Sunday, January 15, 2012

Sunday Snippets—A Catholic Carnival (1/15/12)

Welcome back to Sunday Snippets!  Sunday Snippets is a circle of traded posts hosted by RAnn at This That and the Other Thing.  For some fine Catholic reading, please follow this link!
This last week has been largely political, between the "Catholic circular firing squad" opening up some whup-a$$ on itself over which candidate is "more conservative than thou", the not-really-surprising victory of Mittens up in New Hampshire (South Carolina will be more interesting to watch), and a SCOTUS victory for freedom of religion.  However, I did manage to write on some other things, too.

  1. The "big government" red herring (Catholic Bandita) — In which I demonstrate that shrinking the government is not going to be as easy as people make it sound, and may not be all that good an idea anyway.
  2. Catholic ≠ Democrat, Republican or Libertarian (Outside the Asylum) — One of the most irritating things about our quadrennial madness is watching people tear political and religious doctrine inside out to prove that good Catholics can only be Republicans/Libertarians/Democrats, and that if you don't vote for Sen. Snerd for President, you deserve excommunication.
  3. Ask Tony: What does "infallible" mean? (The Impractical Catholic) — As an example of item #2, one person on another blog stated that, since the Church condoned torture during the period of the inquisitions, torture must be morally acceptable, "otherwise the Church would not be infallible". So here I clear up some confusion over the term.
  4. Bucking the Established Paradigm (Outside the Asylum) — My friend Stacy Trasancos wrote an interesting post titled "Cognitive Dissonance and Geocentrism", in which she looks at the claims of a group who claim that the universe is centered on the Earth, and she essentially asks what would be so wrong if it were?  In support of her, my post looks at how cosmology is being influenced by the atheist meta-narrative, which is beginning to prove a hindrance.
  5. Internet dumbth goes viral again (The Impractical Catholic) — Haven't you had enough of that stupid freakin' love-Jesus-hate-religion video clip?

Hopefully this week I'll be able to write about a victory for Rick Santorum in South Carolina, and possibly work in some things about — of all the obscure topics — the Catholic faith!  Have a great week!