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...
Who’s Actually Upset with the New Roman Missal? - "Given the absence of any really significant or coherent opposition within the Church itself (and a laudable open-mindedness towards the changes even by ‘many’ clerics and laypeople who were formerly skeptical) it is becoming increasingly apparent that the only dead-set opponents of the changes are those outside the Church: ex-priests, professional critics, or reporters captivated by the prospect of another internal fight in the Catholic Church."
The Four Liturgists of the Apocalypse - [A great piece by Jimmy Akin about the new Mass translation. It opens with a tongue-in-cheek spoof on the Book of Revlation.] "...I saw that the Roman Missal they had was still in its shiny, new shrinkwrap. And behold, there were seven seals upon its shrinkwrap..."
This one is pretty funny too: Nuevo Trad Catholics Revolt
Bishop’s decree: Stop holding hands during the Our Father - "Only the priest is given the instruction to “extend” his hands. Neither the deacon nor the lay faithful are instructed to do this." [Read the bishops whole decree here]
For old Mass books, tradition decrees burial or 'cremation' - "The bishops' liturgy office recommends 'burying the Sacramentary in an appropriate location on church grounds, or perhaps in a parish cemetery,' after the switch to a new liturgical translation on Nov. 27."
A Consideration of St Cyprian’s Teaching against the Fear of Death - "Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God…..Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
Atlantis rises: US seminaries are changing - "I’m tremendously impressed with the quality of the candidates, their zeal... We’re seeing a real renewal of the priesthood."
Justice requires fundamental economic equality, not absolute economic equality - "When some folks in the Occupy Movement decry the disparity of wealth, they err if they think unequal wealth is itself unjust. Different activities can justly have different economic value, even vastly different economic value, and thus people can justly receive vastly different incomes or vastly different rates of income growth."
Are we sleepwalking through the great infanticide? - "Is it just me, or is there something sickly schizophrenic about a society that huffs and puffs in outrage at the killing of a baby in the light of day, but quietly supports it when it happens in the darkness of the womb?"
Vatican says seat-belt complaint drew papal smile - "...the Vatican was 'grateful for the affectionate concern for the Pope's safety,' but added that the complaint did not seem to reflect much flexibility in interpreting the meaning of the law."
The Robopocalypse Will Be Brought to you by Harvard - "Harvard researchers just announced that they've built a flexible robot that can crawl and slither under a pane of glass and into your home..."
8 Super-Simple Ways to Celebrate Advent - "For fellow converts or anyone else who needs some baby steps to get started celebrating Advent, here are eight of my favorite ideas from my readers..."
The miracle of A Charlie Brown Christmas - "The reason A Charlie Brown Christmas has endured is because the message is timeless- the true meaning of Christmas, which the elites had a problem with even 50 years ago."
The Seven Worst Christmas Specials…Evah! - [Funny!]
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