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...
European Archbishops Warn of Increasingly Harsh Attacks on the Church - "The head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says media criticisms are provoking ‘artificially generated anger’ that sometimes is suggestive of ‘a pogrom atmosphere.'"
When Little Government Foxes Spoil the Vines of Business and Ministry - "Abraham Kuyper famously wrote that 'there is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’' This view may seem uncontroversial to some, yet it is increasingly seen by our scrupulous government overlords to be irrelevant to First Amendment protections..."
Faith Under Fire: “If Government Can Do This, What Can’t It Do?” - "...the United States government is demanding that 'every business owner, every bishop, every nun, you name it' gives up their freedom to exercise their religion or be fined until they go out of business."
Bishop of Brooklyn: If You Voted for Obama, You’re Responsible for the Culture of Death - "We know that today an Administration that is hostile requires contraception and sterilization. However, as Government involves itself in our internal affairs, there is little doubt in anyone’s mind that the Government would seek to compel religious institutions to provide abortion services in the future." [I love it when bishops speak the truth so forcefully.]
Catholic Bishops to Obama: “HHS Proposal Falls Short” - "The more you look at the latest HHS ‘accommodation’ the more you realize that the only answer is its full repeal."
No Deal! Bishops to Administration: You Can't Force Lay Catholics to Act Against Faith - "'In obedience to our Judeo-Christian heritage, we have consistently taught our people to live their lives during the week to reflect the same beliefs that they proclaim on the Sabbath,' said Cardinal Dolan. 'We cannot now abandon them to be forced to violate their morally well-informed consciences.'"
Making sense of another ambiguous ‘compromise’ - [Letter from Archbishop Chaput on the new HHS mandate 'compromise'.]
Legal Scholar Deplores Media Confusion Over HHS Mandate - "'The explanation was far from clear,' she said, and its complexity has left many people unsure of the proposal's exact details." See also: Bad Science and Failed Freedom Protections in the HHS Mandate, and this : HHS Revisited: The New "Compromise"
Woman Dies After Botched 33-Week Abortion Takes Her Life - [What a tragedy... But we must also realize that every "successful" abortion entails the death of a human being.]
Kids Will Commit Gun Violence Anyway…Let’s Make Sure They Do It Safely - [The logical inconsistencies of the Left never cease to amaze me.]
Those Catholic Women Who Use Contraception - "Now that the issue has been brought to the national stage, however, they understood with clarity that the Church opposes artificial contraception. There was no more room for willful ignorance, no way to avoid the topic. They now saw that, according to their own belief system, their reproductive choices were sinful."
Our Bodies, Our Consciences - "Our problems won’t all be solved through legislative action. And legislative action, while it may sometimes be crucial, can’t be maximized without a fuller context."
Huggies Commercial: “There’s a Human being in Your Stomach” - [Great message in the commercial... but the company has a way to go before you can call them "pro-life."]
Media Bias and the 60 Minutes Obama-Clinton Interview - [Media bias?! Sure not!]
Ronald Reagan: A Pro-Life Hero, Champion on Abortion - [Don't you wish you could say that about our current President?]
Why is Homeland Security arming itself with 2 BILLION rounds of ammunition? - "Curiously, a surprising number of documents have been leaked, suggesting that there is a network of alarmed and concerned citizens working for the government that are trying to warn the people that something is happening..."
Hastening the Reform of the Reform; or, the End of Clown Masses - "In recent decades, especially in the English-speaking world, the words used in the Church’s sacred liturgy have been miserably inadequate for the glory of their task."
Like the Dewfall - "The breath of the Holy Spirit is all around me. It wants to cling, to refresh, to nourish -- and to help us reflect back to the world our little portion of light."
When was the book of Revelation written? - [Evidence for an earlier dating]
A Reflection On Infant Baptism From A Night At RCIA - "Baptism is not about making a personal decision for Jesus. Baptism is about the removal of original sin, the bestowal of real grace, becoming a son or daughter of the Father, and being initiated into Christ’s Church, and much more theological depth than this."
Who Was the First Photographed Saint? (Plus Great Photos of Certain Famous Saints) - [Interesting...]
Is Jesus Christ the "Genetic Twin" of the Blessed Virgin Mary? Let's ask St Thomas Aquinas... - [Not the best way to ask the question, but you get the idea.]