Stories I’ve Found, 1/4/13

Happy New Year once again. Interesting stories I’ve found lately:

An excellent reflection on a remarkable video from GetReligion: Excellent Video Journalism, or Seeing Crucifixes On Walls. Read this piece and watch the video embedded, nothing more needs to be said beyond this.

There are many views of how to use the Bible, but the idea of a compost heap is new to me. The title of this entry, The Bible Is A Smelly Gross Pile of Garbage, is enough to catch my attention, and the attitude isn’t one of disrespect. I will have to check out the Bruggeman book referenced here.

Pat NcNamara’s review of a Catholic Classic uncovers some interesting details of Catholicism in Elizabethan England, and the struggle to maintain Faith in a hostile environment.

This is an incredible story that doesn’t get enough attention: we lost more active duty soldiers in 2012 to suicide than combat in the midst of a war. When we consider the cost of war, especially since we’re coming up on a full decade of active conflict, we should pay more attention to the human cost in deciding whether we should continue the conflict.

God is Good, and it’s easy to lose that in the bad news that dominates our culture. Pope Benedict gives us this important message at the beginning of a New Year.  Almost all the news we get in the media is bad news of one kind or another.

Another take from the Holy Father at New Year’s: the danger of “unregulated capitalism” to world peace. A big Amen to that one.

A voice for justice: Rabbi John L. Rosove lays out the case 400 American Rabbis made to Prime Minister Netanyahu against the proposed new West Bask settlements. We need to learn more about what’s happening in the Middle East on the ground from unbiased sources, and we need to understand objectively what our allies are doing before giving them unconditional support.

An interesting blog post by Richard Ostling about 5 mistakes reporters generally make about religion stories.  Something to keep in mind when you see any story referencing religion.  Of course, we don’t believe everything we read, do we?

An interesting program to help teachers in Catholic schools get off to a good start and keep them teaching. An approach like this is something more teaching and ministry programs need. It resembles how some religious houses may have been once upon a time.

This article is really a cultural critique in spite of its title: Two Terrible Ways to Have Sex. Leah Libresco lends some intellect and insight into human communication between the sexes.  I would add that the idea of “Enthusiastic Consent” doesn’t imply giving up any individual moral or ethical standard, and does not conflict with the Church’s teaching on sex; this is something married couples would be well advised to practice on a wide variety of issues.

If you’d like to browse the Dead Sea Scrolls yourself, go here.  Thanks to Bill Tammeus for sharing the link in his blog post this morning.

Ten Things You Should Know about the New Head of the Papal Household. For those of you who enjoy this kind of story, and because it’s good for all of us to know who’s close to those in authority and what they’re like.

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