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...
What's So Great About Catholicism? - "...if we look on the world through truly Catholic eyes, we will find that the fog lifts, our perspectives grow deeper, and beauty and truth beckon above the puerility of mass popular culture."
God: The Shakedown Artist For The Welfare State? - "Concern for the poor permeates Scripture, but nowhere does God set forth the means to achieve this end. There certainly is no directive to turn to the state. The Good Samaritan didn’t lobby the Sanhedrin to create a public bureau to aid travelers waylaid by criminals; rather, he personally paid to care for the injured man."
Obama Couldn’t Wait: His New Christmas Tree Tax - "The economy is barely growing and nine percent of the American people have no jobs. Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do?"
Why We Must Stop Liberal Catholics From Handing The Church Over To the State - "For orthodox Catholics, the Church (founded on Christ) is the ultimate moral and personal authority, it supersedes the State in every area where the Church has primacy, namely, faith and morals. For liberal Catholics, however, I see only increasing evidence that the State and the liberal view of the State are their ultimate authority."
A Majority of Democrats Seldom or Never Go to Church, Says Gallup - [Interesting...but not surprising.]
The Bible: Who Owns the Copyright? - "Look, there’s a reason why Catholics don’t read the bible in an exclusively literal sense, and haven’t since the time of Origen (+253). The Church looks at the books of scripture according to the genres in which they were written (history, allegory, wisdom, prophecy, and so on)."
Treating Jesus as a King Without a Kingdom - "Christ doesn't leave us as ecclesial consumers to choose our favorite flavor of Christianity. He establishes Himself as the eternal Shepherd, guiding and guarding the Flock. If we find ourselves going in a separate direction from the flock, we're going in a separate direction from the Shepherd."
Proportion, Integrity and Honesty: 3 Foundations for Church Architecture - "...a Catholic church should witness to the Catholic faith and that the Catholic faith is timeless; therefore, the church should be built to last 1,000 years."
Before and after: how to renovate a Catholic church [pictures of a beautiful renovation]
Joint ills prompt pope's use of mobile platform at St. Peter's - "Pope Benedict XVI has reached the age John Paul II was at his death in April 2005, and every stumble or step with a cane is watched for signs of impending doom."
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