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...
Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare - [Entire document in PDF format]
Supreme Court Upholds Health-Care Law, Stage Set for First Amendment Showdown - "Indeed, while the ruling did not address the constitutionality of the contraception mandate, legal experts believe two passages signal that the court might be open to First Amendment concerns."
Archbishop Chaput: 'It's Going to Be a Long Fight' - "There are many ways of approaching health care, and I think it’s very important for Catholics to understand the fact that the Church, seeing health care as a basic human right, does not mean [to say] there’s a particular method of obtaining that [right that’s] better than another."
Robert's Opinion: It's Not All Bad - "...it’s really not all bad. It’s not what we wanted, but then – as I suspect Obama will learn in the coming months – we must remember to be careful what we wish for."
What the Court Said About Obamacare - "...the only way left to overturn PPACA is for the new Congress to repeal it. That is only possible if Romney is elected president..."
Court ruling allows religious freedom lawsuits to proceed with hope - "The direct mention of religious freedom as a reason to find such a mandate unconstitutional is a hopeful sign in the battle over the contraception requirement..."
Pallium Eve - "Every year on the vigil of Saints Peter and Paul, the year's freshly-woven batch of the pallium -- the symbol worn by metropolitan archbishops within their provinces to signify 'the fullness of the episcopal office' -- are placed in the gilt casket shown above, to spend this night in the tomb of the First Apostle."
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Declared 'Venerable' - [Great news!! I've been following his cause for awhile. Glad to read this.]
The Aborted - "We do not recognize that 'the aborted' represent a significant part of the human race, that part which is killed by our choice not to have them among us. But who are they? Both the aborted and those who manage to be born have the same ultimate origin."
Catholic, Gay, and Feeling Fine - "I have heard a lot about how mean the Church is, and how bigoted, because she opposes gay marriage. How badly she misunderstands gay people, and how hostile she is towards us. My gut reaction to such things is: Are you freaking kidding me? Are we even talking about the same church?"
Children Reared by 'Mom and Dad' Are Better Off ThanThose Reared by Homosexuals - "In this month’s Social Science Research, University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus reports that Americans ages 18 to 39 who grew up in families where either parent had a same-sex romance fared significantly worse on 25 of 40 measures."
A response to Evangelical calls to disengage from the political fight - "Progress can be slow. That does not mean it is unimportant or that noble efforts should be discarded. It means thinking tactically and strategically, persuading and voting and running for office and putting up yard signs and a thousand other large and small political tasks."
Why Memorized Prayer? - "...in the Office of Readings for yesterday, I read a great explanation of why we're called to pray memorized prayers: it's so that the Body of Christ can pray as one. "
The case for a boys-only policy for altar servers - "According to the Communications Office of the Diocese of Phoenix, there is growing evidence to support the claim that where altar service is limited to boys, priestly vocations increase. The best example is the Diocese of Lincoln Nebraska, the envy of all dioceses when it comes to vocations."
A priest who won’t prevent self-intinction - [Fr. Z tellin' it like it is.] "We read about intinction in the document Redemptionis Sacramentum: [104.] The communicant must not be permitted to intinct the host himself in the chalice, nor to receive the intincted host in the hand."
Why Don't We Dress Up Anymore? - "I don't think that the social principle that you should dress up for what's important to you has changed since the 1950s; I think there's simply not that much that's important to us anymore."
Tattoos are a matter of taste, not morality - "The Catholic view of tattoos is surely more nuanced, as no Catholic moralist argues, as far as I am aware, that tattoos are per se immoral. It might be right to have a tattoo for a good purpose. But what that good purpose might be, I wonder…"
Renewal or wreckovation? The renovation of the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle in St. Petersburg, FL - [I've posted some links here before about some great church renovations and new builds that give me a positive outlook for the future of church architecture. But i must say that I have some mixed feelings about this one.]
This Road Goes Nowhere - [A movie review about a film I had not heard of previously - "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' - and what a sad commentary this movie is for our society.]