CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - June 19, 2013
Note from the Managing Editor:
Belief in God is far more rational than atheism. In fact the conclusion that God exists doesn't require faith at all, while Atheism on the other hand does require faith. Peter Kreeft explains in "God or Atheism — which is more rational?"
In his commencement address at Brandeis University on May 19, Leon Wieseltier made the case that we live at a time in history when culture has actually become the counterculture. May we all join the resistance.
Is the ridiculously popular American stand up comedian Jim Gaffigan a secret weapon of the Catholic Church? Stephen P. White believes he is. See "Funny Because It's True."
"True human intimacy means knowing another person — their thoughts, feelings, hopes, and dreams — and being known by them." Tom Lickona lists a few questions that will help in coming to know an other person in a deeper more intimate way in "True Intimacy."
Father Dwight Longenecker believes the "idea that being good is enough is the most persistent and pernicious heresy within Catholicism." See "The problem of being good."
Then Philip Kosloski informs us how the famous author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkein, was an exemplary example of true fatherhood. See "J.R.R. Tolkien: Husband and Father."
What will happen in the classroom if same-sex marriage is legalized? Well it's easy to know because it's already happened at various schools and the effects are deeply concerning. Robert Reilly shows what is already happening in "Queering Education."
Under what conditions is a "Do Not Resuscitate" (DNR) order advisable? Father Pacholczyk provides guidelines. - J. Fraser Field
Quote of the Week:"We cannot become starched Christians, too polite, who speak of theology calmly over tea. We have to become courageous Christians and seek out those [who need help most]." - Pope Francis
• Pope speaks of 2 extremes: fear of progress and 'adolescent progressivism' - Vatican Radio
• Universal beauty of motherhood - Family Edge
• Teaching academic integrity - Mercatornet
• Cheating Ourselves of Sleep - New York Times
• School prayer: 50 years after the ban, God and faith more present than ever - Christian Science Monitor
• Listening to Young Atheists - First Thoughts
• Pulling the Parent Trigger - Education Next
• And Let Us Say, Amen - The American Scholar
• Note well: 30 is not the new 20 - Family Edge
• Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis - First Things
Overcoming the Skepticism of the Scribes - Abbe Jean Mouroux - from I Believe: The Personal Structure of Faith
God himself, by virtue of his grace, prepares me to believe.
The conclusion that God exists doesn't require faith. Atheism requires faith.
On May 19, The New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier spoke at the commencement ceremony of Brandeis University, addressing the graduates as "fellow humanists." Here is a text of his talk.
Funny Because It's True - Stephen P. White - Catholic Vote
He's Catholic and has five kids, which led Michelle Boorstein of the Washington Post to ask, "Is comic Jim Gaffigan the Catholic Church's newest evangelizer?"
Popular culture often confuses sex and intimacy.
The idea that being good is enough is the most persistent and pernicious heresy within Catholicism.
J.R.R. Tolkien: Husband and Father - Philip Kosloski - Crisis Magazine
Best known for his fantasy novels The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien is probably better known by members of his family for his profound example of true fatherhood.
Queering education - Robert R. Reilly - Mercatornet
What will happen in the classroom if same-sex marriage is legalised? Massachusetts offers a vision of the future.
Going too far with DNR? - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk - Making Sense Out of Bioethics
Sometimes resuscitating a patient can seem unwarranted or extreme, and people wonder whether it would be okay to fill out a "Do Not Resuscitate" order (DNR) for themselves or for a family member.
Pope Francis warned of two dangerous attitudes in the Church — a fear of change on one extreme, and an "adolescent progressivism" on the other — during his homily at a Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae on June 12.
He governs the Church like a superior general of the Jesuits. He listens, but decides on his own. Even a McKinsey man has been called in to study the reform of the curia. Which Francis wants to purify from corruption and from the "gay lobby."
The Anticlerical Pope - CWR
Is Pope Francis our first anticlerical pope?
