CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - April 25, 2012
Note from the Managing Editor:
Charles W. "Chuck" Colson (1931- 2012) has gone home.
Known as "Nixon's hatchet man" for his role in the 1972 Watergate scandal, Colson spent seven months in Maxwell Federal Prison in Alabama in 1974. He emerged from his prison experience a new man with a zeal-filled Christian faith and a gospel-inspired mission.
Charles Colson would spend much of his energies for the rest of his life working to lead prison inmates to a better life through following Jesus Christ and embracing a Christian faith. The Prison Fellowship he established counts over 50,000 prison ministry volunteers and is active in 119 countries around the world.
As he told various Congressional committees and anyone who would listen: "The problem is not education, the problem in not poverty, the problem is not racism; the problem is the breakdown of moral values in American life, and the criminal justice system cannot respond."
Colson and his ministry responded.
Charles Colson was also a great friend of the Catholic Church and a leading figure with Father RIchard John Neuhaus in establishing bonds of brotherhood and trust between Evangelicals and Catholics. See a short video tribute to Charles Colson here. May he rest in peace. - J. Fraser Field
Quote of the Week:"The big, blazing truth about man is that he has a heaven-sized hole in his heart, and nothing else can fill it. We pass our lives trying to fill the Grand Canyon with marbles. As Augustine said: Thou hast made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee". - Peter Kreeft
• Prayers, not programs, sustain the Church, Pope tells weekly audience - VIS
• Slum Dwellers in India Save for Private Schooling - The Foundry
• Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? - The Atlantic
• British Library buys 900 year old Gospel of St. John manuscript - Holy Post
• Highway to hell: The changing face of pop music - Washington Times
• Enough of parenting misery lit - Mercatornet
• UC president: Faculty should educate, not proselytize - OrovilleMR.com
• Revisiting Jacques Maritain's 'Education at the Crossroads' - Taking education seriously
• A generation in transition - Pew Research
• When were the civil liberties of porn users more important than those of children? - Mail
• Catholic Schools: Toeing the Party Line - Crisis Magazine
God's love unchanging - Father Bede Jarrett, O.P. - from Meditations for Layfolk
God cannot but love me.
What is "Catholic character," why does it matter, and what can we do as parents to develop it in our children?
The Vatican and the Sisters - George Weigel - National Review Online
The bells of St. Mary's haven't been ringing for some time now.
The fifth and sixth beatitudes.
Humility is more, far more, than a curative for pride. It is itself a mighty power.
Whether it is the glory of the fall or the purity of the snow, the perfume of flowers or the deliciousness of food, the greatness of noble men or the sweetness of children, A Wonder Book depicts the inexhaustible riches of creation teeming with goodness and beauty in a myriad of forms.
Change of heart - Dr. Anthony J. Caruso - Mercatornet
In 2010 an eminent Chicago IVF doctor left his practice of creating babies in Petri dishes. This is his story.
How to Ask a Question - Peter Wood - National Association of Scholars
Events open to public response these days are swamped with people who don't know how to ask questions. Here's how.
Our Joyful Pope - Andrea Monda - Chiesa
I have not made a careful check, but I am willing to bet that if one were to analyze word frequency in the texts of Benedict XVI, the word used most often would be "joy."
The Third Sunday of Easter - Father John Horgan - CERC
The many meanings found in the Gospel of Luke.
The Catholic Church seeks protection not in political or social programs but in the power of prayer, Pope Benedict XVI told his regular weekly public audience on April 18.
National Catholic Prayer Breakfast address - Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson - K of C
May we, like Blessed John Paul II, be not afraid in our choosing.
Timothy Dolan - Time
The 100 most influential people in the world.
Dopey because I probably should be immune to media bias by now.
When American Faith Transcended Differences - New York Times
In Bad Religion, Ross Douthat discusses U.S. Christianity.
Best Job in the world - YouTube
Being a mom is the hardest job in the world. But it's also the best.
