Friday, September 9, 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...

Why we celebrate Mary's birth - "Of course, the Mother of God was sanctified before her birth – indeed, she was wholly preserved from original sin. Thus, she was holy in her birth in a pre-eminent manner...

The frightening duty of fraternal correction - "The practice of fraternal correction, encouraging and admonishing those around us when they fall into sin, is a harrowing experience. This Christian duty has often been neglected and even disparaged in our individualist culture where we risk being told to ‘mind our own business’."

UK Launches New English Translation - It seems to go off without a hitch... Listening to the new translations has had a more powerful effect upon me than reading them has had."

The Mass: The Gift of the Father - "We have received a gift that explains ultimately what we are. We will not concoct something better. In the meantime, we are asked to keep the reality, the memory, of what the Last Supper is, with its leading to the Crucifixion and our redemption before us."

Are the Four Gospels Historically Verifiable? (Arguments in Favor)  - "There is literally no other literary work that has this much early testimony to support it. The writings of Cicero and Caesar do not even come close - to say nothing of Plato and especially Homer."

In Contraceptive Culture, Women Can Never Rest - "The Church totally called this one. Back in 1968 Pope Paul VI made four predictions about what would happen when the world accepted contraception, and in one of them he stops just short of naming toddler thongs and octogenarian breast implants specifically."
Things That Have No Right To Exist - "I do expose my kids, when they’re ready, to ideas that are contrary to what we believe. On the other hand, one essential way to make them ready is to instill a deep, visceral, emotional loyalty to the ideas which are true (such as: there is a God, the Church is not evil or repressive, and Tolkein could kick Philip Pullman’s bony atheist hinder without even putting his pipe down)."

An Imperial Presidency Revealed - "The National Labor Relations Board's power grab is not limited to Boeing. It's also claiming authority over St. Xavier University, saying that the school doesn't qualify for the religious exemption to NLRB's authority because St. Xavier is not Catholic enough."

New Philly Archbishop... - "'If they don't believe what the church teaches, they're not really Catholic,' Chaput told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday, two days before his installation at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul."

New Cathedral for Raleigh, North Carolina - "For those who don't follow the ins and outs of ecclesiastical architecture very closely, it's worth reiterating: this is a big, big deal. ...[T]his is the first time in our lifetime that a bishop has engaged a specialist in traditional to design and build a new cathedral."

Mel Gibson to make movie about the Maccabees... - "Mel Gibson And Joe Eszterhas To Collaborate On Film Telling Jewish Hero Judah Maccabee Story For Warner Bros."

The Anti-Catholic's Guide to Catholic Comboxes - [Funny...only because it hits so close to the mark.]

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