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 Pope Urgently Calls Catholics to Counter President Obama’s “Radical Secularism” on Freedom of Religion - Pope Benedict: "...it is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States come to realize the grave threats to the Church’s public moral witness presented by a radical secularism which finds increasing expression in the political and cultural spheres."
Kids and Politics - "But! you will protest. You're just teaching disenfranchised, powerless children to parrot your presumably jingoistic point of view! That's indoctrination! That's brainwashing! - To which I reply, Duh. That's my job."
Can the Private Sector Support What the Public Sector Claims To? - "Once the economic argument falls, it seems that there is nothing left to justify government involvement in social programs."
A three part series.
Paul Ryan and the Moral Foundation of Our Economic Recovery - "Contrary to what some in the media would like us to believe, Ryan is not some kind of crazed capitalist. When I spoke with him, I found him to be a sober moralist. He very firmly believes that the economic problems we (and Europe) have gotten ourselves into are, at bottom, moral problems."
The Church and the Market - "Neither popes nor bishops have any special understanding of economics. Therefore, they are wise to emphasize moral principles while prescinding from offering specific solutions to economic problems."
Is America stupid? World War III has begun. Wake up, America! - "For every Muslim rioting in the streets, there may be a thousand sitting at home. However, that thousand has a different job, which they are refusing to take up - that is the opposition and the punishment of those who would target the innocent."
Libyan Horror, the Religious Left, and Free Speech - "The implication is sometimes that zealous Christians in America are as threatening as al Qaeda."
Obama compares murdered American officials in Libya to his Las Vegas campaign volunteers - [Hmmm... That's weird. I thought it was Romney who was politicizing the tragic event. I guess it's the other way around.]
Vatican Issues Strong Condemnation of Libya Terrorist Attack - "Nothing, in fact, can justify the activity of terrorist organisations and homicidal violence."
Protecting Muslim Feelings - "The U.S. Embassy’s statement sounded more like something penned by Oprah than American diplomats."
Mad Muslims Target the Pope - "Mobs of mad Muslims have taken to the streets of Tripoli condemning Pope Benedict XVI. One person is already dead. So why haven’t we heard anything from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about this religious intolerance?"
Two More Scholars Debunk the 2012 Argument That “Obama is Pro-Life” - [Unfortunately liberal Catholics will deny it or turn a blind eye.]
Obama Backed Infanticide: Pro-Lifers Had It Right All Along - "The issue has resurfaced again because pro-lifers refuse to allow the truth to stay buried." See also this piece.
Romney: I Want Roe Overturned, Will Stop Obama Abortion Funding - "...I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution."
Ryan Tags Obama on Abortion: “Never Lifted a Finger” to Help Unborn - "Ryan made clear his desire to see Roe v. Wade overturned and the question of abortion taken out of the courts."
Ryan on Re-Electing Obama: ‘If We Renew the Contract…He’ll Never Answer to You Again’- "When all the mandates of government-run health care come down, the last thing the regulators will want to hear is your opinion."
The Decline and Fall of Catholic Democrats? - "...so long as the best Democrats have to offer is an unyielding refusal to reconsider the wisdom of Big Government — despite the disaster of the last four years — then Republicans have an opportunity to gain Catholic ground on those fiscal and economic issues once considered safe Democratic turf."
Chicago Teachers Union Strike: Some Thoughts - "Simply put, public-sector unions have a fundamentally different relationship with their employers than private-sector unions precisely because of who sits across the negotiating table. The principle of subsidiarity requires us to differentiate between private associations and government. Accordingly, it would seem that unions do not have the same rights with respect to both private and public employers."
Catholics, We Have Our Work Cut Out For Us (Obama Has Retaken the Lead for the Catholic Vote) - [I don't live by the polls (I think there is still hope, and I think the polls can sometimes be wrong) BUT...We must convince fellow Catholics and Christians that Obama MUST go.]
Cardinal Dolan: ‘Outrage Over HHS Mandate Not About Its Coverage of Chemical Contraceptives and Abortion Inducing Drugs’ - "Republicans and Democrats alike have long agreed that the First Amendment’s guarantee of religious liberty includes not only what goes on within the four walls of a church, but also the religiously motivated acts of service that fulfill the mission of that church. Only now . . . has the government said that we must leave our conscience behind when we step into the public square." Also" Bishops’ President: Obama Admin Threatening Religious Freedom
More Than 100 Cities Will Rally Against Obama HHS Mandate - "Next month, thousands of pro-life advocates in more than 100 cities will engage in rallies to stand up for their religious freedom against the controversial HHS mandate the Obama administration put in place."
Bishops Lose Obama Anti-Sex Trafficking Grant Over Abortion
- "The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops had previously received a five-year $19 million grant to help victims of sex trafficking during the administration of pro-life President George W. Bush." [Well, of course, if you refuse to kill babies then how can you possibly help the sexually abused? Huh?]
Why Secular Culture is Afraid of Life - "I've come to think that one of the greatest things our culture has lost in its rejection of Christianity is a theology of suffering."
The Dignity and Vocation of Women - "The reality is that the female being has not been liberated from the world of utility because the start and end points for modern culture are the sexual element of femininity."
The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture - "They have been schooled by their parents who grew up on the pill and abortion on demand, and have been raised largely in secular institutions where the knowledge of chastity is rare, and its practice even rarer."
Scientists: harmful hormones from birth control pill can’t be filtered out in sewage treatment - "...the synthetic hormones found in contraceptive pills, known as progestins, which mimic progesterone, either alone or combined with estrogen, and excreted in human waste pose a greater problem because they are not removed or destroyed by sewage treatment and find their way into the food chain."
Who Speaks for the Catholic Church? - "The 2012 Democratic National Convention featured a slew of self-identified “Catholic” voices....Who speaks for the Church, and does the Church still hold to non-negotiable truths on issues like abortion and marriage?"
Pope Benedict on the "Dark Passages" of Scripture - "There are certain Bible passages, particularly in the Old Testament, that are disturbing. The question of how these are to be interpreted has been with us for a long time, and apologists and Bible scholars--not to mention Church Fathers and theologians--have made many suggestions."
Pope Addresses Mary in the Mystery of Christ and the Church and the Year of Faith - [Video included]