CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - April 4, 2012
Note from the Managing Editor:
Lately, before Madeleine and I turn out the light, I've been reading her a chapter of Monsignor Leo Maasburg's book Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Personal Portrait. We love this book.
The sample chapter below tells two stories which illustrate why it's said that no one ever won an argument with Mother Teresa.
As well, you'll find Joseph Pearce's "The Man Who Saved The Original Papers of St. John of the Cross", a fascinating bit of cultural history I'll wager few of you had any idea of. I certainly didn't.
In addition, there's Archbishop Charles Chaput, Anthony Esolen, Peter Kreeft, Father James Schall, S.J., Father George Rutler, Father John Horgan, and in the lead-off spot, Pope Benedict XVI. In other words, I have quite a line up for you this week.
Please remember us during these final days leading up to Easter. We've had a rather soft response to our fundraising appeal so far. Thank you to those who have contributed so far. You can contribute to CERC here.
Finally, let me wish you all a very blessed Holy Week and a happy Easter. - J. Fraser Field
Quote of the Week:"It is imperative that the entire Catholic community in the United States comes to realize the grave threats to the Church's public moral witness." - Pope Benedict XVI
• "Who Is Jesus For Us?" - Pope Benedict XVI
• As more autism reported, doctors say check early - WSJ
• Building a Monastery the Medieval Way - Spiegel
• Federal Student Aid: The Worst of Both Worlds - NRO
• Echoes of The Big Bang - NRO
• A Night in Arzamas - The American Interest
• Bishops deny pushing school agenda - Irish Times
• Kennedy commencement war - Washington Post
• The Serious Games of Life and Death - Catholic World Report
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Gravitational fields in the spiritual life - Pope Benedict XVI - from a homily for Palm Sunday
The Fathers of the Church maintained that human beings stand at the point of intersection between two gravitational fields.
In the Vatican - Monsignor Leo Maasburg - chapter two from Mother Teresa of Calcutta: A Personal Portrait
"Mother Teresa's daily life, as described by Msgr. Maasburg, can be put in two powerful words: holy daring." - Alice von Hildebrand, Author, The Privilege of Being a Woman
"The Constitution is a great achievement in ordered liberty. But it's just another elegant scrap of paper unless people keep it alive with their convictions and lived witness."
It was March 1936. A series of anti-clerical riots swept through Toledo.
Christ proposes a vision of happiness which is the exact opposite of what everyone in the post-Christian West assumes to be the sources of the greatest happiness in life.
God has some "unrest" in His being.
I have long thought that the term "progressive" was a dodge, because no one could tell me exactly where we were supposed to be headed and why.
A literary adulterer confesses her e-sins - Barbara Kay - National Post
I was smitten by an enormous pang of guilt when I read that the Nicholas Hoare bookshop, for 40 years a fixture in my neighbourhood's tiny, semi-tony shopping hub, is closing its doors this July.
The moral meaning - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
There is a moral difference between sight and perception, just as there is between height and stature.
Palm Sunday - Father John Horgan - CERC
The power of Jesus, present in everything.
"Who Is Jesus For Us?" - Pope Benedict XVI
Palm Sunday is the great doorway leading into Holy Week.
What the pope witnessed in Cuba - Vatican Insider
Hundreds of thousands of people saw the Pope in Cuba, heard his speeches and reflected on all that went on during his visit. Naturally, each of these witnesses interpreted the visit in different ways.
The Pope's Challenge to Cuba — and the World - Catholic World Report
Benedict XVI's homily in the Plaza de la Revolucion on March 28 was a rousing call to peace, faith, and reason.
You've got holy week - Cardinal Timothy Dolan - (aol video)
Cardinal Timothy Dolan discusses the meaning of Holy Week in the Catholic church.
Cardinal Dolan thought he heard Barack Obama pledge respect for the Catholic Church's rights of conscience. Then came the contraception coverage mandate.
