Friday, April 26, 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...

Pope urges Christians to remember final judgment - "Christians should not be frightened of the final judgment but should let it affect how they live, Pope Francis told the 100,000 pilgrims who filled St. Peter’s Square." See also: Christian life is a time to prepare to enjoy heaven, pope says

Pope Francis at priestly ordinations: “You are pastors, not functionaries” - "Beloved brothers and sisters: because these our sons, who are your relatives and friends, are now to be advanced to the Order of priests, consider carefully the nature of the rank in the Church to which they are about to be raised." [Full text of homily]

The 4-Minute Speech That Got Pope Francis Elected? - "Before the recent conclave, Cardinal Bergoglio gave an intervention, which didn't even last four minutes but which got the attention of his brother cardinals. According to some, this speech was a major moment in his path to becoming Pope Francis."

Pope Francis Film Is in the Works - "When producer Christian Peschken watched Pope Francis appear on the balcony in Rome on the day of his election, he thought: 'This will make a great scene for the end of a movie about his life up to the point where he became Pope.'"

Benedict XVI and the End of the “Virtual Council” - "...notwithstanding all the banality, all the pathetic liturgies, all the congregationalist ecclesiology, the Virtual Council of the Media has lost its dynamism.  It is no longer potent.  It no longer sets the course of human lives; it no longer inspires rebellion.  It too has become boring and sterile."

Pope Benedict XVI’s Legacy: Faith and Future - "The new springtime for the Church hoped for by Blessed John Paul II has found its great advocate and defender in Benedict XVI.  He has been an indefatigable defender of Tradition and renewal in the light of both the Second Vatican Council and the crisis that has been its aftermath. "

The Vatican doctors approve the miracle to make Wojtyla a saint - "The medical council has recognized one healing as inexplicable If the theologians' OK were to arrive, John Paul would become a Saint only eight years after his death"

Three Prophetic Insights from Pope Leo XIII That Still speak powerfully 120 Years Later - "There are three influences which appear to Us to have the chief place in effecting this downgrade movement of society. These are–first, the distaste for a simple and laborious life; secondly, repugnance to suffering of any kind; thirdly, the forgetfulness of the future life."

Gosnell’s Media Cover Up: Lifeists vs. Abortionists - "Once you wade through the political rhetoric, the media cover-up and the overall ugliness surrounding the Kermit Gosnell trial, there’s an important message to take away: The abortion debate is transparently becoming less and less about when life begins, and instead about two groups of people separated by an increasingly large ideological gap."

Abortion Backers Hope No Media Coverage Will Make Gosnell Go Away - [Let's show them that it won't go away! Share these stories with friends and relatives!]

Members of Congress Shocked After Watching Kermit Gosnell Documentary - "Members of Congress were described as shocked after seeing a documentary on Friday that profiles the House of Horrors abortion clinic run by Kermit Gosnell where gruesome late-term abortions and infanticides occurred."

Eighteen Members of Congress Expose Kermit Gosnell in Speeches - "The speeches were organized by Rep. Marlin Stuzman (R-IN) and were delivered during designated times when Members are given one minute to speak on the subject of their choice."

Kermit Gosnell's Horrors Prove Legalizing Abortion Didn't Make it Safe - "In light of their demands that abortion be legalized for safety reasons, it is the ultimate form of hypocrisy that abortion advocates refuse to support regulations that would make facilities safer for women." See also: Back-Alley Abortion Never Ended

Planned Parenthood and NARAL spin webs around Gosnell murders - "Planned Parenthood’s abortionists regularly behead babies inside the womb at the same age of many of the babies Gosnell beheaded outside the womb. Would Planned Parenthood or NARAL care to explain the difference? "

Obama Will be First Sitting President to Address Planned Parenthood - "...he will speak to 1,000 supporters of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The big question is whether he will address the murder trial of abortion practitioner Kermit Gosnell." Here's a slightly different take on the President's speech to Planned Parenthood: Why is Obama Distancing Himself from Planned Parenthood? Answer: Gosnell

And here's the answer to the question above: Obama Ignores Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial in Planned Parenthood Speech; and he also said this: Obama to Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz: “God Bless You”

Abortion is the Number One Killer of Black Americans - [Ironic that our first black President is also the most pro-abortion.]

Most Young People Don’t Know Planned Parenthood Does Abortions - [Yikes! Would that organization receive so much support if the American people knew the truth?]

