CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - July 3, 2013

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

God bless the Knights of Columbus and the Harry S. & Isabel C. Cameron Foundation out of Houston.  Thanks to these two organizations our new and much improved website is in the final design stage.  I will sent you a previewof the new site in a day or two.

That said I will need to take a fair chunk of the summer to help with implementation so this is the last update I'll be sending out until September 11.

And so to this week's update.

Pope Francis is a master of the meaningful soundbite.  Almost every time he speaks his address seems to contain a noteworthy line, some pithy sentence or two that is brimming with simple wisdom.  The editors and staff of Columbia magazine have put together a fair sampling of these gems from the first months of the Francis pontificate.  "The Quotable Pope Francis" is our feature article this week.

Hadley Arkes is clear-eyed and unflinching in dissecting the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26th ruling concerning marriage.  I think you'll find what's buried in that ruling quite alarming. See "The Court and Marriage II: The Pretenses of Judicial Restraint."

In his response to the majority ruling, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has penned a scathing opinion in dissent.  See "Let the People Decide." 

But where does that leave us and where do we go from here?  Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George explain why and how the struggle for marriage must continue.  See "The Supreme Court, You and Me, and the Future of Marriage."

Beyond that, you'll find Father Rutler's "Evil, be thou my good" exceptional — even for Father Rutler.  And "PBS features a real doctor of the Church, one with the bedside manner of a saint" is an inspirational article that will touch the heart. - J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:

"Wherever the people do not believe in something beyond the world, they will worship the world.  But, above all, they will worship the strongest thing in the world." - G.K. Chesterton



New Resources:

Taking Up Our Cross - Father Jean-Nicolas Grou, S.J. - from Meditations upon the love of God
The Quotable Pope Francis - the Columbia staff - Columbia magazine
The Court and Marriage II: The Pretenses of Judicial Restraint - Hadley Arkes - The Catholic Thing
Let the People Decide - Associate Justice Antonin Scalia - from his dissenting opinion in U.S. v. Windsor
The Supreme Court, You and Me, and the Future of Marriage - Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George - Public Discourse
PBS features a real doctor of the Church, one with the bedside manner of a saint - Mary DeTurris Pouts - Not Strictly Spiritual
Evil, be thou my good - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
The "Edict of Milan," 1,700 years later - George Weigel - The Catholic Difference
Can America Remain the Land of Religious Liberty? - Ray Nothstine - Acton Commentary
The surest way to persecution is to say, 'It can't happen here.' - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
2013: 13th Sunday OT - mp3 - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:

Courage in spite of our weaknesses - News.va
"Crossing the Threshold of Faith" Ė Lumen Fidei 101 - Whispers in the loggia
Why the UK should reject three-parent embryos - Mercatornet
Putting Away the Labels to Hear/See Each Other - The Anchoress
Francis plans dramatic pro-immigrant outing - NCR
The Cardinal Who Opposes the Supreme Court - Chiesa
Santo Subito! Blessed John Paul II Will Be Declared a Saint - First Thoughts
Antonin Scalia, Bad Person - On the Square
'Mob Rule' in Texas Senate Unlikely to Stop Abortion Bill - NCRegister
Arrested Vatican monsignor felt he could act with impunity — judge - Reuters
The Cardinal Who Opposes the Supreme Court - Chiesa
Supreme Court Update - Rasmussen Reports
Our 19-week son lived only minutes after birth, but has touched thousands - LifeSiteNews
Pride Covered Tragedy Wrapped in Rainbows - First Thoughts
Coin of the Realm - The Weekly Standard
Same-sex "marriage" by the numbers - The Foundry
Do we need to set aside the Word "Marriage" and use "Holy Matrimony" exclusively? - Archdiocese of Washington
Pastors are Not Interchangeable Parts - The Catholic Difference
A tune on gay evangelicals that evangelicals wonít recognize - Get Religion
The Limits of Panic - Slate
Tough questions: 'You gonna put those shoes on again?' - Get Religion
SDG Reviews 'The Lone Ranger' - NCRegister

Education Matters:

The Benefits of Character Education - The Atlantic
Obama Wrong to Link Religious Education to Civic Division - First Thoughts
High School Teacher Program Promotes Unity of Faith, Science - CNS
Why College Students Should Study Sacred Music, By Dr. George Harne - Catholic Education Daily
My Kids Are Obsessed With Technology, and It's All My Fault - New York Times
The public debate about pornography, like most, lacks any Christian angle - Catholic Herald
Summer Reading for College Graduates - Mere Orthodoxy
What We're Reading (Summer 2013) - The University Bookman
Student Loan Problems: One Third Of Millennials Regret Going To College - Forbes
Tuition Discount Alert: 50 Great Colleges Desperately Seeking Students - Forbes


NEW RESOURCES:

Taking Up Our Cross - Father Jean-Nicolas Grou S.J. - from Meditations upon the love of God

Crosses are the great means which God employs to destroy self-love in us and to increase and purify his love within us.

