CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - October 16, 2013

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

Mother Angelica and her EWTN network have been an evangelizing powerhouse since they first went on the air in August 1981.  After a series of strokes in 2001, Mother Angelica retired to the cloister, but reruns of her remarkable Mother Angelica Live continue to run on the network and to command a large following.

I was on EWTN Live with Father Mitch Pacwa back in 2005 and I remember discussions I had at the network during lunch and dinner and how the people that knew Mother could still hardly contain their excitement about who she is, what she had done and said, and how the miraculous seemed to be an ever present reality in her daily life.

We featured Mother Angelica's Little Book of Life Lessons and Everyday Spirituality by Raymond Arroyo some time ago, but there's an older book I want to bring to your attention.

Mother Angelica's Answers, Not Promises was first published in 1987.  In that book, Mother answers twelve of life's tough questions.

In our sample chapter below, Mother gives an entertaining and wisdom-filled answer to the question "Why is it so hard to believe?

And then there's "Touching Death: Mourning Physically through Burial" one of the must-read articles in this week's update. - J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:

"History will remember him (Pope Benedict XVI) as the greatest and most learned intellect ever to occupy the Chair of Peter.  No public official in our time has been anywhere near his intellectual equal.  This disparity is itself the cause of much disorder, if we grant, as we must, that truth is the essence of intellect and indeed order." - Father James V. Schall, S.J.



New Resources:

Everything he made is good including yourself - Servant of God Catherine De Hueck Doherty - from Re-Entry Into Faith: "Courage — be not afraid!"
Why is it so hard to believe? - Mother Angelica & Christine Allison - from Mother Angelica's Answers, Not Promises
The Beginning - Mother Angelica & Christine Allison - from Mother Angelica's Answers, Not Promises
Touching Death: Mourning Physically through Burial - John Cuddeback - Front Porch Republic
Why Catholic Schools Need Faithful Faculty - Anthony Esolen - Crisis
The Holy Spirit Working through the Church - Father Robert Spitzer, S.J. - from Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life
Homosexuality, Identity, and the Grace of Chastity - Carrie Gress - Catholic World Report
Does Faith = Hate? - Rod Dreher - The American Conservative
On being obsessive - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

Editorials of Interest:

Pope Francis consecrates world to Immaculate Heart of Mary - Catholic World News
The Great "Untier" — For Francis, There's Something About Mary - Whispers
Pope Francis: Christians Must Guard Against Devil's Slyness - NCRegister
The Catholicity of the Church - News.va
In Defense of Pope Francis - On the Square
'Bergoglio's List': Author Says Pope Rescued Hundreds From Military Dictatorship - NCRegister
Vatican adopts new financial-disclosures law - Catholic Register
Alms and Liturgy. How Francis Wants Them - Chiesa
Religious life is dying out in Europe. But it's surging in England and Wales. Here's why - Catholic Herald
Amid EU Criticism, Hungary Remains Resolute - Catholic World Report
A Luminous Mary - Catholic World Report
Columbus and the Pizza Theory - The Catholic Thing
The Holy See belongs in the U.N. - NRO
Military Archbishop: "Makes No Sense" to Keep Priests Off Bases During Shutdown - Catholic Pulse
Atheist doesn't believe in sensibility, either - Toronto Sun
5 Reasons Why Every Catholic Man Should Join the Knights of Columbus - Tom Perna
New forms of Catholic life, a new seminary, and 'The Way' - Catholic Philly
Documentary by Knights of Columbus addresses, "Who is Pope Francis?" - Catholic World Report
Does same-sex parenting really make "no difference"? - Mercatornet
Archbishop Cordileone Rebuilding Church, Society in San Francisco - Aleteia
First fruits of the G-8 meeting - NCReporter
On sex-selective abortion, feminism proves to be the Goddess that Failed - Catholic Herald

Education Matters:

Joel Klein on using technology to transform education - Uncommon Knowledge
Education Today - NRO
Highs and lows for freedom on campus - National Post
The Closing of Diane Ravitch’s Mind - City Journal
The Long Road to Including Special Needs Education in Catholic Schools - Aleteia
Common Core vs. Catholic National Reader - Stacy Trasancos
Is Georgetown Catholic? - Crisis
The New Narcotic - Public Discourse
Grand Theft Auto V: A Formation in Nihilism - Catholic Pulse
'Exorcist' Author Petitions Alma Mater - NCRegister
Thomas Aquinas College ‘Most Beloved,’ According to U.S. News and World Report - Catholic Education Daily


NEW RESOURCES:

Everything he made is good including yourself - Servant of God Catherine De Hueck Doherty - Re-Entry Into Faith: "Courage — be not afraid!"

