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...
What are you going to give up this Lent? - [Message from Cardinal George] "This year, the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must 'give up' her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations. This is not a voluntary sacrifice."
I Owe You an Update - [from Cardinal Dolan] "Over the last six months or so, the Catholic Church in the United States has found itself in some tension with the executive branch of the federal government over a very grave issue: religious freedom."
Choice - "Choice does not have value in itself. The freedom to choose is a hallmark of liberty, but liberty is for something."
Activists to bring pro-life message to American Atheists convention - "Speaking with atheists or agnostics requires a different set of arguments and references than speaking to people of faith."
Anglican Ordinariate Pilgrims from U.K. Say Thank You to the Holy Father - "The highlight of their week-long visit was the celebration of an Anglican Use Mass at St. Joseph's Chapel in St. Peter's Basilica. Complete with hymns, liturgies and prayers familiar to Anglicans..."
So Near and Yet So Far: CDF-SSPX negotiations continue in writing - "...the agreement in principle has brought the two sides no closer together substantially than when the CDF-SSPX talks were just beginning, and signing anything would be premature."
HuffoPo’s New Low: Calls Catholicism “The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum" - "It’s the same old, tired lies we hear about the Church all the time from vicious anti-catholics. What’s different is the double-standard the Huffington Post applies..."
The “Lesbian Denied Communion” issue: some posts and updates - [If you haven't heard about this story, Fr. Z has a great post with several links telling the whole story.]
Mary Poppins and the Blessed Virgin Mary - "The outrageous but bizarrely supportable thesis statement that I lay before you is this: Mary Poppins symbolizes the Blessed Virgin Mary. Specifically, it is about the Mother of God’s spiritual motherhood of humanity and her occasional 'pop-ins' into this world, either in the form of apparitions or more subtle 'everyday' intercessions."
Why Are They Here? - "This is a phenomenon which has always baffled me: Catholic-hating Catholics who continue to call themselves Catholic long after they’ve shed every discernible manifestation of their faith. What the heck is in it for them?"
Smashing Icons - "There is a strange spirit of iconoclasm (the Greek for “icon smashing”) and it breaks out now and again across human history."
Very busy week. Also, during Lent, I try to limit my time on the computer and on other media devices. So the list is shorter than usual. Please feel free to add to the list in the comments section below. And also check out these sites for other headlines...Ignatius Insight