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...
On Truth and Trade: Economics and the Catholic Vision of the Good Life - [Two great essays explaining the benefits of capitalism versus distributism from a Catholic perspective.]
World Youth Day: Pope talks profits and people - "The real challenge for economists and policy makers is how do we move from the good intentions of providing ever-increasing, ethically-sound prosperity for all to actual results."
Why the Assumption of Mary into heaven began in the Garden of Eden - "The spirituality of a woman is rooted in the fact that she is the heart of love and through her special and unique relationship with the Holy Spirit (as one who gives life), a woman is truly the example of what it means to be fully human."
Ordination, Equality, and Natural Law - "Natural law defines the distinction between genders in the functions of parenthood, even on a biological level. Divine law, through the Magisterium of the Church, defines, by gender, and by many other factors, distinctions in ministerial roles and functions."
Homosexual Leaven in the Liturgical Lump - "The male who suffers with deep-seated homosexuality has difficulty in being Christ visible in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for a number of reasons..." [This article gives a compelling argument in favor of a return to ad orientem worship.]
British Leaders Talk Moral Collapse - "Moral decline and bad behavior is not limited to a few of the poorest parts of our society. In the highest offices, the plushest boardrooms, the most influential jobs, we need to think about the example we are setting..."
Children of divorce are born ‘losers’ claims bishop - "This is not to say that children cannot thrive outside of the marital family but if we really value childhood, then we must do what we can to try and ensure that children are raised by the fathers and mothers who bring them into the world."
Moments After America - "...what is a daily reality in Britain will soon be America’s reality, too, unless the country reverses its embrace of the social and economic policies that are bankrupting Europe and bringing its society to its collective knees."
External Markers of Our Faith - [From Archbishop Dolan of New York] "Scholars of religion–all religions, not just Catholic–tell us that an essential of a vibrant, sustained, attractive, meaningful life of faith in a given creed is external markers."
Archbp. Dolan on meatless Fridays and external signs of our Catholic identity - [A reply from Father Z. to the above posted article.] [See also this survey by Father Z. on the issue of meatless Fridays.]
Young religious find older garb habit-forming - "Among the few young women choosing religious life today, the most popular orders are those that wear a habit."
Big Picture at World Youth Day: 'It’s the Evangelicals, stupid!' - "For today’s younger Catholics, it’s more a matter of generational experience. They didn’t grow up in a stuffy, all-controlling church, so they’re not rebelling against it. Instead, they’re rebelling against a rootless secular world, making them eager to embrace clear markers of identity and sources of meaning."
World Youth Day priests granted power to lift abortion excommunications - "The archdiocese said they hope that “all the faithful who attend the celebrations of World Youth Day can more easily access the fruits of divine grace, which opens the door to a new life for them."Making Poor People Pray - "Whether you’re poor because of bad luck and tough circumstances, or because of laziness and stupidity, being poor doesn’t make you sub-human. It shouldn’t give other people an excuse to treat you like a child, even if they’re helping you."
Of Cassocks and Demons - "We knew it was a Catholic priest who would know what to do about demons and all that stuff."