CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - October 3, 2012
Note from the Managing Editor:
The journal National Affairs granted us permission to reprint "The Handwriting on the Wall" by George Weigel. This is a talk Weigel delivered as the 11th annual William E. Simon Lecture in Washington in February.
I've been reading snippets of Peter Berger's thinking and writing for years and found myself speaking with him at his home in Boston last week. What a gracious and thoughtful man he is. Professor Berger was pleased to help me secure permission from The American Interest to reprint his article "Can you be a Catholic and have a questioning mind?" from their August issue.
After that you'll find Barbara Kay a compelling controversialist in "A 'disease' of choice" and Mitchell Kallpakgian a seer of the deep meaning "Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin" has for us today.
Then Howard Kainz explains "What St. Paul Really Meant by Female 'Subordination'" in a way you may not have encountered before.
Next, Matthew Hanley deftly exposes more of the rot in the AIDS prevention establishment in "AIDS and medical ethics: a great betrayal".
Father George Rutler shows us what Francis of Assisi was really like. It is a Francis nothing like the "garden gnome, or a doe-eyed hippy" of the popular domesticated image we've been led to imagine.
And finally, Father John Horgan provides us with his customary edifying and nourishing homily, this week on the readings from the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time. - J. Fraser Field
Quote of the Week:"What remains of man? A consumer crowned with science. That is the last gift, the twentieth-century gift of the Cartesian reformation." - Jacques Maritain
• Archbishop Lori Discusses Presidential Debates, Polls and the Beatitudes - NCRegister
• On Cultivating the Mind that is Catholic - The Cathollic World Report
• 10 Incredible & FREE Resources for Catechists - Truth & Charity
• Adversity Breeds Strength. The Story of Ave Maria Law School - Legatus Magazine
• Religious Liberty Allows 'Voice of Faith to Function as the Conscience of Society' - NCRegister
• Catholic Identity Is Priority in Religious Freedom Struggle, Says CNS President - Campus Notes
• School bullies - Philanthropy Daily
• Pro-lifers say Notre Dame invite to Obama is different this time - CNA
• Top historian criticises St Mary's for 'grotesque' treatment of professor - Catholic Herald
• The James cult - The New Criterion
• The War of the Words: How to Update a Dictionary - TNR
The small hidden God - Heather King - from Redeemed: Stumbling Toward God
The small, hidden, anonymous God I found in the Gospels appealed to me deeply.
What's not so often acknowledged is that tolerance implies reciprocity from the person whose behavior is tolerated.
In recent years, roiled as they have been by a global financial and economic crisis, the phrase "the handwriting is on the wall" has become a staple of the public conversation.
There has been no shortage of recent media stories bound to embarrass the Roman Catholic Church.
Why are we still treating addiction as an incurable disease rather than a choice?
Stowe's great American novel, a bestseller in 1852, exposes the dehumanizing evil of slavery for the vicious crime and sin it is — the evil of reducing human beings to animals and objects.
What St. Paul Really Meant by Female "Subordination" - Howard Kainz - Crisis Magazine
The Second Reading for Sunday, August 26, is from St. Paul (Ephesians 5:21-32), in which Paul offers the instruction in 5:22, "Wives should be subordinate to their husbands, as to the Lord."
AIDS and medical ethics: a great betrayal - Matthew Hanley - Mercatornet
The September 5th edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports on the prospect of "pre-exposure prophylaxis" as a means of preventing HIV transmission.
St. Francis of Assisi - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
On October 4, we give thanks for one of the best known and least known of all saints.
26th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Father John Horgan - CERC
If any of you put a stumbling block in front of one of these little ones who believe in me...
The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty talks about the spiritual and political challenges of the current election cycle.
Vestment Embroidery Work of the Dominican Nuns of Galway - New Liturgical Movement
Images by Shawn Tribe.
The Heart of Faithful Citizenship - Catholic Pulse
In the end, the heart of truly faithful citizenship is this: We’re better citizens when we’re more faithful Catholics.
Nun News for Autumn 2012 - The Anchoress
Here is my annual "Nun News" post, focusing on vocations.
