CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - April 17, 2013

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

Three people were killed and 176 injured in the horror that is the Boston Marathon explosions.  Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston issued the following statement from the Holy Land, where he's currently on a pilgrimage: "In the Darkness of This Tragedy, We Turn To the Light of Christ."

May God help us.

Below you'll find Archbishop Charles Chaput has an incisive reflection on religious liberty.  And Brian Doyle's article "Why Do We Say One Thing About Children But Do Another?" is both beautiful and demanding.

Further down, Robert Reilly explains that the ". . . issue of 'gay' rights is about far more than sexual practices.  It is, as lesbian advocate Paula Ettelbrick proclaimed, about "transforming the very fabric of society . . . [and] radically reordering society's views of reality.

As Reilly tells it "There are two basic, profoundly different anthropologies behind the competing visions of man at the heart of the dispute over same-sex marriage."  At this moment, Rousseau is in the process of turning Aristotle on his head. - J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:

"Wherever politics tries to be redemptive, it is promising too much. Where it wishes to do the work of God, it becomes not divine, but demonic." - Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI



New Resources:

"Do you love me?" - Abbot Mauro-Giuseppi, O.Cist. - from Simon Called Peter: In the Footsteps of a Man Following God
Our First Right: Religious Liberty - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. - Public Discourse
Why Do We Say One Thing About Children But Do Another? - Brian Doyle - Portland Magazine
The road to same-sex marriage was paved by Rousseau - Robert Reilly - Mercatornet
On the Problem of False Dichotomies Advanced by Those who Oppose the Faith - Msgr. Charles Pope - Archdiocese of Washington
The Iron Lady I Knew Was Bendable - Michael Novak - Huffington Post
The Light of the World - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing
Shakespeare's MacBeth - Mitchell Kalpakgian - Crisis
The accuracy of the Holy Spirit - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
Witnesses of the Resurrection - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman - from Parochial and Plain Sermons

Editorials of Interest:

Fifteen Days in Rome: How the Pope Was Picked - WSJ
Five thoughts on the pope's new 'G8' - NCR
Francis' Friar — O'Malley, The "Super-Cardinal" - Whispers
Another senseless act of violence: Boston Marathon - Mercatornet
Francis: We Don't Save Ourselves - Zenit
Impoverished Spirits - On the Square
Packed churches and online sermons - Vatican Insider
Early Returns on Pope Francis' Pontificate - NCRegister
Gay marriage: a case study in conformism - Spiked
WPost reporter explains her personal Gosnell blackout - Get Religion
From Roe to Gosnell - Wall Street Journal
Savage Islamic Attack on St. Mark Cathedral Allowed by Egyptian Forces - Front Page
Anger, Hatred and Irrational Rage - Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Patheos
Knights of Columbus call for end to HHS mandate - CNA
Duncan Stroik: Church Architecture — Tradition in Continuity - CWR
Want Mainstream Media Coverage? Join the Mainstream - First Thoughts
What We Want Is the Head of the Friar - New Yorker
Papal Music, 3rd Sunday of Easter - Youtube
Sex After Christianity - The American Conservative
Persecution in North Korea - NRO
Obama's Use of Drones: Far from Discriminate - First Thoughts
The other controversial legacy - Mercatornet

Education Matters:

Schools push a curriculum of propaganda - George F. Will - Washington Post
How Teachers Unions Hurt Schools - Prager University
State Universities Welcome Religious Clubs after Gonzaga Snubs Knights of Columbus - Catholic Education Daily?
The Final Four — of College Chess! - Washington Post
What's the Matter With Vassar? - NRO
'Transgendered' Kids in School: The Big Lie - Words from Cana
School Choice as Social Justice - The Catholic Thing
Latin Makes an Appearance on Finnish Radio. News at VI. - New York Times
Study: Religious Schools Perform Better Than Public Schools - Christian Post
Let's Reclaim the Word 'Diversity' - Minding the Campus
Did FDR End or Extend the Depression? - Prager University


NEW RESOURCES:

"Do you love me?" - Abbot Mauro-Giuseppi, O.Cist. - from Simon Called Peter: In the Footsteps of a Man Following God

The night fell gently on the tranquil water.

