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September 17, 2014

Note from the Managing Editor:

The first line from Archbishop Charles Chaput's review of the film Calvary speaks about the impact the film has on audiences.

"Calvary is the kind of film that leaves a theatre silent at the final credits.  It’s not the silence of boredom or a morgue, but the silence of people collecting their emotions in order to breathe again."

The Archbishop was really moved by the film.  You'll understand exactly why after reading his review, "Calvary is an unblinking, unforgettable film."

As I was preparing to write your note this week I watched several interviews with the lead actor of Calvary, Brendan Gleeson.  I thought this reflection by Gleeson worth sharing with you:

"When I put on the vestments for Mass — when we were testing the costume — I had a very weird feeling that I was putting on a uniform, but also an armour like a samurai and I got a very odd revisiting of childhood and the sense that there was a purity about the goodness that I felt that was to be protected.  In other words, whatever goodness is for me on a personal level, I felt I must fight for that."

Quite a remarkably innocent experience that speaks well for Mr. Gleeson.

There is one other article I particularly want to point you in the direction of this week. 

"A Tale of Two Churches" is another really exceptional column from Francis Cardinal George of Chicago. - J. Fraser Field


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Index


New Resources:

Martha's Anxiety - Sister Wendy Beckett - from Spiritual Letters
A Tale of Two Churches - Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. - Catholic New World
Calvary is an unblinking, unforgettable film - The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. - Crux
Democracy, Tyranny, and the Current Situation - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - Catholic World Report
Lightening Our Burdens - Father Robert A Sirico - Religion & Liberty
Benedict XVI: Pope as Prophet - Father George W. Rutler - Crisis
Roger Scruton's quotes - Roger Scruton - Guardian
We have to ask the world: Why are you silent? - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor
24th Sunday OT - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:

In Weddings, Pope Francis Looks Past Tradition - New York Times (distortions and inaccuracies detailed in the previous article)
Our Ominous World - The Catholic Thing
Cardinal McCarrick and Islam - Father Z's blog
What the War Truly Is - The Catholic Thing

Education Matters:

Becoming a Real Person - David Brooks - New York Times
Reality Check - youtube

New Resources


Martha's Anxiety - Sister Wendy Beckett - Spiritual Letters

Worry is a canker.


A Tale of Two Churches - Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I. - Catholic New World

For many years in America, the state basically kept its original promise to protect all religions and not to become a rival to them, a fake church. That is no longer the case.

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Calvary is an unblinking, unforgettable film - The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap - Crux

Calvary is the kind of film that leaves a theatre silent at the final credits. It’s not the silence of boredom or a morgue, but the silence of people collecting their emotions in order to breathe again.

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Democracy, Tyranny, and the Current Situation - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - Catholic World Report

Democracies seem naturally to tend to tyranny in two senses.

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Lightening Our Burdens - Father Robert A Sirico - Religion & Liberty

Recently, a 14-year-old in Michigan carried his younger brother on his back for 40 miles.

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Benedict XVI: Pope as Prophet - Father George W. Rutler - Crisis

If a prophet is not without honor save in his own country, a great prophet is not without honor save in the whole world.

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Roger Scruton's quotes - Roger Scruton - Guardian

Roger Scruton on nonsense, Richard Dawkins, original sin, Islamism, and more.

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We have to ask the world: Why are you silent? - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

I do not like most jargon, as it diminishes the creative power of the noble English language rightly used.

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24th Sunday in OT - Father John Horgan - CERC

The Exaltation of the Holy Cross.

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Editorials of Interest


Christian life is not navel-gazing – it's self-giving, Pope says - CNA

During his homily at daily Mass on Thursday Pope Francis focused on authentic Christian love, stressing that it's not selfish, but freely and mercifully gives itself to others.

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Pope Francis on "World War III" - Aleteia

Pope Francis appointed two U.S. priests to top positions at the Vatican for dealing with the sexual abuse of minors.

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No Scandal Here: The 20 Couples Married by Pope Francis Were Legit - NCRegister

Two authorities on Christian marriage refute media reports that criticized the Pope's presence at a Sept. 14 Mass.

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In Weddings, Pope Francis Looks Past Tradition - New York Times (see the previous article for the necessary corrections)

Pope Francis married several couples – some in irregular situations – leading some to speculate that he's moving beyond Church rules in order to be more welcoming.

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James Foley: A Man for Others - Catholic Pulse

In losing his life to radical Islamist rebels who are mounting a war in Syria and Iraq, James Foley was punished for daring to show the world the tragic underbelly of terrorism among the impoverished and the victims of intolerant religious extremists.

