CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - September 26, 2012

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

His Grace Charles J. Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia, introduces Colleen Carroll Campbell's new book this way:

"Colleen Carroll Campbell is one of the finest writers on the American Catholic scene, and My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir shows her heart, her skill, and her keen intelligence at their best.  This is a wonderful, engaging personal memoir and a great witness of faith."

Joseph Bottum, former editor of First Things, frequently has something a little different to contribute.  He has this to say about Colleen's new book:

"The saints undo the world — for by their sheer existence, they tell us we may have gotten it wrong: all our conventions, all our agreements, all our correctnesses and easy thoughts are no help when things come crashing in.  In troubled times, Colleen Carroll Campbell found herself by reading the lives of the great women saints.  And you might find your own self, reading Campbell's My Sisters the Saints."

Colleen has written an engagingly honest book about her own life and journey of faith. It's beautiful and I have the first chapter, "Party Girl", for you below.- J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:

"It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it." - G.K. Chesterton



New Resources:

Greatness in Serving - Jean Vanier - from The Scandal of Service: Jesus Washes Our Feet
Party Girl - Colleen Carroll Campbell - chapter 1 from My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir
Scotland's civic pride and example - Anne Applebaum - Washington Post
Islam and the Closing of the Secular Mind - Samuel Gregg - The American Spectator
Will Many Be Saved? - Jeffrey A. Mirus - Catholic Culture
The Key that Fits the Lock, Part Three - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing
Wit - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - The Catholic Thing
What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception - Carolyn Moynihan - Mercatornet
The Grey Lady and Whitewashed Tombs - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
25th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:

October: Extremely busy month for Benedict XVI - Rome Reports
An exhibit on the life and inner flame of St. Therese of Lisieux - Rome Reports
Pew: Religious Restrictions on Rise in U.S. - First Thoughts
Restrictions on religion rise around the world - Reuters
40 Days for Life - 40 Days
Pondering a 'rising tide' of threats to religious freedom - NCR
A Doctor's Ministry, Bridging Science and Spirit - New York Times
Africa's Christians now outnumber Muslims - Vatican Insider
The Republican and Democratic Conventions - Father Robert Barron - YouTube
Speaking Out - National Review Online
San Gennaro 'miracle' repeated - ANSA
Hippocrates' last stand - National Review Online
Denver theologians weigh in on meaning of "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" - Denver Post
Chick-fil-A's stance on marriage remains unchanged - CNA
McGurn: The Chick-fil-A War Is Back On - Wall Street Journal
Catholics and Campaign 2012 - National Review Online
My Uncle, Fulton Sheen - Catholic World Report
Pew survey: Catholics favor Obama by 15-point margin - Catholic Culture
What do Beethoven, Justin Bieber and Tim Tebow have in common? - LifeSiteNews

Education Matters:

Cardinal Dolan Talks Catholicism, Humor With Stephen Colbert at Fordham - NCRegister
Nation's Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced - Campus Notes
Catholic Schools and The Sacrament of Reconciliation - A Bridge Too Far? - Being Catholic
Kids and chores: start young - Family Edge
The Curriculum Reformation - City Journal
Music and baby talk - Family Edge
All girls schools have the edge - Family Edge
Campus tour invites college students to vote pro-life first - CNA
Color, Size and Smoking Affect Tattoo Removal - Wall Street Journal
How to Stymie the Teachers Unions - Defining Ideas
HHS mandate allows minors free contraception, sterilization - CNA


NEW RESOURCES:

Greatness in Serving - Jean Vanier - from The Scandal of Service: Jesus Washes Our Feet

Jesus asks his disciples to exercise authority like a child or a servant.

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Party Girl - Colleen Carroll Campbell - chapter 1 from My Sisters the Saints: A Spiritual Memoir

A poignant and powerful spiritual memoir about how the lives of the saints changed the life of a modern woman.

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Scotland's civic pride and example
- Anne Applebaum - Washington Post

In a month when you are probably spending too much time watching speeches beamed from Tampa and listening to "spontaneous" applause from Charlotte, let me take you away, just for a moment, to the Braemar Gathering: a day of bagpipe contests, footraces, games and parades, held every year in a remote Scottish village.

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Islam and the Closing of the Secular Mind
- Samuel Gregg - The American Spectator

One of the West's greatest impediments in its struggle against religious extremism may well the fact that the secular part of its soul turns out to be far less enlightened than anyone imagined possible.

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Will Many Be Saved?
- Jeffrey A. Mirus - Catholic Culture

We've all experienced it; we've all been affected by it: The endemic lack of concern about evangelizing others so that they can be saved. 

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The Key that Fits the Lock, Part Three
- Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing

On the Fall of Man, recounted in but a few verses in the third chapter of Genesis, one might well fill many shelves full of books, so rich is the mythic presentation of what Newman called the aboriginal calamity, a disastrous turning away from God wherein we are all involved.

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Wit - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - The Catholic Thing

Laughter is an intimation of the joy in which we are created, a sign of the abundance of delight in the origin of our being.

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What Catholic Women Think About Faith, Conscience, and Contraception - Carolyn Moynihan - Mercatornet

A new study finds that Catholic women are more receptive to the Church's teaching on contraception than had previously been reported.

