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...
I realize that I've been slacking off when it comes to blogging. But now that the Christmas Season is coming to a close, I'll try to get back into it. This will be my attempt to throw together a news round-up...
Why Was Jesus Baptized? - "This Sunday, the Church celebrates the baptism of Jesus Christ... But there's a question that has puzzled Christians all down through the ages... Why was Jesus baptized?"
Judge Not? - [This is one of those issues that I see come up frequently in general conversation, and needs to be addressed repeatedly so that the truth is made clear.] "Clearly, contrary to what many would prefer to believe, the Bible exhorts us to rightly judge the behavior of others. The Catholic Church teaches likewise but cautions us just as Jesus did the disciples..."
The Pope Was Right All Along - "The disruptive results for individuals and society spawned by the revolution in attitudes and behavior regarding sex, marriage, family, and childbearing that erupted a half-century ago have become too obvious to ignore. These things were predictable–in fact, some people actually predicted them from the start–but by now their impact has grown so painfully apparent that even secular voices are being raised in alarm."
Why The Abortion Industry Thinks They’re Losing - "Whatever people believe about whether the innocent unborn should merit legal protection, the broad mainstream has a deep discomfort about abortion that doesn’t exist about any other health-care procedure. Which is an indicator that maybe deep down they know it’s not health care at all."
Media Working Overtime Getting Ready to Ignore the March for Life - "As hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans prepare to take part in the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., mainstream media outlets across the country are diligently making their own preparations to not cover the event." [This is kind of a tongue-in-cheek, satirical piece...spot on though.]
Kudos to the President's Inaugural Committee - [Not what you think from the title...must read to find out.]
A Précis of the Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality and Homosexual Acts - "When the Catholic Church teaches the immorality of homosexual acts, she is not preaching hate or denying anyone’s rights. Rather, she is telling the truth in love, hoping that her message will set all men and women free from their disordered passions, sexual or whatever."
The Costs of Same-Sex Marriage - "The point that conservatives are trying to make, and that many liberal insist on not getting, is that there is no way to “extend” marriage to gays without at the same-time redefining what it is. And conservatives think this is a step that should give any reasonable person pause, given the fundamental importance of marriage to society."
Defying the Obama Administration on Religious Liberty - "Hobby Lobby gained national attention when its leadership announced they would not bow to the Obama Administration’s violation of their religious liberty. Thousands of Americans pledged to shop at the retailer over the weekend to show their appreciation for this stand—a stand that could cost the company up to $1.3 million in fines per day."
The Devil Witnessing for Christ - "Is there any one thing that explains all of this - all of this persistent bad behavior, which causes suffering and is born of suffering? Yes, it can all be explained by a single word, a word that only one voice uses consistently. The voice is the Catholic Church and the single word is SIN."