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...
Papal Encyclical on Faith Announced - "The Pope is preparing a new encyclical on the subject of faith, to be published in the first half of next year, during the Year of Faith."
Pope to Take to Twitter - "Someone else will be typing out the actual tweets, the Vatican says, though he will be signing off on each one."
USCCB General Assembly - 2012 November - Presidential Address - [I especially liked this line...] "The work of our Conference during the coming year includes reflections on re-embracing Friday as a particular day of penance, including the possible re-institution of abstinence on all Fridays of the year, not just during Lent." Which begs the question: Why is Fish Allowed on Meatless Fridays?
Cardinal Dolan to his fellow bishops: “If we want the New Evangelization to work, it starts on our knees.” - "This week the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops holds its Plenary Assembly in Baltimore; during this morning’s opening session, USCCB President Cardinal Timothy Dolan addressed his fellow bishops."
U.S. Bishops Reject Pastoral Statement on Economic Crisis - [I suspect that there is more to this story than meets the eyes. I think the bishops are realizing that political activism has backfired in the past. They have too often sided with the wrong team.]
New Breviary Project approved by Bishops - "...our Bishops voted to go forward with the work of editing, amending, and in some cases re-translating the elements of the Liturgy of the Hours."
The Recent Unpleasantness - "Simply said, only raw, unadulterated, lived-out-in-the-middle-of-the-world Catholicism can save the United States and perhaps bring us back to a country that acknowledges the natural law, truly takes as its guide the American Constitution, and renounces the allure of empire, returning to its conception as the humble Republic our forefathers founded."
Republican Party Must Remain Pro-Life, Against Abortion - [Where else can pro-lifers turn for political victories?] Also, watch this rising star of the Party: Bobby Jindal: GOP Must Keep Core Conservative Principles
Double Down on Pro-Life - "We know how to change public opinion on abortion. We have been doing it for years: Telling the stories of wounded women, sharing the pictures of unborn infants and offering help that unwed mothers need."
Post-Election Game Plan for the HHS Mandate - "The election left things largely as they were: We count the same number of votes in the new Senate as in the old — not in terms of party affiliation, but in terms of pro-life position."
Bishops Will Push HHS Mandate Conscience Protections in Congress - "A top legislative staffer for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says the nation’s Catholic leaders will push again for Congress to approve conscience exemptions for the Obama HHS-Abortion mandate in Obamacare." See also: Top Bishops: “We Will Not Give In” on Obama HHS Mandate
Dozens of States Reject Participating in Pro-Abortion Obamacare - [And so the fight continues on many fronts.]
New York Times Columnist Says Death Panels Needed to Fix Economy - [Oh, it's coming...]
Some first thoughts on Weigel’s call to reconsider civil consequences for Catholic weddings - "George Weigel writes in a thought-provoking essay that we should, among other things, 'accelerate a serious debate within American Catholicism on whether the Church ought not pre-emptively withdraw from the civil marriage business, its clergy declining to act as agents of government in witnessing marriages for purposes of state law.'" And here is the George Weigel piece in question.
I Figured Out The Problem. You. - "I, along with countless others, have been trying to figure out how President Obama managed to win a second term... I have been trying to figure out what the problem is all week, and then I finally did. The problem is you."
A Victory for Creatures of the State - "One of the stark lessons of Obama's victory is the degree to which the Republican Party has become a party for the married and the religious. If only married people voted, Romney would have won in a landslide. If only married religious people voted, you'd need a word that means something much bigger than landslide."
Bishop Justin Welby Chosen to Lead Anglican Communion - "Anglican Bishop of Durham Justin Welby will become the 105th archbishop of Canterbury and leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, succeeding the retiring Archbishop Rowan Williams."
Why Conservative Anglicanism is Doomed - "Conservative Anglicanism will either cease to be Anglican, cease to be conservative, or simply cease to be. As a movement, it is unsustainable, for the following reasons..."
When a Letter of Congratulations Contains a Warning... - "The Metropolitan of Volokolamsk, Chairman of the Department of External Church Relations for the Russian Orthodox Church, and a permanent member of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Moscow, Bishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, has written a letter of congratulations to Right Reverend Justin Welby, Bishop of Durham and nominee as Archbishop of Canterbury."
Also on the new Anglican Archbishop: The Archbishop of Canterbury faces a daunting task in this Godless country
Doctor: Savita’s Death No Reason to Change Ireland Pro-Life Law - "The case has predictably evoked much criticism from the pro-choice lobby of the Irish abortion law, the Irish medical profession and the Catholic faith."
Why I Will Never Go Back to Being Pro-Choice on Abortion - "I am pro-life because of information. I was pro-choice because of lack of information."
Want to Find a Good Husband and Have a Family? Don’t Use the Pill - "The study, conducted over a 10-year period, found that female pill users are drawn to men who are less masculine, less symmetrical-looking, and who are genetically similar to themselves. In contrast, ovulating women look for chiseled-featured, masculine men who are genetically dissimilar to themselves."
When Physiology Facilitates Morality: Good News for Biological Fathers - [Interesting study on the effects of fatherhood on men.]
Do Catholic Parents Have to Raise their Children as Catholics? - "The law on this topic was in fact reworded somewhat in the last few decades, but it is surprising to find that many Catholics wrongly think that this fundamental obligation has been eliminated altogether."
Is the Bible Pro-Choice? - "Recently I've been encountering claims that the Bible is 'pro-choice,' meaning pro-abortion. I've been asked more than once how to respond to this claim. Here's how..."
Radical (Secular) Fundamentalism - "Some of my friends and professional acquaintances who are secularists complain that religious social agencies will not provide primary services to persons who do not share the faith commitments of the agency’s sponsors."
"Convincing reasons" for faith and hope - a YouTube video of the Holy Father.
Parish Webstore - [This is a new site being billed as a Catholic Amazon - check it out.]