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Our First Right: Religious Liberty - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. - Public Discourse

The following remarks by Archbishop Charles Chaput were submitted to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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Why Do We Say One Thing About Children But Do Another?
- Brian Doyle - Portland Magazine

You know and I know that for every two we raise decently, another is lost.

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The road to same-sex marriage was paved by Rousseau - Robert Reilly - Mercatornet

Ineluctably, the issue of "gay" rights is about far more than sexual practices. It is, as lesbian advocate Paula Ettelbrick proclaimed, about "transforming the very fabric of society . . . [and] radically reordering society's views of reality".

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On the Problem of False Dichotomies Advanced by Those who Oppose the Faith
- Msgr. Charles Pope - Archdiocese of Washington

One of the more common issues faced today in proclaiming the faith is the problem that many, who reject some truth of the faith, set up false dichotomies

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The Iron Lady I Knew Was Bendable
- Michael Novak - Huffington Post

One evening during the end of Lady Thatcher's long run as Prime Minister, my wife Karen and I had dinner with her and Dennis at the mountain condo of mutual friends in Vail, Colorado.

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The Light of the World - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing

"New Pope Puts His Humility on Display", reads the headline, with no trace of embarrassment or irony.

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Shakespeare's MacBeth - Mitchell Kalpakgian - Crisis

Macbeth portrays the agony of a manís soul in the throes of temptation as he hears the voices of the witches and the voice of Lady Macbeth luring him to commit murder to gain the power of kingship.

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The accuracy of the Holy Spirit - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

This past week I remembered at the altar my maternal grandmother on what would have been her one hundred and twenty-eighth birthday.

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Witnesses of the Resurrection
- Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman - from Parochial and Plain Sermons

Why did not our Saviour show Himself after His resurrection to all the people?

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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Fifteen Days in Rome: How the Pope Was Picked - WSJ

The inside story: From the Red Room where Bergoglio's name was first dropped to a faithful night on Rome's Piazza Navona.

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Five thoughts on the pope's new 'G8' - NCR

A Vatican announcement Saturday that Francis has named eight cardinals to advise him on governance represents the first concrete step toward the reform that was so much in the air during the run-up to the conclave that propelled a Latin American outsider to the papacy.

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Francis' Friar — O'Malley, The "Super-Cardinal" - Whispers

To repeat a line once said of Seán O'Malley among his Capuchin confreres, "The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone."

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Papal Music, 3rd Sunday of Easter - Youtube

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina - Lauda, anima mea sung during Mass at the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside-the-Walls 14 April 2013.

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Another senseless act of violence: Boston Marathon - Mercatornet

Whoever the bomber is, killing and maiming probably came second in his mind to spreading fear and hatred. Feverish speculation is a good way to lend him a hand. A post by Sheila Liaugminas on this is the most sensible I have read so far.

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Francis: We Don't Save Ourselves - Zenit

Pope at Morning Mass Warns Against False Securities.

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Impoverished Spirits - On the Square

Pope Francis is no "Brother Sun, Sister Moon" romantic.

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Packed churches and online sermons - Vatican Insider

Parish priests confirm that since Francis occupied the Chair of Peter, more faithful have been going to confession.

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Early Returns on Pope Francis' Pontificate - NCRegister

It's still too early to gauge what the Holy Father plans in some key areas, but after an impressive start a clearer picture is coming into focus.

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Gay marriage: a case study in conformism - Spiked

Anyone who values diversity of thought and tolerance of dissent should find the sweeping consensus on gay marriage terrifying.

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WPost reporter explains her personal Gosnell blackout - Get Religion

I've been writing about media coverage of abortion for many years. And so have many others.

