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...
Can we hope that all men be saved? - "In any case, we cannot trust the speculations of the modern theologians, we must trust in the promise of Christ. And he never promised that all would be saved, he only said that we will be saved if we continue to follow him."
Reformation Day – and What Led Me To Back to Catholicism - "Although I am forever indebted to my Evangelical brethren for instilling and nurturing in me a deep love of Scripture, it was that love that eventually led me to the Church that had the authority to distinguish Scripture from other things."
Mea Culpa - "The new Confiteo is a refreshing antidote to the victim-entitlement poison. I beat my breast and say, 'My fault, my fault, my most grievous fault' and as I do I take responsibility for myself in a most solemn threefold vow of acknowledgement."
Government Greed Needs an 'Occupation' Too - "Solutions can be found not in centralized power and burdensome regulation, which facilitate and reward government greed, but in framing sensible laws and reinvigorating a culture of virtue in business and government alike."
The New Vatican Document on Finance: Right Diagnosis, Deadly Cure - "The Vatican seems to be growing in intellectual sophistication over worldly affairs. Now it gets economic matters half right. Sadly, being half right on something this important can lead to permanent calamity." Also this piece, and others below...
On Going the Way of World Government - "If the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is trying to make the Catholic Church sound as if she’s living in a fantasy world or trying to portray Catholic social teaching as completely irrelevant to real world problems, I’d say, 'Mission accomplished.'"
Just How "Major" Was Monday's Finance Document? - "...the document does not represent the Church’s teaching authority or Magisterium—at least the document as a whole does not. (It does contain quotations from other documents which do carry magisterial authority, and those passages carry the same authority as they had in their original context.)"
The new “white paper” from the Pont. Council Justice and Peace. [Fr. Z's rant] "...thanks be to God this 'white paper' (I won’t dignify it with 'document') doesn’t form part of the Holy Father’s Ordinary Magisterium."
Catholics, Finance, and the Perils of Conventional Wisdom - "For a church with a long tradition of thinking seriously about finance centuries before anyone had ever heard of John Maynard Keynes or Friedrich Hayek, we can surely do better."
The PCJP’s Vision of Polity: The Ideal vs. the Real - "This to me is the great failure of the document: It calls for an approach which is likely to be sensible only in an ideal world, and which is fraught with danger everywhere else."
Spare us from Vatican economic analysts - "...while economists are learning from the Vatican, perhaps the Vatican might learn a few lessons from economic analysts."
Profits Are For People - "The pursuit of profits forces producers to be attentive to the will of their customers, simply because the customer of, say, a supermarket can fire it on the spot by taking his business elsewhere."
Assisi Gives an Encore. But Revised and Corrected - "As a cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger did not participate in the encounter of Assisi in 1986. He never criticized it in public, but his absence was interpreted as a distancing of himself from the ambiguities that the initiative unquestionably produced, inside and outside of the Catholic Church."
Pepsi Shareholders Demand It Stop Using Aborted Fetal Cells - "As recently as May, Pepsi ignored concerns and criticism from dozens of pro-life groups and tens of thousands of pro-life people who voiced their opposition to PepsiCo contracting with biotech company Senomyx even after it was found to be testing their food additives using fetal cells from abortions."
Why It Matters that Kate Middleton Can Be Catholic Now - "The change in the royal succession laws is good, in that it gets a blatantly anti-Catholic law off the books, and one that was causing heartburn as recently as 2007, with Blair's conversion. But the sad reality is that this change is possible simply because religion of all sorts - Anglicanism, Catholicism, or theism in general - no longer seems to matter to the United Kingdom in the way that it once did."
The unintended consequences of socialist architecture - Opposition to post-war architecture tends to focus on aesthetic concerns... But its mostly deeply pernicious effect is surely the way in which it has affected people’s behaviour..."