Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Snippets—A Catholic Carnival (1/22/12)

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!

Tomorrow, January 23, is my 48th birthday.  If you want to send me a gift, send me a picture of yourself at a March for Life rally!  Unfortunately, because of my financial circumstances, I can't go myself.  But I know what I want for my birthday next year: I want to watch as a pro-life President gets sworn into office.

Speaking of pro-life, we shouldn't be downcast so much by the HHS' decision to keep its restrictive mandate in forceAs the Motley Monk pointed out in The American Catholic, the mandate is not likely to survive the process of judicial review, so it's a cubic zirconia from the Obama Administration to his pro-abort supporters, especially Planned Barrenhood.

Well, what else is of interest?

  • The Sunday obligation: In which Your Humble Blogger reflects on the importance of going to Mass every Sunday whether you feel like it or not.
  • Ask Tony: Why do Saturday evening Masses count for Sunday?: If you do a Google search, you don't find an answer to this question very easily.  I know — I've looked!
  • Wealth inequality "somebody else's problem": This is a reflection on UK Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks' recent speech at the Pontifical Gregorian University, in which he demonstrates how consumerism and free-market capitalism eventually wear away the Judeo-Christian values which gave it birth.  The more inequality grows, the more it destabilizes our economy; so the existence of a super-rich 1% isn't just a problem for OWS wingnuts — it's a problem for us all.
  • Another way to make chili: In which I share a family favorite recipe, one we originally got from Bush's Best® but which has a couple of modifications by Yours Truly.  Give it a try!
  • Links, citations and the pro-life story: Of course, by "the pro-life story", I'm thinking not just rejection of abortion but also rejection of contraceptives, practice of chastity and fidelity and the rest of traditional sexual morality.  There are people out there — not just anti-Christians — who think we make our numbers up when we talk about how science backs our position.  So we need to get better at sourcing our claims, not only by linking to the actual studies themselves wherever possible but also by including inline citations for everything we can't link to ... and some things that we can.

That's all for this week!  March for life ... and thanks in advance for your birthday wishes!