CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - February 13, 2013
Note from the Managing Editor:
Pope Benedict's astonishing announcement on Monday that he will resign as pope on February 28, 2013 appears to have caught almost everyone by surprise, even most Cardinals and other Vatican insiders.
I think I've compiled a fair sampling of the meaningful commentary I've run across about this for you below.
Let us pray for the Holy Father and for the Church. - J. Fraser Field
Quote of the Week:"The simple process of preserving our present civilization is supremely complex, and demands incalculably subtle powers." - José Ortega y Gasset
• The challenge Pope Benedict has left for his successor — and for ordinary Catholics - Catholic Culture
• Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail - The Atlantic
• Sex, Love, & Character: How to Speak to Teens and Young Adults - Thomas Lickona - IPS
• A DePauling Double Bind - Real Clear Religion
• The secret life of them: What it takes to shift class in Australia - The Monthly
• Tests, and why some kids stress out - Family Edge
• How a Democratic Education Reformer Became a Supporter of School Vouchers - Acton
• Combating the 'Culture of Can't' - Education Next
• University Faculty and Presidents React to News of Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation - Catholic Education Daily
• School apeals to Supreme Court for right to teach Catholic religion - LifeSiteNews
• Surprise investigations aimed at homeschoolers - WND
The force of the faithful - Father Jean Pierre de Caussade, S.J. - from The Joy of Full Surrender
A simple soul is more fully enlightened by a grain of pure faith than Lucifer by all his intelligence.
'His last Great Act' - Father Raymond J. de Souza - National Post
The holy city of Jerusalem is even older than Rome, the eternal city. There is plenty of news here, but it was the news from Rome that hit like a thunderbolt.
The end of this pontificate, like the beginning, is a sign of contradiction to those who see every human action in the cynical categories of power and willfulness.
I hope everyone is having a blast with Day 2 of Papalpalooza.
Georges Bernanos deeply loved the Church, but he could also be brutally candid when it came to himself and his fellow believers.
Hilaire Belloc once wrote that he never burned anything but oak in the huge fireplace of his ancient home in West Sussex.
It's time for 'family feminism' - Barbara Kay - National Post
More than 70% of American women today reject the "feminist" label, partly because, in Hof Summers' words, "they don't want to be liberated from their womanhood."
Faith, Wonder, and the Method - Joshua Schulz - Front Porch Republic
The adoption of a technocratic view of reason altered an established, richer view of reason in several ways.
Looking forward to the Messiah - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
For quite a while, the Richard III Society was easily passed off as one of those eccentricities like the Flat Earth Society.
Fans of "Les Misérables" on film or stage may be surprised to know that not everyone in France was of good cheer when Victor Hugo published the book in 1862.
Although Pope Benedict caught nearly everyone by surprise when he announced his resignation, we canít say that he didnít give us fair warning.
Pope Benedict’s Resignation in Historical Context - Crisis Magazine
In shocking news that quickly demonstrated the ongoing relevance of medieval historians, Pope Benedict announced that he will lay down his governance of the Church of Rome at the end of this month.
Benedict: Last of the Heroic Generation - On the Square
With the announcement of his resignation, Pope Benedict signals the end of the heroic generation.
Following are brief explanations of the process used in a conclave to elect a new pope.
The celebration has been moved from Santa Sabina Church to accommodate the crowd of the faithful who wish to be present with the Pope. Other highlights of the Holy Father's schedule prior to retirement are announced as well.
Now that the Holy Father is resigning, irreligious critics in his native land are realizing they had a false image of their famous compatriot.
A Rabbi Remembers Pope Benedict - First Thoughts
The one and only time I met Pope Benedict XVI was when he was Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.
The Holy Father has some wonderful things to say to us about creation, freedom, sin and love.
Obama's new contraception rules try to fool Catholics - Washington Post
The Obama administration's latest revision of its contraceptive policy was welcomed by some religious people as a breakthrough, even a "miracle." Upon reflection, it seems less like the parting of the Red Sea than a parlor trick.
HHS mandate 'compromise' still not acceptable: Cardinal Dolan - Catholic Culture
The Obama administration's latest "compromise" on the HHS contraceptive mandate does not resolve the objections raised by the Catholic hierarchy, Cardinal Timothy Dolan has announced.
How to Save a Dying Language - Smithsonian
Geoffrey Khan is racing to document Aramaic, the language of Jesus, before its native speakers vanish.
Catholics and the Question of Gun Ownership - NCRegister
With no definitive Church teaching on the matter, believers fall on both sides of the issue.
Catholic Answers blog - Catholic Answers
This is a cool development. Catholic Answers just started a group blog with a great line-up of apologists, evangelists, and bloggers.
Late last month, the Vatican unveiled the latest component of what's become an increasingly sophisticated digital presence for the centuries old religious institution — a smartphone app.
A question of faith - The Economist
The dark Soviet shadow still lies over religion in modern Russia.
On Saturday visitors to the Vatican will have the rare treat of seeing the Churches' oldest Sovereign Military Order of Knights in full regalia, march in a solemn procession to the tomb of St Peter.
It's a Girl Screening - First Thoughts
The World Youth Alliance will hold a screening of It's a Girlóa documentary film on gendercide and violence against women to highlight sex-selective abortion as an egregious form of violence against women and girls.
China's New Bachelor Class - The Atlantic
Gender imbalances in China have created a generation of men for whom finding love is no easy task.
Boy Scouts and Sex - First Thoughts
It was an ugly scene in Irving, Texas, when the Boy Scout decided on Wednesday to delay a vote on whether to end the policy of prohibiting openly gay leaders.
The Boy Scouts Dilemma - Defining Ideas
Rather than be ripped apart over admitting gay people, the organization should split in two.
Judge Allows 3 Names on Birth Certificate - ABC News
Few people can say that they legally have three parents, but 23-month-old Emma Filippazzo will be able to after a Miami-Dade county judge signed off an an agreement that a lesbian couple and a gay man are all the parents of the child, stating it on her birth certificate.
The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI: A commentary - Father Robert Barron
What has his reign meant.
Rise of Catholic Dorms at Non-Catholic Colleges - NCRegister
Newman Student Housing Fund Creates and Operates Faith-Based Housing.
Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail - The Atlantic
A new study explores what happens to students who aren't allowed to suffer through setbacks.
Sex, Love, & Character: How to Speak to Teens and Young Adults - Thomas Lickona - IPS
In this webinar, Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., a leading developmental psychologist and director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility), speaks directly to young people about just why sex is a such big deal.
A DePauling Double Bind - Real Clear Religion
January 22, 2013 was a date some DePaul University students would not let pass by unnoticed.
I went to an information night held by one such college.
Tests, and why some kids stress out - Family Edge
"Why can some kids handle pressure while others fall apart?"
Michelle Rhee isn't afraid of controversy.
Combating the 'Culture of Can't' - Education Next
School leaders have more power than they think.
University Faculty and Presidents React to News of Pope Benedict XVI's Resignation - Catholic Education Daily
Catholic university presidents and faculty reacted with surprise and admiration towards the news of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation. Others took the opportunity to attack his legacy.
A private Catholic high school in Montreal has decided to appeal to Canada's highest court in its fight for academic and religious freedom.
In what critics are seeing as an ultimate power grab, state officials in Connecticut are calling for a "confidential behavioral health assessment" of every public school student in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, and every homeschool student at ages 12, 14 and 17.