CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - September 12, 2012

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

In his monumental The Gulag Archipelago, Alexander Solzhenitsyn made the following oft-quoted observation:

"Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart, and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. Even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained; and even in the best of all hearts, there remains a small corner of evil."

Which is why, along with making important distinctions on matters of faith and culture, we are principally to be engaged in the work of separating the wheat from the chaff in our own hearts.

As a aid to that, we have a category on the site called "Interior Life". I like to begin each update with an article bearing on the interior life.

This week the update offers three articles from that category.

I believe you'll find "The Guilelessness of Nathanael" by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, "My Favorite Prayer" by Father Robert Spitzer, S.J., and "Revisiting the Spiritual Warfare" by Father Robert Barron of value. - J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:

"To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others." - Blessed Pope John Paul II



New Resources:

The Guilelessness of Nathanael - Blessed John Henry Newman - Parochial and Plain Sermons
Why we fail to confront sexual abuse - Father Raymond J. de Souza - Convivium
A Serial Offender: The Oxford Comma - Robert Fulford - National Post
Revisiting the Spiritual Warfare - Father Robert Barron - Word on Fire
The Church and Secularism - part 3 - Peter Kreeft - a talk given at Westminster Abbey, Mission B.C.
Campaign 2012: Burke vs. Hobbes? - George Weigel - National Catholic Register
My Favorite Prayer - Father Robert Spitzer, S.J. - The Spitzer Center
The Key that Fits the Lock - part 1 - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing
A Few Arguments Against Tattoos - Theodore Dalrymple - Pajamas Media
Thomas Hughes' Tom Brown's School Days - Mitchell Kalpakgian - Crisis Magazine

Editorials of Interest:

From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Cardinal Timothy Dolan at Democratic National Convention - Youtube
Cardinal Dolan's Speech Changes Irk Gay Catholics - New York Observer
Did Democrats really boo God? Not quite. It's worse than that. - Catholic Culture
Marriage - a miracle cure - Family Edge
Down syndrome boy fulfills dream of hugging Pope Benedict - EWTN News
Chaput urges "deep changes" - CNA
Clergy Sexual Abuse: The Unaddressed Question of Same-Sex Attraction - Crisis
"Dark Knight" Actor Christian Bale Performs Another Super Act of Kindness - Patheos
Do not Despair; Get a Crucifix - The Anchoress
Why California's Three-Parent Law Was Inevitable - Public Discourse
UK argues against religious rights - Catholic Herald
No faith in politics? - Boston Globe
17 martyrs per hour - NCR
It's a shame the Chief Rabbi can't be the next Archbishop of Canterbury - Catholic Herald
My Take: The Mother Teresa you don't know - CNN
Very premature births linked to multiple abortions - Family Edge
Berlin declares circumcision legal, but only if performed by a doctor — not as a ritual - Times of Israel
9/11 remembered - Youtube
Donna D’Errico: Interview of a Catholic and Explorer - Ignitum Today
The Conservative Kerouac - The American Conservative

Education Matters:

Back to School, But Not Business as Usual - Archbishop Timothy Dolan
Twentieth Annual Conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists - SCSS
'Sustained by Faith' - America
A Case for Classical Education - Andrew Seeley & Elisabeth Ryan Sullivan - On the Square
Unprecedented Threat to Catholic Schools - Sydney Catholic
The Chalice and Pepsi Can - Youtube
Philosophy v science: which can answer the big questions of life? - The Guardian
Catholic college course scrutinized for calling homosexuality deviant - NBC News
What They Will Never Know - Anthony Esolen - Crisis Magazine
Cristo Rey New York is the Talk of the Town - America
Top 5 Catholic iPhone Apps - Catholic Mom


NEW RESOURCES:

The Guilelessness of Nathanael - Blessed John Henry Newman - Parochial and Plain Sermons

I say, it is a difficult and rare virtue, to mean what we say, to love without dissimulation, to think no evil, to bear no grudge, to be free from selfishness, to be innocent and straightforward.

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Why we fail to confront sexual abuse
- Father Raymond J. de Souza - Convivium

Why is it so difficult to speak up, and why do so many prefer to keep quiet?

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A Serial Offender: The Oxford Comma - Robert Fulford - National Post

The comma that divides grammarians.

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Revisiting the Spiritual Warfare - Father Robert Barron - Word on Fire

Jesus sent out the Twelve to battle dark spirits. He still empowers his church to do the same.

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The Church and Secularism - part 3
- Peter Kreeft - a talk given at Westminster Abbey, Mission B.C.

The ultimate reason for faith, the ultimate reason for believing in God, is that the only honest reason why anybody ever ought to believe in anything is because it's true. 

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Campaign 2012: Burke vs. Hobbes?
- George Weigel - National Catholic Register

This is a contest, to take symbolic reference points, between Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) and Edmund Burke (1729-1797).

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My Favorite Prayer
- Father Robert Spitzer, S.J. - The Spitzer Center

The prayer I've probably spoke about most frequently is: "Thy will be done."

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The Key that Fits the Lock - part 1 - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing

One day a brilliant friend and I were discussing the fruitful relationship between faith and reason. He said that he held the Catholic faith because of, literally, “everything,” or as I like to call it, The Everything.

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A Few Arguments Against Tattoos - Theodore Dalrymple - Pajamas Media

An editorial in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine drew attention to the outbreak of skin infection caused by tattooing.

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Thomas Hughes' Tom Brown's School Days - Mitchell Kalpakgian - Crisis Magazine

A heartwarming, charming story of a typical English boy's life at Dr. Arnold's famous Rugby school renowned for its ethic of "muscular Christianity."

