CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - February 6, 2013

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

Deacon Douglas McManaman believes that a good introduction to philosophy is the most challenging and the most important course a Catholic high school teacher can teach.  And so, after many years of refining his approach to the subject, he has published his own Introduction to Philosophy for Young People  — a kindle edition.

Douglas has a reputation for being a master teacher.  The course he teaches — and now the book he's compiled — is meant to operate as a corrective and an antidote to the scientism and materialism which is today so much the air we breathe.

With a few distinctions and a little unpacking, it turns out that wisdom, goodness, beauty, truth, human nature, and justice are real.  It turns out that the world is a much bigger, a much more interesting, and a much more enchanted and beautiful place than is dreamed of in the world's philosophy.

I want to recommend the fruit of a remarkably productive career in Catholic education, Douglas McManaman's Introduction to Philosophy for Young People.  Go here to read chapter one, "What in the World is Philosophy?" and go here to read a little more from the book and to see if it works for you. - J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:

"We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid.  We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us; we laugh.  But as we laugh we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond:  and on these faces there is no smile." - Hilaire Belloc



New Resources:

The 'Nothingness' Asked of the Twelve - Pope Benedict XVI - from Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today
What in the World is Philosophy? - Deacon Douglas McManaman - chapter 1 from Introduction to Philosophy for Young People
The Plan to Save Catholic Schools - Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan - The Wall Street Journal
Catholic Social Teaching: Leo XIII Decried the Pernicious Impact of Divorce - Anthony Esolen - Crisis Magazine
5 Things Every Catholic Teacher Needs To Know - Jonathan Doyle - Being Catholic
The Alternative to God - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - source
The End of Charity? - Richard A. Epstein - Defining Ideas
Stupid Press, Stupid People: Non-Reporting the March for Life - Anthony Esolen - Crisis Magazine
Theophilus - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
2013: The fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:

Making sense of another ambiguous 'compromise' - Catholic Philly
Archbishop Gomez relieves Cardinal Mahony of duties; Bishop Curry steps down - Catholic Culture
"Nothing Equipped Me To Deal With This" – After Gomez Rebuke, Mahony Hits Back - Whispers in the loggia
At last an American prelate addresses the real problem in the sex-abuse scandal - Catholic Culture
Cardinal Mahony’s La Cosa Nostra - Crisis
Portland’s new archbishop: “I’m a teacher at heart” - Catholic World Report
Acting on faith - Cardinal Donald Wuerl - Washington Post
Real Men Don't Kill Their Children - Patheos
The strange case of the simple little priest - Telegraph
Vatican Diary / Those who preach to the pope - Chiesa
Slander is Indestructible - The American Conservative
Are You Part of the Great Catholic Migration of the 21st Century? - Canterbury Tales
Vatican doctrine chief likens mood toward Catholic Church to anti-Jewish pogroms - AP
Church should have more control over Russian life: Putin - Reuters
God bests Dawkins: 324-136 - Christian Post
Abortion proponents now totally confused about what to call themselves - LifeSiteNews
The Bible — Official Trailer - Youtube
New Archbishop of Canterbury affirms opposition to same-sex marriage - Catholic Culture
Should Richard III Receive a Catholic Burial? - First Thoughts
Austen's Anglicanism - First Things
Practice Makes Perfect - NRO
Catholics, Reformed Christian groups acknowledge baptisms - CNA

Education Matters:

The Plan to Save Catholic Schools - Cardinal Timothy Dolan - Wall Street Journal
Catholic Schools Week: A Science Sister Teacher Muses - Franciscan Sisters
Catholic schools see continued enrollment decline, save nation $20 billion per year - Catholic Culture
Catholic Schools and Authentic, Secure Girls - Millennial
Catholic Univ. to continue fighting birth-control mandate - Washington Times
The State of Catholic Education - NCRegister
A Blast From the Past - NCRegister
How would St. John Bosco handle a narcissistic child? - Knowing is Doing
Don't Go to Grad School - Pileus
The internet is a paradise for cheaters - Mercatornet
Vancouver Archbishop defends proposed TWU law school - LifeSiteNews


NEW RESOURCES:



The 'Nothingness' Asked of the Twelve
- Pope Benedict XVI - from Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today

This "nothing" that the disciples share with Jesus expresses at once the power and the impotence of the apostolic office.

