Here are some links I have come across that are well worth checking out:
Fr. Barron gives encouragement to priests to be holy and to become the saints they are called to be because they are in a privileged time in Church history to be the great saints God is demanding for His Church today. Give it a read!
George Weigel speaks at First Things how the new translation offers a new opportunity for the Church to break bad liturgical habits. Check it out here.
It seems that the SSPX has, unfortunately, rejected the doctrinal preamble given it by the Vatican. I think this means that there is little chance, for a longtime, of re-unification of this group with Rome. Unfortunately, the argument is not really about theology, despite the SSPX’s insistence that it is. Their beef with the Church as she expresses herself after the council is more in regards to the method of theology. Their concept of Revelation, for example, is outmoded, to be frank, and not really of the tradition, but of a historical period. In the SSPX you see an ossification of 19th century France. I see them surviving in France for a while, but will eventually disappear as the Church in France returns to faithfulness and faithful liturgy. Check out the report here.
Charles Lewis at the National Post has an absolutely excellent article on the Press, the Vatican, and criticism of Vatican documents/press releases. It is very much well worth the read. Check it out.
A friend of mine posted the following image on Facebook. I think it is worth pondering:
A good friend of mine shared with me the following article which links the concept of adolescence and the Occupy Wall Street movement, and thus is an interesting commentary on my previous post: Extending Adolescence: the Loneliness of our Generation. Did you know that for one New York Times analyst, he spoke about OWS and Auschwitz in the same sentence?!
I am shocked the media didn’t jump all over this one. At Assisi, and even more bluntly to African bishops, Pope Benedict criticized the traditional African religions which can lead to senseless murder and that is still at the heart of many Africans who are now Christians. In short, one can easily see that the genocidal activity in African countries is more from their religious pasts rather than their Christian present. Demonstrates that all cultures are not equal in their moral rectitude, and that religion is not always a source of moral instruction. But it should have been jumped on by the media because it is not a politically correct thing for Benedict to say, but he said it anyways. Anyhoo, the ever insightful Sandro Magister writes more.
A mammal friend of mine blogs about life as a Catholic mother. She has a short snippet on NFP, and it is well worth checking out.
There is an excellent article at “The Public Discourse” about the role of authority and hierarchy in society in relation to education. It hits on many of the problems I see myself in education, as someone who has been through the public system, a public university, and am currently coming towards the end of my first grad degree. It also is helpful for an article I am preparing on the present state of education and the academy. I highly recommend the article.
I actually have many more articles, but maybe I can save those for tomorrow or for later :).