Stories I’ve Found, 1/24/2014

Interesting Stories I’ve Found:

Cardinals of the Catholic Church don’t call each other out in public very often, but it’s happened this week. Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the head of the special council of 8 formed by Pope Francis, had some sharp words for (soon to be) Cardinal Gerhard Mueller of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

A long lost speech by Dr. Martin Luther King has been discovered.  It was given on the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (September 12, 1962) in New York. Omid Safi calls us to move beyond the current cleaned up myth of King to find out some important things he stood for that are being ignored.

Millennial Christians who are regular church goers support the Death Penalty less than the Boomer Generation.  There is a change in attitude in the wind, and it’s heartening to believe the position on this issue are rightly changing.

Cathy Lynn Grossman at Religion News Service asks a good question: Is De-Frocking Abusive Priests the Best Move?   This is a summary of the number of priests de-frocked from 2005 to present, as made public recently.  This editorial by Tom Fox of the National Catholic Reporter reviews the history of abuse, particularly a ground breaking report given the USCCB in 1985 which still has veracity today.

Pope Francis encourages ecumenism in response to secularism.  Amen to that, brother. He also provides some affirmation for the potential of social media to bring people together while warning against its capacity of fragment and commercialize. This is the full text of his message on World Communications Day.  And the ‘Cold Call’ Pope strikes again, with in a very powerful story.

How Pope Francis Challenges the Right (and Left) not only tells of how Pope Francis isn’t really a Marxist, but also in some ways Marx was a conservative and Rush Limbaugh is liberal. If that’s not enough reason to read this, I don’t know what is.

Christopher Hale of Millennial Journal writes a provocative Op ed piece for CNN: Why Progressives Should Be Pro-Life.  He makes a lot of sense.

A tale of two sermons at the Pro-Life events in Washington by Michael Sean Winters: by Cardinal Sean O’Malley OFM of Boston and Cardinal Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

Is Scientology a religion? The great-grandson of L. Ron Hubbard tells part of the family story in this video clip.

Michael Sean Winters provides a three part review of Tea Party Catholic by Samuel Gregg. This is the third part, with links to the first two.  The review series is worth reading for the analysis of the double standards of contemporary society and exploration of how faith principles apply to politics.

Are Catholic Bishops being politicized on gender orientation issues via “charitable” seminars on medical ethics? The answer is yes, and the process is unsettling.

CARA has a new report on those entering religious life in 2013.  First glance shows some interesting data.

American Magazine as a new model for Catechists: Stephen Colbert.  It’s not as far fetched as I thought it might be.

Almost Everything You Read About Parenting On The Internet Is Wrong is right, as far as I can observe. The criticism is well made: these posts and stories talk almost completely about what to do and not why things should happen or the greater purpose of raising children. I’d like to go farther and say as far as religion goes, it’s not possible to raise a child to be religiously or morally neutral although that standard’s been articulated a lot, and religion isn’t a big shopping mall where you can pick Christianity from a bunch of other offerings such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, etc. Such an attitude assumes I’m all right to start with, and finding God is like finding a security blanket.

A new trend: a green burial. This article tells the story of this new approach to death and burial which is focus on being environment friendly.

Personal Advertisement: I’ve just started a lecture series at Precious Blood Center in Liberty, MO on Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel)  and will be posting videos of those presentations online Fridays.  You can find these presentations here.  If you’re in the Kansas City area, you’re welcome to join us next Wednesday at 7:00 PM at Precious Blood Center in Liberty, MO.

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