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...
Easter: Through the Octave and Beyond! - "For many Protestants, Easter is over after the Sunday service... As Catholics, however, we're not finished. We have the eight days - the Octave Easter.. it is also a 50-day journey until Pentecost."
Adoration Begins at Easter - "Today we don’t see Jesus in the flesh, as the Emmaus disciples first did, but we do see him in his Eucharistic presence at Mass, know he’s in the tabernacle, and look upon him in a monstrance for adoration."
Church Welcomes Thousands of New Catholics at Easter - "Young and old, single and married, immigrants and native-born Americans, all came together as the newest members of the Church for the feast of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ." [Welcome Home!]
Bishops Issue Statement on Religious Liberty - "The statement injects a palpable note of urgency, clearly identifying immediate threats to religious liberty, and calling on Catholics to shake off their complacency and prepare to confront a new and daunting reality."
Our First, Most Cherished Liberty - "To be Catholic and American should mean not having to choose one over the other. Our allegiances are distinct, but they need not be contradictory, and should instead be complementary."
Catholics urged to imitate St. Thomas More in contraception battle - "When he refused to violate his conscience by taking the oath, he was imprisoned and then beheaded."
The profound, unapologetic and timely reflections of Archbishop Chaput - "Chaput prescribes two remedies for the anemic role of Christians in public life. One is personal soul-searching on the part of Catholic citizens. The other is a return to the fullness of the Catholic heritage."
Latest on the Mandate: Cardinal Burke Says It’s a Sin to Cooperate & More Evidence Pres. Obama is Losing this War - "It is not only a matter of what we call 'material cooperation' in the sense that the employer by giving this insurance benefit is materially providing for the contraception but it is also 'formal cooperation' because he is knowingly and deliberately doing this, making this available to people. There is no way to justify it. It is simply wrong."
British Health Care Problems Point to Obamacare Death Panels - "...we have but to look to countries that already have government provided healthcare to see many incidents of the foolishness that is government control of medicine. Arbitrary decisions are made, people are told they are too old to bother with and treatments are too late to save the patient because of long wait times. "
Was JFK Right to Uphold an ‘Absolute’ Separation of Church and State? - "'I would cheer what John Kennedy said; he was right,' said Cardinal Dolan. 'I would also say that Sen. Santorum had a good point because, unfortunately, what John Kennedy said … has been misinterpreted to mean that a separation of church and state also means a cleavage, a wall, between one’s faith and one’s political decisions.'"
Congressman Paul Ryan Defends Budget, Governing Vision, with Catholic Social Doctrine - "Agree or disagree with Congressman Ryan's exercise of his prudential judgment - and his proposed legislative solutions to the fiscal crisis- he has done what a Catholic in public service should do with the Social Doctrine of the Church.Let the debate begin."
Paul Ryan & Subsidiarity - "...it is simply the height of irresponsibility to create a linkage in the public mind between “basic human right”, a phrase that creates a very specific impression of something one is entitled to, with something as contingent as healthcare, which could at any moment for any number of reasons outside of anyone’s control suddenly become much more scarce than it is at the present moment."
Replacing ObamaCare: Full Deductibility - [This is the kind of proposals we need when Obamacare is finally defeated.]
Jimmy Carter, Biblical Scholar and Theologian - "Given the specter of James Buchanan, the question of whether Jimmy Carter was the worst president in the history of the Republic must remain unresolved; yet there is no doubt that Carter is the worst ex-president ever."
Test of Fire - Election 2012 Video "Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? Some things are more important than high gas prices or a faltering economy. They are life, marriage and freedom. This November, Catholics must stand up and protect their sacred rights and duties."
Get Ready For SSPX Pandemonium - "By April 15th the Society of Saint Pius X will give their response to a 'Doctrinal Preamble' outlining 'certain doctrinal principles and criteria for the interpretation of Catholic doctrine…' If they do sign and the Pope offers them a Personal Prelature or some such thing, all hell is gonna break loose. Progressive forces within the Church will freak and then they will freak some more."
99.98% of Priests are Innocent - "According to the 2011 Official Catholic Directory, there are 40,271 priests in the U.S. The report says there were 23 credible accusations of the sexual abuse of a minor made against priests for incidences last year. Of that number, 9 were deemed credible by law enforcement."
A Muslim Finds the Catholic Faith...Through Geography and Theology - "I have received my fair share of hate mail and threats of violence, but I conduct myself with what I hope is a simple dignity and refuse to be drawn into a life governed by fear or undue caution."
The Church's Overlooked Teaching on Homosexuality - '"The number of men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies is not negligible,' the Catechism of the Catholic Church notes. 'They do not choose their homosexual condition. ...They must be accepted with respect, compassion and sensitivity.'"
Mormonism is not a Christian religion - "Mormonism is not a Christian religion. It is not even a Christian heresy. It is a religion that has no real connection with Jesus Christ, except at a semantic level." [This article mentions Mitt Romney, but it is not a slam against him. I am definitely voting for him... and urge others to do likewise. But it is a slam against his religion. Sorry, Mitt, but Mormonism makes no sense.]
Titanic’s Pro-Life Ethic of Women and Children First Recalled - "The men on board Titanic embraced a principle that guided Western Civilization for centuries: that the groom dies for the bride, and men must protect women and children. They were raised in a Christian culture which implicitly embraced these ideals."
What's wrong with blessing children in the Communion line? - An interesting debate. Read this argument first. And then this counterargument.
I Miss Women Wearing Hats and Veils in Church. A brief reminiscence of days gone by - "I know, I know, I am so hopelessly old fashioned. But...there is also something wonderful about the dignity of dressing really well to go to God’s house, something classy, something fitting."