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...
Fracture since the Second Vatican Council. Are we creating a New Tower of Babel? - "...the new translation is to be accompanied by catechesis on re-sacralising the liturgy - reverence and paying attention to the rubrics is something we are supposed to have been doing with the old missal but many people didn't bother."
Why Obama is in Danger of Losing the Catholic Vote in 2012 - "...we’ll need all hands on deck to keep Catholics in the column of the candidate and party that best represents Catholic social teaching on foundational issues as life, marriage, family, subsidiarity, and religious freedom in 2012."
Next Election, Don’t Count on the Seniors - "...the mainstream media utterly abandoned whatever responsibilities to the public trust to which it still felt obliged, tossed presumptive-nominee Hillary Clinton aside and—rejecting any-and-all discomfiting questions about his experience, background, past-operations, education, friendships or capabilities—hoisted candidate Barack Obama upon their shoulders and carried him into the White House in triumph."
Why I Was a Pro-Choice Vegetarian - "When I began researching Catholicism, one of the many things that immediately resonated as true was the Church’s teaching on the dignity of man. This idea that every single one of us has dignity—a dignity that exists simply by virtue of being human, regardless of our of size, intelligence, consciousness, or any other observable traits—was like an articulation of a truth that had been written on my heart all along."
Catholic Orthodoxy is Not Bigotry: A Response to the Hate-Filled Comments Received by a Catholic Blogger - "So much for the 'tolerance' of many of our interlocutors. And yet it is we who are called hateful, bigoted, phobic and so forth."
This statement is not bigotry: Public displays of homosexual affection should be illegal - "While it is certainly possible that some might disagree with the claim that homosexuality is immoral and harmful to society, that is a point which can be debated; but is anyone so narrow-minded as to think that one who questions the morality of homosexuality is therefore a hate-filled 'bigot'?"
What Mormons can teach Catholics about online evangelization - "Stephen Allen, head of the Mormons’ missionary department, explained in a recent Washington Post article that, 'If we don’t show up in the top 10 results on Google, we don’t exist.' The same holds true for Catholics. If we’re missing from search results — or if the results are antagonistic toward Catholicism — then we’re losing out."
Why Virginity Matters - "I’m sure there are all sorts of deep theological reasons for the virgin designation so commonly seen after the names of the saints...but it strikes me that one of the practical benefits of the practice is that it’s a reminder that people can have good lives—great, history-making, God-glorifying lives, in fact—without ever having sex."
Did Mary Write the Bible? - "Practically, the fact that an entire portion of Scripture is indebted to the witness of Mary should demonstrate her central role in the life of the early Church."
Study reveals many "Da Vinci Code" fans are irrational, illogical, and scared of death - "...contra the 'wisdom' of the day, religious adherents are more open to logic, arguments, and facts than are non-religious folks.
Padre Pio on Hell - "Padre Pio was asked what he thought about modern people who didn't believe in hell. 'They'll believe in hell when they get there.' he replied."
New Translation - It is not a good idea to shield children from difficult words. Better that they know them and are fascinated by them and then learn more about them as they grow older.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen credited with baby's stunning recovery - "Bonnie held her motionless baby for a few brief moments before he was quickly taken away for CPR while an ambulance was called."
Relic Video: The Liquifying Blood of St Januarius - [This is just cool!]