Friday, September 2, 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...
Accepting Evangelization - "Be willing to suffer, but know that you in fact may not. Grace will conquer suffering and turn it into rejoicing. And that, dear fellow Catholics, will make you never want to give up or shut up!

Questioning the Questioners: Why Do You Not Honor Mary in Accordance With Scripture? - "We Catholics are always on the defensive, always in answer mode. But we ought to ask a few questions too."

Defrocked Episcopal priest hopes to join Catholic Church - "You almost never hear of Catholic priests being suspended for being too conservative — but that seems to happened with this Episcopalian from suburban Philadelphia."

The Christian Critic - "I’m a big meany. I’m a mean, mean, meany-pants, and I carry a cane with me at all times, in case I see some pretty flowers that need whacking. But, as Evelyn Waugh said, 'You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic. Without supernatural aid, I would hardly be a human being.'"

Work and Natural Rights - "Unions, along with other associations, could bring the benefits of solidarity joined with love and charity, as members help one another in many ways.  But it was quite another matter when unions use their power to deny, to ordinary people, legitimate work they were willing to do."

Distributists Ignore the Lessons of History - "...distributist system is, if not totally impossible to implement, certainly a cure worse than the disease."

Lessons from Hurricane Irene - "[I]n recent history, the United States has over-federalized disaster response in a way that threatens the resiliency of the nation’s communities, according to a new report from The Heritage Foundation..."

Gay Marriage, Democracy, and the Courts - "The marriage culture, already wounded by widespread divorce, nonmarital cohabitation and out-of-wedlock childbearing will fare no better than it has in those European societies that were in the vanguard of sexual 'enlightenment.' And the primary victims of a weakened marriage culture are always children and those in the poorest, most vulnerable sectors of society."
Far from being opposed to science, Catholicism is its best advocate and defence - "We should rejoice in men like Mgr Georges LemaƮtre, who are heroes of science and witnesses to the Church's devotion to reason and logic."

Stained Glass and the Book of Revelation - "...But stained glass also served another purpose, that of imaging the foundational walls of heaven. For, recall that traditional church architecture saw the church as an image of heaven."

Benedict XVI: on rediscovering the path of beauty - "Works of art are the fruit of human creativity, which question the visible reality, trying to discover its deep meaning and to communicate it through the language of shapes, colours, sounds."

New England’s European-Style Birth Dearth - "Basically, New England is trending the way of Western Europe. Ironically, this was the area that Europeans first settled, and now those European descendants are going the way of Europe."

Biden One-Child Policy Comment No Gaffe, Obama Admin Ignores It - "...the Vice President was clearly pandering to his Chinese hosts. It wasn’t ignorance and it wasn’t a gaffe. Biden wanted China’s communist leaders to know that he and the President he serves are more than willing to turn a blind eye to atrocities committed in the name of the one-child policy."

Planned Parenthood Abortion v. Adoption Referrals - "The new document the abortion organization posted shows Planned Parenthood provided prenatal services to merely 7,021 women and referred only 977 women for adoption services."

Washington Post Shows Bias Again in Coverage of Abortion - [Media bias - Nothing new about this...]

Answering Seventh Day Adventism - "It's not as if [Ellen] White was wrong on some minor details. She got the basic facts about the core doctrine of Adventism all wrong, and obviously so. It's long past time for Adventists to ditch Ellen White and come home to orthodox Christianity."
Atheist Brokeback Mountain Movie Bombs! - "This really just goes to show that atheists can make movies just as bad as Christians -and let’s face it there’s been some reeeeaaaallly bad Christian movies. But at least Christians make bad movies because they mean well, atheists don’t even have that excuse."

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