Friday, August 31, 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...

Romney Accepts Republican Nomination - "He offered what would be called in the business world a bottom line comment, 'President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet.  My promise is ... to help you and your family.'"

Must watch this video. This is a powerful testimony to Mitt Romney's character. And here is the biographical film played at the convention.

Cardinal Dolans Benediction: Make Us Truly Free by Tethering Freedom to Truth - "Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York and President of the United States Catholic Bishops Conference closed the Republican Convention with a prayer of Benediction." [Full text and video.]

Vice-Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan Stresses Pro-Life Themes - [Selected quotes as well as full video.]

Was Ryan’s Speech Full of Lies? - "In general, most of these complaints are not in fact about lies but about what would be much more accurately characterized as presentations of the facts that liberals regard as too one sided or self-serving.  In other words, they are calling 'lies' the kind of points that all politicians make, inflating the errors of their opponents and avoiding mention of their own."

GOP Embraces Religious Freedom - "'We pledge to respect the religious beliefs and rights of conscience of all Americans and to safeguard the independence of their institutions from government,' stated the 2012 Republican platform, which was formally approved at the party’s national convention Aug. 28."

GOP adopts anti-pornography platform - "The Republican Party has changed its platform to say that laws against pornography and obscenity “need to be vigorously enforced,” a move that won praise from decency advocates."

Cardinal Dolan Supports Knights of Columbus' Civility Campaign - "The Knights of Columbus are “very encouraged” by Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s request that U.S. presidential and vice-presidential candidates sign a civility pledge developed by the Catholic charitable fraternity." [My thoughts: I don't know... It's a nice idea on paper, but it sets the candidate up for accusations of reneging on his pledge if he says one negative thing about his opponents record.

What Is Social Justice? - "Pope Leo XIII, whose seminal 1891 encyclical, Rerum Novarum, is still the gold standard for articulating the fundamentals of the Church’s social doctrine, wouldn’t even recognize as Catholic much of the “social justice” drivel bandied about nowadays, some of it from ostensibly reliable sources."

Dr. Deal Hudson: 'A Gloss on an Unreliable Guide to Catholic Voters' - "To anyone who knows Catholic social teaching, or the bishops' own document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, can easily see through its shifty and disingenuous use of Catholic principles and moral concepts."

Are Catholics Becoming Second-Class Citizens? - "It’s hard to believe that this is what things have come to, but it’s indicative of where things are heading."

Why the Pill Is Very, Very Bad (and why even non-Catholics agree) - "Suffice it to say that Pope Paul VI will not be receiving a posthumous prize for his vindicated prophecy any time soon. The more important concern now is whether the modern world will survive a populace that kills or abuses its children, enters into sterile and ephemeral marriages, propagates a plague of venereal diseases and poor health conditions such as obesity, and indulges in largely pornographic entertainments. Hmm, sounds like the fall of the Roman Empire to me."

A Catholic View: In-Vitro Fertilization, the Human Cost - "Unspoken is that most human beings created in the laboratory will die before even given a chance. It is commonly estimated that only one in six embryos created following IVF will make it to birth. However, the numbers published by Britain’s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority may be more accurate. In July of 2011 Britain announced that for every child born by IVF thirty embryos were created."

Three-Person Civil Union Granted in Brazil - [Uuuum...I thought the Leftist pro-gay-'marriage' crowd said that this wouldn't happen? I thought they said there is no slippery slope toward anything-gos marriage. Well, what a shock.]

Pro-choice thought experiment - "A House bill to ban sex-selective abortions (acronym 'PRENDA') fizzled out since it didn’t receive two-thirds support. ...So if a 'gay gene' is found, would a PRENDA-like bill attract the same criticisms? Would the LGBT community be silent about 'gay abortions?'"

The Gay Marriage Debate: Brought to you by Contraception - "First, there is the false notion that marriage is a right. Marriage is not a right — not for anyone..." [Also see here for a four part series on same sex "marriage.']

If a priest cannot say Mass in the Extraordinary Form, is he properly trained? Wherein Fr. Z rants. - [Wouldn't it be something if we expected all of our priests to be proficient in saying Mass in the Extraordinary Form? Perhaps we should....]

The Importance of Having a Prayer Corner - "Setting up your own prayer corner is a work of love in many respects.  Decorate it with whatever is conducive to prayer - a crucifix is essential, but beyond that it really is up to you."

Divorce and The Myth of Quality Time - "I can't teach them the best way to throw a curve ball or a slider but I can throw it back to them and I can chase it when they throw it wild and I've got band aids for when it hits them in the head. It's no special skills. It's just being there. Sometimes that's enough."

5 Ways to Stop Your Six Year Old from Becoming a Sex Object - "At a time when they should be learning to read and exploring their artistic creativity, they are instead taking in images and propaganda that makes them believe they must be “sexy” in order to be popular, according to the study, published last month in the journal, Sex Roles."

A Tale of Two Cathedrals: Why “Traditional versus Modernist” Tells Only Part of the Story - [A wonderful analysis of two architectural designs and how to properly incorporate modern design into church building.]

This is pretty interesting, but I can't say that I understand it.... How could Physics explain Jesus walking on water?

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