CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - October 24, 2012
Note from the Managing Editor:
Ralph Martin, Director of Graduate Theology Programs in the New Evangelization at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, is concerned that an atmosphere of "universalism" pervades the mindset of many Catholics today. It's a mindset Martin believes needs to be corrected if the new evangelization is to be successful. Martin explains in a recent interview:
Theologians Karl Rahner and Hans Urs von Balthasar articulated variations of the universalist position in their writings. It's a story how this reversal of Catholic understanding based on the Gospels gradually became a consensus among Catholics who had never read a theological treatise in their lives.
It follows naturally enough that if people are convinced that all you need to do in order to be saved is to be a good person — and almost everyone has some goodness in them — then why expend a lot of energy on evangelization?
In his book Will Many Be Saved?, Martin explains how we got to this point and what a proper reading of the Gospels and the relevant Church documents helps us understand about all of this. I published a review by Jeff Mirus of Martin's book on September 26, but thought I would bring it to your attention. Go here. The interview with Ralph Martin quoted above is here. - J. Fraser Field
Quote of the Week:"The Church has vast boundaries to defend, and each generation finds itself called to service upon a different front." - Evelyn Waugh
• Pope will deliver year-long teaching series on restoring faith - CNA
• BC Professor Criticizes Hook Up Culture, Says Bring Back the Date - Campus Notes
• Primer on Success - Education Next
• Can Digital Learning Transform Education? - Education Next
• The Last Radicals - NRO
• The next big thing in sex-ed: the evil of heterosexism - Family Edge
• The Future of School Choice - Defining Ideas
• The case against same-sex marriage in five minutes - Youtube
• The New Tolerance at Tufts - Acton Blog
• How the Internet Ruined the Teaching of Literature - NAS
His divine hand - Father Jean Pierre de Caussade, S.J. - from The Joy of Full Surrender
There is not a moment in which God is not present with us under the cover of some pain to be endured, some obligation or some duty to be performed, or some consolation to be enjoyed.
Godless Secularism Assaults Life and Liberty - Archbishop William Lori
For some time now, both life and liberty have been under assault by an overarching, Godless secularism, replete with power and money, but sadly lacking in wisdom.
Take inspiration from Armstrong, but not instruction.
Robert Flazon invited me to address you today, because he knows that I’ve figured out everything there is to know about manhood and I live it perfectly everyday and that I should come and bestow my great wisdom and learning upon you.
Winston Churchill deserves the credit for replacing the word “lies” with the "fabrication of terminological inexactitudes."
One who knows reflects upon the attitudes of pro-choicers about women who've aborted babies and then become pro-life.
Some schools are creating a new model for religious instruction.
'Argo': A Fake Movie Makes for a Real Thriller - Steven D. Greydanus - National Catholic Register
How Hollywood, Canadians, and the CIA rescue 6 Americans from Iran.
The Council after fifty years - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
The Council was almost a synonym for newness. It is less so now, after fifty years.
29th Sunday of Ordinary Time - Father John Horgan - CERC
We have new saints: St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Sister Marianne Cope, St. Pedro Calungsod, and most interestingly St. Anna Schaeffer.
The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict XVI will deliver year-long teaching series on restoring faith.
In Big Apple, The Big Night - Whispers in the Loggia
Putting a new spin on the old line, perhaps the shot above could best be captioned "Dolan, caput mundi."
The wrong side of history - Cardinal George - Catholic New World
Secularism looks ascendant but is headed for the ash heap of history.
Another Election — and Another People? - The Catholic Thing
For The Catholic Thing, Hadley Arkes reflects on the poverty of debate on important moral issues during this year’s American presidential campaign.
What would Hippocrates do? - Boston Globe
For starters, he wouldn't be helping patients to kill themselves. Neither should Massachusetts.
Subsidiarity: A Principle for the 25 Percent - The Harvard Crimson
The Catholic principle of subsidiarity is the idea that affairs should be conducted at a level as localized as possible.