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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From the crisis of today the Church of tomorrow will emerge - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

It will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning.

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan at Democratic National Convention - Youtube

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan gives the closing benediction at the Democratic National Convention.

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Cardinal Dolan's Speech Changes Irk Gay Catholics - New York Observer

Though the Catholic Church may not be known for its quickness, Cardinal Timothy Dolan made a few changes to his political prayer in the week between the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

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Did Democrats really boo God? Not quite. It's worse than that. - Catholic Culture

Thousands of bloggers are reporting this morning that delegates at the Democratic convention in Charlotte booed when God was reintroduced into their party's platform.

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Marriage — a miracle cure - Family Edge

Doctors have discovered a cancer treatment that outranks all others — marriage.

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Down syndrome boy fulfills dream of hugging Pope Benedict - EWTN News

A youth who suffers from Down syndrome and recently received the Sacrament of Confirmation in Italy, fulfilled his dream on Sept. 5 of meeting Pope Benedict XVI and giving him a hug.

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Chaput urges "deep changes" - CNA

On the one-year anniversary of his installation as archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles Chaput tells Catholics in Philadelphia that business as usual cannot continue.

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Clergy Sexual Abuse: The Unaddressed Question of Same-Sex Attraction - Crisis

We must face facts. The data overwhelmingly identifies the main victims of the sex abuse crisis as young men.

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"Dark Knight" Actor Christian Bale Performs Another Super Act of Kindness - Patheos

In July, I posted the story of actor Christian Bale, star of the “Dark Knight” trilogy, visiting victims of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, while they were in the hospital recovering.

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Do not Despair; Get a Crucifix - The Anchoress

If you are anxious and despairing and worried, here is my advice: get a crucifix.

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Why California's Three-Parent Law Was Inevitable - Public Discourse

A California bill allowing children to have three legal parents will not help children, but instead will unnecessarily complicate their lives.

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UK argues against religious rights - Catholic Herald

The British prime minister says he wants to protect religious rights, but his lawyers just sought to restrict them in four cases at at European court.

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No faith in politics? - Boston Globe

Many Democrats believe it's an American dogma that religion and politics should be as separate as Church and State. They're wrong.

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17 martyrs per hour - NCR

That's the rate, though few know it, for the 150,000 Christians slaughtered each year.

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It's a shame the Chief Rabbi can't be the next Archbishop of Canterbury - Catholic Herald

Lord Sacks continues to be the most eloquent spokesman for religion.

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My Take: The Mother Teresa you don't know - CNN

Mother Teresa departed this Earth on September 5, 1997. What more can we say about the woman who became synonymous with love for the "poorest of the poor," picking up a Nobel and tweaking the conscience of millions? What do we know about her now that we didn't know then?

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Very premature births linked to multiple abortions - Family Edge

A link between induced abortion and premature births — and associated health complications — is supported by a new study from Finland.

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Berlin declares circumcision legal, but only if performed by a doctor — not as a ritual - Times of Israel

State does not authorize mohels, requires that parents be informed of the procedure's medical risks before consenting.

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9/11 remembered - Youtube

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Donna D’Errico: Interview of a Catholic and Explorer - Ignitum Today

Former Baywatch star and Playboy Playmate Donna D’Errico explains how to return to the faith after falling “into a life of sin”.

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The Conservative Kerouac - The American Conservative

Robert Dean Lurie says “it is impossible to overstate the influence of Catholicism” on beat writer Jack Kerouac.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Back to School, But Not Business as Usual - Archbishop Timothy Dolan

This academic year will be a pivotal one for our schools, as our promising Pathways to Excellence begins to kick in.

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Twentieth Annual Conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists - SCSS

The Society of Catholic Social Scientists will be holding its twentieth annual convention on Friday and Saturday October 26th and 27th, in Uniondale.

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'Sustained by Faith' - America

In July, America spoke with Robert George in Princeton, N.J., about personal matters: his prayer life, his advice for young adult Catholics and the relationship between his Catholic faith and his academic scholarship.

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A Case for Classical Education - Andrew Seeley & Elisabeth Ryan Sullivan - On the Square

In a bid to save Catholic education, major Catholic archdioceses are closing many schools and turning others over to the control of regional boards.

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Unprecedented Threat to Catholic Schools - Sydney Catholic

The State Government is planning to slash millions of dollars from Catholic schools in what has been described as an unprecedented threat and a breach of trust.

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The Chalice and Pepsi Can - Youtube

Fr. Joseph Hirsch gives his insights into what it means to listen to God's call to holiness for our lives.

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Philosophy v science: which can answer the big questions of life? - The Guardian

Philosopher Julian Baggini fears that, as we learn more and more about the universe, scientists are becoming increasingly determined to stamp their mark on other disciplines.

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Catholic college course scrutinized for calling homosexuality deviant - NBC News

Three weeks ago, an alumnus of Franciscan University of Steubenville was researching online a rape that had occurred years ago near the campus.

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What They Will Never Know - Anthony Esolen - Crisis

The topic is teenagers and smut — sometimes it is good to return to direct and morally charged words.

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Cristo Rey New York is the Talk of the Town - America

The Cristo Rey model of schools, begun in the Pilsen area of Chicago by John Foley, SJ, is one of the great ideas of the Jesuits in this country in the last 25 years.

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Top 5 Catholic iPhone Apps - Catholic Mom

I've compiled a list of the top five best Catholic iPhone apps currently in the App Store.

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