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...
Denver Bishops Mourn With Community Over Theater Tragedy - "We stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters cast into that darkness. They do not stand alone. As Catholic bishops, we 'weep with those who weep,'”
Some Healthcare Questions to Ponder - "...why should an x-ray cost $1,100? Why should a night in the hospital cost thousands? Why should a 15 minute office visit to the doctor or specialist be $90-180? I wonder if market forces had predominated all along, would prices would be this high?" [He asks some great questions...and a John Stossel video at the end - can't go wrong there!]
The Heresy of President Obama - "President Obama’s recent and much-discussed remark to business owners – 'If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.' – reflects a heresy bent out of shape at the unfairness of life."
The above article brings me to my second "picture of the week":
[Do a search for "You didn't build that meme" and you'll find a ton of these.]
The Uniqueness of Christianity - "...if you confess that you believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, you will find yourself suddenly alone, with a distinct chill in the air. Here are twelve of the commonest forms of this objection, the odium of elitism, with answers to each."
How Many Souls will be Saved? - "The answer to this question has been argued in the Christian era for 2,000 years. Why is that? Did not Jesus answer that question? Do not the Gospels of St. Luke and St. Matthew record his answer? Well, let us see."
Do Women Need to Wear Head Coverings at Mass? - [An interesting question for me since my daughter recently expressed an interest in this practice and we have seen a few young women and girls at our parish wearing chapel veils.]
Lying to Your Kids and 7 Other Catholic Parenting Notes - "...I thought I’d share a few of the lessons I’ve learned that other Catholic parents could use. These are especially helpful if you are expecting for the first time."
Is It Possible to Raise Your Kids to Be Open-Minded About Religion? - "To take it a step further, I would encourage modern parents to shun the concept altogether, and embrace the search for objective truth instead."
Three Arguments Against Atheism from Pope Benedict - [Case closed!]
The Decline And Increase Of Mainstream Religions In The USA: With Pictures! - [Some good news for Catholics!]
Three Lessons from the Decline of Mainstream Protestantism - "The two words most often used to describe mainline Protestantism in North America are 'crisis' and 'decline,' both of which seem justified in light of recent trends."
Book Review: “The Singularity is Near,” A Transhumanist Manifesto - [The stuff of science fiction nearer than we think?]