CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - Septebmer 19, 2012

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

Recently someone facetiously suggested that Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks would be the best replacement for the soon to retire Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

The impressive intellectual gifts, unbending faith, and engaging charisma of the man might be inferred from the comment.

I'm always delighted when we have an opportunity to feature some culture edifying jottings by Rabbi Sacks. See, for example, here, here, and here.

Each year, to celebrate the feast of Rosh Hashanah, the BBC invites Lord Sacks to produce a program about faith.  During the last few years, he has enjoyed putting his faith on the line by interviewing and being challenged by some of today's most energetic public atheists.

To mark Rosh Hashanah this year Rabbi Sacks conducted interviews with three prominent atheist scientists.

On September 12, the BBC broadcast the results of those discussions in a program called "Science versus Religion".  Watching the Chief Rabbi interview each of these scientists — and especially his interview with Darwin's new bulldog, Richard Dawkins (at 14 minutes in) — is both edifying and entertaining. See that program here.

And finally, on an entirely different matter, sometimes humour seems the only way to make your serious point. Here is Andrew Klaven explaining "How to Behave During an Islamic Massacre". - J. Fraser Field

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"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." - C.S. Lewis



New Resources:

Many people followed him - Father Bernard Bro, O.P. - from The Rediscovery of Prayer
Cardinal Dolan: That 'Conscience Thing' Is 'Ennobling,' 'Enlightened' - Kathryn Jean Lopez - National Review Online
The Church and Secularism - part 4 - Peter Kreeft - a lecture given at Westminster Abbey
In Defense of Nice Churches - Marc Barnes - Bad Catholic (Patheos)
Waving, Not Drowning - Roger Scruton - The American Spectator
Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales - Mitchell Kalpakgian - Crisis Magazine
The Key that Fits the Lock - part two - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing
The Libyan Tragedy and Our Historically Challenged President - Father George Rutler - Crisis Magazine
What’s Wrong in the Vatican Press Office? - Robert Royal - The Catholic Thing
A different sort of liberated woman - Colleen Carroll Campbell - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Editorials of Interest:

The best images from Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon - Rome Reports
Pope Benedict's Road Map for Peace in the Middle East - NCRegister
Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to Lebanon - Full Texts - NCRegister
Pope tackles elephant in room of Christian exodus - NCR
The Cardinal Meets Colbert..and Both Meet Fordham - America
New Vatican transparency guru brings unique pedigree - NCR
Obama and infanticide - NRO
RIP: U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens - NRO
Victory for religious liberty in Missouri legislature - CWN
Chaput in Philly swims against 'nostalgia and red ink' - NCR
Inside Paul Ryan - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Evangelization before catechesis - Catholic Herald
Paralympics - London 2012 - Youtube
Taxing the Church - Washington Post
'We have no king but Caesar:' Some thoughts on Catholic faith and public life - CNA
What Is America Today? - Catholic World Report
The tangled web of conflicting rights - George F. Will - Washington Post
It's Time for Another Vatican Website Rant - Musings from a Catholic Bookstore
The Incredible Muslim Hulk proves to be no friend of Islam either - The Age
My Prayer at Adoration - The Anchoress
The evidence is coming in - Catholic Herald

Education Matters:

Philadelphia Unveils New Education Model - NCRegister
Catholic Colleges Make the Grade with U.S. News & World Report - Campus Notes
Catholic Identity College Guide '12 - NCRegister
Catholic Distance University Brings Theology Studies to Students Worldwide - NCRegister
A Comedian and a Cardinal Open Up on Spirituality - New York Times
School woes in Mexico - U.S. Catholic
Congressman Scolds NLRB for Violating Catholic Colleges’ Religious Freedom - Campus Notes
Canada: Ignored, Mysterious, and Very Confused - Catholic World Report
Flannery O’Connor to Betty Hester - The American Reader
Who Killed the Liberal Arts? - Weekly Standard


NEW RESOURCES:

Many people followed him - Father Bernard Bro, O.P. - from The Rediscovery of Prayer

In our relationship with Christ each of us must resolve one great problem.

