CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - November 14, 2012
Note from the Managing Editor:
"Life in the 'Kingdom of Whatever'" by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., looks at where we are as a culture and how we got here. His Grace explains:
But Chaput's article is not another lament. He quickly veers off productively, digging back to the historical sources of our cultural and spiritual malaise in order to arrive at a fresh vision. Summarizing a book by Notre Dame historian Brad Gregory, Chaput explains:
It's a radically important understanding which examines causes; not in order to point fingers and place blame, but rather to provide a firm jumping off point from which to move forward. I think you'll find the article illuminating. See "Life in the "'Kingdom of Whatever'" below.
Nietzsche believed that Christianity was in steady decline in the West, that it had lost a considerable amount of its appeal and cultural impact because it had become overly feminized.
Thank God we are witnessing countervailing trends in our day. There are more than a few individuals and organizations stepping forward which embody an attractive masculine Christianity and those masculine virtues we long to see. Archbishop Chaput is among their number.
In our third article this week, Robert Royal discusses several of the distorted understandings that must be corrected if that masculine Christianity — so perfectly realized in the person of Jesus — is to flourish among us. See "Quo Vadis — O, Bishops?" - J. Fraser Field
Quote of the Week:"The whole course of Christianity from the first ... is but one series of troubles and disorders. Every century is like every other, and to those who live in it seems worse than all times before it. The Church is ever ailing ... Religion seems ever expiring, schisms dominant, the light of truth dim, its adherents scattered. The cause of Christ is ever in its last agony." - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
• Day Two - Whispers
• Curtis Marting's Remarks at the Synod for the New Evangelization - Focus
• In the Spotlight: Andrew Hoyt - ACE
• What I Wish College Students Knew About Leadership - Focus
• The Best Teachers in the World - Defining Ideas
• Sending the Wrong Students to College - Minding the Campus
• Gay-Straight Clubs Fail to Uphold Catholic Teaching - The Irish Rover
• Want Your Kids To Attend College? Go To Church, Study Finds - Gleanings
• Rise of the Tiger Nation - Wall Street Journal
• The surprising mental health effects of gender equality parenting - Family Edge
• Pontificia Academia Latinitatis - Chant Cafe
"Render unto Caesar" - Pope Benedict XVI - from Letter of the Holy father Pope Benedict XVI to the Bishops, Priests, Consecrated Persons, and Lay Faithful of the Catholic Church in the People's Republic of China
Regarding the delicate issue of the relations to be maintained with the agencies of the State, particular enlightenment can be found in the invitation of the Second Vatican Council to follow the words and modus operandi of Jesus Christ.
Life in the 'Kingdom of Whatever' - The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. - Public Discourse
The Reformation unintentionally undid the medieval synthesis of faith and reason. Now we romantically seek a spiritual life free from authority and tradition, or rationalistically seek truth as if human beings were autonomous and self-sufficient.
Quo Vadis — O, Bishops? - Robert Royal - The Catholic Thing
This is an exciting moment in Catholic history that offers opportunities for all the imagination, intelligence, and daring that you can bring to the many challenges at hand.
For a nation facing an array of serious questions, it was an unserious campaign.
There are those who despair and have no hope when things do not go their way in the political order. This cannot be a Christian attitude.
Jane Austen's genius comprehends the subject of marriage and the book of love in all its intricacy, practicality, goodness, and mystery.
Any discussion of Abraham must turn upon faith, that new virtue brought to the world's sight by the ancient Hebrews.
Desiccated Christianity - Father Robert A. Sirico - from Defending the Free Market: The Moral Case for a Free Economy
Mother Teresa was once asked how she could go on, day after day, year after year, caring for the sick and dying and poor and offering them so much comfort.
Choosing the light - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
During the days following Hurricane Sandy, we had no electric light in our church for five days, and as I am writing this in time for the printer, we still have no heat, and my fingers are pretty cold as they type on a cold keyboard.
There is much excitement today, especially among the young, about John Paul II's "theology of the body."
Day Two - Whispers
Live from the Floor, here's your video.
The strong protection of Americans’ religious freedom requires a long-term commitment to formation and education, particularly of young people, the U.S. bishops' leader on religious liberty issues said.
Moses and the Gipper and the End of America - On the Square
I am relieved at the outcome of the election. This is not to say I am pleased.
