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...
Bishop Paprocki Warns of ‘Intrinsic Evils’ in Democratic Platform - "He said that voting for a candidate who promotes actions or behaviors that are ‘intrinsically evil and gravely sinful’ makes a voter ‘morally complicit’ and places the eternal salvation of his or her soul in ‘serious jeopardy.’"
Think and pray about your vote in upcoming election - "Even more troubling is that this whole discussion about God in the [Democratic Party] platform is a distraction from more disturbing matters that have been included in the platform."
What so many Catholics miss about Solidarity and Subsidiarity - "The problem is that many big government politicians are taking advantage of our human laziness in order to gain more power for themselves."
The Church and Capitalism: What Subsidiarity Tells Us
- "Jesus does not threaten those who fail to feed the hungry and clothe
the naked with higher taxes, but with hell. So, while a modest use of
the powers of taxation are proper to government, the redistribution of
wealth is not."
Campaign 2012: The Future of Marriage - [George Weigel] "Conscientious voters will keep this—and the Democratic Party platform’s endorsement of gay marriage—in mind on Nov. 6."
Warning: Prepare for Catholics for Obama Phone Calls - "These Catholics for Obama calls are coming your way — the scripts are written, their call centers are ready, and they are well-funded."
A plea to confused Catholics - [By Alice von Hildebrand, lecturer and an author, and wife of the late Dietrich von Hildebrand.]
How we got where we are, and the value of the past - "On disputed moral and social issues, none of these press organizations is, on its own, an adequate source of good information. Each has its biases. And too often those biases include a disdain for Catholic belief."
It Is Not Senseless Violence, Mr. President - "When I hear these phrases 'senseless violence' and 'senseless tragedy' I immediately think of circumstances in which they might be appropriate. When a tornado devastates a small Midwest town calling it a 'senseless tragedy' seems appropriate."
Abstracted From Reality: France Bans ‘Mother’ and ‘Father’ - "Just when you thought things couldn’t get any stranger — or at least give a glimpse of how strange they will soon become for us — France has decided to ban the words “mother” and “father” in regard to the civil-legal treatment of marriage." See also: Same Sex 'marriage' proposal in France seeks to strike the words
1,000 Pastors to Challenge IRS, Talk Politics From The Pulpit - "More than 1,000 pastors will challenge the IRS on October 7 by preaching sermons that present biblical perspectives on the positions of electoral candidates."
Spousal Love in Conjugal Spirituality - "The mutual exchange of conjugal love, which demands indissolubility, fidelity, and openness to fertility, welcomes the grace proper to the sacrament of matrimony. Through grace, the couple’s love is perfected, and their unity strengthened."
Campaign 2012: Religious Freedom vs. Exclusive Humanism - [George Weigel...again] "U.S. Catholics can, and must, demand of all candidates an unambiguous commitment to the Church’s institutional freedom, and to the freedom of the Church’s people to follow the dictates of conscience as shaped by the moral truths the Church guards and teaches."
An Attempt to Explain Christianity to Atheists In a Manner That Might Not Freak Them Out - "To experience agony is to cry out with the strain of lifting this fallen world to Paradise. We are called to recognize this, and to actualize this. This is why I am a Christian."
As Occult, New Age Practices Increase, so Does Need for Exorcists - '...even if a person is not actually possessed, a focus on darkness and evil can draw him into horrifying actions, even including satanic worship and ritualistic murder."
If Men Don't Have a Right to Oppose Abortion... - "...then doesn't that also mean that you could never support able-bodied parents choosing to end the life of a disabled unborn child?"
Who are the "one in three?" - "One in three women in America will obtain an abortion. And here are some other statistics about women in America..."
Fact-Check Web Site Re-Confirms: Obamacare Funds Abortions - "Nestled within the 'individual mandate' in the Obamacare act — that portion of the Act requiring every American to purchase government — approved insurance or pay a penalty — is an 'abortion premium mandate.'"
Cardinal Dolan Slams Giving Morning After Pills to 14-Year-Olds - "The public schools of the City of New York have announced that they are providing so-called 'emergency contraception' and long-term contraceptive injections to high school students as young as 14 years old. This policy of dispensing of powerful medicines to young women — without their parents’ knowledge and consent — is tragic and misguided."
The real St. Francis of Assisi was not a garden gnome... - "May Saint Francis be our model in how to deal with the threats of our own day: not enfeebled by sentimentality and relativism, but armed with a Franciscan zeal for the conversion of souls."
Being a Husband Means… - [I could certainly add to this list. ;)]