Stories I’ve Found, 10/18/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found

Malala Yousafzai, victim of a Taliban shooting for wanting to get an education, has been visiting the United States.  Omar Safi puts a lot of things in perspective as he unpacks How to Keep Malala from Being Appropriated: 5 Points on Malala, Obama and Jon Stewart.

The rape story from Marysville, MO has created a lot of stir in the news this week, and Emily Yoffe has contributed a rather common sense idea in College Women: Stop Getting Drunk.  As a University Chaplain, I would repeat that message for all my kids; it makes as much sense as not swimming with hungry sharks. I know it makes me sound like an old fuddy duddy, and I’ve partied a significant amount in my time, but things like emotional degradation, shame, permanent physical damage, and sudden death are too high a price to pay for out of control intoxication. I’ve known people who’ve paid that price, and it’s a minor miracle I haven’t paid it myself.

The new CARA report indicates that most Catholics aren’t searching for spirituality online, as well as some other interesting trends that are surprising. I think this snapshot will change over time, but how fast is anyone’s guess.

A Long and Winding Road is a testament of Fr. Paddy Gilger, SJ about his road to the priesthood.  I think his comments about being hollowed out in preparation for ministry to be most authentic and helpful in understanding the process.

Michael Sean Winters asks Is Pope Francis Unclear?  I think he puts things in good perspective.

Bishop Robert W. McElroy provides excellent insight on the Church’s vision in A Church for the PoorMillennial Journal’s Robert Christian gives us some commentary and summary in his blog post.

John Allen always brings some great stories to light in his All Things Catholic column online, and this week‘s no exception.  Included this week are news of the Lefebvrists in Italy, the Legionaires of Christ, issues in Germany, and the “Bling Bishop” of Limburg.

The media are stunned that a Catholic University takes a stand based on Catholic teaching.  I think this story illustrates the willful ignorance of the media in general (which is scary enough as it is) as well as an unwillingness to tell both sides of a story if it doesn’t want to.

A major voice in the Muslim world denounces terror as part of a Hajj sermon.  I don’t think he’s the only Muslim cleric saying this, and people of every faith have a tendency to ignore their clergy on important matters if they want to badly enough.

Connor Wood explores the issue Why Are There Atheists?  It cites a new study by Catherine Caldwell-Harris in Religion, Brain & Behavior the explores social differences between believers and atheists, and the conclusions are interesting. I’m still digesting what this means.

An illustration of how translation problems affect the expression of faith.  The Catholic Bishops of France adjust the wording of the Lord’s Prayer to end a theological dispute. These kinds of issues affect every multinational faith, as well as the texts of Scripture.

Menachem Wecker gives us an overview in Hollywood’s Depiction of Nuns a Case of ‘Veiled Desires’.  Interesting comment at the end of why author Maureen Sabine didn’t talk about Sister Act in her book on the subject.

Scott Adams, the creator of Dilbert, asks Does God Have a Personality? This is an interesting question, and working through how God doesn’t have a human personality is good. I don’t know if personality is something we can only attribute to humans, or whether other kinds of beings can have them (I would imagine so). He says characteristics of personality are emotional traits born of a human weakness, so I’d like to know if he considers Love to be in that category.

This article opens up the moral question of NFL brain injury.

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