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...
Be salt of the earth, not 'museum Christians,' pope says at Mass - "Pope Francis said God gives Christians flavor, or salt, in order for them to share it with others and make a difference in the world..."
Pope Francis calls for change within the Church - "Francis spoke of the need to 'take to the streets of the world' and to 'reach the very outskirts of existence.'"
Vatican denies pope performed public exorcism - "The Holy Father had no intention of performing an exorcism, but -- as he often does with the sick and suffering people presented to him -- he simply intended to pray for the suffering person before him..." To see the video for yourself, see this article: Exorcism or not, it's still a miracle
8 things to know and share about Pentecost - The original day of Pentecost saw dramatic events that are important to the life of the Church. But where did the feast of Pentecost come from? How can we understand what happened on it? And what does it mean for us today? Here are 8 things to know and share about it..."
Evil Face of Jihad in London Suburb: Muslim Attackers Hack a Young Soldier to Death and Behead Him - [This was a horrific act! I am afraid that Islam is not the moderate religion of peace we are told by the Left and the mainstream media.] But from this horror comes this story of compassion and love: Undeterred by terrorists, mother and daughter comfort dying British soldier in London
The Cold, Cruel Fate of a World that Is Terrified of Suffering - [Some thoughts about the Oklahoma tornado.]
What capitalists should learn from the Pope's critique - "The Church is not imitating the rhetoric of the socialist movement; the socialists are exploiting the teachings of the Church."
It's Time to Demand Intellectual Honesty About Abortion - "We need to be the ones framing this debate. We mustn’t allow ourselves to be sidetracked by spurious arguments anymore."
Congress Sees Gruesome Photos of Born Alive Babies Abortionist Killed - "The photos were provided by former clinic workers who came forward to blow the whistle on Karpen’s heinous acts."
Dehumanizing Humans: When Animal Rights Trump Our Right to Life+ - "...to some, belief in human superiority (or 'exceptionalism') is a form of bigotry, dubbed 'specism.' Ironically, these same individuals must engage in deep—albeit wrongheaded but uniquely human—thought to conclude that some animals are our equals."
IRS Hid Results of Probe of Targeting Pro-Lifers While Obama Campaigned - "The Internal Revenue Service conducted an internal probe over its targeting of pro-life and conservative groups that ended well before the 2012 presidential election, but reports show the results were hidden."
Time to Go for the Kill - "The IRS scandal provides Republicans and conservatives with the opportunity to repeal and replace Obamacare now." See also: IRS Scandal and HHS Mandate: Wrong for the Same Reasons
Obamacare Preview: UK’s NHS Kills 24 Disabled People Weekly Via Rationed Care - [Wow! Can't wait for that to start here. Yippee.]
Why I'm Starting a New Boy Scouts: My Catholic Scouting Manifesto - [With the recent developments concerning the Boy Scouts and homosexuality, this is an interesting proposal which Catholics ought to consider.]
Does Jesus Want Us to Support Same-Sex “Marriage”? - "Although it is true that the gospels do not record Jesus directly condemning homosexual acts, to conclude on this basis that he in any way approved of them is faulty reasoning."
In Bed Together: The Dept. of Justice and the Same Sex Agenda - "The Department of Justice (yes, THE U.S. Department of Justice) has an LGBT organization called DOJ Pride."
Why Cardinal O'Malley Is Staying Home - "Boston College's seniors graduate today without the traditional blessing of their Archbishop, Cardinal Sean O'Malley. That's because the college chose scandal over solidarity by inviting a politician who flouts Catholic Church teaching to be its commencement speaker."
How to Become An Annoying Catholic (In Eight Easy Steps) - "So let us ask the Holy Spirit for this grace of Apostolic zeal, let’s be Christians with apostolic zeal. And if we annoy people, blessed be the Lord."
Change and permanence - Even though we live in a world of constant change and are able to adapt ourselves to it, most of us feel more at home with the familiar, the old, the predictable. In the midst of change, we seek, at least, a certain amount of stability, permanence."
Constantine Has Been Beaten to Death - "It’s almost unfathomable to me that in this day and age Fundamentalists still have not learned to verify the validity of their anti-Catholic arguments."
Top 10 Catholic Facts Revealed in the 2013 Pontifical Yearbook - [Just a few interesting statistics about Catholics around the world.]