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What in the World is Philosophy?
- Deacon Douglas McManaman - chapter 1 from - Introduction to Philosophy for Young People

Philosophy is literally the "love of wisdom." But what does it mean to love, pursue, and possess wisdom?

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The Plan to Save Catholic Schools
- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan - The Wall Street Journal

It has been a somewhat somber Catholic Schools Week for me, since in the Archdiocese of New York we recently announced that 24 of our schools will be closing at the end of this academic year.

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Catholic Social Teaching: Leo XIII Decried the Pernicious Impact of Divorce
- Anthony Esolen - Crisis Magazine

To understand why it is not good for the boy and girl to be alone, to understand their toddling steps into the land of marriage, each sex completed by the other, is to begin to understand Catholic Social Teaching.

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5 Things Every Catholic Teacher Needs To Know
- Jonathan Doyle - Being Catholic

In the daily battle of Catholic education it's easy to get lost in the grind.

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The Alternative to God - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - The Catholic Thing

That the greatest enemy of the First Great Commandment is the Second Great Commandment seems paradoxical.  Yet this divergence lies at the bottom of most civil controversy. 

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The End of Charity? - Richard A. Epstein - Defining Ideas

The president's redistributive effort to limit charitable tax deductions will hurt the poor — and everyone else.

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Stupid Press, Stupid People: Non-Reporting the March for Life - Anthony Esolen - Crisis Magazine

We believe we have a free press.  But what good is nominal freedom if the writers are liars, or are ill-educated, or feed the populace a lot of claptrap, or ignore important events because they don't like the people involved or the cause?

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Theophilus - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor

Theophilus, which is Greek for "Friend of God," is not a common name today, although it was one of Mozart's baptismal names.

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2013: The fourth Sunday of Ordinary Time - Father John Horgan - CERC

Jesus as mediator between heaven and earth.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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Making sense of another ambiguous 'compromise' - Catholic Philly

A new proposal by the Obama administration to apply the HHS contraceptive mandate to religious institutions “remains unnecessary, coercive, and gravely flawed,” according to Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia.

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Archbishop Gomez relieves Cardinal Mahony of duties; Bishop Curry steps down - Catholic Culture

"I find these files to be brutal and painful reading," Archbishop Gomez said in a statement.

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"Nothing Equipped Me To Deal With This" – After Gomez Rebuke, Mahony Hits Back - Whispers in the loggia

It should come as little surprise that the "born fighter" wouldn't take Archbishop José Gomez's blockbuster move quietly.

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At last an American prelate addresses the real problem in the sex-abuse scandal - Catholic Culture

Now at last — a decade overdue, but better late than never — we have the first clear public example of fraternal correction. One prelate has held another to account.

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Cardinal Mahony’s La Cosa Nostra - Crisis

"I have a 3 x 5 card for every victim I met with on the altar of my small chapel. I pray for them every single day," retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony said

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Portland’s new archbishop: “I’m a teacher at heart” - Catholic World Report

An interview with Archbishop Alexander Sample, the new bishop of Portland, Oregon, shows that he’s a poised and media-savvy leader.

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Acting on faith - Cardinal Donald Wuerl - Washington Post

Washington's archbishop takes to the pages of the town paper to defend the Church against various slanders.

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Real Men Don't Kill Their Children - Patheos

Abortion is the cad's best friend in his treatment of women.

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The strange case of the simple little priest - Telegraph

The detective story is put to brilliant use by Chesterton for his deeper purposes.

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Vatican Diary / Those who preach to the pope - Chiesa

They are the chosen who preach the spiritual exercises to the pontiff and the curia. The next will be Cardinal Ravasi. Here is a detailed overview of all those who had this position before him.

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Slander is Indestructible - The American Conservative

When it comes to Christian bashing any old lie — however often refuted — is useful, and welcome to the willingly gullible.