Southern Poverty Law Center Linked to Shooting at Pro-Life Group - [You know, I read about this sort of thing, where a pro-life, pro-family center is targeted, and I wonder why pro-life Christians and right-wingers are labeled "terrorists" while this guy is ignored by the media...]

Pushing Abortion Was Always a Main Goal of Obamacare - "Twice, the Institute of Medicine Committee on Preventive Services for Women shut out pro-life groups from making official comments about the implementation of ObamaCare. The panel shut out pro-life groups in November 2010 while allowing Carolyn Westhoff of the Planned Parenthood abortion business and Judy Waxman of the pro-abortion National Women’s Law Center to testify. It did so again in January 2011." [Unfortunately, too many Catholics sold their souls in supporting this evil law.]

Bill Maher Exposes the Leftist Islamophobia Ruse for Even Leftists to See - "There's only one faith that kills you, or wants to kill you, if you draw a bad cartoon of the prophet.  There's only one faith that kills you, or wants to kill you, if you renounce the faith.  An ex-Muslim is a very dangerous thing.  Talk to Salman Rushdie after the show about Christian versus Islam.  So I'm just saying, let's keep it real." [If Bill Maher can see the light then ANYONE can.] Here's another piece on the same incident: That’s “Liberal Bullsh*t” – Atheist King Bill Maher Defends Christianity

Christianity and Islam: Cooperation or Conflict? - "The main question is whether the differences between Christianity and Islam can be worked out or whether there is an unbridgeable chasm between the two faiths."

Bomber phoned mother to say 'I love you' - [Something is sickeningly wrong with Islam, that it can produce men who love their mothers and yet blow up the mothers, fathers, sisters, and brothers of those they never met.] See also: ALLAHU ACKBAR! Mother of Boston Bomber doesn't care if kids die

The Boston Bombing's Hidden Victim - "...I wanted to look at another aspect of this horrendous story: a victim whose suffering may not be getting its due: Katherine Russell, the widow of dead bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev."

What is Napolitano hiding? Is Homeland Security arming the next generation of terrorists? - "Over the past year the Department of Homeland Security has upped its purchase of ammunition to more than 1.6 billion rounds. Those billions of rounds are purportedly intended for the use of some 70,000 DHS officers. There is now an average of 1,300 to 1,600 rounds intended for each officer."

The Church and Science: The Right Place at the Right Time - "We have to remember and realize there are still many prejudices about the Church, and people think the Church is against science and research, which is not true. The Church states very strongly that the research must be performed in the framework of moral values."

Unborn child just a ‘parasite’? Cutting edge science shows fetal cells heal mother for life - " paints a vastly different picture about the actual relationship between a baby in utero and his or her mother, showing that, far from being a parasite, the unborn child can help heal his mother for the rest of her life, as beneficial cells from the child pass into the mother’s body during pregnancy."

Now You Can Watch Your Unborn Child in Ultra-Creepy HD - [The images from this new ultrasound are really neat... But the fact that the author of this piece calls it "ultra-creepy" is a sad symptom of the culture of death. This sort of subliminal messaging chips away at an otherwise life-affirming advancement in technology.]

Seeing “us” again on a flight to Texas - "It is an ugly cycle: the more we abort children with disabilities, the fewer the opportunities to learn from them, the more ready we are to abort those who are 'different.'"

Future of Catholic weddings in Britain in doubt, MPs and Peers told - "He told MPs and peers that, unless urgent changes are made, Catholic bishops may have to reconsider whether priests can carry on performing weddings, in effect, on behalf of the state." [Is this the future in America as well?]

Gay Marriage Activist: “It’s a no-brainer that the institution of marriage should not exist.” - "It’s a pretty shocking claim. Shocking not because of what she says – that much is obvious – but because of the rare honesty of someone willing to say it."

What year was Jesus born? The answer may surprise you - "You often hear that Jesus was born around 6-7 B.C. The evidence from the Bible and the Church Fathers, however, support a different year. Here's what the evidence says..."

Desperately Seeking a Catholic Mass - "The bottom line is that, for most people in most circumstances, it is not that hard to find Masses to attend on Sundays and holy days of obligation."

Why Aren’t Demons Saved? - "Like us, the demons sinned and experienced a fall. Like us, demons are self-aware, have minds, and possess a will—the ability to choose between good and evil. This makes demons rational beings like us. But we were offered a chance at redemption while demons were not. Why is this so?"

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