CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - May 1, 2013

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

Thomas Nagel is a heretic.

A convinced atheist and probably the most famous philosopher in the United States, Nagel doesn't believe that the neo-Darwinian conception of nature — and the materialism that seems naturally to flow from it in the minds of many scientists — are at all convincing.   Our feature article this week, "The Heretic," explains Nagel's reasoning and why the knives are out for him in some prominent scientific circles.

Next we learn that music is a "character-forming force" as Peter Kwasniewski explains.

The storyline that secular thinkers tell us about how and why people stop believing in God simply doesn't hold up to scrutiny.  It's a scrutiny that Mary Eberstadt provides in "The Family is the Key to the Future of Faith."

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens is an important defense and articulation of real life, as Paul Joseph Prezzia tell us.

Then Robert R. Reilly gives the U.S. President a badly needed history lesson.

Something that hasn't received much commentary in the horror that was the Boston bombings is the troubling absence of clerics at the bomb site.  See "Faith at the Finish Line in Boston" below.

And what those bombings should point us to is addressed by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput in "The Boston bombings and their aftermath." - J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:

"It is the heart which perceives God and not the reason. That is what faith is: God perceived by the heart, not by the reason." - Blaise Pascal



New Resources:

The Will of the Father - Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. - from - Anima Christi: Soul of Christ
The Heretic - Andrew Ferguson - The Weekly Standard
Music as a Character-Forming Force - Peter Kwasniewski - Corpus Christi Watershed
The Family is the Key to the Future of Faith - Mary Eberstadt - Standpoint
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - Paul Joseph Prezzia - Crisis
The President needs a history lesson - Robert R. Reilly - Mercatornet
Faith at the Finish Line in Boston - Jennifer Graham - Wall Street Journal
The Boston bombings and their aftermath - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput - Catholic Philly
The Grammar of Heaven - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
5th Sunday of Easter - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:

The Spell of Pope Francis - Chiesa
Retired Teacher Remembers Young Jorge Bergoglio - EWTN
The New York Times is right: Pope Francis is a doctrinal conservative in the mold of Pope Benedict XVI - New Advent
The courage to swim against the tide - L'Osservatore Romano
Soccer star recounts audience with Pope - Vatican.va
Council of Europe hailed for religious freedom resolution - CNA
Pope Francis Film Is in the Works - NCRegister
How to See the New Pope in Rome - New York Times
Richard Dawkins has lost: meet the new new atheists - Catholic Herald
Gosnell and 'Pro-Choice': Fleeing From Reason? - PJMedia
'See No Evil — The Kermit Gosnell Murders' on Fox News - LifeSiteNews
'I'm Not a Bum, I'm a Human Being' - Acton
The Post-Welfare State Family - Weekly Standard
Feminists Attack But the Meek Will Conquer - Crisis
The President needs a history lesson - Mercatornet
Syrian Christians Told Convert, Leave, or Die - Religious Freedom Coalition
Confessional not a 'dry cleaner,' says Pope - CNA
American Team Reigns in This Devout Soccer League - Wall Street Journal
Archbishop Chaput: "America is mission territory — whether we recognize it yet or not..." - Carl Olsen
Videos Show Gosnell Practices in Other Abortion Businesses - NCRegister
Protestant Perseverance and Catholic Decline? - First Thoughts
Love, luck and destiny: the world according to a Mumbai matriarch - Mama Asia

Education Matters:

The Tempest of the Times - The Centre for Faith & Culture in Oxford
Hiding Behind the Screen - New Atlantis
Therapy for iPad-addicted toddlers - Family Edge
Great Lines: "April is the cruellest month" - On the Square
God or Atheism - Which Is More Rational? - Peter Kreeft - Prager University
Reach your city for Christ - FOCUS
Diocese affirms need for Catholic fidelity after teacher fired - CNA
Franciscan University of Steubenville Announces "Defending the Faith" Conference Speakers - Catholic Education Daily
Prepare for Last Judgment by serving the poor, pope says at audience - Catholic Review
Georgetown Students Celebrate Life Week - Catholic Education Daily


NEW RESOURCES:

The Will of the Father - Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. - from Anima Christi: Soul of Christ

We tend to be static, obstinate, obdurate — all the things that separate us from Jesus, who is always on the move.

