CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - November 21, 2012

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

"Faith in the Face of Destruction" is about a wink God sent us in the wake of monster storm Sandy.

In an area competely flattened by the storm stands an upright and perfectly intact statue of the Blessed Virgin.  What is now being called "The Virgin Mary of Breezy Point" has been compared to the "9/11 cross".  Consideration of this leads the author quite naturally into a reflection on similar events in the history of the Church.

Ian Hunter is of the opinion that Shakespeare's King Lear is the greatest achievement in English literature as well as being a play utterly infused with Christian themes.  He makes a compelling case. See "Lear, Cordelia & the Cross" below.

And there is of course so much more. - J. Fraser Field

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"Don't judge the Catholic faith by those who don't practice it." - author unknown



New Resources:

The Humility of the Last - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman - from Parochial and Plain Sermons
Faith in the Face of Destruction - E.A. Carmean Jr. - Wall Street Journal
Lear, Cordelia & the Cross - Ian Hunter - Convivium
The crisis of a second Obama administration - George Weigel - The Catholic Difference
Please Step Back From the Assisted-Suicide Ledge - Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph. D. - Wall Street Journal
Is smoking immoral? - Janet E. Smith - Faith Magazine
The Key That Fits the Lock, Part Nine - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing
"Lincoln" - Steven D. Greydanus - National Catholic Register
Feasting with Caesar - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:

'Practical Atheism' More Destructive Than Disbelief, Pope Says - NCRegister
Lighting the Spark Plug of Grace - NCRegister
Pope's new book unveiled - Catholic Culture
Will Supreme Court answer monks' prayers? - George Will - Washington Post
Concentrate on Jesus, not end-of-the-world prophecies, Pope tells audience - Catholic Culture
Open season on Catholicism - Catholic Culture
The Mass of the Very Old Men - On the Square
A bird’s eye view of holy Russia - Russia beyond the headlines
Angela Merkel: Christianity Is the World’s “Most Persecuted” Religion - Juicy Ecumenism
Heroic Media 2012 Adoption Commercial - Youtube
UN report renews 'family planning' advocacy - CNA
When a Letter of Congratulations Contains a Warning. . . - The American Catholic
After Hurricane Sandy, Voices Unite in New York City - NCRegister
How God Makes a Pencil - Actib blog
From Marx to Ratzinger. The Turning Point Manifesto - Chiesa
From X to ex - Davjid Warren - Essays in Idleness
French Catholics march against same-sex marriage - Reuters
New Congress more religiously diverse, less Protestant - Washington Post
Judge Rejects Nativity Displays in Santa Monica - AP

Education Matters:

"Accept Christs Love and You will be the Witnesses so Needed by our World" - Pope Benedict XVI
Papal nuncio: Catholic division undermines religious freedom - CNS
The Political Reasons for Traditional Education and Formation - Canterbury Tales
John Henry Newman, Monasticism, and the Teaching of History - History of Christianity
Susie's Lemonade Stand - Youtube
Do Catholic Parents Have to Raise their Children as Catholics? - Canon Law Made Easy
Jeremy Rifkin: "The empathic civilization" - Ted
Battle of the messy bedroom - Family Edge
Analysing parenting attitudes - Family Edge


NEW RESOURCES:

The Humility of the Last - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman - from Parochial and Plain Sermons

Never think we have a due knowledge of ourselves till we have been exposed to various kinds of temptations, and tried on every side.

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Faith in the Face of Destruction - E.A. Carmean Jr. - Wall Street Journal

The stunning survival of The Virgin Mary of Breezy Point statue has, not surprisingly, been linked to the discovery of the "9/11 Cross." Both have been viewed as miracles or divine signs. 

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Lear, Cordelia & the Cross
- Ian Hunter - Convivium

Whether King Lear may rightly be called a Christian play, who can say? But it is a play suffused with Christian themes and the supreme achievement in English literature.

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The crisis of a second Obama administration
- George Weigel - The Catholic Difference

President Obama's re-election and the prospect of a second Obama administration, freed from the constraints imposed by the necessity of running for re-election, have created a crisis for the Catholic Church in the United States.

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Please Step Back From the Assisted-Suicide Ledge
- Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph. D. - Wall Street Journal

Why should doctors have a monopoly on undermining public trust in their profession by aiding suicides? Police and lifeguards could help out too.

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Is smoking immoral? - Janet E. Smith - Faith Magazine

What does the Catholic Church teach about the morality of smoking cigarettes?

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The Key That Fits the Lock, Part Nine - Anthony Esolen - The Catholic Thing

It is time now to accompany Abraham to Mount Moriah.

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"Lincoln"
- Steven D. Greydanus - National Catholic Register

Daniel Day-Lewis brilliantly brings the 16th president to life in Steven Spielberg's lavish historical drama.

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Feasting with Caesar - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

In the wake of the recent hurricane, a sibilant television commentator said, "I'm so glad we had that storm."

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33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time - Father John Horgan - CERC

A review of our progress spiritually during the past year.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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'Practical Atheism' More Destructive Than Disbelief, Pope Says - NCRegister

At his weekly general audience, the Holy Father proposes three methods of discovering God in today's disbelieving world.

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Lighting the Spark Plug of Grace - NCRegister

Pope Benedict XVI's personal theologian highlights a key issue for the Year of Faith.

