Daily Roundup – November 7, 2011

Here is the daily roundup of links.  I have a WHOLE lot of links.  It seems, generally, that people put their best stuff out on Mondays…But I have too many for one post, so will keep some for tomorrow as well.  Still, there is more than usual.  I also have some articles that are almost done and am pressing myself to continue on the new translation.  If I get the projects necessary that I need done today, I will continue that.  But in the meantime here are the articles.

This is the beautiful reminder that martyrdom is still a reality in the world.  It is well worth the read.

There is an article at “The Catholic Thing” which talks about Karol Wojtyla as an example bishop.  He also talks about George Weigel’s “Witness to Hope”.  If you haven’t read it, you should.  It is a moving read in which the author is really in the background, allowing Wojtyla to shine forth.  Anyways, the article is here to read.

Over at one of my favourite blogs, Whispers in the Loggia, is a note that it is the anniversary of Benedict’s consecration of the still-to-be-completed Sagrada Famiglia.  I saw this magnificent piece of architecture and art when I was in Barcelona at the end of my trip to Europe this summer.  It is the most beautiful Church I have ever seen, even more beautiful than St Peter’s in my opinion.  Please read the text of Benedict’s as well, it is well worth the read.  There is much to say in this regard, and I may need to say more in a post one day.  The article is here.  Also, I have photos online from my trip, of which about half are from the Sagrada Famiglia, which you are welcome to check out.

The Public Discourse, as always, has an intriguing review of a book that speaks about the impact of capitalism on society in general.  I think it provokes a necessary discussion about the interplay between economics and morality and how both are based on a concept of the human person.  I hope to find the book at the library and to read it for myself, if only to see in a more detailed manner their argument.  From the article, I get the sense that they overplay the impact of capitalism and do not factor other cultural impacts on the development of society.  My big beef, something a South Park episode critiqued with great accuracy, is the idea of “The Market” as if it is some benevolent force which fairly guides the course in so far as we obey its commands of economic principles.  That is not taking the human condition into account, unfortunately.  I do, though, appreciate their idea that the market requires virtue in order to function properly, and it is an element that is largely lacking in economic debates.  Too often we blame systems and policies, and too little do we blame the people using the system.  I think Mr. Anderson does a great job of critiquing at the end of the article.  If you are intrigued about the Church’s stance on capitalism, I highly recommend Bl. John Paul II’s Centessimus Annus.  It is a long document, but well worth the read.

Archbishop Smith had an audience with the Pope in which he spoke about the new translated Missal and the new seminary!  So here is an image:

 

And another cool photo for you:

Elizabeth Scalia over at The Anchoress has an interesting juxtaposition between the sex-discrimination that is being placed in the OWS movement and the sex-discrimination (I use discrimination in the positive sense of the word as “to separate, to distinguish”) over at the Catholic University of America.  It is a very fair comparison about the biases of the media.  Check it out.

Mark Shae has a post on Fr. Amorth, an exorcist for the Diocese of Rome (he is not, despite the media’s portrayal, “The Pope’s Exorcist”), and how he really is a loose canon.

The National Post mentions Initiative no. 26 in the state of Mississippi about the Personhood debate.  Read it, and perhaps give your response here.  I am actually not sure what to think about the initiative.  Don’t get me wrong, I am as pro-life as the next pro-lifer.  However, there is a distinction between when life begins and personhood.  Though I don’t see a separation between the two, there is an important distinction.  Furthermore, the pro-life movement would have a far easier time promoting its positions if it stayed on the idea of “when life begins” which, as science tends to say, is at the moment of conception.  Personhood carries too much weight, too much philosophical baggage, and too many different views of what that means in our culture.  Life, on the other hand, is rather universal in its meaning.  I think pro-lifers would be able to further their position more with the term “life” instead of “person”.  That way it does not compromise their position, while at the same time using a language that is much easier to swallow by the general culture.  The article is here.

An interesting blip over at The Guardian.  They mention how Cardinal Ravasi is challenging priests to get homilies spiced up!  I agree.  Too many priests offer boring moralistic interpretations of Scripture and lose the total uniqueness of the Person of Jesus and fail to convey His uniqueness, which oozes out of every word of Scripture, especially the Gospels.  Jesus is relevant, but many priests fail to make Him relevant.  Part of the crisis of faith in the West has to do with a crisis of preaching – at least I am convinced of that.  Jesus challenges us constantly if we only have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.  To be challenged is not a scary thing, but rather an exciting adventure.  I have another post on this in the works, but really, when it comes down to it, we know, deep in our hearts, the call to excellence and greatness.  Jesus gives form and meaning to that call in a way we never would have known!  But too often Jesus is watered down and painted over by the personalities of priests.  Priests need to learn to preach.  Kudos to Cardinal Ravasi.  I have heard much of him lately, and wish more of his stuff was published in English.  Perhaps I just need to learn Italian.  The link, by the way, is here.

Finally, this article from First Things on the new translation.  It is long, but well worth the read.  Check it out.

That’s all for today. More to come tomorrow.

in Christ

-Harrison

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