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The Heretic
- Andrew Ferguson - The Weekly Standard

Who is Thomas Nagel and why are so many of his fellow academics condemning him?

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Music as a Character-Forming Force - Peter Kwasniewski - Corpus Christi Watershed

Nobody who understands the experiences of melody, harmony, and rhythm will doubt their value.

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The Family is the Key to the Future of Faith
- Mary Eberstadt - Standpoint

No institution can be counted upon to provide such operatic drama as the Catholic Church.

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David Copperfield by Charles Dickens - Paul Joseph Prezzia - Crisis

It is a true truism that art imitates life.

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The President needs a history lesson
- Robert R. Reilly - Mercatornet

The President's fulsome praise of Planned Parenthood ignores shamefully ignores history.

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Faith at the Finish Line in Boston - Jennifer Graham - Wall Street Journal

Conspicuously absent from photographs of the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings are any clerical collars or images of pastoral care.

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The Boston bombings and their aftermath
- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput - Catholic Philly

We shouldn’t waste time being shocked or baffled by the evil in the world. It has familiar roots. It begins in the little crevices of each human heart — especially our own.

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The Grammar of Heaven - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

Liturgical readings in the Easter season often couple the Book of the Acts of the Apostles with the Book of Revelation.

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5th Sunday of Easter - Father John Horgan - CERC

Love one another because now you know what it is to be loved.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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The Spell of Pope Francis - Chiesa

His popularity is to a large extent due to the artfulness with which he speaks. Everything is forgiven him, even when he says things that if said by others would be hammered with criticism. But the first protests are beginning to appear.

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Retired Teacher Remembers Young Jorge Bergoglioitle - EWTN

Jesuit Father Juan Carlos Scannone was teaching Greek and literature in 1957, when a young Jorge Bergoglio was among his students.

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The New York Times is right: Pope Francis is a doctrinal conservative in the mold of Pope Benedict XVI - New Advent

The Times' assessment of Francis is correct.

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The courage to swim against the tide - L'Osservatore Romano

Participating in his first event of the Year of Faith, Pope Bergoglio offered those present “three short and simple thoughts” for reflection.

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Soccer star recounts audience with Pope - Vatican.va

In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, Argentine soccer star Javier Zanetti discussed an hour-long meeting that Pope Francis had with him, his wife, and his three children on April 25.

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Council of Europe hailed for religious freedom resolution - CNA

The Council of Europe has passed a resolution that will make it easier to uphold Christians’ rights to education of children, freedom of expression, and conscientious objection.

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Pope Francis Film Is in the Works -NCRegister

A German filmmaker is already deep into a project with the working title Friend of the Poor: The Pope Francis Story.

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How to See the New Pope in Rome - New York Times

So you're off to Rome and in addition to seeing the Colosseum, you want to see the new pope. But how?

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Richard Dawkins has lost: meet the new new atheists - Catholic Herald

The atheist spring that began just over a decade ago is over, thank God. Richard Dawkins is now seen by many, even many non-believers, as a joke figure, shaking his fist at sky fairies. He's the Mary Whitehouse of our day.

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Gosnell and 'Pro-Choice': Fleeing From Reason? - PJMedia

The Kermit Gosnell case has made it clear: abortion is the killing of a human life. And with that realization the underpinning of the pro-choice position crumbles.

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'See No Evil — The Kermit Gosnell Murders' on Fox News - LifeSiteNews

On May 5, Fox News will air an hour-long documentary about the house of horrors run by abortionist Kermit Gosnell.

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'I'm Not a Bum, I'm a Human Being' - Acton

Ronald Davis is homeless and living on the streets of Chicago. In this video clip he shares how he feels about the way other people treat him.

