CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - January 29, 2014
Note from the Managing Editor:
Ralph Martin is known for asking important if provocative and sometimes disquieting questions.
In our feature article this week, Martin wonders: “Why aren't we more concerned about how even many of our fellow Catholics are engaging in behaviors ("lifestyles"), or accepting, or even approving them, in others, that scripture says will exclude them from the kingdom?” See "'I Haven't Killed Anyone!' What Serious Sins Will Exclude Us from the Kingdom of God?" reprinted from Homiletic & Pastoral Review.
Gerard V. Bradley of Notre Dame steps back and offers his assessment of where the pro-life movement is today, what it has almost miraculously accomplished, and what new challenges it will have to face in the immediate future. See "The Pro-Life Movement, Forty-One Years After Roe."
Daniel Johnson of Standpoint believes the compositions of Johann Sebastian Bach are the closest thing to the voice of God in music. He avers that John Eliot Gardiner is Bach's prophet. See "Is Bach the Voice of God in Music?"
In the minds of some of our media prophets it somehow follows that because we have a new style of papacy under Pope Francis some fundamental teachings of the Church are also about to change. I think someone with a little knowledge of the Church needs to make a few distinctions. And who better to make those distinctions than a faithful Jesuit like Father James V. Schall, S.J.? See "On 'Changing' Catholicism."
Then Sean Fitzpatrick explains and illustrates with stories the most quintessential quality of Saint Thomas Aquinas — his childlike innocence. See "Thomas Aquinas's Secret to Sainthood." - J. Fraser Field
Quote of the Week:"When young people want to praise themselves, they describe themselves as "nonjudgmental." For them, the highest form of morality is amorality." - Theodore Dalrymple
• Pope Francis: Receive God's Gifts with a Generous Heart - NCRegister
• I Don’t Want to Go to Church! - Standing on My Head
• False child abuse allegations take a heavy toll on teachers - Mercatornet
• Wright's Law: A Unique Teacher Imparts Real Life Lessons - youtube
• Breakdown of families threatens Catholic ed - OSV
• Bright Ideas in Catholic Schools - OSV
• A Rebirth of Liberty and Learning - Imprimis
• Why do boys love trucks so much? - Reading Matters
• Religious Education Apostolates: Teaching the Truth in Christ - NCRegister
• Seattle Catholic school leader resigns amid same-sex marriage controversy - Catholic Culture
Attentive to the Divine Influence - Father John Tauler O.P. - from Johannes Tauler, Sermons
Be sure of this, children; there is not a single instant in which God does not pour into us some divine influence, which we would plainly feel if we were but more attentive.
The Ordinary Process of Mental Prayer - Father Edward Leen, C.S.SP. - ch. 4 from Progress through Mental Prayer
Mental Prayer is an ascent or approach of the mind to God.
Why aren't we more concerned about how even many of our fellow Catholics are engaging in behaviors ("lifestyles"), or accepting, or even approving them, in others, that scripture says will exclude them from the kingdom?
There are lots of Bachs, but only one Sebastian — and John Eliot Gardiner is his prophet.
Since Jorge Bergoglio became Pope, we have had countless discussions of "change" in the Church.
The Pro-Life Movement, Forty-One Years After Roe - Gerard V. Bradley - Public Discourse
Every organization or movement needs to pause occasionally and take a critical look at itself: its goals, its agenda, and its tactics.
The innocence of this 13th century sage is perhaps the quintessence of his character, and the most seemingly incongruous element of his renown.
If students attend schools which are run as sexual playgrounds, is it any wonder if they fail to learn?
Problem Christians - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
Pliny the Younger, governor of Pontus from 111 to 113, had a problem.
The Third Sunday of Ordinary Time, 2014 - Father John Horgan - CERC
The first conversion and the second.
At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father said that despite their divisions Christians should rejoice in the gifts each denomination has received.
A line in Pope Francis' first message on World Day of Communications revived the question of how Christians are called to both search for truth in others and proclaim the truth in Jesus Christ.
The full text of the pope's address to a women's center in Italy about the need to use women's gifts to greater effect in the Church.
"The internet …," writes Pope Francis today, "offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God."
Pope Francis has expressed an intention to visit the United States in September 2015, according to Vatican sources who spoke to NCR on background this week, who stressed that nothing is official and the date is too far into the future to be certain.
Pope Francis — bishop of Rome, sovereign of the Vatican City State, his holiness — has another title to add to his papal resume: Rolling Stone cover subject.
The super-rich don't really need to listen to anybody's advice.
Why steal the blood of the Blessed Pope John Paul II? - Get Religion
So let's talk about the theft of that relic containing the blood of the Blessed Pope John Paul II.
As thousands of protesters converged on the National Mall yesterday to mark the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Republican lawmakers renewed their commitment to the anti-abortion movement.
They have the task of supervising the IOR. Four of the five are new.
More Imperfect Unions - Ross Douthat - New York Times
The data are in (and have been for some time), and it is clear that the one thing that ameliorates poverty and crime is marriage. But don't expect most liberals to accept it.
The typical religious who professed perpetual vows in 2013 is a 37-year-old cradle Catholic who has three or more siblings and who regularly prayed the Rosary and took part in Eucharistic adoration before entering religious life, according to a survey released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Key findings about growing religious hostilities around the world - Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center has been tracking religious restrictions and hostilities around the world since 2007.
Last week two outrageously anti-Catholic outbursts took place in the public forum.
He took a condescending tone to soon to be Cardinal Muller as a German — and rigid over the divorced and remarried. Who gave him the right?
A "revolting anti-choice agenda" - Breitbart
The president and his party think protecting the unborn is a revolting war on women; the statistics on women who have had abortions tells a different tale.
Catholic leaders criticized NY Gov. Cuomo for suggesting that pro-life individuals are extremists who "have no place in the state of New York."
When a Vatican cardinal presented a message from Pope Francis to the World Economic Forum today, it might have been the first time a papal message actually has been read out in Davos, but it certainly wasn't the first time a Pope has spoken out on economic justice.
A decade of Polish hopes and fears in the EU - Mercatornet
The legacy of long years of Communism dies hard.
A Ukrainian priest and historian discusses the crisis in Ukraine.
The best solution to our nation’s failing educational system is empowering parents.
I Don’t Want to Go to Church! - Standing on My Head
When I was a high school chaplain I had a set of parents fix an appointment to see me.
These days it is heresy to suggest some teenagers may sometimes exaggerate — but when it comes to accusations of sexual abuse or misconduct, teachers who are falsely accused have little hope of salvaging their careers.
Jeffrey Wright uses wacky experiments to teach children about the universe, but it is his own personal story that teaches them the true meaning of life.
John Garvey, CUA president, says educators need to face issues arising from secular society head-on.
Creative initiatives maximize potential in a changing landscape.
A Rebirth of Liberty and Learning - Imprimis
There is a proper way to educate and there is a proper way to govern, and they are both known.
Why do boys love trucks so much? - Reading Matters
A lovely, warm and reassuring picture book for young children, this book has been almost constantly a bestseller since it was first published in 2011.
Despite the profound changes in Catholic education in recent decades, some communities remain strongly committed to their teaching apostolates.
Seattle Catholic school leader resigns amid same-sex marriage controversy - Catholic Culture
Sister Mary Tracy, the president and CEO of a Seattle-area Catholic school, has resigned amid continued controversy over the dismissal of the school’s vice principal.