Friday, May 10, 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...

7 things Pope Francis wants you to know about Jesus' Ascension - "Recently, Pope Francis gave an explanation of the Ascension, what it means, and how it affects our lives. Here are 7 things he wants you to know."

What the Lord’s Ascension Means  - "What the feast of the Ascension means is that the One who had to leave us for a time, even to the extent of taking physical leave of those whom he most loved in the world, is thereby much closer to us now." See also: The Ascension: What’s In It For Me?

Mary’s Month - "In this special month, in which we will celebrate Christ’s Ascension into Heaven and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, I encourage you to deepen your devotion to Mary."

Mother’s Day: Gender Matters - There are many, many excellent mothers who do things very differently. ...And yet all these differences don’t necessarily tell us whether or not a woman is a good mother. That’s defined by the relationship she has with her child, by who she is to that child."

Pope Francis Calls Whole Church to Evangelical Spirit, Ecclesial Spirit, Missionary Spirit - "In an inspiring homily delivered on May 5, 2013, during the Holy Mass offered especially for those involved in Confraternities committed to ecclesial, evangelical and missionary service, Pope Francis again sounded the major theme of his pontificate."

Pope says Christians must learn to patiently endure trials, each other - "Learning how to patiently carry 'the weight of difficulties, the weight of contradictions' is something people learn gradually, he said. It's a process of maturation that lasts a lifetime. 'It's like fine wine.'"

Sourpusses hurt the church's witness, mission, pope says at Mass - "Pope Francis said joy is a 'pilgrim virtue,' one that moves Christians to journey out into the world preaching the Gospel and proclaiming Christ."

Pope to Women Religious: Unity With the Church Is Part of Your Vocation - "Pope Francis told leaders of women’s religious orders today that their vocations can only be recognized within the fold of the Church." See also: Careerists and Climbers Doing "Great Harm" to the Church

Pope to Nuns: Don't Be Old Maids - "Francis also warned the sisters against using their vocations for personal ambition, saying priests and sisters who do so 'do more harm to the church.'"

Why Pope Francis Doesn't Give Communion - "Receiving communion means receiving the body of the Lord, with the awareness of forming a community. But if a man, rather than uniting the people of God, has devastated the lives of many persons, he cannot receive communion, it would be a total contradiction." See also: Pope Francis Urges Bishops to Deny Communion to Pro-Abortion Catholics

Pope Leo’s Ideal Was Not State Control - "Leo’s ideal is not State control, with individuals as wardens, but a society built up of societies; a culture truly social, based on human friendships and family ties and alliances."

Gosnell, abortion and the sanitizing of facts - "The prosecution’s case is dramatic stuff.  Yet many of the nation’s prestige media have tried to ignore the details of Gosnell’s trial – which under any other circumstances would be swarmed over as sensational."

Senate Republicans Demand Hearing on Gosnell, Abortion Clinics - "Congress and States should gather information about and correct abusive, unsanitary, and illegal abortion practices and the interstate referral of women and girls to facilities engaged in dangerous or illegal second- and third-trimester procedures..."

Deliberations continue in notorious Philadelphia abortionist case - [It seems like it shouldn't take that long, but here's why...] Why is the Gosnell Jury Taking so Long? See the Jury Sheets

Details of Kermit Gosnell Abortion Horrors Taking Emotional Toll on Jury - "The News Journal reported that some of the jurors appeared somewhat downcast when told they had to reach 227 separate verdicts on those counts." [These people need our prayers as they dig deep into the evil perpetrated by this man.]

Gosnell: Tip of the Iceberg? - "Now, there is substantial evidence that a situation resembling elements of the Gosnell case existed for years at the Delta Clinic in Baton Rouge..."

Gallup Poll: 58% of Americans Oppose All or Most Abortions - [A bit of good news as America begins to wake up.] And this: Reporter Covering Gosnell Murder Trial Changes His Mind on Abortion

Women's Rights? Why Every Woman Should Oppose Abortion - "Countless women have been made to think that they have no other option but abortion; that they are not capable of being good mothers. They have been coerced by cowardly, weak men, who want to avoid stepping up to their responsibilities and make women think that this 'is the best choice'. Abortion is never a 'choice'. It is an invasive, destructive, violent and agonizing act against womanhood."

