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...
Vatican Cardinal: Divine judgment will fall on priests who do not oppose abortion, homosexuality - "[I]f we have fear of proclaiming the truth of the Gospel, if we are ashamed of denouncing the grave deviations in the area of morality...then the prophetic words of Ezechiel will fall on us as a grave divine reproach.”
Principles for Budget Reform - From the Acton Institute: "Reform of federal spending must properly balance responsibilities to current and future generations."
Circle of Protection Subordinates Religion to Politics - "Ethical inquiry (and metaphysical before it) must precede and direct political inquiry. To reverse that order is essentially to justify means by ends."
Cooperation: A Free Market Benefits Everyone - "I speak of the division of labor, also known as the law of comparative advantage or the law of comparative cost, and also known as the law of association. Call it what you will, it is probably the single greatest contribution that economics has made to human understanding."
What Our Skylines Tell Us About Ourselves - "I suppose it would be silly to build a 150 story church. At some point a church serves its purpose at 100 feet. And, buildings for people to live and work in can serve practical purposes at higher and higher levels. Still, the poet in me says, love should soar highest."
Card. Canizares: the “entire Church” should receive Communion kneeling - "Receiving Communion in this way, the cardinal continued, 'is the sign of adoration that needs to be recovered. I think the entire Church needs to receive Communion while kneeling.'"
Eucharistic “Danny Boy” Prayer. Fr. Z rants - "Music for Mass is not a mere ornament, external to the liturgical action. We cannot simply change it arbitrarily. It is of the essence of the liturgical action, and integrating part of the liturgical action. Music for Mass must be artistic and sacred."
Hints that next year the Pope may give us an Encyclical on faith. - "I shall not be surprised if he publishes, in the very near future, something evaluative about the conduct, interpretation and legacy of the Council."
Making Catholic Sex Sexy - "NFP must be re-branded as something empowering, a better option than ingesting hormones, a lifestyle that puts women at the reins of a healthy and fulfilling sexual life, something compatible with being a contemporary woman."
Report Says All Women Should Have Free Contraception - I have little doubt that the Dept. of HHS will try to force this on us. So, in order to educate others as to why this is a bad idea, I offer this list: Top 10 Reasons Free Contraception For All is A Terrible Idea"
Abby Johnson: Abortion Doc Told Patient "I Will Take Your Sin" - "Sometimes memories creep into my mind from my days inside Planned Parenthood. When they do, I try to document them. I don’t always share them…some of them I just won’t ever be able to share with you."
Reasoning with Atheists - "To understand the limits of reason in the conversion process, replace the word 'God' with 'Love.' Instead of asking, 'How can I explain God to my son?' ask, 'How can I explain Love to my son?'"
Atheist group wants to stop World Trade Center cross - "A group of atheists has filed a lawsuit to stop the display of the World Trade Center cross at a memorial of the 9/11 terror attacks."
Priest beaten up in front of his mother for celebrating the Traditional Mass - "...he was beaten up by a 'faithful' in the town's rectory in the presence of his aged mother."
No Flip-Flops in the King's House - "Remember when people actually used to get dressed up to go to church? When people actually showed up early for mass? When the pew wasn't the preferred site for a family picnic?"
Can you prove that space exists? - "It's such a primal question and it begs a million others. It's the opposite question of being asked to prove that God exists. God is everything; God is existence itself. Space is nothing; the lack of anything."
Scientists Create Animal/Human Hybrids - What a messed up world we live in.
Tomb of St. Philip the Apostle discovered in Turkey's Denizli -"...the structure of the tomb and the writings on it proved that it belonged to St. Philip the Apostle, who is recognized as a martyr in the history of Christianity."