Friday, August 26, 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...

Forgive Us Our Debt Ceiling? - "The bottom line for America is how to put our public sector on fiscally sustainable ground—for the good of all Americans.  The welfare state, the disproportionate expropriation of private income and wealth transfer schemes embodied in public programs all make for unsustainable spending patterns."
Oh, How America Has Changed - "We can now see clearly that giving cash and benefits to single moms, beginning with Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty, destroyed families by making fathers unnecessary and even a barrier to the women receiving free money."

Do't, Knight! - "Men, be knights. This does not mean going off into the woods everyday and finding other knights to fight and slaughter, although it can involve that... The main virtue behind chivalry is not courage, it is humility."

America's conservative Catholics are on the warpath. Republicans should be courting them - "The Catholic electorate used to be regarded as microcosmic because it voted as a block on economic issues. But studies of the 2004 results identified a new hardcore vote of roughly 16 percent of Catholics (nearly 10 million people) who attend church more than once a week and identify as ideologically 'conservative'."

Economics in One Lesson - "The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or public policy; it consists in tracing the consequences of that policy not merely for one group but for all groups."

Biden Faces More Criticism For Not Bashing One-Child Policy - "In a speech, Biden talked about demographic concerns associated with the policy but said he would not “second-guess” it and “understood” why Chinese put the policy in place."

What, Exactly, Is an Abortion, and Why Does It Matter? - "...the most accurate definition of abortion is one like that found in Blessed John Paul II’s encyclical, Evangelium Vitae: “the deliberate and direct killing, by whatever means it is carried out, of a human being in the initial phase of his or her existence, extending from conception to birth.”
Feminists Don't Respect Women; the Catholic Church Does - "Pro-choice feminism only respects women once they’ve reached a certain age, usually about 36 weeks; the ones who are younger than that are not considered worthy of consideration as human beings, let alone worthy of respect. The Catholic Church respects all women, no matter how small and voiceless."

Number of Converts to Catholicism Continuing to Decline – You Know What to Do - "Some will be quick to blame the liturgy, others the sex abuse scandal. But CARA and other studies show little correlation to these issues. The biggest issue is secularization."
Making Children Pray - "What to do when your minor child, who is expected to follow all the secular rules of the family, does not want to participate in the Faith?"

Presbyterians Meet To Consider Leaving Church Over Gay Clergy, Other Issues - "We have come off track, and Presbyterians have become a declining part of American life instead of a vibrant, growing part..."

Why do we reverence during the Nicene Creed? (Saint Louis of France) - [Interesting bit of trivia]

Alternative Liturgy for the Establishment of a Parish Minister Person - [A really funny tongue-in-cheek post by Fr. Longenecker.]

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