Like Slavery, Planned Parenthood Now Targeting Black Women - "The struggle for racial justice in America – whether fighting slavery, or fighting for civil rights – has always been informed by absolute standards of right and wrong, of good and evil, that transcend even the cleverest human mind. Black history is testimony to where we wind up when those standards get lost."

Arguing Against Abortion - Here you will find a "list of resources, which, though far from comprehensive, may be of use to pro-lifers."

Cleveland kidnapper may face death penalty — for beating pregnant captive until she miscarried - "Courts and legislatures have been wrestling with that contradiction, where a fetus is something less than a person for purposes of lawful abortion but a full person for purposes of 'unlawful termination,' since Roe was decided."

"Psychic" Sylvia Browne Told Kidnap Victim's Mom Her Daughter Was Dead - "Psychics and mediums, despite what so many people tell you, are not just harmless fun. It's likely they are either complete and heartless frauds or they could actually be something much worse."

Sen. Graham predicts Benghazi investigation bombshell - "We're going to find political manipulation seven weeks before an election. We're going to find people asleep at the switch when it comes to the State Department, including Hillary Clinton."

More on Wedding Attendance... - [A follow-up to a piece I linked to last week.]

John Milbank: Gay Marriage a “Strategic Move” That Has Nothing to Do with Gay Rights - "We have sleep-walked into the legalisation of practices whose logic and implications have never been seriously debated..."

Homosexuality & Diabetes: An Unspoken Likeness - "Diabetes is a too-common affliction in America today. But even if you disagree with what the following people say, what is interesting is that they are saying these things with no scolding from the usual suspects: mainstream media powers, grandstanding politicians and airheaded celebrities, et al. Nobody is calling these people bigots or haters or anything of the sort. And, in fact, there is a lot of truth in what they have to say."

Redefining Marriage: A Battle Hundreds of Years in the Making - "The floodgates opened in the nineteenth century, an age of religious and social experimentation.  The loosened moorings could be sensed in the experimental polygamies and polyamorous practices of various American sects of the 1840s. The real threat, however, appeared later..."

Answering the Question: The Right to Marriage and Infertile Couples - "Does the 'office of marriage' involve the capacity to undertake a work or action: an unimpeded conjugal union that is naturally ordered to the procreation of children--or does it also involves the capacity of knowledge (whether certain, probable, or possible) of a result (conception) in addition to the action?"

The madness of liberal moralizing - "The paradoxes of liberal morality were on glaring display last week. The Obama administration OK’d the sale of “Plan B” post-coital emergency contraception over the counter without prescription (or parental consent) to girls as young as 15. At the same time, the City Council moved a step closer to banning anyone under the age of 21 from buying cigarettes (the legal age is now 18)."

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted: Catholic and American? Part one - "...many Catholics have at best ambivalent feelings about the relationship between Catholicism and America. ...Should Catholics still be excited about being American citizens?"

Do Catholics Represent Evangelicals in America’s Legal Elite? - "...Evangelicals do not seem overly bothered by the fact that relatively few of them occupy positions at the top of the legal profession–no Evangelicals sit on the Supreme Court, for example–and wonders why. One explanation, he says, is that Evangelicals believe, and are comfortable with the fact, that Catholics represent their outlook on things."

Protestant South Becoming a New Catholic Stronghold - "Catholics in the South say their experience holds lessons for their Northern counterparts." [Dominus vobiscum, ya'll!]

War of the Words: Who Do We ‘Worship’? - "Using ‘worship’ as another word for ‘adoration’ of God is probably a sure-fire way to avoid confusion in dialogue with non-Catholics. There’s no reason to stop using it in this restrictive sense. But this shouldn’t lead us into confusion about the historical uses of the word. It pays to have a firm grasp of this."

But Whom May We Evangelize? - "...when we talk of evangelization today, we have to talk directly and seriously about and to the systems that are politically and culturally closed to any such notion that Christianity can be presented freely in their domains."

Would God Really Send Someone to Hell? - "There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.' All that are in hell chose it."

20 Arguments For God’s Existence - [Lot's of information here - a great resource.]

The Theology of the Bottle - "God made wine (and King Beer) to give us joy, and the habit of moderation in all things will make sure it remains servant and never master." See also: Cause for Mirth: The Return of Abbey Brewing to the United States

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