Friday, September 30, 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 the Liturgical Reform? - "The Council’s reform was genuinely needed. But the errors resulting from misinterpretation of the Council were very serious, indeed, and these errors led to divisions within the Church."

Unintended Consequences: Hurting When You Think You're Helping - "I doubt that many people seriously disagree that feeding the hungry and clothing the naked are worthy objectives. A lot of the policies we enact in the name of these goals have unintended and positively counterproductive consequences."

Is It Wrong for Christians to Own Mansions? - "When someone is willing to use his means to let others experience the best of the created world, he can bless people in a way that those of us with less money can’t. And, though it might not be as noble as Mother Teresa in the streets of Calcutta, that’s a way of glorifying God too."

A Taste of Heaven - "Much of what passes as liturgical music today reflects the rhythms and beats present in secular music that we hear every single day, instead of immersing us in the sacredness and reverence of the Mass.  Maybe the lyrics have been changed, but the overall flavor of pop music remains. "

Can the Catholic Church Ordain Female Deacons? - "Proponents of women's ordination to the diaconate pit themselves against the Apostles' clear instructions in Acts 6:3, St. Paul's description of the qualifications needed to become a deacon in 1 Timothy 3, and the explicit teaching of the First Council of Nicea."

Peter Kreeft: Twelve things to know about angels - "We don't see pure spirits, and we can't imagine them. That doesn't mean we can't know or understand them."
7 Things You Need to Know about the Torah - [In honor of Rosh HaShanah] "This is an old post I wrote about the Torah, which I’m republishing here again today..."

The Growing Aversion to Abortion - "The news that the abortion rate has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years elicits various explanations, from increased use of contraceptives to lack of access to abortion clinics. But maybe the chief reason is that the great majority of Americans, even many who see themselves as pro-choice, are deeply uncomfortable with it."

What Every Catholic needs to know about funerals - "The funeral Mass is a final opportunity to commend the deceased to God’s mercy, and that’s why it must be done with reverence."

Be Awesome - "We're not just anyone, we're Catholics! What we do reflects our Church, and our Church is the only sane thing left in the world! Strive for excellence then,  glorify God by using every drop of talent He's given you..."

4 Guidelines for Catholic Awesomeness - "I’ve found that the four simple rules below act as a safeguard to prevent too much worldliness from creeping into the creative process..."

Good Writing Is Not a Luxury - "It’s very important for Catholics to learn how to write.  At least, if they are going to write, they need to learn how to do it competently.  People form their opinions of our faith based, at least in part, on what they see online—and that means the written word..."

Student Punished for Christian Faith - "...he told the student behind him that he was a Christian and that he believed being a homosexual was wrong... Upon hearing what had taken place and what Dakota had said, the assistant principal gave Dakota a two day suspension from school."

Supreme Court Battle Over Pro-Abortion Obamacare Set for 2012 - "The U.S. Supreme Court appears to be the location for the final battle next summer over the legality of Obamacare, the government-run health care scheme that pro-life groups opposed because it allows abortion funding and prompts rationing concerns."

Peter Seewald describes Pope's visit to Germany as "a small miracle" - "They said the Germans would turn their backs on him and all kinds of other stupidities. There appears to be nothing more offensive in our times than being Catholic."

Three nuggets from pope's Germany trip - "Benedict XVI warned Germans in advance not to expect a 'spectacle' or 'sensations' from his third homecoming but first official state visit, and the four-day swing seemed to deliver on those expectations."

John the Baptist and the Canon of Scripture

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