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Are You Part of the Great Catholic Migration of the 21st Century? - Canterbury Tales

A new trend in the faith is folks moving from one parish to another in search of liturgy and orthodoxy.

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Vatican doctrine chief likens mood toward Catholic Church to anti-Jewish pogroms - AP

The head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith says a “concerted campaign” to discredit the Catholic Church is resulting in open attacks against priests.

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Church should have more control over Russian life: Putin - Reuters

President Vladimir Putin said on Friday the Orthodox Church should be given more say over family life, education and the armed forces in Russia, as he celebrated the leadership of its head Patriarch Kirill.

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God bests Dawkins: 324-136 - Christian Post

In a debate at Cambridge University, the noted atheist Richard Dawkins took a beating for claiming that religion has no place in modern life.

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Abortion proponents now totally confused about what to call themselves - LifeSiteNews

Those who support abortion are suddenly scrambling to come up with a better term than “pro-choice”. Why?

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The Bible — Official Trailer - Youtube

The first extended look featuring never-before-seen scenes from The Bible, the 10-hour miniseries.

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New Archbishop of Canterbury affirms opposition to same-sex marriage - Catholic Culture

Rt. Rev. Justin Welby, a father of six and onetime oil company executive who became an Anglican priest in 1992 and Bishop of Durham in 2011, was confirmed as Archbishop of Canterbury on February 4. . .

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Should Richard III Receive a Catholic Burial? - First Thoughts

You thought there couldn’t be a law and religion angle to today’s news — fascinating for us history nerds — that archaeologists have discovered the mortal remains of Richard III beneath a parking lot in Leicester?

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Austen's Anglicanism - First Things

Jane Austen composed prayers, read sermons for pleasure, and recited the Lord's Prayer 30,000 times in her life...

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Practice Makes Perfect - NRO

Practicing Catholic: Essays Historical, Literary, Sporting, and Elegiac is a feast. It's a new collection by George Weigel.

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Catholics, Reformed Christian groups acknowledge baptisms - CNA

Representatives of the U.S. bishops' conference and four Reformed Christian denominations have publicly affirmed that they recognize each other's baptisms as valid.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

The Plan to Save Catholic Schools - Cardinal Timothy Dolan - Wall Street Journal

How to combat falling enrollment while keeping standards high.

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Catholic Schools Week: A Science Sister Teacher Muses - Franciscan Sisters

Catholic School Week deserves a Franciscanized post. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity would like to highlight the development of faith that is encouraged by the presence of a teacher in the lives of children. We share a poem by our own Sister Teresa Clare Scharinger entitled A Science Teacher Muses."

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Catholic schools see continued enrollment decline, save nation $20 billion per year - Catholic Culture

Bishop McFadden also stated that "99% of Catholic high school students graduate each year," "84% of those students go on to graduate from a four-year college," and "15% of students are from non-Catholic families."

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Catholic Schools and Authentic, Secure Girls - Millennial

Catholic schools have the unique opportunity to teach values that will make it easier for girls to be authentic, secure, and more likely to reach their full potentials as persons.

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Catholic Univ. to continue fighting birth-control mandate - Washington Times

Even though initial suits have been dismissed, the Catholic University of America, run by the bishops, will pursue relief from HHS mandates.

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The State of Catholic Education - NCRegister

Frank Hanna discusses how it fits in the 21st century.

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A Blast From the Past - NCRegister

Enrollment surges after a Colorado Catholic school adopts a classical curriculum.

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How would St. John Bosco handle a narcissistic child? - Knowing is Doing

Imagine for a moment that you’re a Catholic school teacher and you suddenly realize that all of your students have a very high value of themselves.

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Don't Go to Grad School - Pileus

Over time, my answers to students who request grad school reference letters, particularly for PhD programs, have become more and more emphatic: don't do it.

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The internet is a paradise for cheaters - Mercatornet

What is the solution for cheating at the undergraduate level?

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Vancouver Archbishop defends proposed TWU law school - LifeSiteNews

Efforts to deny Trinity Western University the right to a law school on the basis of its religious principles are an example of the threats to freedom of conscience and religion that are becoming increasingly common in this country.

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