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July 30, 2014

Note from the Managing Editor:

This will be the last update until September.  We all need a rest.  When we come back the new site should be up and running.

I have quite a line up for you this week.

Ryan T. Anderson of the Heritage Foundation is the most reasonable and well-reasoned voice on the side of defending marriage.  When I heard his address at the Salt Lake Community College on youtube I thought his expressions and logic were the strongest I'd heard even from Ryan.  My great friend and help in these matters, Richard Roland, transcribed the talk and then Ryan went over the text to refine it.  If you ever are in the position of needing to explain why marriage should only be — and can only be — between one man and one woman this is the argument you'll want to have in your back pocket.  See "The Consequences of Redefining Marriage" below.

My wife Madeleine and I are Oblates of St. Benedict and associated with Westminster Abbey in Mission B.C. which we consider our spiritual home.  With good reason, Abbot John Braganza, OSB of the Abbey has all his novices read Ralph Martin's The Fulfillment of All Desire as part of their formation.  I have the Introduction and chapter one, "Called to Holiness," of The Fulfillment of All Desire for you below.

Paul Thigpen’s "Are You Falling Away?: Three Warning Signs" will help you evaluate how well you and your family are doing as committed Christians.

And finally, Father John Horgan’s homily last sunday is something everyone should listen to, reflect on, and pray about.

A happy and blessed summer to all our readers and their families. - J. Fraser Field


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Index


New Resources:

Jesus' Sweet and Light Yoke - Father John Tauler, O.P. - from The Sermons and Conferences of John Tauler
The Consequences of Redefining Marriage - Ryan T. Anderson - an address given at Salt Lake Community College
Introduction - Ralph Martin - from The Fulfillment of All Desire
Called to Holiness - Ralph Martin - chapter one from The Fulfillment of All Desire
Are You Falling Away?: Three Warning Signs - Paul Thigpen - Discipleship Journal
The peaceful path to liberty - Father Raymond J. de Souza - National Post
Holy Smoke! - Father Dwight Longenecker - Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly
We cannot avoid making judgments - Bishop David McGough - The Catholic Herald
17th Sunday in OT - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:


New Resources


Jesus' Sweet and Light Yoke - Father John Tauler, O.P. - from The Sermons and Conferences of John Tauler

Now, to what people is this yoke sweet and light, as they accept it and bear it along?

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The Consequences of Redefining Marriage - Ryan T. Anderson - an address given at Salt Lake Community College

There are good reasons why conjugal unions have been distinguished from all others since antiquity.

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Introduction - Ralph Martin - from The Fulfillment of All Desire

The whole purpose of our creation, the whole purpose of our redemption is so that we may be fully united with God in every aspect of our being.

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Called to Holiness - Ralph Martin - chapter one from The Fulfillment of All Desire

Jesus summed up his teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His followers: "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt. 5:48).

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The peaceful path to liberty - Father Raymond J. de Souza - National Post

Why are Palestinians still, in 2014, choosing the path of violent force when other more secure paths to independence and autonomy have proved more successful?

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Are You Falling Away?: Three Warning Signs - Paul Thigpen - Discipleship Journal

What a frightening prospect is the destiny of the backslider!  Yet even for the worst of us sinners, God offers hope.

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Holy Smoke! - Father Dwight Longenecker - Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly

Why do we use incense in worship?

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We cannot avoid making judgments, but judgment should always be tempered by mercy - Bishop David McGough - The Catholic Herald

When we avoid a rush to destructive judgment and accusation we allow the possibility that the good within us might ultimately flourish and come to fruition.

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17th Sunday in OT - Father John Horgan - CERC

The pearl of great price and the persecution of Christians in Mosel and the Middle East.

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Editorials of Interest


Will tragedy derail Pope Francis on Christian unity? - Boston Globe

Also: Religious cleansing in Iraq, pope in America, and a curious silence in Australia.

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Pope Francis makes surprise visit to Vatican Canteen and queues up for his lunch - Radio Vatican

Pope Francis made a surprise visit on Friday to the Vatican’s canteen for its employees.

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Francis apologizes for persecution of Pentecostals - rns

Pope Francis sought forgiveness for decades of persecution of Italian Pentecostals when he met with around 300 evangelicals from the U.S., Argentina, and Italy in the southern town of Caserta on Monday.