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The Quotable Pope Francis
- the Columbia staff - Columbia magazine

In the pages that follow, Columbia presents just a sampling of the pope's words during the first months of his pontificate.

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The Court and Marriage II: The Pretenses of Judicial Restraint
- Hadley Arkes - The Catholic Thing

In his book What I Saw in America, G.K. Chesterton recounted his experience in seeing Broadway at night in New York.

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Let the People Decide - Associate Justice Antonin Scalia - from the dissenting opinion in U.S. v. Windsor

In the majority's telling, this story is black-and-white:  Hate your neighbor or come along with us.  The truth is more complicated.

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The Supreme Court, You and Me, and the Future of Marriage
- Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson and Robert P. George - Public Discourse

What happened on June 26th at the courthouse matters, and we must keep up our witness to the truth about marriage, by word and deed, until it is safely beyond judicial overreach.

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PBS features a real doctor of the Church, one with the bedside manner of a saint
- Mary DeTurris Pouts - Not Strictly Spiritual

We don't often hear doctors talking so openly about the role of faith in their daily practice and because seeing a feature like this on PBS is especially unexpected, so very welcome but unexpected for sure.

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Evil, be thou my good - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

Satan calls evil good.  Christ calls it crucifixion.

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The "Edict of Milan," 1,700 years later - George Weigel - The Catholic Difference

The "Edict of Milan," whose milleseptuacentennial (so to speak) is being marked this year, wasn't an edict and wasn't issued at Milan.

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Can America Remain the Land of Religious Liberty? - Ray Nothstine - Acton Commentary

Independence Day reminds us that there is no greater offering America gives to the world than its example of and contributions to religious liberty.

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The surest way to persecution is to say, 'It can't happen here.' - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

Our parish is blessed with a shrine to Saint Thomas More.

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2013: 13th Sunday OT - mp3 - Father John Horgan - CERC

The patronal feast of Sts. Peter and Paul Parish.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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Courage in spite of our weaknesses - News.va

Christians are called to be courageous in their weakness. We must recognize that we are weak and that, at times, we have to flee from sin without nostalgia, without looking back.

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"Crossing the Threshold of Faith" Ė Lumen Fidei 101 - Whispers in the Loggia

Given this morning's news that Pope Francis' first encyclical will release on Friday, thanks to a friend for suggesting that a worthwhile preview of Lumen Fidei might just be found in Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's October 2012 letter to the church in Buenos Aires on the Year of Faith.

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Why the UK should reject three-parent embryos - Mercatornet

British stem cell scientists have scored a big win by securing government approval for a scheme to avoid rare diseases. This will do far more harm than good.

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Putting Away the Labels to Hear/See Each Other - The Anchoress

Under it's new editor, Matt Malone, S.J., America Magazine is doing a very good thing.

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Francis plans dramatic pro-immigrant outing - NCR

For Europeans, especially Italians, the southern Mediterranean island of Lampedusa has become what the deserts along the Mexican/U.S. border have long been for Americans — the scene of appalling humanitarian tragedies.

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The Cardinal Who Opposes the Supreme Court - Chiesa

For Camillo Ruini, the American decision against marriage only between man and woman is illusion that presumes to negate reality. The future belongs to those who are able to defend the authentic human being. Civil unions between homosexuals: a "useless and harmful" compromise.

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Santo Subito! Blessed John Paul II Will Be Declared a Saint - First Thoughts

The Vatican has approved the the last miracle needed to confirm John Paul IIís sainthood, says the Italian news agency ANSA. All thatís needed is a signature from Pope Francis.

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Antonin Scalia, Bad Person - On the Square

Antonin Scalia is now an official Bad Person, but a full reading of his opinion gives evidence that he is not nefarious, but merely nuanced.

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'Mob Rule' in Texas Senate Unlikely to Stop Abortion Bill - NCRegister

Pro-lifers press ahead with womenís safety legislation.

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Arrested Vatican monsignor felt he could act with impunity — judge - Reuters

A senior Catholic cleric arrested in a plot to smuggle tens of millions of dollars into Italy controlled vast amounts of money and felt he could act with impunity because of his connections to the Vatican bank, according to a judge's investigative document.