Hollywood's New Bible Stories - Wall Street Journal
Lured by public-domain source material and epic adventure stories ripe for big-time special effects, studios and filmmakers are rediscovering the Good Book; Russell Crowe as Noah.
Religion Under Harassment - The American Spectator
A new report surveys the the ever growing hostility toward religious belief in America.
An Illinois appeals court’s ruling on the conscience rights of pharmacists is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom and could offer hope to current lawsuits challenging the federal contraception mandate.
On DC's Red Sunday, A Call "To Look For the Good" - Whispers in the Loggia
In the 60th edition of a classic rite of Washington autumn, this morning saw six of the nine Justices of the US Supreme Court fill the front pew of St Matthew's Cathedral for the capital's annual Red Mass, held as ever on the Sunday before the first Monday of October, when the Supremes' new term begins.
The "Vatileaks" Trial Begins - The Moynihan Report
An "iconic moment" will occur in a tiny Vatican courtroom tomorrow morning, if all goes according to schedule.
A federal appeals court panel forced a Justice Department lawyer into an awkward position Thursday, making him explain the government's decision to abandon defending the Defense of Marriage Act as judges decide the fate of a law destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Redefining Deviance - Redefining Deviance
Recent controversy at Franciscan University highlights how definitions of homosexuality and deviant behavior have changed over the years.
Who Killed Sarcasm? - Slate
We’re trapped in an era of sincerity. Let us out!
At a recent conference in Illinois, former abortion workers told the stories of the work that they once thought was helping women, and how they were converted to the pro-life position.
France bans "mom" and "dad" - Telegraph
France is set to remove the words “mother” and “father” from all official documents under controversial plans to legalize gay marriage.
Over the weekend, 54 pro-life activists were arrested outside the White House. Their crime? Kneeling to pray.
Fulton Sheen’s Secret to Evangelization - Ignitum Today
One of Sheen’s most powerful methods was to carefully determine a person’s real resistance to faith.
A TV documentary about a 4th-Century papyrus fragment that makes reference to Jesus having a wife has been delayed amid doubts over its authenticity.
On the morning Grant Desme ceased to exist, he was at peace.
The increasingly common refrain that "I'm spiritual, but not religious," represents some of the most retrogressive aspects of contemporary society.
Equal Protection Under the Law - The Gospel in the Digital Age
This morning, I offered my testimony on Chief Judge Lippman’s proposal to expand civil legal aid on behalf of the poor. Here is a copy of my remarks.
Keeping Your Faith in College - On the Square
When we go off to college, we're not yet adults but no longer children, and we're often on our own for the first time.
On Cultivating the Mind that is Catholic - The Catholic World Report
For Catholics, the intellectual life is not something reserved for the academic elite.
10 Incredible & FREE Resources for Catechists - Truth & Charity
As a teacher in one of the few high schools in the country to have fully embraced the iPad in the classroom, I'm pretty keen on using technology and the internet in the classroom. Here are some of the awesome resources I've discovered over the last few years.
Adversity Breeds Strength. The Story of Ave Maria Law School - Legatus Magazine
It started in response to scandal.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl warns against the rising dominance of a 'monolithic secular point of view' and offers Dignitatis Humanae, the groundbreaking Vatican II document, as an antidote.
The failure of Catholic institutions to demonstrate clear and consistent Catholic identity and fidelity encourages disregard for the Church's claims of religious freedom and therefore is itself a threat to faithful Catholics, argued Patrick Reilly.
School bullies - Philanthropy Daily
The American Civil Liberties Union adds bullying single-sex schools to the list of its dubious accomplishments.
Pro-life advocates said the University of Notre Dame's recent invitation to President Barack Obama to speak on campus is a chance to participate in public discourse, unlike the school's welcoming of Obama as commencement speaker in 2009.
Professor Eamon Duffy, a leading Catholic historian has denounced events at St Mary's College Twickenham and resigned as an honorary fellow.
The James cult - The New Criterion
On the work of Henry James, and his loyal following.
The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published.