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...
Pro-Life Encyclical Humanae Vitae Celebrates Its 44th Birthday - "You may be forgiven for not knowing that July 25 is the 44th anniversary of encyclical Humanae Vitae. Who, after all, is going to remind you?"
The Campaign for Humanae Vitae - [An interesting little history of the document.]
Natural Family Planning Builds a Culture of Life - "In our secular contraceptive culture, it is assumed that a married couple will, as a matter of course, avoid pregnancy. Only for very narrow windows of time does a couple welcome the conception of a child, if they do at all. Contrast this with the Catholic marriage that makes openness to life the default position."
A Religious Response to the Colorado Killings - "The following are some of the things that should have been heard in America’s churches this past Sunday..."
The Church and the End of the Welfare State - "A new generation of bishops is not quite as sure as its predecessors that 'social justice' always equals 'government program.' The rise of aggressive secularism within both state and federal social welfare agencies has also been a sobering experience..."
Mainstream Media Invents Gay Marriage Chick-fil-A Controversy - [Is anyone surprised?]
Are You a Hater or a Bigot? Or Are You Just Intolerant? - "Does being against Gay Marriage automatically make me a hateful person or oppressive person?"
For more on the Chick-fil-A controversy click here... and don't forget to show your support for traditional marriage by eating at Chick-fil-A on Wednesday, August 1.
Why I Don’t Call Myself a Gay Christian - "I refuse to identify myself as gay because the label 'gay' does not accurately describe who (or what) I am. More fundamentally, I refuse to use that label because I desire to be faithful to the theological anthropology of the Church."
A Catholic Reply to “How to Suck At Your Religion” - [This is a really well done rebuttal to a very dumb, anti-Catholic cartoon. I think it's a great example of how intelligent the Catholic response can be compared to the ignorance of our enemies.]
Crash Course on the Crusades - "It is worth our time to be versed in the facts and especially to recall the tremendous faith, sacrifice, and courage that inspired the vast majority of the Crusaders to act in defense of Christendom."
"Pro Multis." The Pope's Translation Is Gaining Support - He has ordered that it be translated 'for many,' instead of 'for all.' Against the view of the Italian bishops. But now, from none other than Italy, two scholars of the Bible and the liturgy are agreeing with Benedict XVI, although with a few distinctions."
Why Does God Allow Misfortune to Fall on Us? - "God is sovereign and He orchestrates these annoyances so that we might grow in virtue on earth and glory in Heaven. This is a hard teaching. It's much easier to blog about than it is to pray about when one is in the midst of frustration, sickness, or pain."
American exorcist-in-training shares his experience - "...he is one of a new generation of exorcists-in-training following a decision by the U.S. bishops in November 2010 to vastly increase the number of exorcists, which might number as low as 50 in America."
A Mainline Collapse: The Twilight of Liberal Christianity? - "In 2006, the Episcopal Church's presiding bishop, Katherine Jefferts Schori, told the New York Times that Episcopalians were not interested in 'replenishing their ranks by having children.' Instead, the church '[encouraged] people to pay attention to the stewardship of the earth and not use more than their portion.'" [That's funny, I seem to remember God saying, "Be fruitful and multiply." Could it be that the Episcopal Church does not speak God's Word?]
Change in the World of Catholic Music - "There is more talk of chant, more emphasis on Mass propers, a greater degree of willingness to rethink prevailing practices."