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Cardinal Dolan: That 'Conscience Thing' Is 'Ennobling,' 'Enlightened'
- Kathryn Jean Lopez - National Review Online

"Government has no business interfering in the internal life of the soul, conscience, or church," Timothy Cardinal Dolan said Monday night at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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The Church and Secularism - part 4 - Peter Kreeft - a lecture given at Westminster Abbey

Can I get practical about the prescription? I'll give you nine pieces of practical advice for saving your soul and Western Civilization.

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In Defense of Nice Churches
- Marc Barnes - Bad Catholic (Patheos)

Every Catholic is at some point obliged to defend the flair his Church has for covering everything in gold.

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Waving, Not Drowning
- Roger Scruton - The American Spectator

There are a hundred small-scale ways in which we can help the next generation not to fall completely into the trap that is being prepared for it.

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Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales
- Mitchell Kalpakgian - Crisis Magazine

To read Andersen’s fairy tales is to rediscover the adventure of the human story, to experience the sweet taste of goodness, and to marvel at the miraculous nature of reality.

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

On the sixth day of creation, God made the "beasts of the earth according to their kinds, and cattle, and everything that creepeth on the earth," and He saw that it was good. But the day's work was not done.

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The Libyan Tragedy and Our Historically Challenged President - Father George Rutler - Crisis Magazine

In a frequently misquoted line from the Life of Reason, George Santayana said: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

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What’s Wrong in the Vatican Press Office? - Robert Royal - The Catholic Thing

The Vatican hired Greg Burke in June, an experienced journalist at Catholic and secular outlets, as a special consultant to help with press communications.

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A different sort of liberated woman - Colleen Carroll Campbell - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Weary of establishment feminism's emphasis on me-first autonomy and our popular culture's reduction of women to sex objects and shopaholics, many are discovering another, more radical model of women's liberation. 

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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The best images from Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon - Rome Reports

Pictures from Lebanon.

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Pope Benedict's Road Map for Peace in the Middle East - NCRegister

In his Lebanon visit, the Holy Father reinforces the 'inseparable bond between the cross and the Resurrection.'

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Pope Benedict XVI's Visit to Lebanon - Full Texts - NCRegister

Below are the complete texts of all of Pope Benedict XVI's discourses delivered in Lebanon, beginning with the most recent.

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Pope tackles elephant in room of Christian exodus - NCR

In a speech to at least 20,000 Lebanese youth tonight, both Christians and Muslims, Pope Benedict XVI tackled the elephant in the room during his fourth trip to the Middle East: Despite decades of papal appeals, so far nothing has stopped a steep decline in the region's native Christian population.

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The Cardinal Meets Colbert..and Both Meet Fordham - America

If you were in the Bronx last night, that rumbling sound you heard was not an earthquake, or even an especially loud subway car rolling past, it was the sound of 3,000 Fordham students, faculty, Jesuits and guests cheering for Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, and Stephen Colbert.

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New Vatican transparency guru brings unique pedigree - NCR

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter remarks that Rene Bruelhart, the Vatican's newly appointed banking consultant, brings a unique and impressive set of credentials to his task of tightening safeguards against money-laundering.

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Obama and infanticide - NRO

The president's anti-life positions are as clear as they can possibly be. Don't expect the media to call him on them.

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RIP: U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens - NRO

This video was intended to introduce American Ambassador Chris Stevens to the Libyan people.

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Victory for religious liberty in Missouri legislature - CWN

The Missouri legislature has overridden Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of SB 749, a bill that "provides protection for religious beliefs as to the imposition of certain health care services such as abortion, contraception, or sterilization."

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Chaput in Philly swims against 'nostalgia and red ink' -NCR

Charles Chaput, whose blunt speech and strong leadership style made him both a celebrated and a controversial figure for almost fifteen years in Denver, was installed as the ninth Archbishop of Philadelphia on September 8, 2011. To say the very least, he's had a tumultuous first year on the job.

