Friday, March 30, 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...

This Sunday is Palm Sunday...so here are some important instructions: How to Make a Palm Cross

Supreme Court and Obamacare: What happens next  - "The Supreme Court likely will decide whether the Obama administration’s signature legislative accomplishment is unconstitutional within 48 hours. But aside from the nine justices and a handful of law clerks, none of us will know what that decision is until the summer."

Obamacare Mandate in Deep Trouble - "The Obamacare health insurance mandate appears to be teetering on the edge of being struck down by the Supreme Court..." [I hope and pray!]

Vatican Approves New Blessing for Unborn Children - "The blessing was prepared to support parents awaiting the birth of their child, to encourage parish prayers for and recognition of the precious gift of the child in the womb, and to foster respect for human life within society."

Anglicanism, Atheism, and Abitofhell - "Back in 1914, to show the peril of this approach, an Anglican priest by the name of Ronald Knox wrote a parody called Reunion All Round, envisioning a future Church of England that would be acceptable to Catholics, Jews, Muslims, and atheists... Today, I'm not sure it would even be recognized as satire."

Why Women Can Be Protestant Ministers - "If other religious groups want to ordain women we Catholics don’t really have anything to say about it at all except, 'That presents a serious obstacle to unity between us and your church.' Other than that (which is just us being honest) why the fuss?"

St. Joseph is not a Leprechaun - "We can pray all day and all night and fast and sacrifice and ask every saint we’ve ever known to storm heaven on our behalf. But sometimes, and in some seasons it might even be often, the Lord’s answer will be ‘no’."

New Evangelization Tips - "Cardinal Dolan, in his talk to the cardinals, spoke of various ways, simple ways, according to which the call to evangelization might be carried out. His remarks ought to be taken to heart by all Catholics."

How Come I Don't Remember It Being That Way: Triduum - [A few (very minor) changes to the rubrics for these holy days.]

When does the Eucharistic fast start? Before Communion or before Mass? - [Never a bad idea to review some things we should already know. And when Fr. Z offers an answer it's always a good idea to listen.]

Questions Answered: Does Hell Exist? And, Civil Law vs. Moral Law  -  [And here are a couple of questions with a little more weight to them.]

Catholic Trivia: Who is Scipione Rebiba? - [...And this one I just found interesting - one of those 'I-never-knew-that' moments.]

Mark Driscoll and the Canon of Scripture - "If you're not familiar, the Catholic Bible has seven more Books...compared to the Protestant Bible.  We call these Books the Deuterocanon; Protestants call them (and several other books) the Apocrypha.  So the question is: are Catholic Bibles too big?  Or are Protestant Bibles too small?"

Killing Us Softly: Seduced by the Occult - "It is time for us to pray and fast. This is spiritual war. Necromancy (contacting the dead), Tarot cards, witchcraft, Reiki (or 'healing touch'), psychics, astrology, and other occult practices are all forbidden by God because He loves us and wants us to come to Him, to live in Him, and to be truly happy and at peace." [Very interesting story...]

Archbishop Chaput writes new eBook on religious liberty - "A new eBook from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia will examine the role of religious faith in American public life and contemporary pressures on religious liberty."

Update on the Lewis & Tolkien Film Project - [I will be very interested in seeing this film.]

Speaking of movies...here's one that might be worth catching.

Check out these sites for more Catholic news and stories of interest..


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