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October 22, 2014

Note from the Managing Editor:

There is no future for a society of self-absorbed individuals.  That's why the family — when properly understood and properly ordered — is a necessary and vital source of health and happiness for us all. Msgr. Cormac Burke explains this beautifully here.

While you may think that you've heard enough on the just-completed Synod on the Family in Rome, I've posted four articles related to the synod which I think you'll find well worth your time. 

See "Worried About the Synod? Here Are Ten Things to Remember", "The Tyranny of 'Mercy'", "The Church vs. The Sexual Revolution", and "Letting Christ — Not Confusion — Reign."

Hooray!  Our new CERC website officially goes live on Friday night.  I've got a lot to do just now so the next update may be somewhat abbreviated. - J. Fraser Field


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Index


New Resources:

The Conversion of Paul - Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman - from Sermons Preached on Various Occasions
Worried About the Synod? Here Are Ten Things to Remember - Father Dwight Longenecker - Patheos
The Tyranny of "Mercy" - Michael Miller - Catholic World Report
The Church vs. The Sexual Revolution - Father Raymond de Souza - National Post
Up from Hell: Dante’s Lessons for Millennials - Rod Dreher - The Intercollegiate Review
Letting Christ — Not Confusion — Reign - Father Roger Landry - National Catholic Register
So Catholics Worship Statues? - Tim Staples - Catholic Answers
The reluctance of the polite atheists - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor
29th Sunday in OT - Father John Horgan - CERC

Editorials of Interest:

A Synod Wrap-up - Robert Royal - The Catholic Thing
A Tale of Targeting - First Things

Education Matters:

Majoring in Fear - First Things
iWant! iWant! iWant! - Mercatornet

New Resources


The Conversion of Paul - Blessed John Henry Newman - Sermons Preached on Various Occasions

A heathen poet has said,..."I am a man; nothing human is without interest to me": and the sentiment has been widely and deservedly praised.

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There is no future for a society of self-absorbed individuals - Msgr. Cormac Burke - Mercatornet

What values are being passed on in Western homes? What needs to change?

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Worried About the Synod? Here Are Ten Things to Remember - Father Dwight Longenecker - Patheos

We've got the clash of cardinals, a bash up among bishops and vitriol in the Vatican!

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The Tyranny of "Mercy" - Michael Miller - Catholic World Report

How Cardinal Kasper's pastoralism would harm women and children.

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The Church vs. The Sexual Revolution - Father Raymond de Souza - National Post

Don't believe the headlines. The battle continues.

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Up from Hell: Dante’s Lessons for Millennials - Rod Dreher - The Intercollegiate Review

Dante speaks to a new generation, and what he has to say may save your life.

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Letting Christ — Not Confusion — Reign - Father Roger Landry - National Catholic Register

Evaluating the Synod by Pope Francis’ own evangelical principles.

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So Catholics Worship Statues? - Tim Staples - Catholic Answers

Many Protestants will claim that, while the Catholic may say he does not adore statues, his actions prove otherwise.

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The reluctance of the polite atheists - Father George W. Rutler - From the Pastor

While serving as chaplain in a large mental hospital, I quickly learned that one can be both mentally ill and highly intelligent.

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29th Sunday in OT - Father John Horgan - CERC

Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and render unto God that which is God's.

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Editorials of Interest


The "final" report - CNA

The Synod on the family excised references to homosexuality and re-marriage from its summary relatio, reassuring many while settling little.

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"Thank You, Blessed Paul VI! Thank You For Your Humble, Prophetic Witness!" - Whispers

Beatification of the Servant of God Pope Paul VI

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A Synod Wrap-up - Robert Royal - The Catholic Thing

There's already been so much reporting on what happened in Rome last week, that let's try a little Synodal thought-experiment.

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Cardinal Dolan on countercultural bishops - youtube

Kasper and Dolan express views on the attitudes of African Catholics. Their opinions diverge.

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Africans are no longer junior partners in Catholicism Inc. - Crux

One of the most perceptive books ever written about the Second Vatican Council was Ralph Wiltgen's 1967 "The Rhine Flows into the Tiber," about how many of the reform energies at the council first took shape in German-speaking Catholicism.

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Cardinal Napier: Communion and polygamy - youtube

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier discusses the challenge of polygamy in traditional African societies.

