Mere Links 08.22.14
Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 AM

Christ: The Trojan Horse of Redemption
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

The same monastic tradition that determined the psalms to be prayed at Thursday Matins also prescribed Psalms 75 and 91 (Hebrew 76 and 92) to be recited at Matins of Friday (Cf. The Rule of Saint Benedict, ch. 13).

The Korean Martyrs and the Power of Lay Witness
Marge Fenelon, Aleteia

The throngs who greeted Pope Francis in Korea are testimony to the power of the laity to spread the Faith.

Supreme Court Puts Gay Marriage on Hold in Virginia
Alan Rappeport, New York Times

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a last-minute order putting a hold on same-sex marriages in Virginia less than a day before officials there were to begin providing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The Moral Divide Between Progressives and Traditionalists
James Kalb, Crisis Magazine

A recent account of moral sentiments, proposed by social psychologist Jonathan Haidt in his book, The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion (Pantheon, 2012), has attracted attention for its explanation of the difference between progressives and traditionalists.



Mere Links 08.21.14
Thursday, August 21, 2014, 12:01 AM

Who Will Stand Up for the Christians?
Ronald S. Lauder, New York Times

Why is the world silent while Christians are being slaughtered in the Middle East and Africa?

Four reasons why God forbids adultery
Rey De Armas, ERLC

The prohibition against adultery doesn’t make sense until we understand God’s original design for sexual expression within the confines of marriage. From the beginning, God established a blueprint for the family.

Victoria Beeching And Plato’s Third Form of Atheism
Robert P. George, First Things

The mortal threat to Christianity today—and, I would venture to say, to Judaism and (in the West at least) Islam as well—does not come from Plato’s first and second forms of atheism, but from the third.

Married parents vs cohabiting parents
Nicole M. King, Mercatornet

A new study by the National Center for Health Statistics reveals “a baby frenzy happening among unmarried couples who live together.” According to the report, 58% of all unmarried births now occur to cohabiting couples, compared to 41% in 2002.



Mere Links 08.20.14
Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 12:01 AM

A New Direction for Death
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

According to the structure of the Canonical Hours in Western monasticism, two specific psalms were traditionally appointed for Thursday Matins: Psalms 87 and 89 (Hebrew 88 and 90) (Cf. The Rule of Saint Benedict, Ch. 13).

Is Ugly the New Beautiful?
Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine

Summer has become a season of strange and stark irony. While it brings forth the beauty of the world, it also brings forth the ugliness of the age.

What Does Social Justice Look Like in an Abortion Culture?
Jeffrey Walton, Juicy Ecumenism

Part of the role of government is to provide for the common defense – a protection of the population from those who would seek to do harm. With this understanding, I propose that protection of the unborn should be a priority of a just government. But what of social justice for the unborn?

The New Nonconformist Conscience
Helen Andrews, First Things

Mozilla’s Brendan Eich, the Miami Dolphins’ Don Jones, HGTV’s Benham brothers: 2014 has been a good year for those seeking to enforce the new moral orthodoxy by depriving others of their livelihood.



Mere Links 08.19.14
Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Best Intercessor in the Bible
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

Arguably the most notable intercessor in the Hebrew Bible is Moses. Gregory the Dialoguist, in a letter to Augustine of Canterbury (shortly after the arrival of the Roman missionaries to England), wrote at length of this ministry of Moses.

Why Ecumenism is Necessary
Dale M. Coulter, First Things

Recent global events have highlighted the ongoing challenge of ethnic and tribal divisions. Americans have also been reminded by events in Ferguson that divisions along race and ethnic lines are just down the street. These ongoing divisions forcefully highlight the need for greater efforts at ecumenism.

Finding God in Secular Europe
Philip Jenkins, Aleteia

European filmmakers are turning their attention to religion, and producing some great works of art.


Stretching the truth past the breaking point

Tim Wallace, Mercatornet

The barbarism of the Islamic State is real enough, so why fabricate atrocities?



Mere Links 08.18.14
Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:00 AM

Vatican Calls on Muslim Leaders to Condemn Crimes Against Iraq Minorities.
Jesus Colina, Aleteia

Using unprecedented language, the Vatican takes a qualitative leap in relations with Islam.

Is the Navy Removing Bibles from Hotel Rooms?
Leslie Ford, The Daily Signal

A new directive from the Navy has raised concerns about the potential removal of Bibles from Navy lodge rooms and guest quarters, according to Fox News. These lodges are hotels located on naval bases for members of the Navy, usually used when they receive new permanent change of station orders.

6 facts about South Korea’s growing Christian population
Phillip Connor, Pew Research Center

Pope Francis will travel to South Korea this week for Asian Youth Day, making his third international trip as pontiff. He’ll be visiting a country that has experienced considerable religious change in recent decades. Here are six facts about Christianity in South Korea.

Who Is Speaking For The Persecuted Christians In Iraq?
Rob Schwarzwalder, The Federalist

All persecution is evil, whether it is of Uighur Muslims in northwestern China or of Yazidi on a barren hilltop in Kurdistan. Yet the U.S. mainstream media seems to be downplaying, if not ignoring, the intense persecution of Christian Iraqis by the self-proclaimed “Islamic State of Iraq and Syria” (ISIS), the pretentious self-appellation of a group of Islamist murderers.



