CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - January 23, 2013

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

The Knights of Columbus were there at the first March for Life in 1974.  The March for Life was "their" idea.  The Knights started the whole thing.  And the Knights will be there again this Friday, January 25th for the 40th March for Life.

Alton J. Pelowski, managing editor of Columbia magazine, interviewed the new president of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, Jeanne Monahan, in the January issue of Columbia.  That interview, "We March Onward," is about the history, importance, and future of the March.  It's our feature article this week.

If you'll allow me a parochial matter, my diocese, the Vancouver Archdiocese, is the first in Canada to sponsor the Catholics Come Home initiative.  We're asking Catholics to go here and forward some of the videos the Archdiocese has been running on television to their friends. - J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:

"Christ shines into the bottom of the humble heart; for Christ is always moved by helplessness whenever a man complains of it and lays it before Him with humility." - Blessed Jan Van Ruysbroeck



New Resources:

Walking in the dark - Catherine de Hueck Doherty - form Donkey Bells: Advent and Christmas
We March Onward - Alton J. Pelowski - Columbia Magazine
Why Les Misérables still resonates - Father Raymond J. de Souza - National Post
Evangelizing Young Adults - The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. - address to the Catholic Campus Ministry Association
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson - Sean Fitzpatrick - Crisis Magazine
Catholic Social Thought? Not Your Father's Encyclopedia! - Jeffrey A. Mirus - Catholic Culture
So-Called Gay Marriage: A Dialogue - J. Budziszewski - Boundless Webzine
Notes for the Etiquette of a New Age - Hadley Arkes - The Catholic Thing
Which is to be master? - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
2013: The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - mp3 - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:

Pope: everyone, even atheists, want to see the face of God - VIS
Shrug Not - On the Square
Changes in March for Life - CNA
US states' pro-life legislation in 2012 deemed historic - CNA
L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities - LA Times
Vatican quizzical about Guardian article on 'secretive' real-estate investments - Catholic Culture
In Paris, an Uplifting Show of Support for Marriage - NCRegister
Gay marriage: Catholics plan wave of 'grassroots' protests - Telegraph
Anti-gay marriage protests prompt ire of the BBC - Patheos
What's Women's Health, Anyway? - NRO
A Case of Conscience. Confessors and Contraception - Chiesa
Top 100 Christian Marriage and Relationships Blogs - Catholic Dating Sites
The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook - NRO
How did we forget about hell? - Catholic Herald
Profile of Vatican's secular tribunals - L'Espresso
For the Faith and Witness of Stan Musial, Requiescat in Pace - Patheos
Struggles and Dreams: Lessons from Reverend King - First Things
What Are We Doing Here? - NRO
Porn and contemplation - Patheos
A Vatican spokesman's misguided statement on gun control - Catholic Culture
Christopher Kaczor's Seven Big Myths - First Thoughts
Is Egg Donation Dangerous? - Maisonneuve

Education Matters:

Introduction to Philosophy for Young People - Douglas McManaman - Kobo
Benchmarks for achievement in Catholic education - OSV
Grammar Lesson of the Day: And - First Thoughts
Word of the Day: what - First Thoughts
Hope for the Gay Undergrad - Christianity Today
Stanford Law School Launches Nation's Only Religious Liberty Clinic - Christian Post
Schall at Eighty-Five - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - The Catholic Thing
Track and phone your child with a watch - Family Edge
Colleges Lose Pricing Power - Wall Street Journal
Christian religious education 'naïve, cartoonish' and lacking substance: Oxford researchers - LifeSiteNews


NEW RESOURCES:

Walking in the dark - Catherine de Hueck Doherty - from Donkey Bells: Advent and Christmas

Faith is to believe without understanding, without seeing.

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We March Onward
- Alton J. Pelowski - Columbia Magazine

An interview with Jeanne Monahan about the history and future of the annual March for Life.

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Why Les Misérables still resonates
- Father Raymond J. de Souza - National Post

Victor Hugo's 19th-century tale is a retelling of the Christian story of the first century. It tells the world its true story, which is why it endures, and returns again.

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Evangelizing Young Adults - The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. - address to the Catholic Campus Ministry Association

Over the past five decades, we've moved from a culture permeated by religious faith to a culture that seems increasingly indifferent or cynical toward religion in general and Christianity in particular. 

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Sean Fitzpatrick - Crisis Magazine

The strangest thing about The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is that it is not strange at all. It is a very common case of "the hard law of life which lies at the root of religion."

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Catholic Social Thought? Not Your Father's Encyclopedia! - Jeffrey A. Mirus - Catholic Culture

Would it not be wonderful to have an encyclopedia of Catholic social thought?

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So-Called Gay Marriage: A Dialogue
- J. Budziszewski - Boundless Webzine

I'd been tied up with students all morning.  No sooner did student number ten leave than student number eleven appeared.  It was Theresa.

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Notes for the Etiquette of a New Age - Hadley Arkes - The Catholic Thing

It may be worth starting to devise a scheme of etiquette to help us respond when a friend excitedly announces the same-sex marriage of one of their children.

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Which is to be master? - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

Connecting with people you'd like to have known is a nice hobby, and I can claim to be just three handshakes from Abraham Lincoln and only five from George Washington.

