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...
Co-Mediatrix!!! What Gives? - "When I was Protestant and studying the Catholic faith, I happened upon the word "co-mediatrix" in Scott Hahn's book Hail Holy Queen. Despite what you may think about my long-term papist leanings, this word sent me into a Zwinglian down-ward spiral."
Jesus Had Laser Beams (Sharks Not Included) - "Italian researchers at the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development say they believe the image was created by an ultraviolet “flash of light."
The Welfare State’s War on Religious Liberty - "The case for limited government is becoming increasingly inseparable from the case for religious liberty."
Paul Ryan and Catholic Social Teaching (Roundup) - [A lot of ink has been spilled lately about Paul Ryan and the budget with regard to Catholic Social Justice. This piece gives a pretty good roundup of some important articles written on this subject.]
Catholic Republicans dominate list of possible Romney running mates - "Having defeated two Catholics (Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich) for the Republican nomination, Romney must now choose his preferred candidate for the vice-presidency."
Forced Abortion Converage; It’s Next - "Oakland’s Bishop Salvatore Cordileone says the federal government could require faith communities to offer abortion as a health benefit if the contraceptive mandate is not stopped."
Why Do We Call It a "Culture of Death"? - "The more I studied the Theology of the Body and took a look at human sexuality through the lens of millenia-old Christian teaching, the more the problems of contraceptive culture came into relief."
Fatherhood in a Fatherless Culture - "What does authentic fatherhood look like? An authentic father is a father of faith, strength, character and courage."
An examination of themes of keynote speeches delivered at LCWR Assemblies - [Considering the recent examination by the Vatican of this women's group, these "themes" are very telling.]
Can We Please Have Our Own Church? - "...there’s probably a church building near the local Catholic church that has everything you may believe in: women priests, gay clergy and homosexual 'marriages,' higher or lower forms of liturgy, structures that allow you to pick and choose among doctrines and practices. It’s called Protestantism, and a widely available option for whoever thinks it’s the right choice."
Closing Up Shop on Marriage? - "Why does government have a stake in this? Because it has a stake in encouraging the parents to provide a stable, loving, committed relationship as the morally best environment for raising children."
Is the Papacy in Need of Structural Reform? - [A book review - A lot to wade through in this piece, but worth the effort.]
The Structure of the Mass - [An interesting diagram (PDF document) that shows a visual diagram of what happens at Mass. May be a good resource for children.]
Pope Warns Doctors of Relativism Impacting Medicine - "Pope Benedict XVI used a May 3 address to doctors and medical students to warn that the spread of relativism is resulting in scientific advances having 'unpredictable consequences.'"
Error Has No Rights: Time to Ditch Liberalism for Theocracy - [Whoa! Now there's a bold title! Can't say that I agree with the author's conclusion, but it is an interesting proposition.]
CDWDS Confirms Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb - [I've mentioned this here before - This is an update that includes the full text of the blessing.]
Taylor Swift, Adele and American Exceptionalism - "Both write and sing highly personal songs. Both are extremely talented musicians who paid their dues and made it big the hard way: Through persistence and hard work. But they also have very different attitudes toward life, and I wonder what, if anything, that means."