Friday, July 13, 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...

[Yes, I know...I've been lazy again this week. I haven't posted anything. I blame it on those long hot days of summer.Maybe next week I'll be more productive.]

Social Justice = Socialism? - "Even if Catholics vote for legislation that forces charity (twisted and presented as 'wealth redistribution') upon all in the nation, they are not following the spirit of God’s law. The spirit of God’s law is always of love freely given, never forced."

Rules for Good Catholic Social Teaching - "Last year’s convention of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars was devoted to 'Catholic Social Teaching and Economics'. The proceedings have just been published, and the lead essay (originally a 'paper' read at the Convention), by Notre Dame professor Gerard V. Bradley" [is summarized in this article.]

The Golden Age Cometh - "Increasingly, the Catholic Church is the only option for serious Christians here. Traditional Protestant denominations are shrinking and Evangelical Christians in many cases are attracted to the sacramental system of the Church and its authoritative teachings. We get their best, and they get our worst..."

Does Quantum Physics Make it Easier to Believe in God? - " does so indirectly, by providing an argument against the philosophy called materialism (or 'physicalism'), which is the main intellectual opponent of belief in God in today’s world."

John Paul I, Paul VI Beatifications Possible During Year of Faith - "Pope Benedict’s Year of Faith is slated to begin on Oct. 11 and will serve to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council."

The Many Disguises of Satan - "Beware, Satan has many disguises and he seldom presents as he really is."

Freedom of Worship’s Assault on Freedom of Religion - "Here's the bottom line. If the freedom of worship assault against freedom of religion succeeds, creed-motivated philanthropic and service organizations...and religiously sponsored schools, hospitals, nursing homes, pregnancy counseling centers, etc., will be forced to choose between acting contrary to their faith and closing their doors."

Catholics and Modernity - "The problem, of course, is that the cowboys-Indians/left-right optic is incapable of grappling with the fact that the Catholic Church is about true-and-false, not liberal-and-conservative." [It's George Weigel - of course it's an awesome article!]

Does it really make no difference if your parents are straight or gay? - "...two studies published online this week in the July issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Social Science Research, put a large question mark over that view of the subject."

Does the Church Hate Persons With Same-Sex Attraction? - "Father Check, a priest of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., became director of Courage in 2008, succeeding the late Father John Harvey, who directed the ministry since its founding."

Revision of English “Liturgy of the Hours” to begin

Cardinal Burke cautions against over-use of concelebration - "Cardinal Raymond L. Burke believes that the 'excessive' use of concelebration – the practice of priests saying Mass collectively – can result in their unique role in the sacred liturgy being obscured."

Dead Cardinal Meets White Dove - [Now this is just cool!]

By now, most Catholics who are in-the-know have heard the news that Archbishop Fulton Sheen has been declared "venerable" by the Church. The miracle that made this possible can be read about here. And my wife has pointed out to me that the mother of the child who received this miracle has her own blog 9which my wife now enjoys reading). I highly recommend it. Click here to visit her site.

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