Friday, June 7, 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...

The Blessed Sacrament: It's either All or nothing -  "...the Catholic belief in the Eucharist (shared by Eastern Orthodox and Ancient Oriental Christians) is an 'all or nothing' proposition. If the Eucharist is Jesus, it calls for a response of humble acceptance; if the Eucharist is not really Jesus, it is an idolatrous offense against God—worshipping bread and wine as though they are somehow divine."

The Adventure of Corpus Christi - "And so it is that the Corpus Christi story is an adventure: God searches for his people, longing for us to return to him. He goes to great lengths to reach us, and, since he’s God, he does so through space and time."

5 thoughts on the Worldwide Eucharistic Exposition - "...there's something about it that really fits Pope Francis's style. It has that combination of traditional piety and evangelistic outreach that are characteristic of his approach to the papacy."

Pope Says Lamenting Suffering Is Form of Prayer - "The Pope advised people to pray for those who suffer, noting, 'Here is the mystery of the communion of saints.'"

Did Pope Francis poke Protestants in the eye? - "While there can be situations in which a pope needs to further clarify his comments, there is also a need for a basic good will and fairness of mind in reading what he has said."

Is the Pope Obsessed with the Devil? - "No, Pope Francis is not ‘Obsessed with Satan,’ He’s Just a Christian who Believes in the Devil."

Pope Francis engages students in spontaneous Q&A - "The students, who had come from six Italian cities and one school in Albania, were passing the time singing a Christian rap song, when the Pope entered the hall unannounced. At his sighting, they immediately erupted into cheers and applause."

Pope Francis decides not to spend summer at Castel Gandolfo - "The summertime papal escape to Castel Gandolfo is a tradition going back to Pope Urban VIII. ...[A]bout half the popes since then have followed Pope Urban's lead."

Dramatically different! Check out all the differences between the dress styles of Popes Benedict and Francis - [Interesting graphic that accompanies this story...as well as a brief video.]

The Top Twenty Obama Administration Scandals - [What? Only twenty?]

Abortionist Says Planned Parenthood Ran House of Horrors Abortion Clinic - "The story broke back in April that two nurses from the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Wilmington, Delaware had come forward with allegations of unsafe conditions not unlike those found in Kermit Gosnell’s Philadelphia 'House of Horrors.'"

The New Liberal Push for Fatherless (and Motherless) Families - "Actually, what today’s liberals are advocating is even more radical. They are pushing not only for fatherless families but also, conversely, motherless families. Think about it: married male-male parents will be households without moms."

Why “Value” Families? - "When someone tells you that he and his liberals friends 'value (and participate in) both traditional and non-traditional families' that person expects a fight about just what a 'non-traditional family' might be."

How to Start a Charter Troop - [With the traditional values of the Boy Scouts now threatened, this gives Catholics a soundly moral alternative.]

Is the Catholic Church the one true Church? (7 things to know and share) - "In today's brave new world of ecumenism, the Catholic Church no longer claims to be unique, right? ...Not so fast."

No, the God of the Qur’an is Not the God of the Bible - "All this is not to say that no Muslims can be saved by the person and work of Jesus Christ. Nor is it to suggest that Muslims never make contact with the true God. For Scripture attests that God graciously reaches out to those who have faulty notions of him. But we have to conclude nonetheless that the God of the Qur’an is a very different God from the God of the Bible."

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