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...A Letter to the Lazy - "Do something specific and constructive, and if you are willing to work as hard as the people on Wall Street, you might just accomplish something."
Belloc, Distributism and Political Power - "I can always find common ground with the Distributists I meet... But then there’s the question of centralized political power in the economy."
The New Missal Translation: Renewing Awe and Wonder - "The new translation affords us an opportunity to look at the words in the Mass and ask, 'How and why is this different?' I think if people do this, they will find that the new translation offers a great opportunity for deeper prayer and reflection."
Why Young Christians Leave the Faith - "We aren't losing a generation - they are lost. The question now is, what do we do about it?"
Why Teens Leave the Church – A New but Dubious Study? - [An analysis of the study cited in the article above.]
Answering Four Common Protestant Objections to the Papacy - "Andre, a Protestant on his way into the Catholic Church, recently had something of an exit interview with his former pastor. His pastor made some last-ditch attempts to scuttle Andre's belief in the papacy."
Reporters, Baptists, Romney & ‘cults’- "Journalists are going to have to get up to speed and learn how to tell the difference between bigoted believers who reject Mormons, period, and those who reject their theology, but are willing to work with them in the political arena. Otherwise, there is no way to make sense of these events."
Is Mormonism a Christian Denomination? - [Excellent overview of Mormon beliefs, including the Christian response to each error.]
Jehovah’s Witnesses Knock on the Wrong Door - "No one can change their beliefs on a dime. It takes time... It’s enough to present the truth and then let them see it as God helps them to understand."
Yes, Steve Jobs, R.I.P., was an innovating genius. But... - "Don't get me wrong: I fully recognize that Jobs was an innovating genius when it comes to technology and material things. But his perspective of the bigger picture was seriously lacking."
Large Group of Episcopalians Received Into the Church - "The ceremony seemed to have made a deep impression on many of those present. Two women clutching handkerchiefs admitted they had been moved to tears." See also this article which includes a few pictures: Episcopal parish in Bladensburg converts to Roman Catholic Church
Catholic-dudes, we need you - "Find the time to impress upon the younger men you encounter how fulfilled you are by being a faithful brother in Christ."
Capital Punishment Revisited - [An interesting compilation of essays for and against, from a Catholic perspective.]
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