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...
On Mother's Day and Honoring Parenthood: Mothers were designed to hover - "Mothers were designed to hover. And children were designed to thrive when they are so cherished. It's beyond sad that we live in a world where that natural relationship is denigrated instead of respected."
Obama Admin’s Catholic Treatment: Coercion in the Name of Freedom - "It is, of course, the Administration that wants to “use the force of secular law” to deny a freedom Americans have long enjoyed."
The Future Will Be More Religious and Conservative Than You Think - [Let's pray that this is so.]
Triangulating Marriage:President Obama Uses Joe Biden as a Political Lightning Rod - "With the prospect of a second term looming for President Obama, we all need to wake up... If given four more years, they will dismantle marriage and the family and society founded upon it." [I didn't realize it when I added this to the list...but this story really took off. See below...]
Obama endorses gay ‘marriage’: says support based on Jesus, Golden Rule - Obama: “We are both practicing Christians and obviously this position may be considered to put us at odds with the views of others..." - Ya think...?
Cardinal Dolan calls Obama’s remarks on marriage ‘deeply saddening’ - "I pray for the President every day, and will continue to pray that he and his Administration act justly to uphold and protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. " [As do I...but I'm not holding my breath.]
Obama once supported marriage but now he's evolved - "The news is oddly timed, just as voters resoundingly spoke out in defense of marriage in North Carolina by supporting a state amendment that bans gay marriage."
Marriage Wins! Overwhelming Victory for the Truth in North Carolina Vote - [This was the good news even if overshadowed by Obama's announcement.]
Is Marriage Any of the State’s Business to Begin With? - "There are two primary ways to account for the state’s obligation to marriage, neither of which presupposes or requires a specifically Catholic or even Christian faith. The two arguments that follow are used by the Church (especially the second) but they are not religious arguments, per se..."
Non-Religious, Social Defense of Marriage - "Marriage and the family are in the interest of society and should be recognized and protected as such; they are the fundamental nucleus of society and the State. "
The Devil went down to Georgetown - "But this isn't a song - it's reality. Kathleen Sebelius, who has openly dissented from the teaching of the Church and drawn the ire of so many Catholics and other Christians, has been invited to speak at an awards ceremony at the supposedly Catholic Georgetown University in Washington DC."
Georgetown: Final Examinations for the Bishops - "Here’s a suggestion: in light of recent failures on the part of Catholic universities to exercise prudence in selecting candidates for large public speeches and the bestowal of honorary degrees, perhaps the American hierarchy should insist that any university wishing to consider themselves Catholic will have their list of speakers subject to the approval of the local Ordinary."
Obedience - "...obedience should be popular because we only grow when something reaches us from outside of ourselves. It can be as simple as food or as vital as the imperative to love and follow the truth. "
Using Aborted Babies for Medicine, Is Cannibalism Next? - [This is disgusting!! But we need to know what the culture of death is capable of doing, so please read.]
The Asian Tiger ― Japan ― is in danger of extinction - "Just as Japan’s population leveled out and began to plunge, so will the world’s, and very soon. This will lead to gigantic economic consequences and human suffering on a scale never before known."
Meddling In the Lives Of Middle Schoolers - "It's our job to meddle in our children's lives. You don't have to be an obnoxious helicopter parent to realize that kids in their early teens are not yet adults. We're not done raising them yet!"
Follow that Cardinal! Dolan's Message at Time Top 100 Banquet Shows Us How to Evangelize - "This happy Cardinal of the Catholic Church is a wonderful instrument of the New Evangelization, a trumpet in the hands of the Lord. He is a dynamic and inspiring communicator and solid teacher of the truths as taught by the Magisterium of the Church."
Thurible as asset in close protection - [Funny!]