Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Snippets—A Catholic Carnival (2/19/12)

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!

Well, this week wasn't very productive, as it was my first week back in the regular workforce.  The next week is going to be even stranger, since I'll be working split shifts at my paying job and trying to write at the local library during the four-hour segments between (writing at my desk using company software would be not only questionable work ethics but also sticky in terms of copyright law — they would have a legal claim to it, even if they never exercised it.)

So what have I to offer for this last week?

  • Romance, self-sacrifice and St. Valentine — In which Your Humble Blogger speculates that the sickly-sweet, overly commercialized crud associated with February 14 is postmodern man's attempt to reach back to a cleaner, purer ideal of love that goes beyond mere eros to agapē.
  • A small history lesson — You'd think that if the bishops of the USCCB were going to publicly and formally excommunicate the most prominent CINOs in politics, now — during the HHS mandate controversy — would be the time.  But I'm taking my cue from a situation Jimmy Akin brought up on Catholic Answers Live that occurred in the San Diego area a little over twenty years ago.
  • Is the mandate issue a blunder for the GOP? — That's what the conventional wisdom would tell us; by their lights, the Republicans should focus on the economy.  Keep in mind, though, that this is the conventional wisdom that's been insisting that Mitt Romney will inevitably be the Republican candidate, and that Rick Santorum has absolutely no chance of taking it away from him.

That's all for this week; I hope to have a better selection for next week, including a reflection on Ash Wednesday and Lent.  Have a great Sunday!