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 had internet problems on Friday, so this is a day late.]
Social networks need more logic, love and less ranting, rage, pope says - "Social media 'need the commitment of all who are conscious of the value of dialogue, reasoned debate and logical argumentation,' the pope said."
Church Militant: Forward March! - "...the Church Militant has its marching orders: we must heal our own wounds first before we can heal the world."
What Does it Really Mean to be a Practicing Catholic? - "Unfortunately, the term practicing Catholic is bit squishy (or vague or ambiguous as lawyers might say) and subject to abuse by all manner of Catholics (in name only) who seek to justify their various stances."
Are You Part of the Great Catholic Migration of the 21st Century? - [I am!] "They are realigning their attendance, resources, skills, and money to those parishes, orders, schools, colleges, and other institutions that support and promote traditional Catholic orthodoxy and practice." See also this follow-up post from the same author: Was the Mass of Padre Pio Equal to the Mass of Fr Marcial Maciel (St Thomas Aquinas Answers This Question)
Obama Offers Yet Another Insufficient “Compromise” on the HHS Mandate - "The biggest problem is that these new (80-page!) regulations still force private businesses (like Hobby Lobby) and business owners to pay for contraceptive (and abortifacient) coverage in their employee’s health plans."
Reporters Who Watch Abortions Tell of Their Brutal Reality - [Gruesome descriptions, but it is important that we never forget what really happens in abortion.]
The Disappearing Pro-life Movement - "Last Friday hundreds of thousands of pro-life ninjas marched on Washington and were so stealthy that news cameras completely missed them. Yet a march for gun control with barely 1,000 people became front-page news."
‘All our detractors can do is call us names’ - "...as Archbishop of San Francisco, [Salvatore Cordileonehe] is one of the most vocal members of the US bishops’ conference in objecting to the re-definition of marriage."
The Age of Apathy - "Apathy is central. We have too short an attention span to really care. We care about small tragedies, but don’t have time for bigger tragedies and issues, as Joseph Stalin once said, 'The death of one man is a tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic.'"
The Most Disturbing Aspect of the President’s Inaugural Address - "...what bothers me here is the way in which Obama uses the Declaration of Independence and attempts to transfigure it into something entirely new, and something on the basis of which there can be endless, unpredictable transformation of American society."
Yet another reason why we must fight for the unborn - "Abortion does not save lives. It ends them. 55 million over the past 40 years to be precise. But that irrefutable fact didn’t stop MSNBC host Toure Neblett this past week from thanking God that abortion is legal, and that in some ways it saved his life." See also: Group Drops Sick Ad Celebrating Abortion: “Happy 40th Anniversary Baby”
TV Star Patricia Heaton Tweets Support for March for Life Participants - [There are some respectable Hollywood actors out there.]
Leaning Forward But Knocked Back: Pro-Lifer Rocks MSNBC Interview - "America needs more than media cheerleaders for the abortion industry. We need the truth. And in this MSNBC interview, we speak it."
Why God Does Not Love Us All The Same - "...He has called us in such a way that only we can love Him in a way that is unique to each of us. For just as God does not love us all in the same way each of us loves Him in a way that no other can."
The Good Samaritan Effect: The Virtuous Cycle of Private Charity - "Advocates for government as the primary provider of welfare argue that dependence on private charity demeans aid recipients and that voluntary giving by individuals is too small to meet the needs of the poor. Yet research reveals significant flaws in both of these arguments." [Who knew you would find an article like this on the Huffington Post?)
Want To Tell The State To Stick It? Homeschool Your Kids - "The swelling legions of homeschoolers poke a subtle rebuke at America’s ever expanding nanny state."
Don't Get Inked: Why The Church Should Start Speaking about Tattoos and What It Should Say - [One of those issues that I just don't think about much, but here's a thoughtful piece on the subject.]
The Feast Day of my patron saint was this week, so here are a couple of pieces about him: St. Thomas Aquinas, and Summa Theologica