Friday, December 9, 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...

Einstein, Imagination and the New Translation - "Of course it’s good that everyone understands what’s going on, but the good is the enemy of the best, and mere intelligibility is not really what the liturgy is all about."

G.K. Chesterton and the Use of the Imagination - "The right use of imagination then is to be lawful, not lawless. To be obedient, not disobedient. To use our creativity for worshiping the Creator, not for defying him."

When a Catholic parish closes, what do they do with the tabernacle, statues and windows? - "The practice of reusing religious items is a common one among Catholics."

Our Heritage of Beauty - "So great is the schism between faith and faithlessness in art after the seventeenth century that you might suppose that modern artistic formation consciously rejects belief in God." [Featuring an artist who harkens back to a better time in Catholic art.]

Seven Reasons to Own Your Own Missal - "Since the allowance of the vernacular in the Mass following Vatican II, the idea of people having their own Roman Missal has fallen into relative obscurity."

Star Wars and the History of Vatican II - I may not agree with everything in this piece, but this line is priceless: "Jar-Jar Binks represents the really annoying, naive, wild, and even ethnic influences that drizzled into the liturgy and minds of Catholics and consequently empowered modernism to take more control...Jar-Jar is evil."
Vatican university hosts unusual tattoo conference - "Tattooed mummies in ancient Egypt, Crusaders who branded their foreheads with crosses, and New Zealand's inked Maori warriors were fodder for an unusual conference at a Vatican university Tuesday on the role of tattoos in shaping identity."

Just a Dad Playing Hero - "I’ve played Barbies.  I’ll admit it. Don’t you dare judge me.  I’m a father of four girls. I had no choice."

Jimmy Fallon on His Catholicism - [A fallen away Catholic on how the Mass has changed and why he hasn't gone back.] "I want the old straight up, just Mass Mass."

Busy week - short list. Feel free to add more links in the comments section below... 

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