Salvete AC readers!
Here are today’s Top Picks in the Catholic world:
1. There seems to be a growing counter-movement in U.S. politics aligning itself against the Catholic Church. We see it happening in Connecticut where state legislatures want to control Church property. We also see it in the higher echelons of government where President Obama are using Catholic pawns such as Douglas Kmiec and Kathleen Sebelius. It isn’t being orchestrated by anyone, but the common theme seems to be to neutralize the effectiveness of the Church. Dave Hartline of the Catholic Report wrote an excellent column tieing all these loose ends together and explaining the consequences of this growing counter-movement.
For Dave Hartline’s columnn click on counter-movement above or here.
2. Speaking of Connecticut, Archbishop Charles Chaput has this to say concerning SB 1098 that would remove the bishops authority over each parish:
“legislative coercion directed against the Catholic community in one state has implications for Catholics in every other state. If bigots in one state succeed in coercive laws like SB 1098, bigots in other states will try the same.”
The bigots Archbishop Chaput is referring to are Senator Andrew McDonald and Representative Mike Lawlor, who are both homosexual activists that opposed the local Church’s efforts to defend marriage between a man and a woman.
For the article click on SB 1098 above or here.
3. After some gross mismanagement that has given the Vatican terrible PR, rumors abound that Pope Benedict XVI is going to shake up the Secretariat of State as well as the Roman Curia. Margaret Cabaniss of The Inside Blog has gotten the scoop.
4. In addition to removing restrictions on ESCR, President Obama also rescinded Executive Order 13435 that effectively ends funding of alternatives to ESCR. Wesley Smith of Secondhand Smoke has this to say about President Obama’s lack of regard to humanity:
“First, vindictiveness against all things “Bush” or policies considered by the Left to be “pro life;” and second, a desire to get the public to see unborn human life as a mere corn crop ripe for the harvest.”
For Wesley Smith’s column click on Executive Order 13435 above or here.
5. Finally, please go to New Liturgical Movement and see the pictures taken of the new chapel at Thomas Aquinas College. Observe the beautiful ciborium magnum and the papal seals of both Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. Simply gorgeous!
For the link click on ciborium magnum above or here.