CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - November 7, 2012
Note from the Managing Editor:
I've come down with a touch of bronchitis so will quit a little early tonight and get some rest.
Let us all be united in prayer at this crucial hour. - J. Fraser Field
Quote of the Week:"The goal of the state cannot consists in a freedom without defined contents. In order to establish a meaningful and viable ordering of life in society, the state requires a minimum of truth, of knowledge of the good, that cannot be manipulated." - Pope Benedict XVI
• Faith is never a purely private matter, Pope tells audience - Catholic Culture
• It's About Contraception - Crisis
• What Testing Tells Us about Education - Education Next
• Evidence That Online Courses Are Effective - The Pope Center
• Can a Video Game Help Kids Control Their Anger Better? - Education News
• Etiquette schools for everyone - Family Edge
• Pell steps in over loutish behaviour at uni college - Sydney Morning Herald
• Canadian university campuses fail academic freedom report - LifeSiteNews
• Cult Leader - Propsect
• Jimmy Savile and how the liberal left encouraged the sexualisation of our children - Daily Malil
Prayer - Saint Claude de la Colombiere, S.J. - from The Spiritual Direction of Saint Claude de la Colombiere
As I feel a great attraction toward prayer I asked God, by Our Lady's intercession, to give me the grace to go on increasing in love of this holy exercise until my death.
Newman's Road to Rome - Pat McNamara - In Ages Past (Patheos)
What made the conversion of John Henry Newman so especially noteworthy, and what did it cost him to cross the Tiber?
Seventeen hundred years ago, Constantine looked up into the sky, and what he saw changed history.
Human problems lend themselves to many solutions, some of them with an oppressive heavy-hand and others with a gentle touch.
It goes against everything the world believes, but there can be something extraordinary in a Christian death.
Short reflections on pro-choice statements with simple effective responses (a non-exhaustive list).
Why I love the Corrupt and Crime Ridden Catholic Church - Father Dwight Longenecker - Standing on My Head
Hatred for the Catholic Church comes from all quarters, and one of this attack — that the Catholic Church is "corrupt, immoral and riddled with crime" is one of the more typical.
The Key that Fits the Lock, Part Seven - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing
Let's take a look at the story of Noah, alongside the account of the incident at Sodom.
Keeping faith with the Fathers and the Founders - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
Catholics can keep faith with the Fathers of the Church and the Founding Fathers of our Nation only by voting for those who defend the fundamental right to life and the First Amendment guarantee of religious freedom.
The other day I hailed a taxi in London and was delighted to find that the driver was playing Beethoven to himself.
Faith is never a purely private matter, Pope tells audience - Catholic Culture
Christian faith is never an entirely private matter, Pope Benedict XVI told his weekly public audience on October 31.
Pope Benedict said that the solemnity of All Saints should help people reflect on the link between the Church on earth and the heavenly Church "that celebrates the never-ending feast."
USCCB Launches Religious Liberty Website - First American Freedom
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a new website dedicated to religious liberty, First American Freedom.
Election Day Is a Day for Prayer - Patheos
On Election Day, Neither Despair or Disinterest, But Prayer.
The next great awakening - NRO
A interview with the Supreme Knight of Columbus, Carl Anderson, who says, "If we want to have our First Amendment rights tomorrow, we must defend them today, wherever they may be threatened."
As the 2012 campaign passes into history, it's not too soon to note some of the genuine horrors of this increasingly strange way of choosing a president.
The Church, irreversibly changed, leads the fight to restore freedom and decency.
Christians persecuted throughout the world - Telegraph
If members of other faiths were killed and persecuted as much as Christians are, the world would be in an uproar.
Thousands of men, often Christians, say they have overcome same-sex attraction and protest against laws forbidding "reparative" therapies for those who desire them.
Unapologetic - Catholic Herald
Christianity is not merely a religion of moralism, but a faith that helps us make sense of life when it doesn't seem to have any.
The French parliament is headed towards approving gay marriage, but the Church in France is opposing the move, despite criticism and pressure.
32-0 and Counting - The Catholic Thing
Proponents of real marriage constantly and rightly proclaim they are 32-0 when the people vote, while advocates of phony marriage are adept at avoiding this glaring fact.
Change Afoot in Cuba - On the Square
I recently concluded my second visit to Cuba in eighteen months.
He is young, active, educated. He rarely goes to Mass but admires the saints and believes firmly in the resurrection.
Belief in Miracles Growing Fastest Among Unchurched - Christianity Today
Even as religious affiliation declines in America, 55 percent of Americans now say they are "certain" that miracles occur — a 22 percent increase over the past two decades.
Egypt's new pope opposes religious constitution - Yahoo News
Egypt's new Coptic pope said Monday the constitution now being drafted will not be acceptable if it is overtly religious, a sign he would campaign with his Christian minority and secular groups against increasing Islam's role in the new charter.
Prayer has sustained Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul D. Ryan through his long days of campaigning; he keeps a rosary in his pocket and says the serenity prayer every morning.
Vatican spokesman discusses quest for transparency - Vatican Insider
Speaking to journalists about the drive for greater transparency in the working of the Holy See, the director of the Vatican press office said that the Church’s reaction to sexual abuse, the handling of Vatican financial transactions, and steady pressure from the mass media have all been factors in changing the Vatican’s approach.
One of my closest friends is dying of leukemia.
Conceived in rape: why Mourdock was right - Family Edge
The latest political kerfuffle over rape and abortion has largely been swept away by Hurricane Sandy, but the US Senate candidate Richard Mourdock deserves at least a defence of his views on the subject.
Wyoming Catholic College Students Begin Election Vigil - Campus Notes
Tonight, immediately following the evening Mass, the students of Wyoming Catholic College will begin — at their request — an All-Night Vigil of Eucharistic Adoration for our nation and for tomorrow's election.
It's About Contraception - Crisis Magazine
American Catholics seem to be sleepwalking toward the edge of an abyss.
What Testing Tells Us about Education - Education Next
An insight about education in general lurks within testing — if people care to look. It concerns the degree of match between what is learned and what is assessed.
Evidence That Online Courses Are Effective - The Pope Center
In today’s Pope Center piece, Gary Jason of Cal State–Fullerton writes about the evidence on the effectiveness of online courses. Apparently there is good reason to believe that many students learn at least as well online as they learn when they take a course face-to-face.
Can a Video Game Help Kids Control Their Anger Better? - Education News
A pilot study at Boston Children's Hospital found that children who have problems controlling extreme emotions — like anger — can be assisted by games utilizing biofeedback.
Etiquette schools for everyone - Family Edge
Every so often the question of manners bubbles up.
Pell steps in over loutish behaviour at uni college - Sydney Morning Herald
The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, George Pell, has directly intervened in the serious behavioural problems at St John's College, saying the culture of loutish behaviour must stop. He has not ruled out involving the police.
Canadian university campuses fail academic freedom report - LifeSiteNews
Canadian universities fail to protect free speech, most notably when it comes to the rights of pro-life groups on campus, according to the 2012 Campus Freedom Index.
Cult Leader - Propsect
Jane Austen inspires vicious feuds among her hordes of admirers.
The Jimmy Savile scandal is fast escalating into one of the most shocking cases of a sexual predator that has ever been uncovered.