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The Grey Lady and Whitewashed Tombs - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

Pope Benedict XVI was in Lebanon last week where the principal Catholic rite, the Maronite, traces its roots to Saint Maroun, who in the fourth century was a friend of Saint John Chrysostom.

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25th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Father John Horgan - CERC

His way is not our way.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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October: Extremely busy month for Benedict XVI - Rome Reports

The month of October will be quite busy for the Pope.

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An exhibit on the life and inner flame of St. Therese of Lisieux - Rome Reports

About 7 million people have visited the Notre Dame Cathedral to see this exhibit on St. Therese of Lisieux.

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Pew: Religious Restrictions on Rise in U.S. - First Thoughts

The Pew Forum's annual report on religious freedom is out, and for the first time in its four-year history, it reports a rising tide of religious restrictions in the United States.

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Restrictions on religion rise around the world - Reuters

Legal limits and social pressures against religion have risen to the point where three-quarters of the world's population live in states where practicing their faith is restricted in some way, a new study said on Thursday.

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40 Days for Life - 40 Days

The next 40 Days for Life campaign starts exactly one week from today — and it's going to be a record-breaker!

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Pondering a 'rising tide' of threats to religious freedom - NCR

Beyond any doubt, religious freedom has emerged as the premier social and political concern of the Catholic church in the early 21st century.

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A Doctor's Ministry, Bridging Science and Spirit - New York Times

Forty years ago, long before the recent afternoon when Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky knelt at the warped feet of his 4-year-old patient, he was a small-town teenager approaching his Catholic confirmation and needing to select a patron saint.

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Africa's Christians now outnumber Muslims -Vatican Insider

At a conference in Morocco, Italian sociologist, Massimo Introvigne, revealed that African practicing Catholics outnumber their European counterparts.

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The Republican and Democratic Conventions - Father Robert Barron - Youtube

A commentary by Fr. Barron.

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Speaking Out -National Review Online

Catholic women answer Sandra Fluke.

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San Gennaro 'miracle' repeated - ANSA

Liquefaction of saint's blood a good omen for city.

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Hippocrates' last stand - National Review Online

It's come to this: Preventing the Roe v. Wade of doctor-prescribed suicide.

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Denver theologians weigh in on meaning of "Gospel of Jesus' Wife" - Denver Post

The 3-inch-long piece of papyrus translated by a Harvard scholar as "Jesus" talking about "my wife" doesn't prove he was married, but it raises the question, "What if?"

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Chick-fil-A's stance on marriage remains unchanged - CNA

Despite false news reports, Chik-fil-A has not given in to pressure and changed its stance on marriage.

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McGurn: The Chick-fil-A War Is Back On - Wall Street Journal

Welcome to the new intolerance.

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Catholics and Campaign 2012 - National Review Online

The Catholic Left doesn't have a monopoly on the Church's social teaching.

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My Uncle, Fulton Sheen - Catholic World Report

Joan Sheen Cunningham remembers life with her uncle, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, who was the face of the American Catholic Church for decades.

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Pew survey: Catholics favor Obama by 15-point margin - Catholic Culture

President Barack Obama holds a 54%-39% advantage over Mitt Romney among Catholics, according to the latest voter survey conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

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What do Beethoven, Justin Bieber and Tim Tebow have in common? - LifeSiteNews

A professor in a college ethics class presented his students with a problem.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Cardinal Dolan Talks Catholicism, Humor With Stephen Colbert at Fordham - NCRegister

G.K. Chesterton famously said, “It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it." The archbishop and the television comedian put that saying into practice at Fordham University.

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Nation's Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced - Campus Notes

Today, September 20, 2012, the winners of the 2012-2013 Catholic High School Honor Roll competition were announced by The Cardinal Newman Society.

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Catholic Schools and The Sacrament of Reconciliation - A Bridge Too Far? - Being Catholic

Best I can tell there are only two ways to make alpha male students cry.

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Kids and chores: start young - Family Edge

The amount of time children spend helping around the home has been dropping for decades.

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The Curriculum Reformation - City Journal

New national standards prod schools to return to content-based education.

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Music and baby talk - Family Edge

Music's legendary charms don't just soothe the savage breast; they also stimulate the language centres in the brain.

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All girls schools have the edge - Family Edge

Research comparing the behaviour of women who went to single-sex versus mixed-sex schools has found that women from all-girl schools are as competitive as men, while those educated alongside boys are less so.

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Campus tour invites college students to vote pro-life first - CNA

A new nationwide initiative is asking young American voters to remember the importance of life when they cast their ballots this November.

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Color, Size and Smoking Affect Tattoo Removal - Wall Street Journal

As growing numbers of people rue the tattoos they got in their youth, a new study has found that tattoo removal is less likely to succeed if the person is a smoker, the design contains colors such as blue or yellow and is larger than 12 inches.

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How to Stymie the Teachers Unions - Defining Ideas

Want to prevent another Chicago? Let charter schools flourish.

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HHS mandate allows minors free contraception, sterilization - CNA

Minor children on their parents' health care plans will have free coverage of sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs, under the controversial HHS mandate – and depending on the state, they can obtain access without parental consent.

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