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...
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica - "The
first basilica on the site was built in the fourth century when the
Roman Emperor Constantine donated land he had received from the wealthy
Indulgences Are a Gift From the Church - "This is a good topic to consider during November, the month dedicated to the holy souls in purgatory."
What Do Catholics Really Believe About Purgatory? - "Purgatory might be one of the most misunderstood beliefs held by some Christians. In this blog I am briefly going to cover the biblical foundation for purgatory, what purgatory is, and the history of purgatory in the Catholic Church."
OK, the election is over, so this will be the last time that political stuff overwhelms the Friday news round-up. Bear with me. Here we go...
Post-Election Catholic Punditry and Analysis Roundup - "A look at the postmortems of the presidential election results from the thoughtful, rhetorical and informative." [A snapshot of what was being said immediately after the election.]
Pope Congratulates President Obama, Stresses Freedom and Justice; See also: UCSSB congratulates Obama - [Nice formality... but I just ain't feelin' it.]
We Are in Enemy Territory - "Defending the unborn and defending traditional marriage are things I'm glad to fight for. And when I die I think I'll feel glad of my efforts. Others can defend how they thought preventing Republicans from slowing the rate of the growth of the budget 2% outweighed all the other issues."
Difficult Days Ahead for the Church? - "The American people and process have spoken. But a few remarks based on the election results, things I think of as undeniable facts for the Church, though you are free to offer any rebuttals."
Shake Off the Election, Let’s Get Back to Stopping Abortion - "Too many of our fellow citizens are woefully ignorant of what it means to be truly human: to reflect the image and likeness of God."
Here's the lesson from the election, folks! - "Whether marriage is redefined now or later, whether our religious freedom is trampled now or in 10 years, these are not at risk because politicians are getting bolder, they are at risk because our convictions are getting colder."
Victory Only Comes Through the Cross - "An election like yesterday’s can cause a great deal of discouragement. The results were practically a worse-case scenario for the most fundamental building blocks of society: The right to life, religious liberty and the family. But don’t forget that Jesus Christ has only one modus operandi: The cross."
How Should Christians Respond to the Election? With Prayer - "Anger spewed forth about anything doesn’t help endear anyone to us. Prayer does. Here’s the deal: If we don’t believe prayer works, we might as well quit being believers." See also: Obama’s Been Re-Elected, Now It’s Time to Pray for Our Nation
HHS Threat Undiminished - "Given its campaign promises, a Romney administration presumably would have rescinded the mandate or broadened protections for religious objectors. The Obama administration has given less hope that, in a second term, there will be any meaningful change to the mandate."
Abandoning Pro-Life Issues Is Not the GOP Path to Victory - "Some conservatives argue that social issues led to Romney’s defeat, but they ignore the fact that the pro-life margin has been helpful to every pro-life Republican presidential candidate since Reagan, even in elections where Republicans lost."
Pro-Life Leaders Vow: We Will Not Give Up Fighting Abortion - "Now is not the time to give up, but instead, I hope I can count on you to join me in fighting the President’s radical pro-abortion agenda for the next four years."
Ron Paul goes Cassandra - "America has for too long lived beyond its means, justifying its hegemony and entitlements as necessary, and paying only the minimum installment on the debt, leaving the bulk of it to the next generation."
Religion and Voters in 2012 - "A pre-election Pew poll showed most Catholics supporting Romney. The exit poll showed Catholics, who were 25 percent of the electorate, voting 50 percent for Obama and 48 percent for Romney. But weekly mass attending Catholics supported Romney by 57 to 42 percent."
Despite Attacks on Catholics, They Vote to Re-Elect Obama - [We certainly have a lot of house-cleaning to do.]
Obama officials will face questions on Libya attacks - [Will they answer? Will the media cover it? Will the public listen? Will it make a difference?] See also: Obama played while Banghazi burned
Senior Obama adviser allegedly conducting secret talks with Iran - "According to Kahlili's reports, attempts were made to reach agreement on the announcement of a breakthrough in the nuclear standoff before the November 6 U.S. election."
No Research Shows More Welfare Spending Stops Abortions - [Liberal Catholics need to know that they are lying to themselves on this issue. This is what we are up against...] Catholic Democrats’ Curious Claim: We’re the Real ‘Pro-Lifers’
Abortion Practitioner Admits "Yes I Am" Killing Unborn Children During Abortions -
"He told WFAA that he is a former Baptist ordained minister who is now a part of the pro-abortion Unitarian Universalist church who says he prays often about the abortions he does. 'I’ll ask that the spirit of this pregnancy be returned to God with love and understanding,' he said." [What a sick, sick man.
Woman Conceived in Rape: How Pro-Lifers Should Handle the Rape Question - "Tell me that my life was not worthy of protection and that I don’t deserve to be living, and I’ll show you who is the one who is extreme."
Pakistani mother brutally murders daughter for looking at a boy - [In other news: Liberal women in the U.S. are forced to pay for their own contraception!! - Hmmm... Where is the war on women?]