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 weekend is Memorial Day weekend. And it is also our 12th wedding anniversary for my wife and I. And it is our youngest daughter's 3rd birthday. So, needless to say, this week has been full of preparations for the events of the next three days. I've had very little time to work on the blog much, therefore\ what follows is a hit-and-miss compilation of some headlines that I threw together at the last minute. As always, feel free to list some of your own headlines in the comments section. (Maybe I'll have more time next week.)
Unprecedented Legal Action Takes HHS Mandate Battle to the Courts - "In an unprecedented action, 43 Catholic dioceses, institutions and laypeople filed a dozen lawsuits May 21 in federal courts throughout the country, challenging the constitutionality of the Obama administration’s 'contraception mandate.'"
Evangelicals respond to Catholic lawsuits: ‘We are all Catholic now’ - "The Obama administration’s HHS mandate has united Christians of all stripes – evangelical, historical Protestant, and Roman Catholic – as they close ranks behind a flurry of lawsuits..."
Biggest Religious Lawsuit in U.S. History Launched, Liberal Evening News Shows Ignore It - "This is not a mistake, nor is it an editorial oversight by the broadcast networks. This is a deliberate and insidious withholding of national news to protect the ‘Chosen One’ who ABC, CBS and NBC have worked so hard to elect and are now abusing their journalistic influence to reelect Obama."
Catholic organizations file religious liberty lawsuits against the federal government in a dozen jurisdictions - [Fr. Z's commentary]
Is the American press anti-Catholic? - "[It is] pretty safe to say the general impression of the U.S. public is that the national press is basically liberal in terms of its members’ political leanings and is also generally not balanced when it comes to reporting issues concerning Roman Catholic teaching."
The 500 Year Old Attack on Holy Matrimony... - [Thank you, Protestant Reformers!]
Heads or Tails? - "And here’s the trouble: because nominally Catholic politicians are allowed to publicly advocate anti-Catholic policies, and because they are never called to task for it...we have a situation in which the bishops’ positions (and with them Church doctrine) and the politicians’ opinions (and the laws that follow) appear to be two sides of a socio-political coin that one may reasonably flip."
Number of ‘pro-choice’ Americans hits record low: Gallup poll - The results closely track results in May 2009, when 51 percent of Americans called themselves 'pro-life' and 42 percent called themselves 'pro-choice.'"
Absentee dads hinder children’s understanding of God, Pope says - "Perhaps modern man does not perceive the beauty, grandeur and profound consolation contained in the word ‘father’ with which we can turn to God in prayer, because the father figure is often not sufficiently present in today’s world..."
Magneto-Culture - "It’s heartbreaking to see children leave the Faith and do things that are hurtful to themselves, even though they doesn’t realize it. But there is always hope..."
Ascension Thursday/Sunday: Feast Day Fake Out - "Apparently, the laity needn’t be burdened to take an extra hour out of their lives during the week to honor Christ’s Ascension into heaven."
Finding St. Joseph - "[Until the 14th Century] St. Joseph was almost universally ignored, reduced to a mere spear-carrier in the pageant of Salvation."
The Isolation of Musicians - "Catholics have a sense that they have no more business intervening in the world of music than they have in telling the plumber how to fix the pipes or the roofer how to deal with the leaks. They believe it’s not their place, and many musicians are happy to have people think this way too."
The Traditional Symbolism of Four- "Recently I wrote an article about the idea that the number five was symbolic of Our Lady... In it I raised a doubt in mind about the suggestion that it was part of the tradition... This can be contrasted with consideration of symbolism of the number four."