Mere Links 08.14.14
Thursday, August 14, 2014, 10:00 AM

Masculinity Is About Dominance, And That’s A Good Thing
George Fields, The Federalist

Those who are most beautiful to our minds and praised for their masculine virtues are those who serve. Thus, masculinity requires conquering oneself.

Judge Upholds State’s Authority to Define Marriage as Union of Man and Woman
Ryan T. Anderson, The Daily Signal

Last week a judge in Tennessee upheld that state’s Constitutional authority to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Though the decision was made a week ago, it has only now been made available electronically.

Growing Babies in Artificial Wombs: Inevitable? Desirable? Moral?
Susan E. Wills, Aleteia

The logical next step in the techno-quest to do reproduction better than God.

More middle-aged U.S. women having babies outside marriage
David Beasley, Reuters

More single U.S. women over the age of 35 are having children, even as the overall birth rates for unmarried women in the United States have dropped, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.



Mere Links 08.13.14
Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 10:00 AM

Christian Group Demands to See Secret IRS Deal With Atheists
Kelsey Harkness, The Daily Signal

The Faith and Freedom Coalition today demanded release of a secret legal agreement between the IRS and an atheist group about censoring the content of sermons and other messages heard in houses of worship by challenging their tax-exempt status.

Yes, People Believe Abortion Is Murder
Rachel Lu, The Federalist

This much Drum has right: conservatives have issues with our sexually libertine culture. Abortion isn’t the only problem with it, just the worst one. The killing of hundreds of thousands of babies annually is a pretty massive “con” to sexual liberation.

Five ways South Korea might be the church of the future
Candida Moss, CNN

Even if it is rarely discussed in the media, Korean Catholicism is among the most vibrant in the world. Here are five reasons South Korea might be the future of Catholic Church.

Portland Child Evangelism Fellowship Under Fire for Preaching to Kids About Sin
Heather Clark, Christian News Network

A chapter of a nationally-recognized Christian group that seeks to reach children with the gospel of Jesus Christ is under fire for teaching kids the biblical doctrine of sin and eternal judgment, in addition to sharing about the love and mercy of God.



Mere Links 08.12.14
Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 10:00 AM

The Centurions’ Intercessors
Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon, Preachers Institute

Among those sections that the gospels of Matthew and Luke-independent of Mark-have in common, almost all are directly didactic. That is to say, those sections almost invariably consist of the explicit teachings of Jesus, with no attention to events in his life.

Ginsburg Wants to Make Abortion “Right” Equal to Second Amendment
Wesley J. Smith, LifeNews

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader] Ginsburg believes adamantly that women are denied “equal citizen stature” by boundaries placed around access to abortion. Not only that, but in an angry dissent to the 2007 Supreme Court ruling upholding the federal ban on partial birth abortion, she (joined by Justice Breyer among the current justices) railed against the majority allowing “moral concerns” to “override fundamental rights.”

Christians Feel Abandoned in Spite of Obama’s Action in Iraq
John Burger, Aleteia

Patriarch Sako “disappointed” by limited response from US.

Why missionaries put their lives on the line
Daniel Burke and Ashley Fantz, CNN

Christians have long debated the effectiveness of missions, with some arguing that they can, at times, cause more harm than good – both to missionaries and the people they are trying to help.



Mere Links 08.11.14
Monday, August 11, 2014, 10:00 AM

You can’t have a Culture of Life if you have no culture at all
Anthony Esolen, LifeSite

It should be obvious to anyone who thinks about it for a moment that it is always far easier to destroy than to create. One bomb or wrecking ball can shatter in an instant the cathedral that it took human hands and minds fifty years to build. What is true of buildings is true of culture generally.

What Kind of Support Should We Expect for Persecuted Christians?
David Curry, Christian Post

At what point will the intentional targeting and cleansing of Christians, especially in the troubled Middle East, be not just a story, but the story, in the media and elite circles of government? This one is easy; it won’t happen. Persecution of Christians will not become a major humanitarian crisis for a couple of key reasons.

Stop Calling Sex Safe
Chad Bird, The Federalist

As long as we continue to describe intercourse as safe or unsafe, we perpetuate the very problems we seek to avoid.

Coercive Sterilization: An On-Going Crime Against Humanity
Arina O. Grossu, Aleteia

For eugenic goals and population control, governments continue to coerce the disadvantaged into undergoing temporary and permanent sterilization.



Mere Links 08.08.14
Friday, August 8, 2014, 10:00 AM

When the Baby Carriage Comes Before the Marriage
Laurie DeRose, Family Studies

Couples who didn’t marry before having a child opted out for a reason—so their relationships face tough odds.

The Evangelical Academy
Richard Mouw, First Things

The Jesuits, in setting up their colleges and universities, have typically not required their non-Jesuit colleagues to share their vows. But there is nothing about their sense of academic propriety as such that would prohibit that kind of boundary-setting.

Law and Morality in Public Discourse: How Christians Can Rebuild Our Culture
Charles J. Chaput, Public Discourse

It’s in seeking Jesus Christ with all our hearts that culture is built and society is renewed. It’s in prayer, the sacraments, changing diapers, balancing budgets, preaching homilies, loving a spouse, forgiving and seeking forgiveness—all in the spirit of charity—that, brick by brick, we bring about the kingdom of God.

Assemblies of God Turns 100 and Looks to a Multiethnic Future
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service

The U.S. denomination has some 3.1 million faithful — with a membership that is 41 percent nonwhite, up from 31 percent a decade ago.


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