Friday, October 7, 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...

Legislating the Constitution Down - "This is how America will fade away, not with bursting bombs or tidal waves, but with legislators and courts reshaping the notion of rights and entitlements until they become difficult to tell apart, and then deciding who gets to be who they are, and who must change or be ostracized."

The US bishops stick with a losing political strategy - "Faithful Citizenship does not draw the necessary, clear distinction between the issues on which good Catholics might disagree (such as economic policy) and those that are non-negotiable (such as abortion)—not to mention the distinction between issues on which prudent compromise is wise (economics again) and those on which compromise is odious (abortion again)."

Steve Jobs: the Edison of His Time - "There have been 54 million abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973. We will never know have many of these lost children were other Steve Jobs."

"Darn Tootin'!" Obama Brags on His Thuggish Contraception Policy - "The proposed regulation, designed to implement part of Obamacare, will require all private health plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives—including those that cause abortions—without charging any fees or co-pay."

Don't Judge Parenthood by the First Six Years - "The misconception that parenting only gets harder as you have more children is especially dangerous these days, when permanent surgical sterilization is so easy to come by."

Polish Catholics see miracle in communion wafer - "The communion wafer in question developed a brown spot in 2008 after falling on the floor during a Mass in the eastern Polish town of Sokolka. Two medical doctors determined that the spot was heart muscle tissue, church officials have said."

Of Matters Liturgical - "It may seem a small thing to say “chalice” instead of “cup,” or “eternal” instead of “everlasting.” But the cumulative effect of these details is a subtly more elevated dignity and a proper distance from the everyday."

The rosary: To Jesus through Mary - "October is traditionally regarded as the month of the rosary.  During this month, the Church urges us to pray the rosary regularly and to reflect upon its mysteries."

Why I Pray Boring Prayers - "Just like always saying 'I love you' to our spouse no matter what mood we are in, perseverance in repetitious prayers like the Rosary can get us through the dry times in our spiritual life. But even more than that, I think we will find these prayers becoming the brick and mortar of beautiful inner chapels where we learn to walk and talk with God intimately, and at all times."

Exploring Four Myths About the Crusades - "...the usual pointing to this historical period with selective moral outrage, is a tired old attack on the Church, an attack, usually simplistic in its understanding, devoid of historical context, and quite one-sided."
What Does it Mean that the Gates of Hell Won't Prevail? - "The answer to that question has some pretty profound implications for how we understand the idea of Church..."

St. John Chrysostom and St. Augustine on Matthew 16:18 and the Papacy - [follow-up to above article] "In yesterday's post, I stated my intention to set the issue of whether or not Peter was the “Rock” in Matthew 16:18 aside to have a more fruitful discussion on Christ's promises in that passage. It didn't quite work out that way in the comments..."

10 Reasons To Come Back to the Catholic Church

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