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...
The New Anti-Catholicism Movement - "...the new anti-Catholicism does not adopt the posture of a humble and teachable critic seeking to engage the Church on matters over which reasonable citizens from differing theological and secular moral traditions disagree. Rather, it seeks to employ the coercive power of the state to force the Church’s institutions to violate the Church’s own moral theology, and thus compromise, and make less accessible, the Church’s mission of charity and hope."
Catholics, Get Ready to Suffer - "Bishop Fabian W. Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska in response to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate said, 'We cannot and will not comply with this unjust decree. Like the martyrs of old, we must be prepared to accept suffering which could include heavy fines and imprisonment.'"
Inside the Mind of Evil: Obama Administration's HHS Decision - "The policy is so bad, and so certain to be reversed, that I have difficulty understanding why the Obama administration would pursue it. The jackbooted, 'jam it down your throat' approach that the Obama administration has taken in this is shocking."
See also: Obama’s War on Religion, American or Catholic? Why must we choose?, Catholic Bishops Reject Obama’s Surrender Terms, Non Possumus: The HHS Mandate,
Just a Reminder - "...the Obama administration’s new unconstitutional insurance mandate seems to be jolting weary and jaded voters into action. Those who had given up on the political system and weren’t planning to vote, even with a clothespin on their noses—they’re suddenly realizing that it’s imperative to get this power-mad grand inquisitor out of office, no matter who replaces him."
This Celebrity Loves Abortion So Much She Gets Her Own Column - "Planned Parenthood makes its money selling abortions, oral contraception, emergency contraception, long-term contraception, condoms, STD treatments, and the like. When young people abstain from sex, Planned Parenthood doesn’t make any money. Like, at all."
I shouldn’t have waited for the bishops - "Think about it. If a doctor is willing to prescribe abortifacient drugs or abortifacient devices, then the doctor is willing to induce abortions. If we wouldn’t let a practicing sex offender examine our children, then why for Heaven’s sake would we let a practicing abortionist deliver them?"
Arguments Ever New - "The pro-life arguments, for many people, still come as news. Those arguments are never out of season, and we should never tire of sounding them anew. Especially in those dark places found, most likely these days, in college towns."
Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation Breaks Partnership with Planned Parenthood - "It’s unfortunate that it took a technicality such as Planned Parenthood being under Federal investigation in order to get this partnership broken off. One would hope that if the Komen Foundation is truly focused on cancer advocacy they would understand it can only hurt their cause to ally with a group involved in such incredibly controversial behavior as Planned Parenthood."
Why My Big Family Is Not Overpopulating the Earth - "...I don’t see my children as adding to the problem; I see them as contributors to the solutions of the future."
“Single Issue” Voting Returns–with a Vengence - "It was never actually true that culturally-conscious Catholics were 'single issue' voters. We have considered the other issues, and we concluded they are outweighed by widespread child-murder."
From Chick Flicks to Purgatory - "In our casual culture, it’s common to act as though the deceased person has already passed through any unfortunate suffering which might be imposed, and is already in the arms of the Father. But why would we presume that?"
Being Smart Is Not A Virtue - "This isn't to promote a bunch of mental slouching. It promotes an ideal moral standard which every child can meet."
“Occupy” Thugs Attack Catholic Girls - [Disgusting...but not surprising considering the type of people this "Occupy" movement has attracted.]
What to do if a bug gets into the chalice? - Father Z. gives a great response to the question in the title, but I also love this little tidbit: "At a very clerical supper one night we mused about the possibility of a mouse dashing across the altar after the consecration and making off with a Host. Our solution was to bless a cat, put a white stole on it, send it after the mouse, and when the cat came back, burn the cat and put the ashes down the sacrarium."
The Domestic Church: 7 Steps to a Proper Catholic Home