Anyone of us that passes through God's mind, anyone of us that God touched, cannot be this horrible person we think we are.

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Why is it so hard to believe? - Mother Angelica & Christine Allison - Mother Angelica's Answers, Not Promises

In this book you will fine that each chapter addresses one of life's toughest questions. And to each question, with wit and wisdom, Mother Angelica offer answers, not promises.

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The Beginning
- Mother Angelica & Christine Allison - from Mother Angelica's Answers, Not Promises

How EWTN network got started.

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Touching Death: Mourning Physically through Burial
- John Cuddeback - Front Porch Republic

In mid-September of this year my father passed away after a several year decline with dementia.

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Why Catholic Schools Need Faithful Faculty - Anthony Esolen - Crisis

Recently, as readers may have heard, our administration at Providence College retracted an invitation to a Professor John Corvino, who afterwards said in disgruntlement that he'd been looking forward to speaking at a Catholic college like ours, to persuade young people that the homosexual life was good for the individual and for the society.

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The Holy Spirit Working through the Church - Father Robert Spitzer, S.J. - from Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life

Another way in which the Holy Spirit works is by confirming the truths of the faith to us in the context of the body of Christ.

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Homosexuality, Identity, and the Grace of Chastity
- Carrie Gress - Catholic World Report

St. Augustine is famous for having prayed, "Lord, make me chaste, but not yet."  Father Paul Check, the director of Courage, suggests that chastity, like justice and mercy, is indeed part of the Good News of Christ and to ignore it is self-defeating

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Does Faith = Hate?
- Rod Dreher - The American Conservative

Gay marriage and religious liberty are uneasy bedfellows.

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Knox Answers: If the Catholic Church is True, why all the Sinners? - Adam Bowers - Quartermaster of the Barque

In the hundred years 870-970 twenty-five Popes reigned, many of them violently done to death.  It was a period of unparalleled disorder, violence, depravity in all ranks of Church and State alike. How in the world can the Church's claims about itself be true in light of such a history?

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On being obsessive - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

Blessed John Paul II once submitted to an interview with the respected journalist Vittorio Messori, who asked him if he was perhaps "obsessive" in his preaching against abortion.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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Pope Francis consecrates world to Immaculate Heart of Mary - Catholic World News

Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at an October 13 Mass in St. Peter's Square, in the climactic ceremony of a Marian Day celebration.

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The Great "Untier" — For Francis, There's Something About Mary - Whispers in the Loggia

Pope Francis speaks of the Mother of God as "the undoer of knots."

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Pope Francis: Christians Must Guard Against Devil's Slyness - NCRegister

Referencing today's Gospel reading about Jesus' healing of a possessed man, the Holy Father recommended three tools for spiritual warfare.

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The Catholicity of the Church - News.va

We should "ask the Lord to make us more catholic", Pope Francis said at his rain-swept general audience this morning.

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In Defense of Pope Francis - On the Square

Some reasons to trust the pope and give him time to work out his own original program for the Church.

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'Bergoglio's List': Author Says Pope Rescued Hundreds From Military Dictatorship - NCRegister

A new book recounts the Holy Father's efforts to spare those targeted in the 1970s by Argentina's military dictatorship.

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Vatican adopts new financial-disclosures law - Catholic Register

The Vatican city-state has adopted a new law that establishes "norms regarding transparency, supervision, and information in financial matters."

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Alms and Liturgy. How Francis Wants Them - Chiesa

He has sent his almoner to Lampedusa, among the refugees. He has plunged into dismay the lovers of tradition. The call of alarm of a "Ratzingerian" liturgist.

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Religious life is dying out in Europe. But it's surging in England and Wales. Here's why - Catholic Herald

Vocations to religious life in England and Wales have tripled in just eight years. Here are four reasons why.

