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...
[I realize that I have been disengaged from the blog lately, not really focused...kind of like Obama at a presidential debate ;) ...Next week I hope to get back into the swing of things. For now, here are this week's headlines.]
The Pope Urgently Calls Catholics to Counter President Obama’s “Radical Secularism” on Freedom of Religion - "…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."
Catholic Bishop: Democrats Embrace “Intrinsic Evil” of Abortion - [This cannot be said enough. Personally, I do not believe that a person can be Catholic and a Democrat. The two are mutually exclusive unless the Party reverses it's views on life and marriage and family.]
ObamaCare is a problem for Catholics, Cardinal says in Respect Life Month message
Obama vs. Romney, Round 1: Early Returns - [Fresh thoughts immediately after the Presidential spanking...er...I mean debate.]
In case you missed it, here's a video of the entire debate.
Boy, Obama did not want to be at that debate at all - [Of course he didn't. When your ideas are that bad, and that indefensible, you don't want to be challenged on them.]
Obama’s Claims IPAB Doesn’t Ration Health Care Don’t Match Reality
Romney Debate Bounce: Dead Heat With Obama in Key States - [We need to keep this momentum for the sake of our nation and our religious freedom and the lives of the unborn. Pray!]
Romney Tells Huckabee in Interview He’s Pro-Life on Abortion - "Romney answered by saying he would appoint conservative to the Supreme Court who would not make law from the bench in the same way seven justices did in 1973 with the Roe v. Wade decision paving the way for virtually unlimited abortions."
Paul Ryan: I’m Proud of My Pro-Life Record on Abortion - "I cannot believe any official or citizen can still defend the notion that an unborn human being has no rights that an older person is bound to respect. I do know that we cannot go on forever feigning agnosticism about who is human."
Obama Campaign: 'Vote like your lady parts depend on it.' - [Classy. Democrats reduce women to their sexual organ. So, who is waging a war on women?]See also this piece: Warning Ladies: Mitt Romney is Coming to Control Your Uterus
Obama Campaign Accused of Calls Targeting Romney's Mormon Faith - "...a campaign group known as 'Catholics for Obama' was making calls directed at raising doubts about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith."
What Do You Have to Do To Get Attention Around Here? - "[T]he issue of religious liberty was essentially ignored during the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney."
Catholic Countdown to Election 2012 - "One simply cannot be a morally coherent Catholic and hold what is euphemistically called a "pro-choice" position on abortion or fail to defend true marriage and the family and society founded upon it. Given their numbers, U.S. Catholics can determine the outcome of this election."
Video: Paul Ryan’s Important Message to You (if You’re Catholic)
Where are the Unborn on Your Justice Scale? - "Would it have been permissible to vote for Hitler, perhaps justifying the vote by alleging that all the new highways and better infrastructure would make holocausts rarer, because a booming economy would obviate the need for social and economic scapegoats?"
From Margaret Sanger to Melinda Gates: Population Control Continues - "In July 1912, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, Marie Stopes and other leaders in the early race-cleansing eugenics movement held their first international conference in London. Among the leading topics of discussion were how to stop poor and 'unfit' African women from breeding.Exactly 100 years later, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the British Government sponsored the Summit on Family Planning in the same city. This is most likely a coincidence, but the irony is stunning. The objective of the Summit on Family Planning was to raise enough money to 'provide 120 million women in the world’s poorest countries with access to contraceptives by 2020...'"
The #1 Way to Know if You're Complicit in Atrocity - "What does it take to figure out that you and your family are on track to be the people in the faded photographs that future generations will look at and say, 'How could they have let it happen?'"
Everyone Loves a Baby - "We all must work as Christians to remind people of what they already know. That every baby is a blessing. And every baby is worthy of an ovation."
Obama Didn’t Save the Auto Industry: He Took Away 2,200 Dealerships and 120,000 Jobs - "As a Catholic who works in the trade association profession in the auto industry it was unsettling to hear President Obama claim that he saved the auto industry."
Pope Benedict: ‘The Liturgy Is Celebrated for God and Not for Ourselves’ - "It is not the individual — priest or layman — or the group that
celebrates the liturgy, but it is primarily God’s action through the
Church, which has its own history, its rich tradition and creativity."
Who Is Your ‘Companion Saint’? - "Everyone must have some Saint with whom he or she is on familiar terms, to feel close to with prayer and intercession but also to emulate."
The Power of Ritual - "Rituals and routines are similar in that they each are repetitive functions that provide a sense of order, structure and intention to produce an outcome."
Archbishop Gerhard Müller: 'The Church Is Not a Fortress' - "In an exclusive two-part interview with the Register, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discusses his new job and highlights the Church’s positive message of hope."
Do You Know the Four Properties of a Glorified Resurrected Human Body? - "Sacred Scripture and Catholic theology teaches that our glorified resurrected bodies will experience four properties as an outflow of the beatified soul enjoying the vision of God's essence..."
Facebook Celebrates 1 Billion People with…Chairs? - "There is a huge opportunity (and responsibility) here for the Church to play a role in making sure the powerful communication tools of our day 'honor humanity' by promoting the dignity of every person and by showing the world how they can be used for the greatest Goods."
Religious orders say social media use spurs more interest in vocations - "People post questions daily about their life circumstances, inquiring about what resources could help them find the right vocation fit, and Vision connects them with the congregation that matches their interests."