Friday, July 6, 2012

This Week's Headlines

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 the Fourth of July landing squarely in the middle of the week, and other family activities keeping me busy, I seem to have a much shorter list than usual this week. If you find any interesting headlines, please add them to the comments of this post...

At Fortnight's Close, "We Belong to God, And Only to God" - [Homily given by Archbishop Chaput.]

Beyond Fortnight for Freedom - "...whatever happens in November, the Fortnight for Freedom ought to have demonstrated that the Catholic Church in the United States is in the fight for religious liberty for the long haul..."

Are We Creatures of the State or Created for Freedom? - "...in the final analysis, protecting our rights and honoring our responsibilities as creations lies in our hands.  No document can magically limit the power of the government unless we insist that the government obey its provisions."

Beware the Habit of Irony - "I believe that the generations about to reach adulthood have become so saturated in irony -- they have become so accustomed to treating their intentions as if they're entirely independent of their actual actions -- that literally anything is permissible."

Why Not Beautiful Churches? - "...struggling people don’t want everyday things like straw baskets to be used at communion, because they use everyday things, every day. At Mass, Jesus deserves beauty and they want to engage him in beauty."

Paint-by-Number Hymns - "We do have a rich treasury of hymn-poems to read, to sing, and to keep close to the heart.  Some of them are almost as old as Christianity itself."

False Religion and the Olympics - "If it was the bones of St Theresa in procession or the heart of St John Vianney, no doubt the media and sadly many within the Church would complain of reviving medieval superstition for the  gawping masses of the uneducated.  But coming out to line the streets to see a tawdry over-sized cigarette lighter being hailed as the beacon of hope is great community building exercise..."

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