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...
[Technically, it's Saturday...but better late than never.]
10 Things You Need to Know About Advent - "Most of us have an intuitive understanding of Advent, based on experience, but what do the Church's official documents actually say about Advent?"
The "iPope" Becomes @Pope: Coming Soon, A Tweeting Benedict - "In the Vatican's latest move to leverage its profile on social media, a Monday morning press conference will be held on a topic that, not long ago, would've been unthinkable: 'The Pope on Twitter.'"
Tea and Christianity - "The man symbolically washes his hands in a small basin. Kneeling, he holds the tea vessel up above his head in a prayer of thanksgiving. He bows down. His companion bows lower, leans toward him. He straightens up and drinks the tea in one act. When he is finished, he carefully wipes the rim clean. From across the room, I watched this in absolute amazement. My God, I thought, this looks just like the Mass!"
Blasphemous Obama painting goes viral - [You gotta see it to believe it.]
Was Susan Rice thrown under the bus? - "For now, the situation remains a tangled morass of lies, deception, and murky details. The issue is swiftly becoming a national embarrassment and another black mark on the Obama regime."
Sebelius Called on to Quit Over Planned Parenthood Scandal - "A leading pro-life organization is calling on HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to quit because of a scandal involving the destruction of Planned Parenthood record during her administration as governor of Kansas."
Why Did Abortion See Its Biggest Decrease in 10 Years? - "...does anyone honestly believe that in 2009 women suddenly became much “better” about using artificial contraception compared to the previous year?"
U.S. Birth Rate Falls to Lowest Ever, Fewer Babies is Bad News - "The Pew research center is out with new data showing the birth rate in the United States has fallen to its lowest point ever. Although Pew doesn’t say it, the abortion culture Roe v. Wade has produced is already causing problems, according to one pro-life opinion columnist."
It’s All About Sex, Not Health - "According to the AAP, pediatricians should counsel 'all adolescents' on emergency contraception 'regardless of current intentions for sexual behavior.'"
Is Feminism the Supreme Religion? - "Two recent incidents have received a great deal of media attention in Canada, raising the question, once again, as to whether secular feminism takes precedence over every other religion."
Reason and Compassion in the Marriage Debate - "The authors explain why debates over gay marriage are only indirectly about homosexuality; the real issue is 'not about whom to let marry, but about what marriage is.'"
Where are demons located? - "Heaven, hell, and purgatory exist now only as states of being."
Accidental Evangelism - "So maybe evangelism isn't just about the soap box, although there is surely a place for that. But maybe the evangelism that I am called to do is this other kind. Live your every day busy life the best way you can, the way Jesus would want you to."
If you find the sitcom "Two and half Men" to be a repulsive drag on the culture, watch this video of one of the actors pleading with people to STOP WATCHING IT. Later the actor apologized...sort of. See this piece for those details. And finally, some thoughts on what to make of all this: What Should We Make of "Two and a Half Men" Star's Outburst?
The Telegraph (UK): Pope’s New Book Casts Doubt on “Keystone of Christian Tradition” - [Another example of the media mis-handling and falsely reporting on matters of faith.]
The 7,000 Year Old World - [An interesting look at religion and politics, sparked by some recent happenings.]
10 Ways Catholics Can Transform Modern Culture
Ten Silly Reasons You Won't Pray Today (and Why You Should Reconsider)