Chastened humanism - First Things
Some humanists — in France of all places — understand the attractions of religion.
At the sound of a bell from the altar, relayed over loud-speakers, about 50,000 people at an open-air mass last month in the Polish capital dropped down to kneel in the street.
Texas cheerleaders get help from above - Holy Post
Texas is seeking to intervene in a lawsuit on behalf of a high school cheerleading team fighting to continue featuring religious messages on banners at football games, Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general, said Wednesday.
Because so many Wisconsin women seek the religious life, a new monastery complex is under construction for a community of Cistercian nuns, the only one in the English-speaking world.
Uruguay’s bishops: pro-abortion legislators are automatically excommunicated - Catholic Culture
The secretary of Uruguay's episcopal conference says that lawmakers who recently voted to legalize abortion are automatically excommunicated.
Adam Gopnik vs. Paul Ryan - New York Times
Last week's vice presidential debate ceased to matter at about 8:59 PM last night, but before it disappears from our memories entirely I should say something about one of the stranger reactions that the Biden-Ryan showdown provoked.
Pope Benedict canonized seven new saints (two connected with America) and commended them as patrons for the New Evangelization.
The Roman Catholic archdiocese for Metro Vancouver will take a multicultural approach as it becomes the first in Canada to launch a campaign urging inactive adherents to return to the pews.
Seven bishops have spoken out at the Synod on the New Evangelization about a taboo subject: converting Muslims.
The Congregation for Divine Worship has approved the celebration of Blessed John Paul II's feast day in the dioceses of the United States, after setting the feast day for Oct. 22.
Gratefully Weeping Through the Knox Bible - On the Square
We are barely two weeks away from an election day.
AP knows what the Pope really thinks - Get Religion
I was at a meeting of a journalism fellowship program I’m part of this weekend.
Birra Norsia - Youtube
The Monks of Norcia invite you to watch this video which contains footage from Inauguration Day, as well as a tour of our newly-minted brewery.
Where Orthodoxy Stands - Preachers Institute
Orthodoxy contends that the faith cannot be understood from outside the living reality of the Church itself. This creates problems for the habits of modernity.
Races and Initiatives Catholics Should Watch - The Catholic Thing
On Election Day, November 6, there are local races and state ballot measures that should be on the radar screens of Catholics. Here’s the rundown on the high profile ones:
Televised presidential debates have harmed America - Catholic Culture
Not many American voters changed their minds as a result of last night’s presidential debate, I feel sure.
Why the Christian Philosopher and Christian College Need Each Other - Front Porch Republic
As Alasdair MacIntyre has shown, human knowledge is both "tradition-constituted" and "tradition-dependent," as well as "tradition-transcendent."
Boston College professor Kerry Cronin gave all the students at Boston College some homework recently. She reportedly assigned students at the Jesuit college with the task of asking someone out on a date.
Primer on Success - Education Next
Character and knowledge make the difference.
Can Digital Learning Transform Education? - Education Next
More than 2 million K–12 students are enrolled in online courses today, and will hit 10 million by 2014. Will today’s wave of technology inexorably change the face of schooling, or must we first alter policy?
The Last Radicals - NRO
Homeschoolers occupy the curriculum.
The next big thing in sex-ed: the evil of heterosexism - Family Edge
If you were worried about sex education classes that encouraged sexual relations between teenage girls and boys, you might now have something even more serious on your plate: indoctrination of kids against "heterosexism".
The Future of School Choice - Defining Ideas
What’s more free market than charter schools and vouchers? Education savings accounts, which will revolutionize K-12 education.
When it comes to the behaviour of its citizens a government has only three options: it can promote, permit or prohibit their behaviour.
The New Tolerance at Tufts - Acton Blog
Perhaps I’m exceptionally naive, but it always surprises me when colleges and universities — the supposed bastions of tolerance in secular society — refuse to accept people or groups whose views do not align with their own administrators.
Next spring, for the first time in forty years, I will not be teaching Introduction to Literature.