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Extra, extra! News and tidings, March 2, 2022

Here are some articles that caught our attention this past week.*

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Religious implications: “There are at least three clearly religious dimensions to this conflict that, so far, have largely been overlooked in most analysis.” With war in Ukraine, the global religious landscape is destined to shift (Crux Now)

Women’s Health Protection Act: The legislation would outlaw abortion restrictions up until birth; Casey backed it as recently as two years ago. Catholic ‘Pro-Life’ Democrat Sen. Casey Goes to Bat For Extreme Pro-Abortion Bill (National Catholic Register)

A breath of fresh air: “’Effective March 2nd, the wearing of a mask by an adult or children in all Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York will be recommended but NOT REQUIRED,’” said Michael J. Deegan, superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of New York.” Catholic school mask mandate will be lifted, Archdiocese of New York says (Staten Island Live)

Ukrainian and Russian Blood: “Our conflict is not with the Russian people.” Ukraine, the Political and the Personal (The Catholic Thing)

We are falling—or rather, being driven—into structural information traps: As Russia wages war on its neighbor, Western observers fall into familiar patterns of thought, with potentially disastrous results. How Not To Think About Ukraine (The American Conservative)

Views from Moscow: “‘If Ukraine does not survive, the United Nations will not survive. Have no illusions,'” said Ukraine’s ambassador to the UN, Sergiy Kyslytsya.” Isolated Russia Defends Ukraine War at UN (The Moscow Times).

Unseen Middle-earth art: The Tolkien estate website has been relaunched with new material, including sections on Tolkien’s calligraphy and a timeline of his life. Unseen JRR Tolkien paintings, photographs and video clips released (The Guardian)

The core problem with contemporary bioethics: “In our current episode of let’s-allow-baby-killing, an Australian bioethicist named Walter Veit comes to the defense of infanticide proponents who claimed there is no moral difference between late term fetuses and newborn babies.” Bioethicist Asks, ‘Does Birth Matter?’ Answers, ‘No’ (National Review)

History of fasting: “The very first Commandment of God to Adam and Eve was one of fasting from the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” History of Lenten Fasting: How to Observe the Traditional Lenten Fast (A Catholic Life Blogspot)

Fat Tuesday, Fast Wednesday: Ash Wednesday “is a day of fasting, as opposed to a day of feasting.”  Why isn’t Ash Wednesday a holy day of obligation? (Aleteia)

In the name of the Father . . . : “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father. But whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father” (Matthew 10:32-33). A Public Witness: The Sign of the Cross (Integrated Catholic Life)

Faith and reason: “It is our hope that these biographies will be useful to teachers, students, and the general public.” Important Catholic Scientists of the Past (Society of Catholic Scientists)

(*It should not have to be said, but it has to be said, that the posting of any particular news item or essay is not an endorsement of said news item or essay. The editors of CWR, however, read a range of material, including countless pieces with which we disagree, or we question, or which we even find ludicrous and troubling.)

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  1. You missed Fr. Raymond de Souza’s excellent Mar. 1 article – Why did Pope Francis Finally Get Around to Calling Out Russian Aggression?

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