Weekly Reading – February 6, 2015

Due to other commitments (i.e., finishing overdue articles) I haven’t had any time for the “Weekly Reading” posts that I was accustomed to doing. Today it returns, in slightly self-promotional form.

  • Me, “In the Selfie-Sharing Age, is a DNA Sample an Invasion of Privacy?,” Bridge – This is my latest Bridge column wherein I offer some out-of-step thoughts on Michigan’s new rules which allow law enforcement to collect DNA samples from individuals charged with a felony. Though I have reservations about the law, my sense is that the civil-libertarian arguments against it are, at best, flimsy.
  • Me Again, “Divine Liturgy: The Eucharist Among the Orthodox,” The Angelus – Catholics and Orthodox both believe in the Real Presence, so why do they differ so strongly on Eucharistic Adoration? For good measure, I also throw in some commentary on icon veneration. The article, however, is behind the paywall, which means you probably should just do your soul a favor and subscribe.
  • Pater Edmund Waldstein, “The Good, the Highest Good, and The Common Good,” The Josias – In case you haven’t noticed, The Josias is picking up momentum. In addition to some fresh translations and pieces on Catholic integralism, you can also receive a philosophical primer on the common good from P. Edmund, whose own blog, Sancrucensis, wrestles with this question frequently.
  • Benedict Constable, “Why Blogs Must Xxpose the Goings-on in Rome,” Rorate Caeli – Benedict Constable, an occasional contributor to The Josias, makes his debut at Rorate Caeli with a call to action for Catholic blogdom. “It is a solemn duty of Christians, yes, of every confirmed Christian, to bear witness to the truth in season and out of season, and to cry out like St. Catherine of Siena when good is called evil and evil, good.” Indeed.