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 Real First Thanksgiving - "On the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, also a Thursday that year, men of different backgrounds – fishermen, a tax collector, a zealot, and others – reclined at table with a carpenter-rabbi to break unleavened bread and (so they expected) to take up the cup of salvation, the cup foretold in the Todah psalm of the Passover Liturgy..."
A Pro-Family Thanksgiving Top 10 - [Proving that there are still things to be thankful for, even with so many negative things going on.]
A Pope to be Thankful For - "...Joseph Ratzinger is a man, both self-effacing and serious, who has achieved (or perhaps was graced with) a remarkable and winning combination of personal humility, intellectual profundity, and deep faith."
This Thanksgiving: Rekindling the fire of holiness - From Archbishop Chaput: "Over this Thanksgiving weekend, or sometime during Advent, I have a homework assignment for you."
What's So Sacred About Meals? - "I always enjoy trying to articulate the answers to questions like this, but this one left me stumped."
Dear Simcha - [Simcha Fisher with a humorous post for Thanksgiving...answering questions from readers.]
Church of England Votes Against Ordaining Female Bishops - "Although ordination of female priests was approved at the 1992 synod, the measure regarding women bishops, which needed a two-thirds majority with the bishops, clergy and laity, lost by six votes with the laity."
Latin, Ad Orientem and Problem Priests - "In my opinion, non-use of Latin and the ad orientem posture by senior clergy has several negative effects..."
Law enforcement is about to read everyone's email and browsing history -- without a warrant - "The bill would even allow the FBI and Homeland Security full access to your internet accounts without so much as notifying you or a judge. Even your private browsing history could be searched."
Catholic Bishops: We Will Not Obey Immoral HHS-Abortion Mandate - Cardinal Dolan: “The only thing we’re certainly prepared to do is not give in — not violate our consciences and not obey what we consider to be something immoral... That we’re committed on."
Guest Opinion: Star Parker, We Have a National Crisis in Character - "Americans just re-elected a president who opposed the Supreme Court decision banning partial-birth abortion. The leader of our nation thinks it should be legal in America to kill a live, fully formed infant. What does this say about America today and our future?"
Republicans Must Win the Culture War to Regain Presidency - "Politics are downstream from the culture. Plato summarized the two most important questions in a society: Who teaches the young and what do we teach them?"
The Glee Effect: how America went gay - "The hearts and minds of Americans—especially our young people—are being changed when it comes to same-sex “marriage” and homosexual practice because of entertainment, not arguments."
We Take Aborted Babies to the Trash Just Like Our Garbage - "We live in a time where babies are trashed, literally. Even if we do not directly participate in shedding innocent blood and throwing children in the garbage, we condone it when we do nothing to stop this barbaric, evil practice of nonchalant murder called 'choice.'"