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2013: The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - mp3 - Father John Horgan - CERC

The wedding feast at Cana.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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Pope: everyone, even atheists, want to see the face of God - VIS

Even atheists "desire to know the face of God", Benedict XVI said at his general audience this morning.

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Shrug Not - On the Square

In a post at CNN’s Belief Blog, a young Evangelical urged Christians to “shrug off” the fact that an Evangelical pastor was apparently disinvited by the President’s Inaugural Committee to pray at the inauguration because of his Christian convictions on sexual morality. We disagree.

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Changes in March for Life
- CNA

This year's event will focus not only on abortion but broad questions of culture.

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US states' pro-life legislation in 2012 deemed historic - CNA

A new report concludes that in many states there were "significant victories for life" in legislation during 2012.

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L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities - LA Times

Documents from the late 1980s show that Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and another archdiocese official discussed strategies to keep police from discovering that children were being sexually abused by priests.

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Vatican quizzical about Guardian article on 'secretive' real-estate investments - Catholic Culture

The Vatican has reacted sharply to an English newspaper article claiming that the Vatican has built up a secret real-estate portfolio, using funds from the Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

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In Paris, an Uplifting Show of Support for Marriage - NCRegister

Hundreds of thousands march on behalf of one-man, one-woman marriage, as a national protest engulfs France in opposition to the government's ‘Marriage for All' legislation.

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Gay marriage: Catholics plan wave of 'grassroots' protests - Telegraph

Following a letter signed by 1000 priests and bishops warning about the effects of same-sex marriage, British groups are about to take to the streets.

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Anti-gay marriage protests prompt ire of the BBC - Patheos

An object lesson in how certain media outlets subtly – and not so subtly – use the news to advance partisan positions.

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What's Women's Health, Anyway? - NRO

An interview with a former Komen executive reveals how Planned Parenthood is allowed to define what constitutes "women's health."

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A Case of Conscience. Confessors and Contraception - Chiesa

A historical survey of how contraception has been handled in the confessional over the past century.

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Top 100 Christian Marriage and Relationships Blogs - Catholic Dating Sites

The following list is presented in no particular order. We have numbered them for easier reading, but the numbers are not indicative of a particular "ranking".

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The Atheist Response to Sandy Hook - NRO

The intellectual and emotional emptiness at the heart of atheism.

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How did we forget about hell? - Catholic Herald

Two theologians bear much of the blame, as a new book shows.

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Profile of Vatican's secular tribunals - L'Espresso

L'Espresso offers a rare and interesting look at the Vatican's system of secular justice.

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For the Faith and Witness of Stan Musial, Requiescat in Pace - Patheos

Some notes at the passing of one of baseball's greatest hitters – and most authentic Catholics.

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Struggles and Dreams: Lessons from Reverend King - First Things

Today, America honors the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., and what he meant to our nation.

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What Are We Doing Here? - NRO

We are on the edge of a moral cliff and in danger of falling off in terms of the freedom we deem worth protecting.

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Porn and contemplation - Patheos

Pornography is bad for many reasons, not least that it prevents us from developing into deeper and more authentic human beings.

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A Vatican spokesman's misguided statement on gun control - Catholic Culture

Let's make something clear right away. Pope Benedict has not endorsed the Obama administration's gun-control plans.

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Christopher Kaczor's Seven Big Myths - First Thoughts

The Church hates science. The Church hates women. The Church hates gay people.

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Is Egg Donation Dangerous? - Maisonneuve

Alison Motluk January 21, 2013 About five hundred egg donations take place in Canada every year, and experts say the process is very safe. But some donors face serious health problems — and doctors may be underestimating the risks.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Introduction to Philosophy for Young People - Douglas McManaman - Kobo

The typical university philosophy course today often gives students the impression that philosophical knowledge is radically inconclusive. But philosophy has a very important place in Catholic theological tradition.

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Benchmarks for achievement in Catholic education - OSV

Standards assist schools in revitalizing mission, boosting Catholic identity.

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Grammar Lesson of the Day: And - First Thoughts

"Never begin a sentence with and," my college freshmen have been told.

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Word of the Day: what - First Thoughts

I like how hillbillies pronounce this relative pronoun: hwut.

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Hope for the Gay Undergrad - Christinianity Today

More and more groups connected with Christian colleges openly reach out to students with same-sex attractions.

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Stanford Law School Launches Nation's Only Religious Liberty Clinic - Christian Post

Stanford Law School has established the nation's only Religious Liberty Clinic, enabling students under the professor's supervision to represent clients who are fighting to win legal battles on the grounds of religious freedom in America.

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Schall at Eighty-Five - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - The Catholic Thing

At seventy, I started writing, in effect, quinquennial reports on events of the previous half-decade.

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Track and phone your child with a watch - Family Edge

Have you ever felt the desire to find a way of tracking your children's whereabouts at all times night and day?

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Colleges Lose Pricing Power - Wall Street Journal

The demand for four-year college degrees is softening, the result of a perfect storm of economic and demographic forces that is sapping pricing power at a growing number of U.S. colleges and universities, according to a new survey by Moody's Investors Service.

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Christian religious education 'naïve, cartoonish' and lacking substance: Oxford researchers - LifeSiteNews

"Naïve," "cartoonish" and "lacking intellectual development." This is how a group of education experts at Oxford University have described the quality of religious education on Christianity in British schools.

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