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From Roe to Gosnell - Wall Street Journal

A libertarian Wall Street Journal columnist feels the pro-choice earth shift beneath him, because of the Gosnell case.

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Savage Islamic Attack on St. Mark Cathedral Allowed by Egyptian Forces - Front Page

Egypt's Coptic Christians frequently accuse State Security and police of overlooking Muslim attacks on Christians and their places of worship, especially monasteries and churches.

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Anger, Hatred and Irrational Rage - Fr. Dwight Longenecker - Patheos

The death of Margaret Thatcher and the suicide of Matthew Warren — the son of Pastor Rick Warren has brought to light the irrational rage that has been simmering in our society for some time.

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Knights of Columbus call for end to HHS mandate - CNA

The Knights filed formal comments with the government calling for an end to the HHS mandate and "a new course" for religious and moral objections.

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Duncan Stroik: Church Architecture — Tradition in Continuity - CWR

A new book explores the history and meaning — and the promising future — of sacred architecture.

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Want Mainstream Media Coverage? Join the Mainstream - First Thoughts

Many pro-lifers have noted mainstream news outlets' refusal to cover the ongoing trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

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What We Want Is the Head of the Friar - New Yorker

Many pro-lifers have noted mainstream news outlets' refusal to cover the ongoing trial of Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

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Sex After Christianity - The American Conservative

Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one.

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Persecution in North Korea - NRO

"One cannot even say the word 'religion.' North Korea does have Christians and Catholics. They have buildings but they are all fake. These groups exist to falsely show the world that North Korea has freedom of religion."

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Obama's Use of Drones: Far from Discriminate - First Thoughts

McClatchy belied the administration's repeated assertions that drones rarely kill civilians.

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The other controversial legacy - Mercatornet

Robert Edwards, the inventor of IVF, died two days after Margaret Thatcher. History may show that his impact was even greater than hers.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Schools push a curriculum of propaganda - George F. Will - Washington Post

The real vocation of some people entrusted with delivering primary and secondary education is to validate this proposition: The three R's — formerly reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic — now are racism, reproduction and recycling.

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How Teachers Unions Hurt Schools - Prager University

The purpose of a union is to represent the job interests of its members and these interests are simply are not the same as the interests of children.

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State Universities Welcome Religious Clubs after Gonzaga Snubs Knights of Columbus - Catholic Education Daily

State legislators in Idaho and Virginia have invited religious student clubs to seek official recognition at public universities, even while some Jesuit universities object to the membership policies of the Knights of Columbus.

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The Final Four — of College Chess! - Washington Post

Here is a delightful Washington Post story about collegiate chess, which has become surprisingly competitive.

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What's the Matter With Vassar? - NRO

A sad and at times bizarre story out of Vassar shows how profoundly troubled America's colleges now are.

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'Transgendered' Kids in School: The Big Lie - Words from Cana

The 'Big Lie' can never substitute for the truth.

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School Choice as Social Justice - The Catholic Thing

I've always relished the family lore that had us related to Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the only Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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Latin Makes an Appearance on Finnish Radio. News at VI. - New York Times

Now you can get a weekly summary of world events and news broadcast by Finnish state radio — not in Finnish, but in classical Latin.

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Study: Religious Schools Perform Better Than Public Schools - Christian Post

William Jeynes, professor of education at California State University at Long Beach and senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton found that religious, mostly Christian, school students were a full year ahead of students who attend public and charter schools.

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Let's Reclaim the Word 'Diversity' - Minding the Campus

It's a good word that has been subverted to promote the evaluating of groups of people on the basis of some physical characteristic rather on individual merit.

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Did FDR End or Extend the Depression? - Prager University

President Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal," has long been credited with rescuing the nation from the Great Depression of the 1930's. Lee Ohanian, Professor of Economics at UCLA, challenges this conventional wisdom in a provocative examination of FDR's economic policies.

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