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A guide for bishops talking to pro-abortion politicians - Catholic Culture

Speaking with John Allen of Crux about the question of whether pro-abortion Catholic politicians should be denied the Eucharist, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that the American bishops have left that argument behind.

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The Middle East's Friendless Christians - New York Times

The Middle East's increasingly beleaguered Christian communities have suffered from a fatal invisibility in the Western world.

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Addressing the Root Cause of Clerical Homosexual Behavior and Pederasty - Catholic Culture

The Church has attempted to address the issue of clerical pederasty — arguably belatedly — as a problem of crime and punishment on the one hand, and personality on the other.

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Cardinals join to defend Church doctrine on divorce, remarriage - CNA

Five members of the College of Cardinals have joint-authored a book defending Church doctrine regarding divorced and remarried Catholics, affirming that it is the most merciful approach.

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Life Affirming Choices - youtube

Euthanasia - "It's Different When It's Your Mother!"

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Hounding the Sisters of the Poor - NCRegister

The Obama Administration has announced it will continue with its legal case to impose the HHS mandate on the religious sisters' charitable operations.

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Why so many Christians won't back down on gay marriage - The Week

A traditional view of marriage is about much more than today's politics. It's deeply woven into the 2,000-year-old ethic at the heart of our faith.

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R.I.P. Idiot Dad. This New Ad from Cheerios Portrays Us as Totally Competent! - LifeTimeMoms

Socially positive commercials are a new trend that I want to see more of.

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The real reason why divorced/remarried German Catholics are leaving the Church - Catholic Culture

From Germany and the Frankfurter Allgemaine Zeitung, via England and The Tablet, comes news that many German Catholics who have divorced and remarried are now formally leaving the Church.

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Grandparents In the Gaps - CWR

The universal rule for conscientious grandparents is: Do what you can, and don’t blame yourself for what you can’t.

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Our Ominous World - Father James V. Schall, S.J. - The Catholic Thing

About some things it is sinful to be silent.

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Rolling back the excesses of the Sexual Revolution - National Post

Something in our nature craves the constraints that produce the rewards an honour code confers.

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Cardinal McCarrick and Islam - Fr. Z's blog

During a D.C. press conference, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick created a firestorm of controversy when he offered Islamic religious phrases and insisted that Islam shares foundational rules with Christianity.

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Missouri enacts 72-hr abortion waiting period - AP

Missouri women seeking abortions will face one of the nation's longest waiting periods, after state lawmakers overrode the governor's veto to enact a 72-hour delay that includes no exception for cases of rape or incest.

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What the War Truly Is - The Catholic Thing

Some ambiguity has arisen in the Vatican – and in the White House – as to what is to be done about the barbarity currently taking place in the Middle East, which has shocked the whole world. And what to call it.

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Isil wants to assassinate the Pope, says Iraq's ambassador to Vatican - Telegraph

Habeeb Al Sadr warns that Isil's "band of criminals" could have Pope Francis in its sights, ahead of the pontiff's visits to Albania and Turkey.

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Education Matters


How College Students Can Keep the Faith - Crisis

Across the nation the school year is starting, and on university campuses 18-year-olds are moving into their dormitories and starting their freshmen orientation.

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What To Do About Kids And Porn And Smartphones? - Patheos

Sometimes I feel like a fossil.

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Becoming a Real Person - David Brooks - New York Times

This summer, The New Republic published the most read article in that magazine’s history. It was an essay by William Deresiewicz, drawn from his new book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.

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Are video games dangerous for kids? Maybe, but it depends what they supplant. - Mercatornet

Robert Morris University in Chicago, which gives out 1400 athletics and activity scholarships a year, will now offer one for performance in the video game "League of Legends.”

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Catholic Studies programs and the colleges - CNA

A recent conference to honor the accomplishments of Don Briel, founder of one of the most successful Catholic Studies programs in America, points the way toward renewing the Church’s colleges and universities.

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Ten novels to make you passionate about history - Mercatornet

Our suggestions for the best in historical fiction.

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Reality Check - youtube

Children in American use 8 hours per day of technology (TV, video games, internet, movies, cell phones) resulting in delayed develop, mental illness, obesity, addictions, and aggression.

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Why Steve Jobs was a low tech parent - Mercatornet

In an announcement that coincides with the release of the Apple iPhone 6 Plus New York Times tech columnist tells us that Steve Jobs restricted his four children’s use of technology.

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Latin is dead? Long live Latin! - The Conversation

A little item buried on the inside pages of newspapers recently caused a small stir.

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Finding God on the Quad - NCRegister

Benedict XVI’s Vision for Catholic Higher Education

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