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...
Well, I skipped last week, and didn't have much time for this week, so I combined some links from both weeks to come up with this post. Yes, it's a day late... but I've been busy getting ready for Christmas and had some minor sicknesses going around the family. So much for trying to keep up with blogging...
Pope Benedict’s Prayer for America - "Just look at what he told a group of cardinals, bishops, priests, religious and laity from the American continent who were gathered for a congress in Rome to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Synod Bishops for America."
The Empty Manger - [a message from Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life]
Is St. Joseph a Model for Fathers? - "It is not by chance that theologians teach that we owe St. Joseph proto-dulia that in ordinary terms means he is the first among the saints after Mary and we should honor him as such."
Time to Bring Back St. Michael’s Prayer - "As the Church faces this unprecedented barrage of intolerance on American soil, I found a recent letter from the Reverend Daniel Jenky of Peoria, Illinois particularly emboldening. In a letter to all parishioners in his diocese, Bishop Jenky asked that the powerful St. Michael’s prayer be included in all General Intercessions during each Sunday Mass."
In Rare Op-Ed Article, Pope Asks Christians to Reassess Christmas Priorities - ''Yet Christians render to Caesar only what belongs to Caesar, not what belongs to God,' he insists, pointing out that Christians cannot always comply with governments’ demands."
Court: Obama Admin Must Rewrite HHS Mandate to Protect Religious Liberty - "In a victory for the pro-life battle against the HHS mandate, a federal appeals court yesterday reinstated two of the top legal challenges to the mandate, which requires religious employers to pay for drugs that may cause abortions."
Concerning the HHS mandate, see also these three pieces: Domino’s founder Monaghan sues government to try to stop enforcement of contraception mandate and Hobby Lobby to Take HHS Mandate Lawsuit to Supreme Court and Think the HHS Mandate Won’t Hurt Non-Catholics? Think Again.
Government redistributes wealth, but not like you think - "The government is redistributing wealth, but not downwards to the lower classes as one might suspect. Rather, new data taken from the census bureau and polls shows that the wealthy, not the poor, are primary beneficiaries of this redistribution." [Liberal Catholic "Social Justice" types need to realize that handing the federal government this much power is exactly the WRONG way to help the poor.]
Redistributon as Slavery - "...if you do not subscribe to redistribution ideology, you are attacked as being greedy at best and racist at worst. The problem is that income redistribution in practice promotes one of the same moral injustices found under slavery."
‘Markets Don’t Make Capitalism’ - [A good point, and one that I would like to expand on some day. Socialism and Capitalism are often unfairly compared. But they relate to the Market in different ways.]
Did Hillary Clinton 'play sick' to avoid Benghazi questioning? - [I would not be surprised.]
5 Ways to Help the Pope on Twitter (and the greatest Vatican media project?) -
"The Pope's authentic presence on Twitter has been, in my opinion, the
single most significant evangelistic move by the Vatican regarding it's
use of new media (and maybe old media, too) in our day. At least it has
the potential to be so."
In case you missed it, here is the pope's Twitter feed.
'Humanae Vitae' Author Pope Paul VI Moves Toward Sainthood - "Pope Benedict XVI authorized an investigation on Dec. 20 that could result in proclaiming Pope Paul VI (1897-1978) a saint."
Men Getting Pregnant Wouldn’t Change Opposition to Abortion - [...because it's not about women's rights or equality of the sexes - it's about respect for life.]
The Economist Takes Note: It’s Cool to be a Young “Trad” Catholic - "A friend alerted me to this article in the most recent issue of The Economist entitled 'A traditionalist avant-garde' where the author points out that 'It’s trendy to be a traditionalist in the Catholic church.'"
The Angelus and the Liturgy: A Tale of Catholic Identity - "Unfortunately, until the new translation of the Roman Missal, the prayer had been disguised beneath a mistranslation. I am someone who is very familiar with the Angelus, yet I never realized that the Advent Collect was one and the same."
Why the Modern World Needs Icons - "In our age where we're constantly bombarded with information in the form of the written word, sometimes it's helpful simply to be able to gaze at an image of holy truth, and understand without words."
The Hobbit: A Film of Friendship, Faith, and the Good Fight - "Despite divergences from the book, Peter Jackson’s epic film delivers." See also: “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” in Review and this: 'The Hobbit' and Virtue
A well done video explaining the reasons in favor of traditional, male-female mariage can be found at this link.