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Amid EU Criticism, Hungary Remains Resolute - Catholic World Report

In 2011, Hungary replaced its Communist-dictated Constitution of 1947 with a new one that not only honors its historical Christian roots but also includes an explicit defense of natural law ethics.

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A Luminous Mary - Catholic World Report

Alissa Jung overwhelms in the new film “Mary of Nazareth.”

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Columbus and the Pizza Theory - The Catholic Thing

It took me a while to discover the man whose exploits we, in theory, celebrate today.

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The Holy See belongs in the U.N. - NRO

An attempt to punish the Holy See for supporting its religious beliefs should be opposed.

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Military Archbishop: "Makes No Sense" to Keep Priests Off Bases During Shutdown - Catholic Pulse

Let's hope that both sides in Washington can come together and set politics aside so that our brave men and women in uniform can worship God while their serving this country.

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Atheist doesn't believe in sensibility, either - Toronto Sun

Do you remember Richard Dawkins? Of course you do.

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5 Reasons Why Every Catholic Man Should Join the Knights of Columbus - Tom Perna

Yesterday, Pope Francis met with the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus at the Vatican. During his remarks.

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New forms of Catholic life, a new seminary, and 'The Way' - Catholic Philly

Philadelphia's new Redemptoris Mater missionary seminary is part of the global renewal of religious life, and very positive developments at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary itself.

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Documentary by Knights of Columbus addresses, "Who is Pope Francis?" - Catholic World Report

The hour-long documentary will air on FOX Business Network on Sunday, October 20th.

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Does same-sex parenting really make "no difference"? - Mercatornet

After crunching census data, a Canadian economist has found that children in same-sex homes are worse off educationally.

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Archbishop Cordileone Rebuilding Church, Society in San Francisco - Aleteia

San Francisco has a strong leader in Archbishop Cordileone, who's showing that it's possible to preach real Catholicism in the City by the Bay.

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First fruits of the G-8 meeting - NCReporter

Next year's Synod on Families and Evangelization is just the beginning of proposed changes stemming from last week's meeting of the pope and the eight cardinals he has chosen to advise him.

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On sex-selective abortion, feminism proves to be the Goddess that Failed - Catholic Herald

Where are the feminists up in arms against the killing of unborn children just for being girls?

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Joel Klein on using technology to transform education - Uncommon Knowledge

Joel Klein, Amplify CEO and former chancellor of the New York City department of education, discusses technology, school choice, and the challenges facing the US educational system.

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Education Today - NRO

William J. Bennett on the good news and bad.

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Highs and lows for freedom on campus - National Post

Canada's public universities continue to wage war on ideas which challenge ideological orthodoxy, according to the 2013 Campus Freedom Index.

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The Closing of Diane Ravitch’s Mind - City Journal

A once-great education scholar rejects everything she previously believed.

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The Long Road to Including Special Needs Education in Catholic Schools - Aleteia

The costs are enormous, but the need is great, so more and more Catholics are working hard to make sure all children can receive a Catholic education.

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Common Core vs. Catholic National Reader - Stacy Trasancos

Earlier this week these two Common Core worksheets were published at The Independent Sentinel in the article Common Core Reaches a New Low.

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Is Georgetown Catholic? - Crisis

A Canon Law petition filed with the Vatican requests that Georgetown be denied the right to be called "Catholic."

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The New Narcotic - Public Discourse

New neurological research reveals that porn is as potently addictive as heroin or cocaine.

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Grand Theft Auto V: A Formation in Nihilism - Catholic Pulse

Drawing on the teaching of Benedict XVI concerning the goodness of "play," Christopher Menzhuber takes a look at the highly controversial bestselling video game Grand Theft Auto V and finds the unparalleled range of freedom offered to players in the game is ultimately a trap that "subverts the very framework of truth, good, and evil."

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'Exorcist' Author Petitions Alma Mater - NCRegister

William Peter Blatty contends Georgetown has drifted from the Church.

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Thomas Aquinas College 'Most Beloved,' According to U.S. News and World Report - Catholic Education Daily

In a survey conducted by U.S. News and World Report, Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) ranked first in percentage of alumni contributing back to the College.

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