CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - October 3, 2012

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

You'll find Anthony Esolen even better than he usually is, as he reflects on the idea of tolerance: what it is in fact and what it must be in practice.  See "Tolerance and Reciprocity" below.

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

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"What remains of man? A consumer crowned with science. That is the last gift, the twentieth-century gift of the Cartesian reformation." - Jacques Maritain



New Resources:

The small hidden God - Heather King - from Redeemed: Stumbling Toward God
Tolerance and Reciprocity - Anthony Esolen - Public Discourse
The Handwriting on the Wall - George Weigel - National Affairs
Can you be a Catholic and have a questioning mind? - Peter Berger - The American Interest
A 'disease' of choice - Barbara - National Post
Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin - Mitchell Kalpakgian - Crisis Magazine
What St. Paul Really Meant by Female "Subordination" - Howard Kainz -Crisis Magazine
AIDS and medical ethics: a great betrayal - Matthew Hanley - Mercatornet
St. Francis of Assisi - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
26th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:

Archbishop Lori Discusses Presidential Debates, Polls and the Beatitudes - NCRegister
Vestment Embroidery Work of the Dominican Nuns of Galway - New Liturgical Movement
The Heart of Faithful Citizenship - Catholic Pulse
Nun News for Autumn 2012 - The Anchoress
Hollywood's New Bible Stories - Wall Street Journal
Religion Under Harassment - The American Spectator
Conscience rights for pharmacists upheld in Illinois ruling - CNA
On DC's Red Sunday, A Call "To Look For the Good" - Whispers in the Loggia
The "Vatileaks" Trial Begins - The Moynihan Report
Gay Marriage NY Arguments Put US Lawyer on Defense - AP
Redefining Deviance - Redefining Deviance
Who Killed Sarcasm? - Slate
Former abortion clinic workers detail conversion stories - EWTN News
France bans "mom" and "dad" - Telegraph
54 arrested (so far) outside White House in protests against HHS mandate - LifeSiteNews
Fulton Sheen’s Secret to Evangelization - Ignitum Today
'Jesus wife' documentary broadcast delayed amid doubts - BBC
From prospect to priest: Grant Desme leaves the A's, becomes a monk - Yahoo Sports
'I'm spiritual but not religious' is a cop-out - CNN
Equal Protection Under the Law - The Gospel in the Digital Age

Education Matters:

Keeping Your Faith in College - On the Square
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


NEW RESOURCES:

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.

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Tolerance and Reciprocity
- Anthony Esolen - Public Discourse

What's not so often acknowledged is that tolerance implies reciprocity from the person whose behavior is tolerated.

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The Handwriting on the Wall
- George Weigel - National Affairs

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.

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Can you be a Catholic and have a questioning mind?
- Peter Berger - The American Interest

There has been no shortage of recent media stories bound to embarrass the Roman Catholic Church.

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A 'disease' of choice
- Barbara Kay - National Post

Why are we still treating addiction as an incurable disease rather than a choice?

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Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin - Mitchell Kalpakgian - Crisis Magazine

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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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...

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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Archbishop Lori Discusses Presidential Debates, Polls and the Beatitudes - NCRegister

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.

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Vestment Embroidery Work of the Dominican Nuns of Galway - New Liturgical Movement

Images by Shawn Tribe.

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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.

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Nun News for Autumn 2012 - The Anchoress

Here is my annual "Nun News" post, focusing on vocations.

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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.

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Religion Under Harassment - The American Spectator

A new report surveys the the ever growing hostility toward religious belief in America.

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Conscience rights for pharmacists upheld in Illinois ruling - CNA

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.

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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.

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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.

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Gay Marriage NY Arguments Put US Lawyer on Defense - AP

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.

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Redefining Deviance - Redefining Deviance

Recent controversy at Franciscan University highlights how definitions of homosexuality and deviant behavior have changed over the years.

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Who Killed Sarcasm? - Slate

We’re trapped in an era of sincerity. Let us out!

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Former abortion clinic workers detail conversion stories - EWTN News

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.

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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.

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54 arrested (so far) outside White House in protests against HHS mandate - LifeSiteNews

Over the weekend, 54 pro-life activists were arrested outside the White House. Their crime? Kneeling to pray.

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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.

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'Jesus wife' documentary broadcast delayed amid doubts - BBC

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.

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From prospect to priest: Grant Desme leaves the A's, becomes a monk - Yahoo

On the morning Grant Desme ceased to exist, he was at peace.

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'I'm spiritual but not religious' is a cop-out - CNN

The increasingly common refrain that "I'm spiritual, but not religious," represents some of the most retrogressive aspects of contemporary society.

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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.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

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.

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On Cultivating the Mind that is Catholic - The Catholic World Report

For Catholics, the intellectual life is not something reserved for the academic elite.

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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.

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Adversity Breeds Strength. The Story of Ave Maria Law School - Legatus Magazine

It started in response to scandal.

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Religious Liberty Allows 'Voice of Faith to Function as the Conscience of Society' - NCRegister

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.

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Catholic Identity Is Priority in Religious Freedom Struggle, Says CNS President - Campus Notes

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.

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School bullies - Philanthropy Daily

The American Civil Liberties Union adds bullying single-sex schools to the list of its dubious accomplishments.

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Pro-lifers say Notre Dame invite to Obama is different this time - CNA

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.

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Top historian criticises St Mary's for 'grotesque' treatment of professor - Catholic Herald

Professor Eamon Duffy, a leading Catholic historian has denounced events at St Mary's College Twickenham and resigned as an honorary fellow.

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The James cult - The New Criterion

On the work of Henry James, and his loyal following.

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The War of the Words: How to Update a Dictionary - TNR

The Story of Ain't: America, Its Language, and the Most Controversial Dictionary Ever Published.

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