CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - June 19, 2013

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

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

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"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



New Resources:

Overcoming the Skepticism of the Scribes - Abbe Jean Mouroux - from I Believe: The Personal Structure of Faith
God or Atheism — Which Is More Rational? - Peter Kreeft - Prager University
Perhaps Culture is Now the Counterculture: A Defense of the Humanities - Leon Wieseltier - The New Republic
Funny Because It's True - Stephen P. White - Catholic Vote
True Intimacy - Thomas Lickona - from Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues
The problem with being good - Father Dwight Longenecker - Patheos
J.R.R. Tolkien: Husband and Father - Philip Kosloski - Crisis Magazine
Queering education - Robert R. Reilly - Mercatornet
Going too far with DNR? - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk - Making Sense Out of Bioethics

Editorials of Interest:

Pope speaks of 2 extremes: fear of progress and 'adolescent progressivism' - Vatican Radio
Bergoglio, the "Black Pope" Dressed in White - Chiesa
The Anticlerical Pope - CWR
Selfishness leads to death, Pope warns on day dedicated to Gospel of Life - Catholic Culture
Pope Francis and the Vatican "gay lobby" — 10 things to know and share - NCRegister
Pope to G8: dignity and freedom for all - EWTN
Pope Francis tells Archbishop of Canterbury to stand firm on traditional family values - Telegraph
Congress Passes Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks - LifeNews
The threat of false freedom - CNS
Why is the Pope so Popular? - Relevant Magazine
Francis at 100 days: 'the world's parish priest' - NCR
Jesuit: Britain and US are 'crazy' for backing Islamists in Egypt - Catholic Herald
Outta Here, Christian Soldiers? - NCRegister
Netherlands, Belgium Racing to Okay Euthanasia for Disabled Children - LifeNews.com
Free the China 16! - Juicy Ecumenism
Reclaiming Feminism - Acton
Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons - UCA News
Abortion: Sacred Ground? - NRO
Ukrainian Catholics, Orthodox move to mend ties - Catholic Culture
Obama administration says it will allow all girls to have morning-after pill access - Fox
St. Joseph to be included in Eucharistic Prayers - CWN
Gov. Cuomo's radical abortion bill dies in New York legislature - CWN
Sex, Love, and God: The Catholic Answer to Puritanism and Nietzcheanism - Strange Notions

Education Matters:

Daddy's Home - Slate
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


NEW RESOURCES:

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.

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

The conclusion that God exists doesn't require faith. Atheism requires faith.

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Perhaps Culture is Now the Counterculture: A Defense of the Humanities
- Leon Wieseltier - The New Republic

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.

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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?"

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True Intimacy - Thomas Lickona - from Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues

Popular culture often confuses sex and intimacy.

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The problem with being good
- Father Dwight Longenecker - Patheos

The idea that being good is enough is the most persistent and pernicious heresy within Catholicism.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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Pope speaks of 2 extremes: fear of progress and 'adolescent progressivism' - Vatican Radio

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.

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Bergoglio, the "Black Pope" Dressed in White - Chiesa

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."

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The Anticlerical Pope - CWR

Is Pope Francis our first anticlerical pope?

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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.

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Pope Francis and the Vatican "gay lobby" — 10 things to know and share - NCRegister

Pope Francis recently made the news by, apparently, acknowledging the existence of a "gay lobby" at the Vatican.

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Pope to G8: dignity and freedom for all - EWTN

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."

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Pope Francis tells Archbishop of Canterbury to stand firm on traditional family values - Telegraph

Pope Francis asks the Archbishop of Canterbury to continue "proclaiming the sacredness of human life [and] the importance of the institution of the family . . ."

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Congress Passes Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks - LifeNews

The House of Representatives today approved a that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth.

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The threat of false freedom - CNS

Pope Francis: Ideologies and practices that destroy human life arise from false ideas of freedom without God.

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Why is the Pope so Popular? - Relevant Magazine

The secret of success that has brought Pope Francis into good graces with evangelicals.

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Francis at 100 days: 'the world's parish priest' - NCR

Italian papers have dubbed him "the world's parish priest."

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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.

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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.

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Netherlands, Belgium Racing to Okay Euthanasia for Disabled Children - LifeNews.com

The Netherlands and Belgium seem to be in a race to the bottom of medical ethics.

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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.

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Reclaiming Feminism - Acton

AEI Scholar Christina Hoff Sommers is on a quest to reclaim feminism.

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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.

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Abortion: Sacred Ground? - NRO

What can we do about a culture that doesn't see this as a moral issue?

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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.

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Obama administration says it will allow all girls to have morning-after pill access - Fox

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.

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St. Joseph to be included in Eucharistic Prayers - CWN

The name of St. Joseph will soon be included in all of the Eucharistic Prayers regularly used in the Latin rite.

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Gov. Cuomo's radical abortion bill dies in New York legislature - CWN

A bid by New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo to broaden legal access to abortion has died in the state’s legislature.

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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.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Daddy’s Home - Slate

Fatherhood transforms men. But only if they live with their kids.

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Universal beauty of motherhood - Family Edge

The bond between a mother and her child.

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Teaching academic integrity - Mercatornet

Cheating is out of hand in American universities. What can be done?

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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.

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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.

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Listening to Young Atheists - First Thoughts

Tell us your journey to unbelief.

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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?

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And Let Us Say, Amen - The American Scholar

Sacred words in secular life.

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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.

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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.

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