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...
The Cosmopolitan Conservative - "...liberalism has become insular and narrow-minded. It lacks the capacity for the generous appreciation of other points of view needed in a pluralistic society. That capacity is more likely to be found today among conservatives, particularly religious conservatives."
Forgiveness at Mass - "...I become irritated with the concept of Mass as fellowship meal being made the main image of understanding the Mass. It's not. It's a secondary image. The primary understanding of the Mass is now, and always has been, a re-presentation of the cross of Christ."
Judgement day has come for Lefebvrians and the Vatican - "The Holy See considers the acceptance of the document as an essential condition for full communion, which would also provide for a legal settlement for the Fraternity founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, probably through the constitution of a similar ordinariate to the one expected for the Anglicans."
Society of St. Pius X Has Meeting at the Vatican: Presented Statement of Principles - "...if all goes well, the likely status of the Society of St. Pius X would be a personal prelature - a Church jurisdiction without geographical boundaries designed to carry out particular pastoral initiatives. At present, the only personal prelature in the Church is Opus Dei."
Revisiting External Markers of Our Faith - "As one of my friends tells me, we’re too much into 'Catholic lite.' And it’s backfiring, I’m afraid. I hear our Catholics tell me, “We don’t want Catholic lite; we want to be 'lights to the world!'"
Jobs Act Usurps Liberty, Christian Charity - "If one relies on government programs to help the poor, how can one be blamed for asserting 'I gave at the office' rather than ponying up at the Salvation Army drum or the church collection basket, or buying a Christmas goose for the laid-off father of the family at the end of the block?"
Faith and Work, Politics and Jobs - "The faith in government evident here is really just astonishing. Politicians promising jobs is just another example of making grandiose promises that they can’t hope to fulfill. It’s really just telling us what we want to hear (or at least what they think we want to hear), rather than what we need to hear."
Of Atheists and Their Pretensions - "The interview below with Dr. David Berlinski from Peter Robinson’s Uncommon Knowledge represents for me one of those great moments when one can revel in hearing someone much smarter than you agree with the reasonableness of your position."
“Conscience” in a Culture without Truths? - "We are flying an important banner when we unfurl the cause of 'conscience,' but we are flying that banner in a culture that no longer understands us as we understand ourselves. Most people around us think we are simply invoking intense, personal beliefs when we invoke claims of conscience on abortion."
Funding the Couch Bum - "It was kind of like the moment when mom and dad realize that their son’s college friend, who’s been crashing on the couch for the last eight months, can afford an iPhone, a motorcycle, and a $70 pair of jeans, but somehow never manages to scrape up enough cash to pitch in for the rent. He smokes pot and brings home skeezy girlfriends, and they’re fairly sure he has fleas."
St. John Chrysostom with some…unusual advice - "...go up to him and rebuke him; and should it be necessary to inflict blows, spare not to do so. Smite him on the face; strike his mouth; sanctify your hand with the blow,"
Fragmented Liturgy - There are far too many different ways of celebrating the Mass within the Roman Rite. For the sake of its mission, it's time to restore unity in the Church.
The Massgoer's Guide To Full and Active Participation - [tongue-in-cheek look at what it takes to participate at Mass]