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The Cardinal Who Opposes the Supreme Court - Chiesa

For Camillo Ruini, the American decision against marriage only between man and woman is illusion that presumes to negate reality. The future belongs to those who are able to defend the authentic human being. Civil unions between homosexuals: a "useless and harmful" compromise.

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Supreme Court Update - Rasmussen Reports

A survey finds that 28% believe the Supreme Court is doing a good or an excellent job, but 30% rate its performance as poor — the highest-ever poor rating.

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Our 19-week son lived only minutes after birth, but has touched thousands - LifeSiteNews

Born at 19 weeks, little baby Walter only lived for minutes after his premature birth, but his life and photos of him have rocketed around the globe.

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Pride Covered Tragedy Wrapped in Rainbows - First Thoughts

Stepping out my front door, I almost ran into a man wearing a mini-skirt, bra, and heavy mascara.

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Coin of the Realm - Weekly Standard

The Scrapbook tends to avoid inductive reasoning — that is, drawing a general conclusion from specific examples — because any good polemicist can cherry-pick his anecdotes. But some recent tidings from Bratislava, in Slovakia, have tempted us to wander down Inductive Lane.

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Same-sex "marriage" by the numbers - The Foundry

If, a few months or years from now, courts in all fifty states don't "ratify" "gay marriage," it'll be because most states have rejected it already.

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Do we need to set aside the Word "Marriage" and use "Holy Matrimony" exclusively? - Archdiocese of Washington

In the wake of the supreme court decisions of this week, I would like to return to a question I have Asked before: Are we coming to a point where we should consider dropping our use of the word "marriage?"

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Pastors are Not Interchangeable Parts - The Catholic Difference

A few weeks ago I came upon the odd fact that, before and during World War II, the Royal Navy built battleships with fourteen-inch main battery guns, whereas Britain's principal naval rivals, Germany and Japan, were building ships with fifteen- and eighteen-inch main batteries.

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A tune on gay evangelicals that evangelicals wonít recognize - Get Religion

Distortion in an AP story of supposedly pro-homosexual marriage Evangelicals.

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The Limits of Panic - Slate

Obsessing over doom-and-gloom scenarios distracts us from real global threats.

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Tough questions: 'You gonna put those shoes on again?' - Get Religion

Embedded above is a clip from CNN where media critic Howard Kurtz says what is bleedingly obvious to everyone — the media have cheered on Wendy Davis' and her abortion filibuster in biased fashion.

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SDG Reviews 'The Lone Ranger' - NCRegister

The Lone Ranger is as cynical and bankrupt an exercise of pop moviemaking as any would-be summer blockbuster I can think of.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

The Benefits of Character Education - The Atlantic

What I learned from teaching at a "core virtues" school.

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Obama Wrong to Link Religious Education to Civic Division - First Thoughts

Speaking before 2000 young people upon his recent arrival in Ireland, President Obama raised the old canard that religious education is divisive.

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High School Teacher Program Promotes Unity of Faith, Science - CNS

American Catholic high school teachers in science and theology gathered together last week for a unique program to develop appreciation of the insights and the boundaries of their respective disciplines.

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Why College Students Should Study Sacred Music, By Dr. George Harne -Catholic Education Daily

St. John Bosco said that "A school without music is like a body without a soul."

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My Kids Are Obsessed With Technology, and It's All My Fault - New York Times

A few months ago, I attended my daughter Josie's kindergarten open house, the highlight of which was a video slide show featuring our moppets using iPads to practice their penmanship. Parental cooing ensued.

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The public debate about pornography, like most, lacks any Christian angle - Catholic Herald

It's hard to argue some moral points without a theological explanation.

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Summer Reading for College Graduates - Mere Orthodoxy

It's late May, which means that across the world, twentysomething college students are graduating or preparing to graduate: departing campuses and communities that have shaped them deeply and venturing off into the wide open spaces of adulthood in a way that is (for most of them) wholly new.

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What We're Reading (Summer 2013) - The University Bookman

Last year's summer reading list was justifiably popular, so the Bookman pleased to return with another round of contributions from our reviewers.

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Student Loan Problems: One Third Of Millennials Regret Going To College - Forbes

Here's an indication of how burdensome student loans have become: About one-third of millennials say they would have been better off working, instead of going to college and paying tuition.

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Tuition Discount Alert: 50 Great Colleges Desperately Seeking Students - Forbes

Despite May 1st deadlines, many colleges still have plenty of space for incoming freshman.

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