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...
Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA, Dismisses Prop. 8 - "In a June 26 ruling, the court said that Section 3 of DOMA, which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman for federal purposes, violates the U.S. Constitution’s equal-protection guarantees."
Supreme Court’s Mixed Decision on Marriage (VIDEO)
Cardinal Burke on the DOMA Decision: ‘A Very Serious Matter’ - "On June 28, Cardinal Burke spoke briefly with Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin about the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision striking down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) as unconstitutional, calling it 'one more step' down a destructive path that eventually 'will destroy our culture.'"
12 things you need to know about the Court’s homosexual “marriage” decisions - "The U.S. Supreme Court has just dealt a pair of blows to the fight to defend the reality of marriage as being between a man and a woman. There will be time for analysis later. For now, let’s try to understand the basic facts of what just happened." See also: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Supreme Court’s Marriage Cases
Joseph Fessio, SJ, laments SCOTUS rulings: "we are about to sink even lower. God help us."
Marriage, the Supreme Court and Building Our House on Rock - "Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It was established by the Creator with its own nature, essential properties and purpose."
Civil Rights and Marriage - "All Americans stand equally before the law and have their civil rights equally protected. All have equal protection of their rights to free speech, religious liberty, free association, and every other traditional civil liberty. But there is no civil right for the government to redefine marriage."
2016 Hopefuls Give Four Different Reactions On Marriage Rulings - "These are the four very different reactions among 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls to the Supreme Court’s decision to rip a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act from the books."
Cardinal Burke: Families Must Proclaim the Gospel of Life - "Burke told his audience that the inviolable dignity of human life is not a confessional matter but something 'at the very foundation of the common good,' and called upon Catholics to engage in the public square, and articulate the truth about the Gospel of Life."
Priest Says Pelosi Has Admitted Her Abortion Position is Not Catholic - [What an embarrassment to our Catholic faith.] See also: Priests for Life Asks Pelosi to Formally Renounce Her Catholicism And also: Priests Demand Pelosi Renounce Catholicism After Abortion is “Sacred Ground” Comment
Snowden not out to hurt U.S. government, only to shine light on it - "Snowden likely sent multiple copies of sensitive information to others so it could be publicized even if something happened to him."
Priest: You’ve contracepted our parochial school out of existence - [Sadly, we are contracepting our socirty out of existence...]
Belgium and the Netherlands consider permitting euthanasia for children – including to relieve 'suffering for the parents' - [Yikes! Is this on our horizon? Oh, I guess this is too...] ‘No Religion, Please. We’re European.’
The liberal baby bust - [At least we have this going for us.]
The Father Who is There - "To be a father, especially a father who enjoys fatherhood, in the current cultural milieu is to be a rebel. Men will pursue almost anything with more enthusiasm than they will their children: careers, sports, television, online interaction, you name it."
“I Don’t Believe in God Anymore” – When Your Kids Reject the Faith - ' I’ve been hearing from a lot of parents whose teens are rejecting their faith. The stories are all terrifically painful but they tend to represent different variations on the following theme."
The Last Counter-Reformation Pope - "Thus, in the retrospect of a half-century, the troubled pontificate of Paul VI comes into clearer focus as the last papacy of the Counter-Reformation Church—and the threshold to the papacy of the future, the papacy of Evangelical Catholicism."
Is the Sign of Peace a Problem? - "There is no need for walking around and socializing, or even for waving across the parish to another person. If someone is not right nearby, there should be no pressure for anyone to seek out others. It should be quiet, contain, and short."
Jesus Did Not Have Faith - [That statement may surprise you, but the explanation tells why.]
The New Golden Calf and the Women of a New Babylon. America and Kardashian - Where's the outrage? - [America is distracted as the nation falls apart.]