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...
The Solemnity Of The Ascension - "The reality of the Ascension is so important that the creeds (the basic statements of belief) of Christianity all affirm, in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, that “He ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.” The denial of the Ascension is as grave a departure from Christian teaching as is denial of Christ’s Resurrection."
Fr. Z’s annual rant about Ascension Thursday Sunday - "The liturgical celebration of Ascension by the Latin Church has become a little confused in recent years."
Is Christ Literally Sitting on God's Right Hand? - Saint Augustine Explains
Responding to Obama on Same-Sex Marriage - [Excellent Round-up of responses from a Catholic perspective.]
We Only Lose Marriage If We Spend All Our Time Saying We Will Lose Marriage - "Catholics who believe we have inevitably lost marriage have succumbed to a deep cultural pessimism that has everything to do with how they view history and the future and has nothing to do with marriage."
Democratic split over gay marriage breaks open - "Just over a week since President Obama flip-flopped to endorse gay marriage, a significant split among Democrats has opened and threatens to become Grand Canyon-wide..."
Two Contradictory Examples of How Gay Marriage Is Being “Debated” Today - "If gay activists actually want to have a civil debate on marriage, they can begin by ceasing to claim that every hurt visited on young people is the responsibility of Christians, and acknowledging our right to use our own tradition and moral principles as a guide."
Tolerance Looks Like Rainbows and Smells Like Burning Churches - "A Catholic parish in Massachusetts has become the target of threats of violence, and vandalism because of a sign posted on church property supporting the traditional definition of marriage..."
Obama Mandate Forces First Catholic College to Drop Insurance - "Franciscan University appears to be the first casualty of the new Obama HHS mandate that requires Catholic colleges, groups and businesses to pay for drugs that may cause abortions and birth control for their employees."
The Disturbing Link Between Obama, Communism and Abortion - "...while conservatives tend to focus on matters of economics and excessive government growth and intervention, they’re missing crucial aspects of Obama’s social policy, vision, and rhetoric which, in fact, are arguably even closer to the Marxist/communist tradition."
I Want to Hear The Abortion Jokes - "I want to see and hear what people actually think about things like 50 million dead babies. I want to hear where pro-aborts find humor in that. I think the more punchlines people hear, the more people will see the truth. And the truth is that many people don't have any problem whatsoever with the destruction of human beings"
3 Arguments Atheists Aren’t Allowed To Use Anymore - "I mean you can, but you’ll look dumb."
Church as state - "In this secular world 'Big Government becomes a kind of religion: the church as state', and that religion co-opts 'many of the best and brightest but politically passive'."
Extra Embryos? One Family Sells Them on Craigslist - [Why is it that only the Catholic Church seems to be pointing out the evil of this?]
Departing leader of NARAL laments the youth of the pro-life movement - "Keenan told Newsweek back in 2010 about the March for Life crowds: 'I just thought, my gosh, they are so young,” she said. “There are so many of them, and they are so young.'"
What the Pill Is Doing to Our Water Supply - "While its impact is still being widely studied, there is no doubt that the exposure is occurring: multiple international studies have documented elevated levels of natural and synthetic hormones in drinking water..."
Answering Common Objections to the Catholic Teaching on Holy Orders - [Some solid responses to often asked questions about priesthood.]
Of booties and killing - ''Thou shalt not kill.' Seems obvious, right? It isn’t. Not really. And let me explain why."
G.K. Chesterton and the Use of the Imagination - "The baby has known the dragon intimately ever since he had an imagination. What the fairy tale provides for him is a St. George to kill the dragon."
God Doesn't Care What You Wear to Church... - "So does God really care what we wear to church when we worship? Probably not, but our neighbors do, and this is the point."