Today's Potluck post is less of a potluck and more of an actual stew. No, really; these are the kinds of things I end up stewing about.
First up is Jimmy Akin's call to Rome to weigh in definitively on the Canon 915 controversy. I agree with Mr. Akin; I would say that this is long overdue, except that I've heard lots of good jokes about the glacial speed with which the Vatican generally moves. In a time period where abuses of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament abound, though, it seems like it would be a no-brainer for our bishops to forbid people who reject the Church's teaching against the slaughter of pre-born humans, and in fact vote for the continuation, funding, etc. of that slaughter, to receive Our Lord in Holy Communion absent evidence of true repentance. But then, I would have thought it equally a no-brainer to deny communion to men who dress up as fake women religious on the grounds that such blatant mockery of the Church doesn't exactly auger the proper disposition for the reception of the sacrament.
Next, Creative Minority Report has this almost-funny list of the way that scientists attempt to explain the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. Well, okay, the actual list is quite funny; it's the attitude of certain types of scientists that rational materialism can explain everything that gets me riled. Guess what, scientists? You can't prove a negative, which means that you can't prove that miracles don't happen, no matter how hard you try with your silly debunking efforts.
Matt C. Abbott has this piece about two priests with two very different views on the motu proprio. I can't understand why the first priest mentioned is even a priest, if he has such a negative view of the Church: Latin kept people from encountering the Gospel? Really??
Finally, few things cause me such negative emotions as stories like this, about a middle school in Maine's plan to go the extra mile and add birth control prescriptions to the condoms they already hand out--to middle schoolers. Ages 11-13. I'm with Regular Guy on this: not my kids.