The nature of the Church and the importance of lay action - CatholicPhilly
God has given us too many good people in our archdiocese ... to fail if we work together to 'repair [God's] house.'"
No escape from Obamacare? - Ottawa Citizen
A warning about where things may go from our friendly neighbor to the north.
A War on Christians - John Allen Jr. - YouTube
The Global War on Christians: Dispatches from the Front Lines.
Too much — or too little — Catholic influence in politics? - Washington Post
The Catholic Church has always said both a "yes" and a "no" to the power of government.
Coming to a Truer Understanding of Tolerance - Archdiocese of Washington
Of itself, tolerance is a good and necessary thing. But, like most good things, it has its limits.
Why Opposing The Gay Lobby is Not Anti-Gay - The Blaze
Earlier this month the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's (GLAAD) "Commentator Accountability Project" included me on their list of people who deserve special scrutiny before they can be engaged as commentators on the marriage debate.
Priests illicitly ordained in China - UCA News
A Chinese bishop unrecognized by the Vatican recently ordained six priests, despite warnings from the Holy See.
An Atheist Argues for Europe's Christianity - NCRegister
Saturday Book Pick: Marcello Pera's Why We Should Call Ourselves Christians.
Jimmy Carter urges Democrats to tone down abortion focus - Daily Caller
Appearing on "The Laura Ingraham Show" Thursday to promote his book "NIV Lessons from Life Bible: Personal Reflections with Jimmy Carter," former President Jimmy Carter addressed the ever-hot topic of abortion — encouraging fellow Democrats to tone down their focus on the issue.
The Scambuster: An Interview With Doug Sipp of Stem Cell Treatment Monitor - The Chronicle of Higher Education
If you start looking into stem-cell tourism, it doesn't take long before you come across Stem Cell Treatment Monitor, a watchdog blog maintained by Doug Sipp.
Truth, goodness and beauty - Catholic Herald
Alain de Botton, one of the more genial new atheists who actually appreciates parts of religion, is selling himself short.
Occupy SF is back in action — and just in time for Easter!
Sorting out the latest from Vienna - in the light of the law
It appears that a small parish in the small town of Stützenhofen elected an openly-homosexual man, currently living in a civilly-registered partnership, to the parish council.
Life Without Sex: The Third Phase of the Asexuality Movement - The Atlantic
Now that he's raised awareness of his lifestyle, David Jay, founder of AVEN, is working to change mainstream beliefs about sex drives.
The Shroud of Turin — why I believe - Catholic Herald
The Church has always maintained a neutral stance on the Shroud of Turin's authenticity, but the faithful are free to believe.
Four-year-old Angela Irizarry was born with a single pumping chamber in her heart, a potentially lethal defect.
Many influential writers emerged at turn of the last century. Could such a revival be possible now?
At 18 months, Cristina Astacio spoke only a few words, wouldn't respond to her name and shunned other kids in her day care group. Last October, her worried parents found out why.
Building a Monastery the Medieval Way - Spiegel
Historians, architects, archaeologists and volunteers in Germany are teaming up to build a medieval monastery the old-fashioned way.
In today's Pope Center Clarion Call, I write about the effects of more than 45 years of federal student aid programs: higher costs and lower learning.
Echoes of The Big Bang - NRO
Imagining the universe's origin isn't easy 13.75 billion years later.
A Night in Arzamas - The American Interest
How Tolstoy's obsession with mortality became a teachable moment.
Bishops deny pushing school agenda - Irish Times
It's gotten to the point in Ireland that bishops have to deny trying to determine the religious education of Catholics in state-run schools.
Kennedy commencement war - Washington Post
A small Catholic college in Massachusetts has cancelled a commencement invitation to Sen. Ted Kennedy's widow because of her support of abortion rights and gay marriage.
The Serious Games of Life and Death - Catholic World Report
Box-office hit The Hunger Games depicts the fight for freedom and dignity in a dystopian future.