Friday Free-for-All: October 15

Time for some Friday morning links:

  • Archbishop Burke addressed obedience and the magisterium at a Human Life International conference in Rome, touching on the scandal of Catholic politicians who disregard moral law: “When a person has culpably espoused and cooperated in gravely sinful acts, leading many into error and confusion over fundamental questions regarding respect for life and integrity of marriage and family, his repentance of such actions must also be public.” 
  • Father Paul Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, on “Same-sex attractions: The Church’s pastoral response.”
  • The Best American Essays, 2010 has just been released, but thanks to the Internet, you can read a number of them online for free (find them here). This is also a good time to plug Instapaper, an indispensable web tool that saves and formats articles for easy reading later on a smartphone, iPad, or printout. I use it every day — and right now I need to go add all these articles to my account…

  • McWedding packages: McDonald’s in Hong Kong will soon be offering weddings along with its burgers and fries.
  • The White House goes pink for breast cancer awareness. I might get pummeled for this, but does anyone else think all the pink and suggestive Facebook statuses are too much — or really the best way to go about raising awareness?
  • Welcome to Ephemicropolis — a city model made entirely of stacked staples. Watch it all come to life:

The making of Ephemicropolis from Peter Root on Vimeo.

Margaret Cabaniss


Margaret Cabaniss is the former managing editor of Crisis Magazine. She joined Crisis in 2002 after graduating from the University of the South with a degree in English Literature and currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland. She now blogs at

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