US Army chaplain Father Emil Kapaun stole, suffered and sacrificed his life for his fellow soldiers in a Korean prison camp. Six decades after his death, he is being considered for the Medal of Honor - and sainthood.
Test of Fire: Election 2012 - YouTube
Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire?
Where's the Outrage? - The Catholic Thing
A "writer, teacher, and gay star" named Conor Habib recently published an article in Salon.com called "Rest Stop Confidential."
United States, a "boom" of vocations - Vatican Insider
Positive data compared to the rest of the western world where seminarists are less and less numerous. On the other hand, their numbers grow in Asia, Africa and Oceania.
'New law will compel churches to offer same-sex marriages' - Catholic Herald
David Cameron will not be able to exempt the Churches from a duty to offer marriages to gay couples, a senior Catholic barrister has warned.
How C S Lewis prompted the conversion of Richard Nixon's 'hatchet man' - Catholic Herald
Charles Colson went on to found the world's biggest prison ministry.
The Vatican confirmed Wednesday that the Society of St. Pius X, the traditionalist movement founded by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, has responded to a "doctrinal preamble" presented in September as a precondition for reunion with the Catholic church.
Is America a Nation of Heretics? A Conversation with Ross Douthat - Albert Mohler (audio)
Ross Douthat discusses the secular and religious misconceptions about religion in America today.
Oldest church in Holy Land - Biblical Archaeology Review
The Israeli government is planning to move a prison in Megiddo because the oldest known Christian church has been discovered beneath it.
Bishops take on Obama - Weekly Standard
The new statement from the U.S. bishops sets up a dramatic — and needed — showdown between the Church and the Obama administration.
European Dignity Watch says that two of the world's largest abortion providers are being funded by the European Union's development aid budget.
The Anglican "escape" towards Rome - Vatican Insider
Dozens of pastors and hundreds of believers are returning to the Catholic Church because of its acceptance of female bishops and gay clergymen.
Mitt Romney has repeated his position that he'd like to see the repeal of Roe v. Wade.
What it's all about.
The Paradox of Public Education - The Atlantic
Schools are controlled by the government, but they serve specific communities with niche needs. How can education be publicly funded but privately managed?
Slum Dwellers in India Save for Private Schooling - The Foundry
As Michelle Kaffenberger points out, parents in the poorest parts of India share a concern of many Americans: Their children don't actually learn much in the public schools.
Is Facebook Making Us Lonely? - The Atlantic
Social media — from Facebook to Twitter — have made us more densely networked than ever.
A seventh century gospel discovered in a saint's coffin more than 900 years ago, and the oldest European book to survive fully intact, has been acquired by the British Library for nine million pounds (US$14-million), the library said on Tuesday.
Highway to hell: The changing face of pop music - Washington Times
Pop music has long been on a downward slope, but it's now become unbelievably crass. The top 100 songs of the 1970s contained 55 obscene references. In the 1990s, this number rose to 168. But in the 2000s, it rose to a staggering 598 - an increase of 360 percent from the previous decade.
Enough of parenting misery lit - Mercatornet
Raising kids is not a Sunday stroll in the park, but if you never get there, whose fault is it?
UC president: Faculty should educate, not proselytize - OrovilleMR.com
During his talk at the Chico Chamber of Commerce Tuesday, University of California President Mark Yudof was asked about professors who promote their own political beliefs.
Revisiting Jacques Maritain's 'Education at the Crossroads' - Taking education seriously
A classic but often neglected work on education is the French philosopher Jacques Maritain's Education at the Crossroads.
The Public Religion Research Institute and Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs recently released results of their 2012 survey of "millennials." "Millennials" are young adults between the ages of 18 and 24.
As any responsible parent knows, the internet has introduced a vile new hazard into the upbringing of children.
Catholic Schools: Toeing the Party Line - Crisis Magazine
Robbed of much of their vitality by the violent implosion in religious orders, especially those devoted to teaching the young, over the past fifty years, our Catholic schools have struggled to stay alive — and many have closed their doors forever.