulted in Mass with the latest politically-correct fad dressed up as a prayer.

We Ignore the Roots of Scandal If We Only Protest Abortion  - "Just like a weed isn't really gone until the root is pulled up, only protesting abortion -  when Catholic hospitals all over the country offer IVF, embryo cryo-preservation, sterilization and contraception - isn't really addressing the deeper issue either."
Orthodoxy Is In the Balance - "...orthodoxy is about balance. Heresy is about picking and choosing. Some heretics pick one Bible verse or concept and make it the whole thing. But orthodoxy is about the whole range of truths held in proper balance and proportion."
Shaw: Polls, presidential hopefuls and religious convictions - "Kennedy’s privatizing of religion has borne much bitter fruit in the past half-century. Among other things, it’s been extended — in line with secularist thinking — to imply that citizens shouldn’t be influenced by their religiously grounded values in deciding how to vote."

Younger Christians More Likely to See Abortion as Important - "Almost three quarters (69%) of young people surveyed believe abortion to be very important compared to just 31% of those over 65."

Soon to be Extinct: Down Syndrome Kids - "Supporters of public funding argue that it is cheaper to offer subsidized prenatal testing and abortions than to pay the medical bills of a child with Down syndrome."

QUAERITUR: Woman ‘priests’ are inevitable? Fr. Z rants - "This is the irreformable doctrine of the Church which all Catholic are bound to accept as definitive, even as infallible as the CDF made plain.   This teaching is not merely a law or, as liberals like to call it, 'policy'."

Catholic Courtesy: Who Greets Whom and Holy Matrimony - "At least among ourselves, we Catholics should strive to enshrine common courtesies. The old Catholic courtesies were built around the mysteries of the Sacred Scriptures."

Have any other links of interest? Feel free to post in the comments section below...

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