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The Post-Welfare State Family - The Weekly Standard

Among various unwanted truths that grown-ups of the Western world have to contend with these days, here's one that doesn't get nearly the traction it deserves: The days of the modern welfare state look to be numbered.

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Feminists Attack But the Meek Will Conquer - Crisis

Belgian Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard was participating in a debate on blasphemy at the Free University of Brussels on April 23rd when he became the target of a blasphemy.

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The President needs a history lesson - Mercatornet

The president’s recent and fulsome praise of Planned Parenthood ignores its shameful origin in racist eugenics.

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Syrian Christians Told Convert, Leave, or Die - Religious Freedom Coalition

That’s the message to Syrian Christians from the American-backed rebels fighting the Assad regime.

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Confessional not a 'dry cleaner,' says Pope - CNA

Pope Francis says that the Sacrament of Confession does not work like a dry cleaner but is a moment in which Jesus imparts his peace.

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American Team Reigns in This Devout Soccer League - Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal ran a nice feature this weekend on the Clericus Cup, ”a [soccer] tournament that pits squads from 16 seminaries against each other in a battle for [Rome's] Catholic sports bragging rights — with the utmost humility, of course.”

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Archbishop Chaput: "America is mission territory — whether we recognize it yet or not..." - Carl Olsen

Here is an excerpt from the Foreword to Russell Shaw's book, American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America, written by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M.Cap., of Philadelphia:

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Videos Show Gosnell Practices in Other Abortion Businesses - NCRegister

Newly released videos from Live Action, a pro-life advocacy group, show that doctor Kermit Gosnell’s practice of murdering infants who survive abortions is not isolated to his facility.

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Protestant Perseverance and Catholic Decline? - First Thoughts

Protestants with a strong religious identity continue to increase as Catholics with a strong religious identity continue to decline, according to a March study by the Pew Research Center.

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Love, luck and destiny: the world according to a Mumbai matriarch - Mama Asia

"Of course I am happy. You have seen how many children and grandchildren I have. It is just a big happy family."

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

The Tempest of the Times - The Centre for Faith & Culture in Oxford

The Tempest of the Times: the Dilemma of Catholic England from the Reformation to the Modern Age will run from August 12 to 26 in Oxford.

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Hiding Behind the Screen - New Atlantis

Are social media depriving us of human contact? Possibly. For some it's retreat from the process of self-realization

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Therapy for iPad-addicted toddlers - Family Edge

According to a recent article, kids as young as four are starting "digital detox" therapies to overcome their technological addictions.

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Great Lines: "April is the cruellest month" - On the Square

In observance of National Poetry Month, every Friday of April Micah Mattix will be examining one great line of verse.

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God or Atheism - Which Is More Rational? - Peter Kreeft - Prager University

Belief in God is far more rational than atheism.

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Reach your city for Christ - FOCUS

REACH is an opportunity for local community members to gather in prayer and fellowship, to encounter Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, to hear the words of inspirational speakers, and to learn more about how they can live out the evangelical mission of the Church in their families, parishes, workplaces, and communities.

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Diocese affirms need for Catholic fidelity after teacher fired - CNA

After the firing of a Catholic school gym teacher who was in a homosexual relationship, the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio has said that educators must respect Catholic teaching and morals.

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Franciscan University of Steubenville Announces "Defending the Faith" Conference Speakers - Catholic Education Daily

Franciscan University of Steubenville has announced its line-up for its "Defending the Faith" summer conference. In keeping with the Church's "Year of Faith," the University's popular conference's theme is "Faith Transforming Culture." The conference will bring 13 renowned evangelists and speakers to campus.

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Prepare for Last Judgment by serving the poor, pope says at audience - Catholic Review

Christians believe they are saved by God's grace, but they also know they will be judged at the end of time on how they used the talents God gave them and how they served others, especially the poor, Pope Francis said.

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Georgetown Students Celebrate Life Week - Catholic Education Daily

Each of the 3,300 pink and blue flags decorating Georgetown University's Copley Lawn yesterday represented lives – the lives ended by abortion every day in the U.S. Georgetown University's Right to Life student group put up the display as part of its annual Life Week.

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