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Vatican Releases Details for Pope Francis’ Trip to Turkey - NCRegister

The Holy Father will visit there from Nov. 28-30.

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Pope beatifies Paul VI, 'great helmsman' of Vatican II - CNA

Addressing those gathered in Saint Peter's Square on Sunday for the beatification of Paul VI, Pope Francis reminded Christians who live out the Gospel message that they are "God's newness" both "in the Church and in the world."

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The Passion of Blessed Paul VI - 'Humanae vitae' - CNA

Father Francesco di Felice worked at the Secretariat of State during the pontificate of Bl. Paul VI, and recently recounted the story behind the blessed Pope's 1968 encyclical which was received with widespread dissent.

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A Moderate Façade and a Radical Interior? - The Catholic Thing

This has been a nervous-making week for the body of the Church.

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A Tale of Targeting - First Things

I am a professor of English and Classics at Cal State-Northridge, where I began teaching in 2008 after earning my doctorate in English and MA in Classics from SUNY.

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Helen Hull Hitchcock: A Valiant Voice for Faith and Family - NCRegister

The founder of Women for Faith and Family and the editor of the Adoremus Bulletin died Oct. 20 at the age of 75.

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Church enters new front in marriage battle - OSV

Same-sex marriage opponents shift from offense to defense as SCOTUS sustains rulings that strike down gay marriage bans.

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Bad news on homosexuality - Pew

Whether or not the Church amends the Catechism on same-sex attraction, two generations of Catholics have certainly broken ranks.

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Five Trends Among the Unchurched - Barna Group

Since 1990, the percentage of unchurched adults in America has risen from 30% to 43% of the population. Even as this segment has grown, has their profile changed?

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'Save the Storks' Gives Women a Last-Minute Option to Choose Life - Daily Signal

Buses with state-of-the-art technology that is mobilizing the pro-life movement by parking outside abortion clinics and offering women free services.

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From Atheist Professor to Catholic: An Interview with Dr. Holly Ordway - Strange Notions

Growing up, Holly Ordway was convinced God was little more than superstition, completely unsupported by evidence or reason.

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A Powerful Weapon: 15 Quotes on the Holy Rosary - Catholic Gentleman

Here are 15 quotes from popes and saints to encourage you in praying this powerful prayer.

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12 Films That Defined America - ICR

Every culture has deeply embedded myths, and cinema has often been the medium through which America’s myths have been transmitted.

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Education Matters


Majoring in Fear - First Things

More than a decade ago, David Brooks described a generation of America’s elite university students as "organization kids."

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How an Innovative Coat Designer is Helping the Homeless - Acton

As a 20 year old product design student, Veronika Scott developed an innovative coat/sleeping-bag for the homeless.

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Catholic Leaders Fight Repeal of Religious Protections - Catholic Education Daily

The Cardinal Newman Society has joined The Catholic University of America and the D.C. Catholic Conference in warning the District of Columbia (D.C.) Council that a proposal to repeal religious protections from the D.C. Human Rights Act would violate the religious freedom of Catholic schools and colleges.

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Five Trends Among the Unchurched - Barna Group

Since 1990, the percentage of unchurched adults in America has risen from 30% to 43% of the population. Even as this segment has grown, has their profile changed?

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When One Mother Decided to Homeschool Her Son, A Light Bulb Went On - Seton

In a Midwest school many years ago, a little boy sat in class asking many questions, but getting few answers.

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iWant! iWant! iWant! - Mercatornet

Is the hype over iPhone 6 an icon of our infatuation with consumerism?

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Misbehaving Children Need Punishment - Crisis

There seems to be a lot of overlap between people who don’t believe in spanking, and people who don’t believe in sin.

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When Women Become Men at Wellesley - New York Times

The “women’s” college in in crisis, because it’s not sure what to do with applicants who are male-identifying-as-female or, you know, the other way around.

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Does England Have the Solution to the Grade-Inflation Problem? - The Atlantic

In America, more and more universities are imposing strict grading curves or abolishing grades altogether. The UK takes an entirely different approach, and it's working.

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Newman's Second Spring Returns to Ireland - aleteia

The last few decades have witnessed a new springtime for Catholic higher education, particularly in the United States.

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