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In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness - Catholic Review

Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness.

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Why is Pope Francis’ Visit to Philly Important? - patheos

If the pope is planning to visit the City of Brotherly Love next fall what’s the big deal?

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The 'Pope Francis effect'—changing the way the world sees the papacy - Catholic Culture

A long-overdue reform of the Vatican’s media operations is still only in the planning stages, yet the "Pope Francis effect" has already become evident in the way the Vatican handles the news.

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Imagining the Path of Christian Exile - First Things

Elizabeth Scalia puts herself in the place of an Iraqi Christian writing a letter to her former neighbors.

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Why Did ISIS Destroy the Tomb of Jonah? - First Things

On Friday, the media reported that ISIS, the Islamist group that has established a "caliphate" in parts of Syria and Iraq, had destroyed the centuries-old Tomb of Jonah in Mosul, Iraq.

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Meriam Ibrahim lands in Rome, meets with Pope Francis - CNA

A Sudanese woman spared of a death sentence for refusing to renounce her Christian faith arrived in Rome with her family Thursday, where they met with Pope Francis a few hours after landing.

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Obama's executive order and the danger of reliance on federal contracts - rns

Perhaps Obama's "unprecedented and extreme" recent executive orders will help awaken the American hierarchy to the fact that this administration is not—to put it mildly—a reliable partner.

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Ground Zero cross to be displayed - Reuters

A cross-shaped steel beam pulled from the rubble of the collapsed World Trade Center in New York after September 11, 2001, can be displayed in the national memorial museum at the site, an appeals court ruled Monday.

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Anglicans Choose Egalitarianism Over Christian Unity - Crisis

On 14 July, the General Synod of the Church of England voted in favor of allowing women to become bishops.

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Strasbourg rules again: no human right to same-sex marriage - Catholic Voices

There is no human right to a same-sex marriage, human rights law does not require countries to "grant access to marriage to same-sex couples."

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The Atlantic: What happened to all those Catholic rites? - Get Religion

Long-time GetReligion readers, do you remember that typology that a wise, older priest — a veteran of life inside the DC Beltway — gave me a few years ago that proposed that there are essentially four kinds of American Catholic voters?

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Immigration Approach Avoids Emotionalism - NCRegister

Church teaching on immigration articulates a framework for thinking — rather than merely emoting — through the immigration issue in a manner consistent with Catholic concerns for liberty, justice, human flourishing and the common good.

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Will Doctors Be Forced to Kill? - First Things

The wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters over the modest Hobby Lobby decision has me worried.

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Political and religious leaders denounce European anti-Jewish outbursts tied to Gaza - RNS

Secular and religious leaders are denouncing widespread anti-Semitic outbursts in Paris and the rest of Europe.

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Persecution of Christians contradicts idea of a Caliphate - Mercatornet

In the glory days of the Caliphate, Muslims and Christians lived side by side.

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France offers asylum to Christian refugees from Iraq - Catholic Culture

The government of France has offered asylum to Iraqi Christians who have been driven from their homes by Islamic militants.

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Education Matters


Home and School in American Catholic Life - Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Church in America needs both homeschooling, and Catholic schools.

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Teachers Unions vs. Students - Prager University (Youtube)

American public schools are broken and teacher unions are largely responsible.

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Protecting Your Child from the Dangers of College Life - Crisis

A church friend of mine has a daughter going off to college in the fall.

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Harvard Joins the Ivy League’s Race to the Bottom - Minding the Campus

The issuance of the “Dear Colleague” letter in 2011 triggered a race to the bottom for due process in the Ivy League.

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Don't Send Your Kid to the Ivy League - The New Republic

In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee.

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Shivering in Tolkien’s shadow - Prospect

Middle Earth has swallowed up our understanding of the Middle Ages.

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U.S. Students from Educated Families Lag in International Tests - Education Next

It’s not just about kids in poor neighborhoods.

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Dating in a Throwaway Culture - Catholic World Report

Christian singles today are finding new places to meet and get to know potential mates.

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Questions for the College-Bound Son - Catholic Exchange

How about composing a fatherly testament of vision and values as a farewell gesture for the college-bound son?

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Students Credit Christendom Summer Program for Best Week of Their Lives - Christendom College News

As usual, the 179 students who participated in the four one-week sessions found their time at the college to be life-changing.

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