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Pope's new book unveiled - Catholic Culture

The Vatican today unveiled the 3rd and final book in the Jesus of Nazareth trilogy by Pope Benedict XVI. The new work, The Infancy Narratives, goes on sale November 21.

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Will Supreme Court answer monks' prayers? - George Will - Washington Post

Shortly before 123 million voters picked a president, 38 Louisiana monks moved the judiciary toward a decision that could change American governance more than most presidents do.

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Concentrate on Jesus, not end-of-the-world prophecies, Pope tells audience - Catholic Culture

Christians should not concern themselves with predictions of the end of the world, Pope Benedict XVI told his midday audience on Sunday, November 18.

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Open season on Catholicism - Catholic Culture

It’s open season on Catholicism. In Ireland and in Australia, public opinion is being whipped into frenzy in crusades against Church teachings.

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The Mass of the Very Old Men - On the Square

In the palest light, I follow footprints left in the season’s first frost, just a few minutes behind the regulars.

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A bird's eye view of holy Russia - Russia beyond the headlines

Ariel images of the Christian presence in Russia.

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Angela Merkel: Christianity Is the World’s “Most Persecuted” Religion - Juicy Ecuminism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says it’s Christianity. And she’s right, since globally 80 percent of all believers classified as persecuted are Christians.

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Heroic Media 2012 Adoption Commercial - Youtube

Heroic Media's new pro-adoption TV commercial shares the message that adoption is a loving choice that gives a birthmother the ability to choose a family for her baby and receive support.

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UN report renews 'family planning' advocacy - CNA

Now, the United Nations wants us all to pay for women’s contraceptives - and make it just another of the universal human rights.

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When a Letter of Congratulations Contains a Warning. . . - The American Catholic

A letter from the Synod of Moscow to the new Archbishop of Canterbury wishes him well and warns of further impending divisions if Anglicans continue on their current path.

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After Hurricane Sandy, Voices Unite in New York City - NCRegister

Broadway performers and a unique New York parish perform in harmony at a special concert to raise money for Church-sponsored charities.

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How God Makes a Pencil - Acton blog

In 1958, Leonard Read published his brilliant essay, “I, Pencil.”

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From Marx to Ratzinger. The Turning Point Manifesto - Chiesa

It's not just the Courtyard of the Gentiles. In the borderland between faith and lack of faith, the season of conversions has returned. And of "a new alliance," with Benedict XVI as guiding light.

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From X to ex - David Warren - Essays in Idleness

Amid much straightforward anti-Catholicism, there is perhaps nothing worse than the ex- or para-Catholic anti-Catholic.

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French Catholics march against same-sex marriage - Reuters

On Saturday, organizers said 200,000 people demonstrated in the French capital (compared with a police estimate of 70,000). Thousands more marched in Lyon, Marseille, and other major towns.

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New Congress more religiously diverse, less Protestant - Washington Post

Roman Catholics appear to be the big winner from the Nov. 6 vote, edging up from about 156 seats, or 29 percent of Congress, to 161, or just over 30 percent.

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Judge Rejects Nativity Displays in Santa Monica - AP

A federal judge has denied a Christian groups bid to force Santa Monica to reopen spaces in a city park to private displays, including Christmas Nativity scenes.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

"Accept Christs Love and You will be the Witnesses so Needed by our World" - Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI’s message to young people in preparation for World Youth Day 2013, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro, included special recognition of those in the education field. He implored them to keep Christ at the center of all they do and “Go and make disciples of all nations!”

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Papal nuncio: Catholic division undermines religious freedom - CNS

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has told the University of Notre Dame that there is a concrete “menace” to religious liberty in the U.S. that is advancing in part because some influential Catholic public figures and university professors are allied with those opposed to Church teaching.

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The Political Reasons for Traditional Education and Formation - Canterbury Tales

My current strategy for a renewal and revival is to invest my life in traditional Catholic education from the point of view of formation.

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John Henry Newman, Monasticism, and the Teaching of History - History of Christianity

I am a scholar of Christian monasticism, an Anglican priest and a professor at an unashamedly religious institution in the Protestant Christian tradition — and I am happy!

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Susie's Lemonade Stand - Youtube

Video submitted by Samuel Sandweiss for AEI's 2012 video contest "Make the Moral Case for Free Enterprise."

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Do Catholic Parents Have to Raise their Children as Catholics? - Canon Law Made Easy

Q: A friend’s daughter is planning to marry a Lutheran. They’re going to get married at our parish by the assistant pastor. My friend told me that nowadays, when a Catholic marries a non-Catholic, they don’t have to raise their children as Catholics. I was shocked! Is this true? - Tom

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Jeremy Rifkin: "The empathic civilization" - Ted

In this talk from RSA Animate, bestselling author Jeremy Rifkin investigates the evolution of empathy and the profound ways it has shaped human development and society.

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Battle of the messy bedroom - Family Edge

As a mom who has waged the Battle of Clean and Tidy on many different fronts — and against numerous foes — for more than two decades, I found this NY Times "Home and Garden" article about kids’ messy rooms to be both entertaining and enlightening.

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Analysing parenting attitudes - Family Edge

If you have ever wondered what might be in the mind of the parents who are moulding the attitudes of the younger generation, you may be interested in a three-year study of the "Culture of American Families" that has just been released.

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