Papal Encyclical on Faith Announced - NCRegister
Pope Benedict XVI’s fourth encyclical will be released in the first half of 2013, timed to coincide with the Year of Faith.
The many analyses of the 2012 election results are not saying much about what may have been the central and fundamental problem: democracy.
A Post Mortem on the Maryland Same Sex "Marriage" Referendum - Msgr. Charles Pope
Among the unsurprising but very disappointing results from yesterday’s elections was the approval of Same Sex “Marriage” by Maryland residents 52 to 48%.
Stop Over-Interpreting the Election - First Thoughts
I am a scientist and not a political expert, but science has something to teach us that may be of relevance here: don’t over-interpret the data.
Bishop of Durham Justin Welby, a former oil industry worker, is set to become the next Archbishop of Canterbury.
Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston applauded the defeat of a Massachusetts ballot measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide, calling for more compassionate care of those who are seriously ill.
The following congratulatory letter to President Obama on his re-election was released by the USCCB president, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
To fix the American political system, first fix the American culture - Catholic Culture
Let's face facts squarely. We have lost an election. We are in grave danger of losing a nation.
A new zeitgeist is capturing business people, academics and political players from both the Left and Right, looking for an ethical alternative for our time. Their inspiration? Catholic teaching.
Until Vatican II, missionary activity was extraordinary; since then, the picture is not all bad, but much more mixed.
We're All Rousseauians Now - First Thoughts
Many American Catholics aren't really followers of Jesus, they follow Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
Sacred music is not something something added onto the Catholic liturgy, Pope Benedict XVI said on November 10; music "is itself liturgy."
Today, Mark Thompson takes over as the new President and CEO of The New York Times.
You've got to hear this - Patheos
A group of cloistered nuns has recorded an album of chant, and and the preview (see the video below) is just gorgeous.
Here below, fulltext of the Presidential Address given at this morning's opening session of the USCCB Plenary in Baltimore by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.
Here’s a Year of Faith approach… here’s a New Evangelization project.
When I first planned to visit the Bob Jones’ Museum & Gallery (BJUMG.org) in Greenville, S.C., with a friend, I only had a vague notion of what to expect.
Advice for losers - Catholic Culture
Father Tom Reese considers himself a lot closer to infallibility than the American bishops, to whom he offers a great deal of advice.
This month yielded yet another published study — which received positive media attention — based on the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study.
Rev. James V. Schall: 'A Final Gladness' - Acton Blog
On Dec. 7, Rev. James V. Schall, S.J., will deliver his last lecture at Georgetown University in Washington as he prepares for retirement.
In my work with university students we have used a simple three-step process to form disciples: Win, Build, Send.
This week, Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School teacher Andrew Hoyt answers our questions about his experience as a teacher, a Melody Teaching Fellow, and a witness to the difference Catholic schools make.
Leadership is one of those words that is used so often, and so often without thought, that it has lost much of its impact. This is true among college students as much as anyone else.
The Best Teachers in the World - Defining Ideas
The U.S. currently does not have the best teachers in the world, but we could get them. Here's how.
Sending the Wrong Students to College - Minding the Campus
As a professor of sociology at Rutgers University, I taught large lecture courses for years, basing grades on multiple-choice tests.
Gay-Straight Clubs Fail to Uphold Catholic Teaching - The Irish Rover
The Catholic newspaper at the University of Notre Dame recently took a look at homosexual activism at Boston College and Georgetown University. The Irish Rover found that LGBTQ clubs at Boston College and Georgetown University campuses have violated Catholic teaching despite obligations to uphold it.
Churchgoing youth are 70 percent more likely to enroll in college than unaffiliated peers, research finds.
Rise of the Tiger Nation - Wall Street Journal
Asian-Americans are now the country's best-educated, highest-earning and fastest-growing racial group. They share with American Jews both the distinction and the occasional burden of immigrant success.
Empirical science has just delivered a rude shock to the progressive dreamers, as public-health officials in left-leaning Sweden established that gender-equality between parents fosters mental pathology in adolescent children.
Pontificia Academia Latinitatis - Chant Cafe
Latina lingua, Pope Benedict XVI's recent motu proprio establishing the Pontifical Latin Academy, is a great gift to the entire Church.