Friday, February 10, 2012

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...

Baptism etiquette requires a sober rite and a Christian name - "Benedict XVI urged parents: 'Give your children Christian names, these seal Christians with the spiritual mark that indicates the beginning of the path in the faith.'"

Bringing Christ's Church Door to Door - "Homeowners are used to members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints coming to their doors, but many Catholic door-to-door missionaries are springing up across the country for the purposes of evangelization."

The Tide is Turning, Pro-Life Movement is Now Winning - "We should be aware of how much is being done in the United States for life. The tide of history is with the pro-life cause now."

The Santorum Sweep, Thank Obama - "Simply put, he has been a superior candidate to his rivals and getting better... There has been one candidate who has stood up for life and liberty like no other candidate and that candidate is Rick Santorum."

Time To Admit It: The Church Has Always Been Right On Birth Control - "The Church teaches that love, marriage, sex, and procreation are all things that belong together. That's it. But it's pretty important. And though the Church has been teaching this for 2,000 years, it's probably never been as salient as today."

Six Things Everyone Should Know About the HHS Mandate - [A must-read from the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.]

Obama administration faces backlash over rule ordering birth control coverage - "'President Obama just may have lost the election,' conservative columnist Peggy Noonan wrote over the weekend, adding, 'There’s no reason to make this ruling — none. Except ideology.'"

No, Obama is NOT looking to compromise or back down - "...Anyone who thinks otherwise is asking for a rock upside the head by year’s end."

Compromise On Religious Freedom? Never! - "How can you compromise on this question? Either the government is forcing our Catholic institutions to do this, or it isn’t. There isn’t any room in-between those two positions."

A Disturbing New Day for American Religious Liberty - "The United States government is now demanding that we 'pay for the bullet,' essentially, to assist employees at Catholic institutions to kill their children."

Spokeswoman of Evil Speaks! - "Children are not a disease, and they do not need to be prevented the way cancer or pneumonia do. While some women might have medical conditions that contraindicate pregnancy, that does not justify contraception as a means of avoiding it, and certainly the idea of recommending contraception to women in general is reflective of agenda rather than medicine."

Why the Pope's Army Will Not Kneel to the HHS Mandate - "For us Americans, it seems like there has always been a pernicious chorus in the background of our lives asking us to kneel to this or that false hope. Yet, the HHS contraception mandate was the keynote that explicitly brought the idol before the faithful and said 'Kneel or else.'"

How hedonism became America’s official religion - "In effect, we have a new state religion, a new Established Church of the United States of America, with Barack Obama as its head. It is the religion of Secular Hedonism, the worldview that sex is a sterile recreational activity, with babies thrown in as an afterthought, an optional extra, for people with quirky life-style preferences."

Young and Pro-Life? What About Pro-Marriage? - "While pro-life outreach has become a commonplace feature of campus life at many Catholic and secular colleges, many students who oppose same-sex 'marriage' think twice about speaking out."

Komen board member: new statement doesn’t mean Planned Parenthood funding will resume - [Well, I'm still confused. It sounds like they don't know which side to come down on. Personally, I would just avoid supporting the organization. Better to err on the side of NOT supporting abortion.]

I guess I'm not the only one confused: Pro-life leaders call for prayer, vigilance in wake of confusion over Komen statement

And I'm not the only one withholding my money: It Would Be Irresponsible for Pro-Lifers to Donate to Komen Now

Check out this political cartoon.

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