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...
May Crowning - "...the month of May is dedicated to the Mary, whom we celebrate as Queen of Heaven on the last day of this month."
The Feast of St Joseph the Worker and a Catholic View of Human Work - "The Church rightly proclaims that the path to true freedom and flourishing is the Way of Jesus Christ.She also affirms that there is a dignity to all human work precisely because of the dignity of every human worker engaged in it. "
Pope Francis on Abortion and Homosexual "Marriage" - "Because of his personal style, some on the theological left (or just the left in general) have wondered if and hoped that he might "change the Church's teaching" on issues like abortion or homosexual 'marriage.' Such hopes are bound to be disappointed."
Bergoglio, according to his former personal secretary - "I worked with him for more than twelve years. It was a very cordial and deeply enriching experience for me."
Man Refused (again) Hand Communion at Papal Mass - [I was very happy to see that this practice is being continued under Pope Francis.]
Emeritus Pope Benedict returns to Vatican to live near Pope Francis - "Inside the small building, Benedict will have a small library and a study. A guest room is available for when his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, comes to visit." See also: Pope Emeritus Takes Up Permanent Residence in the Vatican
All Are Welcome! - From Cardinal Dolan: "We can never judge a person . . . but, we can judge a person’s actions."
Women-priest fakers allow Protestants to define who Catholics are. There must be consequences. - Father Z tells it like it is: "The women’s ordination thing is silliness. It is a circus. A Protestant church hosted the circus. They gave the Catholic Church the finger." See also: Reuters Reports on the "Ordination" of a Woman Priest
Pentagon: Soldiers Sharing Christian Faith Could Be Cause for Court Martial - "The Pentagon has released a statement confirming that soldiers could be prosecuted for promoting their faith..." See also: Christian soldiers no more - Is Obama the new Nero?
Coming Soon: The KKKatholic Church - "The Catholic bishops and anyone else worried over religious liberty should not take this latest development lightly."
The Good, the Bad, and the Naked - "At the end of the day, immorality and it’s source – sin – is not glamorous, and it isn’t just ugly; it is sad. Of all the creatures visible and invisible in the cosmos, Satan is the most miserable and pitiable."
None So Blind That Cannot See - "The feminists knew that they needed the concerted and cooperative effort by the media. The reality of abortion, i.e. the photos of aborted children must never see the light of day."
CBS Finally Sends Reporter to Cover Kermit Gosnell Murder Trial - [A little late, don't you think?]
If Abortion Doesn't Require Parental Consent, Why Does Anything? - 'Even if there were some constitutional right to abortion, which there isn’t, it wouldn’t follow that minors’ exercising of that right cannot be regulated."
The euphemism imperative - "The essence of abortion is that there are two lives when you start and one when you finish. If it were your business to perform them and fight all restrictions on them, no matter how slight, you wouldn’t want to be forthright and honest about it, either."
Obamacare's new taxes, many have no idea what's coming - "If you want to make something expensive, you regulate it. Good work, pushing that agenda, Obama! What a great victory for you."
Saudi Arabia warned U.S., U.K. in writing about Boston Marathon bomber in 2012 - "It is possible the Department of Homeland Security received the information from the Saudi government but never passed it on to the White House "
Not Married at 23? Don’t Have an Existential Crisis Just Yet. - "When you live your single years as God intends you to live them—faithfully, obediently, chastely, seeking truth and making a gift of yourself to all those around you—there is wholeness. There is peace. There is joy."
"Should I Attend the Wedding or Not?" - "At Catholic Answers, we hear from the relatives and friends of fallen-away Catholics who are planning their weddings outside the Church. What is a serious Catholic to do?"
The Church, the Bible, and the Trinity of Divine Persons - "In trying to cut out the role of the Church (to affirm 'the only infallible, authoritative Word of God,' Scripture), they end up cutting out the branch they're sitting on."
Quotes and Rumors of Quotes - "Before you cite anything in your formal writing (e.g., articles, books), track down the original quote. It's best to do so in all of your writing—including Facebook conversations and discussion forums sites—but even there you can at least admit you don't have the original quote on hand."
Victory for the Ground Zero Cross - "Symbols matter. What we remember and how a society explains and understands tragedy is of crucial importance." [It's nice to know that sometimes we win.]