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Inside Paul Ryan - Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

A biography of the GOP vice-presidential nominee that highlights his Catholic faith.

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Evangelization before catechesis - Catholic Herald

Evangelization is not the same as catechesis, and failure to understand the difference trips up efforts at both.

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Paralympics - London 2012 - Youtube

Everyone can take part.

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Taxing the Church - Washington Post

Cash-strapped European nations have hit upon a new revenue measure: tax the Catholic Church.

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'We have no king but Caesar:' Some thoughts on Catholic faith and public life - CNA

Henri de Lubac, the great Jesuit theologian, once said that if heretics no longer horrify us, it’s not because we have more charity in our hearts. We just find it a lot more satisfying to despise our political opponents. We’ve transferred our passion to politics.

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What Is America Today? - Catholic World Report

America no longer has a coherent, common view of itself and what it stands for. Its very legitimacy is at stake.

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The tangled web of conflicting rights - George F. Will - Washington Post

Elaine Huguenin, who with her husband operates Elane Photography in New Mexico, asks only to be let alone.

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It's Time for Another Vatican Website Rant - Musings from a Catholic Bookstore

The Church deserves better than this and with over a billion Catholics in the world, someone has to be able to make the Vatican website useable.

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The Incredible Muslim Hulk proves to be no friend of Islam either - The Age

Sometimes you need a scandal to demonstrate an underlying disease.

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My Prayer at Adoration - The Anchoress

When I go to Adoration, it is such a privilege and such a humility.

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The evidence is coming in - Catholic Herald

As the CDF predicted, allowing children to be adopted by ‘parents’ in gay unions is not in their best interests.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Philadelphia Unveils New Education Model - NCRegister

Archdiocese moves to independently managed secondary schools.

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Catholic Colleges Make the Grade with U.S. News & World Report - Campus Notes

Congratulations to the following colleges featured in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for ranking among the top 100 colleges in their categories, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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Catholic Identity College Guide '12 - NCRegister

A look at 33 faithfully Catholic colleges and universities ... and features on Oxford-style housing, college-bound book picks, Jane Austen, student filmmakers, distance learning, a quarterback who kept the faith in college and after, as well as a look at the new movie about St. Augustine.

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Catholic Distance University Brings Theology Studies to Students Worldwide - NCRegister

Catholic Distance University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees online – as well as general adult educations courses in Catholicism.

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A Comedian and a Cardinal Open Up on Spirituality - New York Times

The comedian Stephen Colbert and Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York bantered onstage Friday night before 3,000 cheering, stomping, chanting students at Fordham University.

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School woes in Mexico - U.S. Catholic

Mexico's bishops have written a pastoral letter protesting the stranglehold — and secular militancy — of teachers' unions in that country.

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Congressman Scolds NLRB for Violating Catholic Colleges’ Religious Freedom - Campus Notes

During this morning's U.S. House of Representatives hearing on the National Labor Relations Board's (NLRB) intrusion into higher education, Congressman Phil Roe, M.D., (Tenn.-1) issued a statement excoriating the NLRB for its unconstitutional harassment of Catholic colleges and universities.

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Canada: Ignored, Mysterious, and Very Confused - Catholic World Report

Canada was the fourth country to introduce full same-sex marriage and had led the world in same-sex adoption and hate crime prosecutions of people who criticize the gay community just a little too much. The "anti-bullying/affirm homosexuality" initiative in the Ontario Catholic schools is a case in point.

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Flannery O’Connor to Betty Hester - The American Reader

From 1955 until her death nine years later, Flannery O'Connor maintained a frank, wide-ranging and candid correspondence with Betty Hester, a clerk at an Atlanta-based credit union who had one day written O’Connor out of the blue. "I would like to know who this is," O'Connor had responded, "who understands my stories."

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Who Killed the Liberal Arts? - Weekly Standard

And why we should care.

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