CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - April 18, 2012
Note from the Managing Editor:
Joseph Ratzinger was born 85 years ago this past Monday, April 16. That was Holy Saturday in 1927. His mother brought little Joseph to the Easter Vigil where he was baptised. "On the day I was born, thanks to my parents, I was also reborn with the water of the Spirit," reflected the Pope.
The Holy Father's birthday is coincident with the Feast Day of Saint Bernadette Soubirous. Like St. Bernadette, observed the Pope, "...we can't lose a simple heart, the gaze of a simple heart that's able to see what's essential."
The Pope's own simple heart was in evidence as he retired after his Mass of thanksgiving to the Vatican's Clementine Hall where he was met by a delegation of bishops and civic leaders from his Bavarian homeland in southern Germany. A CNA/EWTN news report tells us:
Ad multos annos, Holy Father. - J. Fraser Field
Quote of the Week:"To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often." - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
• Pope Benedict, still soldiering on - Mike Cook - Mercatornet
• How to Ask a Question - NAS
• Autism, traffic, and unstudied vaccine components -Mercatornet
• The New Animal House - American Spectator
• Iran says no university education for student protesters - BBC
• Study: Abstinence ed. works - onenewsnow
• The Math of Khan - City Journal
• Stalked by Stupidity - PJ Media
• Sliding versus deciding: the risks of cohabitation - Mercatornet
• Sexualisation of children a public health issue - Family Edge
On Courtesy - Hilaire Belloc - from Complete Verse
Of Courtesy, it is much less
Framing the Religious-Liberty Issue - George Weigel - National Review Online
The U.S. Bishops' ad hoc committee sets the terms of debate.
Monuments commemorate the nation, raise it above the land on which it is planted, and express an idea of public duty and public achievement in which everyone can share.
In the world of fairy tales one can never underestimate the significance of a kind deed, a friendly favor, the integrity of a promise, or hard work.
Christ's fourth beatitude, "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness," cuts to the rotten flesh at the heart of the modern world.
Agape restaurants and Centres for Self-Knowledge are among the innovative suggestions a British litterateur has for a post-deity world.
A person is most human not when he is mulling over the details of a marketing campaign, or carting a wheelbarrow full of clay for the fashioning of bricks without straw.
The Lost Art of Catholic Drinking - Sean P. Dailey - Crisis Magazine
There is Protestant drinking and there is Catholic drinking, and the difference is more than mere quantity.
The mercy of God and the pride of life - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
The Second Sunday of Easter celebrates the many mercies our Divine Lord has shown to us and the whole world.
The Second Sunday of Easter - Father John Horgan - CERC
The early days after the Resurrection.
Pope Benedict, still soldiering on - Mike Cook - Mercatornet
Benedict XVI's analysis of the crisis of Western culture is outstanding in its depth and clarity.
A transitional papacy? - Vatican Insider
Many of those who voted for Benedict XVI in April 2005 believed his would be a transitional papacy. They were wrong.
A Rare Pope: With a Sense of Humor - Chiesa
On April 16, 2012, Benedict XVI turns 85. And three days later he marks the sixth anniversary of his pontificate. A writer sketches a profile of him. It's a surprising one.
Secular world has a Christian foundation - Sydney Morning Herald
Virtually all the secular ideas that non-believers value have Christian origins.
Supreme Knight Carl Anderson to Address 8th Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast - Knights of Columbus
Addressing a burning issue for Catholics nationwide – religious liberty – Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson will serve as guest speaker at this year’s Eighth Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast.
Traditional Catholicism Is Winning - Wall Street Journal
There were 467 new priestly ordinations in the U.S. last year, and Boston's seminary had to turn away applicants.
He had the opportunity to take a lifeboat and come to safety. But he stayed with the people, prayed with them, gave them spiritual sustenance.
One million Christians "hidden" in Arabia - Vatican Insider
It is a phenomenon not often spoken about. But the Arabian peninsula, homeland of Islam, is host to millions of Christians.
Arizona lawmakers have voted to ban abortions after 20 weeks except in medical emergencies, according to news reports from Phoenix.
The BBC has been told by doctors that Uzbekistan is running a secret programme to sterilise women — and has talked to women sterilised without their knowledge or consent.
A Catholic budget? - The Hill
Paul Ryan, a Catholic, says his budget proposals reflect his faith. Some Catholics agree — others don’t.
British soccer team owner and prominent philanthropist Ilyas Khan reflects on his conversion.
The State of Christian Persecution Around the Globe - Word on Fire
We'd all like to think that things are getting better. That religious tolerance is the norm. That people now are able to worship in peace without fear of reprisal. That is, unfortunately for Christians around the world, far from the case.
What Vatican II didn't say - Catholic Herald
Insistence that only dissenters authentically reflect the teachings of the Second Vatican Council really needs to be put to rest.
The Population Control Holocaust - The New Atlantis
Around the world, the population control movement has resulted in billions of lost or ruined lives.
In an exclusive interview on his new eBook "A Heart on Fire," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput says the recent contraception mandate points to a "pattern" of attacks on religious liberty in the U.S.
Mass appeal - Christianity Today
The HHS mandate has evangelicals and Catholics finding common ground on ethics — and strategy.
A new report says more than 150,000 North Koreans are incarcerated in a Soviet-style, hidden gulag despite the communist government's denial it holds political prisoners.
In the Supreme Shrine - New York Review of Books
Journey to Mecca: what the hajj has meant for Muslims.
Two cheers for Hollywood - Mercatornet
When it comes to corporate social responsibility Hollywood occasionally gives us cause to cheer.
Jindal's Tough Education Reform - National Review Online
Smart, comprehensive, innovative: Louisana's education changes represent the best of conservative thought.
How to Ask a Question - NAS
Events open to public response these days are swamped with people who don't know how to ask questions. Here's how.
Autism, traffic, and unstudied vaccine components - Mercatornet
Is the abortion/bio-tech industry implicated in the astounding rise in autism?
The New Animal House - American Spectator
The communities university administrators now fear.
Iran's minister for science, research and technology says students who protested after the disputed presidential elections in 2009 are not allowed to get university education.
Study: Abstinence ed. works - onenewsnow
A newly released study underpins the positive effects Sexual Risk Avoidance, or abstinence education, has on delaying sexual onset during teen years.
The Math of Khan - City Journal
Not just a YouTube phenomenon, but a model for educational transformation.
Stalked by Stupidity - PJ Media
As regular readers of Roger's Rules know, I do not often read our former paper of record.
Sliding versus deciding: the risks of cohabitation - Mercatornet
Wonders will never cease! The New York Times has published an article pointing out the risks of cohabitation.
Sexualisation of children a public health issue - Family Edge
Australian doctors are calling for an inquiry into what has been labelled the "premature sexualisation of children in marketing and advertising", with the Australian Medical Association arguing the practice is detrimental to child health and development.