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...
Evangelize American Culture, Defend Marriage - Pope Benedict's word to American bishops: "It is in fact increasingly evident that a weakened appreciation of the indissolubility of the marriage covenant, and the widespread rejection of a responsible, mature sexual ethic grounded in the practice of chastity, have led to grave societal problems bearing an immense human and economic cost."
This Astonishing Moment - "I predict there will be many folks who will, in these events, realize God is validating the Catholic Church--with all her blemishes and wounds--as the visible Body of Christ on earth. ...God is choosing to allow his Church to enter into a terrible trial...over contraception. Do you think it possible that this matters quite a lot to God?"
Pretending Contraception is the Crisis - "Don’t accept their framing or the narrative that some crappy, make-believe manufactured “crisis” is what you should be thinking about. Keep your eye on what is central to the continued existence of the nation, and keep talking about it: the first amendment and the first amendment and the first amendment."
Sandra Fluke: Get Out of My Uterus, But Buy Stuff for It - "She doesn’t want free or cheap contraception from anywhere, though. She wants free or cheap contraception provided by a Catholic university. It’s not about access. It’s about forcing Catholics to do what she thinks they should do."
Separation of Church and State Revisited - "The administration not only seems to have no respect for the Catholic position, but no sympathy for the tradition and Constitution of this country itself."
What If WE Are In Dissent? - "...there are other types of obedience, and I believe they can be equally pleasing to God: when we are obedient even when we simply don’t see the point of Church teaching; or when we see it intellectually, but can’t reconcile what we understand with what we actually experience."
Ethicists Propose Infants Aren't People - "The writers of this ethics piece are two 'ethicists' who also worked with Australian universities to construct this paper which ultimately states that newborn babies do not have a 'moral right to life' as they do not offer 'at least basic value' that would represent a loss. In short, they propose that Infants are not people."
Is Nothing Sacred? Apparently Not. Reflecting on Another Absurdity in the News - "Dead bodies will be burned to heat a swimming pool in the U.K. — and the British government is considering adopting the idea across the country."
Vatican astronomer: Science one of the best ways to know God - "The primary difference between him and atheistic scientist Stephen Hawking is that he recognizes that God is not another part of the universe that explains the inexplicable, but rather 'Logos' and 'Reason itself.'"
Let's stop talking about evangelization and do it! - "The Lord Jesus told his disciples to proclaim the Gospel to all the nations. This call went out, not simply to the leaders of the Church then and now, but to all of us, the baptized."
Bishop Davies of Shrewsbury says we need to face the reality of hell during Lent - "Hell exists all right: how anyone who has lived during the hellish 20th century can disbelieve it, is beyond me."
Is Christ's Descent Into Hell Biblical? - "...it's precisely because Christ has the keys to death and Hades (Rev. 1:17-18) that He descended into Hell. He went there to liberate the righteous who had died before Him."
Baptist Bible Believer Comes into the Fullness of Faith in Catholicism - [Great post...pretty long read, but worth it. The author hits many of the main points of conflict for those on the journey towards Catholicism.]
Once again, Lent has kept my time limited at the computer. Feel free to add your own links in the comments below. And visit these great Catholic sites...