Friday, April 12, 2013
This Week's Headlines
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...
8 things to know and share about the Annunciation - [This Feast Day was transferred to April 8 this year because March 25 (the usual date for the Annunciation) fell during Holy Week. Here are a few facts that may be worth sharing.]
Archbishop Gomez On Our New Pope's Challenging Vision - "Our new Pope is reminding us that everything starts from our deep life of prayer and our intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. But we can't stop there. We can't forget that the Church exists to evangelize."
Christian Marriage and Family is a Vocation and Call to Holiness - "From antiquity the Christian Family has been called the domestic church. This is more than piety, it is to become reality, by grace. "
The Preservation of Marriage: A Battle Worth Fighting - Pope Francis: "At stake are the lives of many children who will be discriminated against in advance and deprived of their human development given by a father and a mother and willed by God. At stake is the total rejection of God’s law engraved in our hearts."
Same-Sex "Marriage" Is Not a Civil Right - "The much disputed question of whether same-sex relationships are morally good or bad, healthy or unhealthy, is beside the point at this stage of legal consideration. The first question is about identity and difference. This is the material legal matter of properly recognizing and identifying what exists and distinguishing between marriages and auto clubs, between schools and banks, between friendships and multinational corporations. It has nothing to do with civil rights."
The World is Upside-Down - "Increasingly today, what is undeniably evil is depicted as good and what most traditionalists, at least, used to agree is good passes often for evil."
Three Arguments the World Can Still Hear - "...when every statement we make is answered by “You are a hater,” what can we talk about?" See also, this great video by Fr. Barron: Fr. Barron on Gay Marriage and the Breakdown of Moral Argument
Four Reasons Why the Media Isn't Covering the Gosnell Murder Trial - "Although Gosnell was charged with eight counts of murder, witnesses have testified he murdered over 100 babies over three decades. If true, this would rank Gosnell as one of the top five known serial killers worldwide of the 20th and 21st Centuries by victim count." [Warning: There are some disturbing images in this article.] See also: Philadelphia abortion clinic horror: Column
Congressman: If Gosnell Killed Babies With a Gun It’d Be National News - "Will Americans ever be informed by a conscientious, unbiased news media that in the past 40 years, over 55 million child victims have been brutally killed by abortion—a staggering loss of children’s lives that equates to the entire population in England?"
Teen Worker at Gosnell Abortion Clinic: “They Looked Like Babies” - "Ashley Baldwin, a 15-year-old sophomore at University City High School, found herself employed at Gosnell’s abortion clinic and, despite no medical license or training, working alongside him performing gruesome late-term abortions."
“Is It a Baby?” Abortion Clinic Workers Respond - [The response may surprise you.]
Post-Newtown Gun Control is Not About the Children, but Control - "Anyone. And I mean anyone who does not want to talk about Kermit Gosnell’s actions and our abortion-saturated culture but does want to use Newtown to push gun control because of our gun-saturated culture does not care about saving kids. They care about control."
‘The Ugliest Form of Misogyny’: Sex-Selective Abortions and the War on Baby Girls - "Every year in India and China, more baby girls are killed by abortion and infanticide than are born in the United States."
Did You Know? 90% of Babies With Down Syndrome are Aborted - "We blame things like misinformation and prenatal testing, but there’s a much more disturbing problem simmering beneath the surface: the lack of Down syndrome parents willing to speak out against it."
Obama seeks protection from Church subpoena - "The documents filed by the Obama administration also claim that Supreme Court decisions of the past should protect his administration from having to provide the documents, except in extraordinary circumstances."
No King But Cesar - "What exactly were the Google executives thinking? They could have let the day pass unmarked, and nobody would have minded. Instead, they chose to pay tribute to an obscure cultural figure on a day when hundreds of thousands of their users were celebrating the holiest day of their liturgical year."
Breaking: DoD Lumps Catholics in with Al Qaeda and KKK as Examples of "Religious Extremism." - "That's right, your taxpayer money is going towards training reservists to view Catholics as dangerous as terror groups intent on America's destruction."
Is the Church a Thermometer or a Thermostat? A Biblical reply to those who prefer a trendy and compliant Church - "The Church does not exist to merely reflect and parrot the views of her parishioners, gleaned from polls and focus groups. She exists to reflect the views of her founder and head, Jesus Christ."
Disney World and “C & E” [Christmas & Easter] Catholics - "...we have countless thousands of Catholics who are not actively practicing their faith marching into our parishes twice a year and we are doing very little to win them back. This group is possibly the most fertile ground for our evangelization efforts. How can we help them?"
Posted by Thomas