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...
God the Father loved the world, but why did he not give us himself together with his Son? - [This is one of those questions you never knew you wanted to ask...but now you wish you had asked it sooner.]
Seven “Givens” and Seven “Oughts” of Catholic Social Justice - [If liberals stuck to these principles then I could certainly support their Social Justice agenda. But then again, if they stuck to these principles they wouldn't be liberals...and their agenda would look quite different...it would actually be SOCIAL JUSTICE instead of leftist social engineering.]
Obama Moves away from 'Freedom of Religion' toward 'Freedom of Worship'? - "I sounded a warning regarding the change in rhetoric in America. Now, almost two years later, we are living out the consequences of what I have previously termed the 'war of words.'"
I Don't Want Freedom of Religions - "Language is the blunt instrument of choice with which the secularist left in this country bludgeons our freedoms. The secularist left has successfully used seemingly slight alterations in language to change the way ordinary people perceive an argument."
Church-State Separation and the Obama Mandate - "The scandal is that modern liberals/progressives have vastly exaggerated and misinterpreted the establishment clause, and often to the almost complete exclusion of the free exercise clause."
After ‘United for Religious Freedom’ - "This striking episcopal unity not only held during the March 13–14 meeting of the Administrative Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, it was strengthened."
Contraception Isn’t Healthcare; It Isn’t Even Helpful - "Every time I brought up the fact that I wanted to fix what was broken, not break what was working properly for temporary relief from my actual ailment, these specialists either tried to sell me on the pill (down to showing me how cute and decorative the pill compacts are!) to just dismissing me with 'take it or leave it.'"
Was that a fluke with a capital “F”? - "In the wake of Sandra Fluke’s testimony before several Democrat members of Congress, Mark Steyn has written what The Motley Monk believes is a superb analysis."
The Fluke Charade - [This is the Mark Steyn piece referred to in the article above...]
How to argue against same-sex marriage - [This piece is specifically about legislation being proposed in the U.K., but I think many of it's points are applicable to our own debate here in the States.]
It is Unconstitutional for Laws to be Based on Religiously Influenced Moral Reasons? - "True, religious people’s moral views may rest on unproven and probably unprovable metaphysical assumptions — but the same is generally true as to secular people’s moral views."
Catholics and Capital Punishment - [Very thorough treatment of this issue.]
The Church of England being what it is, no Archbishop of Canterbury can succeed: but Rowan Williams has failed more disastrously than most
St. Joseph and the Staircase - [In honor of Saint Joseph's Feast Day, March 19, I thought I would share this story. I have always been fascinated by it.]
HA!! You've gotta watch this video - I'll excuse this guy for any liturgical abuses. :)
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