CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - January 23, 2013
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
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
• Pope: everyone, even atheists, want to see the face of God - VIS
• 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
Walking in the dark - Catherine de Hueck Doherty - from Donkey Bells: Advent and Christmas
Faith is to believe without understanding, without seeing.
An interview with Jeanne Monahan about the history and future of the annual March for Life.
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.
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.
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."
Would it not be wonderful to have an encyclopedia of Catholic social thought?
I'd been tied up with students all morning. No sooner did student number ten leave than student number eleven appeared. It was Theresa.
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.
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.
2013: The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time - mp3 - Father John Horgan - CERC
The wedding feast at Cana.
Even atheists "desire to know the face of God", Benedict XVI said at his general audience this morning.
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.
This year's event will focus not only on abortion but broad questions of culture.
A new report concludes that in many states there were "significant victories for life" in legislation during 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An object lesson in how certain media outlets subtly – and not so subtly – use the news to advance partisan positions.
An interview with a former Komen executive reveals how Planned Parenthood is allowed to define what constitutes "women's health."
A historical survey of how contraception has been handled in the confessional over the past century.
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".
The intellectual and emotional emptiness at the heart of atheism.
How did we forget about hell? - Catholic Herald
Two theologians bear much of the blame, as a new book shows.
Profile of Vatican's secular tribunals - L'Espresso
L'Espresso offers a rare and interesting look at the Vatican's system of secular justice.
Some notes at the passing of one of baseball's greatest hitters – and most authentic Catholics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Christopher Kaczor's Seven Big Myths - First Thoughts
The Church hates science. The Church hates women. The Church hates gay people.
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.
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.
Standards assist schools in revitalizing mission, boosting Catholic identity.
Grammar Lesson of the Day: And - First Thoughts
"Never begin a sentence with and," my college freshmen have been told.
Word of the Day: what - First Thoughts
I like how hillbillies pronounce this relative pronoun: hwut.
Hope for the Gay Undergrad - Christinianity Today
More and more groups connected with Christian colleges openly reach out to students with same-sex attractions.
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.
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.
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?
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.
"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.