Selfishness leads to death, Pope warns on day dedicated to Gospel of Life - Catholic Culture
"Whenever we want to assert ourselves, when we become wrapped up in our own selfishness and put ourselves in the place of God, we end up spawning death," Pope Francis said as he celebrated Mass for "Evangelium Vitae Day" at the Vatican on June 17.
Pope Francis recently made the news by, apparently, acknowledging the existence of a "gay lobby" at the Vatican.
In a message to world leaders, Francis urges them to remember that "free and disinterested solidarity is the key to the smooth functioning of the global economy."
Pope Francis asks the Archbishop of Canterbury to continue "proclaiming the sacredness of human life [and] the importance of the institution of the family . . ."
The House of Representatives today approved a that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth.
Pope Francis: Ideologies and practices that destroy human life arise from false ideas of freedom without God.
Why is the Pope so Popular? - Relevant Magazine
The secret of success that has brought Pope Francis into good graces with evangelicals.
Italian papers have dubbed him "the world's parish priest."
Jesuit: Britain and US are 'crazy' for backing Islamists in Egypt - Catholic Herald
A Jesuit in Egypt chastises the West for backing the Muslim Brotherhood.
Outta Here, Christian Soldiers? - NCRegister
You can't believe everything you hear about religion being driven from the Armed Forces, but you should believe a lot of it.
The Netherlands and Belgium seem to be in a race to the bottom of medical ethics.
Free the China 16! - Juicy Ecumenism
Very often church members and other concerned citizens ask me what they can to help the persecuted church around the world.
Reclaiming Feminism - Acton
AEI Scholar Christina Hoff Sommers is on a quest to reclaim feminism.
Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons - UCA News
Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer's 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.
Abortion: Sacred Ground? - NRO
What can we do about a culture that doesn't see this as a moral issue?
Ukrainian Catholics, Orthodox move to mend ties - Catholic Culture
Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, the leader of the Eastern-rite Ukrainian Catholic Church, has issued an invitation to the country's most prominent Orthodox leader to attend services for the opening of a new Catholic cathedral in Kiev.
The Obama administration announced Monday it will end age restrictions on emergency contraception, allowing girls and women of all ages to purchase the morning-after pill without a prescription.
The name of St. Joseph will soon be included in all of the Eucharistic Prayers regularly used in the Latin rite.
A bid by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo to broaden legal access to abortion has died in the state’s legislature.
Sex, Love, and God: The Catholic Answer to Puritanism and Nietzcheanism - Strange Notions
Many of the Catholic Church’s teachings are vilified in both the high and popular cultures, but none more than its doctrines concerning marriage and sexuality.
Daddy’s Home - Slate
Fatherhood transforms men. But only if they live with their kids.
Universal beauty of motherhood - Family Edge
The bond between a mother and her child.
Teaching academic integrity - Mercatornet
Cheating is out of hand in American universities. What can be done?
Cheating Ourselves of Sleep - New York Times
Think you do just fine on five or six hours of shut-eye? Chances are, you are among the many millions who unwittingly shortchange themselves on sleep.
School prayer: 50 years after the ban, God and faith more present than ever - Christian Science Monitor
School prayer was banned by the US Supreme Court 50 years ago, but there is probably more presence of religion in public school environments than ever.
Listening to Young Atheists - First Thoughts
Tell us your journey to unbelief.
Pulling the Parent Trigger - Education Next
The parent trigger, which allows a majority of parents at a low-performing school to vote to seize control from the local district, has been wielded at four California schools. Is the parent trigger a good idea?
And Let Us Say, Amen - The American Scholar
Sacred words in secular life.
Note well: 30 is not the new 20 - Family Edge
Please note well, young people and anyone that knows young people — 30 is not the new 20.
Ayn Rand Really, Really Hated C.S. Lewis - First Things
You could have predicted her shrillness, but maybe not the degree of her sheer stupidity.