CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - April 16, 2014
Note from the Managing Editor:
The first article for each of the updates during Lent this year has been a brief excerpt from the writings of Pope Benedict XVI. The excerpt this week comes from the Pope's book Introduction to Christianity. That particular excerpt — short as it is — touched me deeply when I read it and has made a difference in my life. I hope it has meaning for you.
Following upon that is the introduction to Brant Pitre's new book, just out from Image, Jesus the Bridegroom: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. In his book Pitre shows how the Passion of Christ was the fulfillment of ancient Jewish prophecies of a wedding, when the God of the universe would wed himself to humankind in an everlasting nuptial covenant. As predicted by the ancients and from St. Paul's vision, the torture and crucifixion of Jesus on Calvary was nothing less than an expression of spousal love.
It's not only a remarkable and timely meditation for Holy Week, but as Scott Hahn asserts, it is a book that will "…change you. It is an invitation to the Messiah's wedding feast — and a foretaste of heaven. It will change the way you experience the sacraments, personal prayer, Scripture study, and marriage. Most of all, it will deepen your love for Christ."
The first two articles complement one another remarkably well.
I want to wish all of our readers a blessing-filled Easter. Madeleine and I are headed to the Benedictine Abbey (Westminster Abbey) near Mission, B.C. for a prayerful time and the nourishment of heavenly liturgy during the Holy Triduum.
Your next update will in your inbox on April 30. - J. Fraser Field
• The Christian Life is a Constant Battle Against Evil, Pope Reflects - aleteia
• Catholic Schools Pressed to Give Up Morality - Crisis
• Do theology on your knees, Pope tells students at Gregorian University - CWN
• Catholic schools can't force student to attend mass, court rules - Toronto Star
• The Hegemonic Misandry Continues: ADHD - Acton Blog
• Pro-life congressman, wife honored with Notre Dame award - CNA
• Notre Dame Students Petition University to Make Clear Stand for True Definition of Marriage - Catholic Education Daily
• 1 in 68 Children Now Has a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Why? - The Atlantic
• NY Court Evicts God From Public School Property - NCRegister
We are meant to rely on receiving - Pope Benedict XVI - from Introduction to Christianity
One cannot become wholly man in any other way than by being loved, by letting oneself be loved.
"This book will change you. It is an invitation to the Messiah's wedding feast — and a foretaste of heaven. It will change the way you experience the sacraments, personal prayer, Scripture study, and marriage. Most of all, it will deepen your love for Christ." - Scott Hahn
To make a good confession demands prior preparation. The better the prior preparation, the more abundant the graces and the more overflowing the river of peace in your soul.
Our culture has become soft.
"Do you know you're saved so that if you were to die right now, heaven would be absolutely certain for you?" This "all-important" question is designed to bait Catholics into an ambush.
Universities are supposed to be bold, confident, courageous institutions, whose biggest duty to their students is to expand the range and depth of their ideas, not confirm their prejudices.
The first harm is the biggest harm - Michael Cook - Mercatornet
A bioethics expert argues that laws ensuring that every child knows its mother and father are unethical.
Progress in Mental Prayer: Its Effect on Method - Father Edward Leen, C.S.SP. - ch. 13 from Progress Through Mental Prayer
There are certain movements of will and intellect which should interpenetrate all our relations with God in much the same way as a fundamental theme runs through all the figures of a piece of music.
Walking with the Lord - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
Walking with our Lord in these days requires faith and reason.
"The devil is here…even in the 21st century! And we mustn't be naïve, right? We must learn from the Gospel how to fight against Satan."
Meeting this morning with the Paris-based International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE), the Pope set aside his prepared text to make the following comment.
The Pope and the Philosopher - Chiesa
His name is Alberto Methol Ferré. It is from him that Bergoglio draws his inspiration in evaluating the world and contrasting the new dominant culture: "libertine atheism." The pope's strict side with Obama.
Pope Francis at Mass: Be vigilant of dictatorship of thought - Vatican Radio
"Even today there is a dictatorship of a narrow line of thought" that kills "people's freedom, their freedom of conscience": we must be "vigilant and pray", said Pope Francis at morning Mass Thursday.
The Francis Effect - Salt & Light
Join us for the world television premiere of The Francis Effect on Thursday April 17 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT, only on Salt + Light Television. Seer it here: http://saltandlighttv.org/
Pope takes responsibility for child abuse scandal - Boston Globe
Pope Francis asked forgiveness for the child sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church on Friday, the first time he’s done so as pope, and also said the church must be “very strong” in responding to the ongoing legacy of that crisis, including imposing forceful sanctions.
"Who Am I? Where Is My Heart?" - Whispers in the Loggia
In his homily at Palm Sunday Mass, Pope Francis told those assembled in St. Peter's Square that "we might well ask ourselves just one question: Who am I? Who am I, before my Lord?"
The Pope has confirmed Monsignor Guido Marini as Master of Pontifical Liturgical Ceremonies. Born 49 years ago in Genoa, Monsignor Guido Marini had been called to this position by Benedict XVI in October 2007.
Stunning Holy Week Processions in Spain - Youtube
Catholic Spain is matchless when it comes to Holy Week.
Global war on Christianity is violent and real - Boston Globe
Dutch Jesuit priest Frans van der Lugt, killed in Syria last week just shy of his 76th birthday, personified the best of the missionary spirit in Catholicism.
Gods and Gopniks - First Things
We have reached a moment in Western history when, despite all appearances, no meaningful public debate over belief and unbelief is possible.
Portrait of the American Catholic Convert: Strength in New Numbers - nineteensixty-four
There are hundreds of thousands of non-Catholic parents in the United States today raising children who will one day grow up to be extraordinary Catholics (...as shown below).
Diversity and Dishonesty - Ross Douthat - New York Times
Recent events on college campuses and corporate America reveal a growing illiberality, enforced under the guise of multicultural diversity.
A pope who discards tradition? - Catholic Herald
Pope Francis' efforts to show humility have given many in the media a wrong impression. Benedict was no less a pontiff of profound personal humility because he wore red shoes and lived in the papal apartments.
Thomas Williams Agonistes - Crisis
Each of us is called to discern the spirits that approach our heart.
Reforming the LCWR: Where Does It Stand? - NCRegister
Two years ago this month, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a sweeping mandate for reform and renewal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) on April 18, 2012.
Hallelujah - a singing priest stuns wedding guests! - Sydney Archdiocese
In recent weeks we have seen the singing nun in a televised song competition who rocked the judges and the live audience.
The academic who read The God Delusion then turned to God - Catholic Herald
Judith Babarsky read Richard Dawkins' book and Benedict XVI's Jesus of Nazareth before converting to Catholicism.
Communion for the Divorced-and-Remarried? - Catholic Preaching
The reason why the Church cannot change her discipline with regard to Communion for the divorced-and-remarried is because it would radically damage doctrine and practice regarding three sacraments: Matrimony, the Eucharist, and Penance.
The fertility industry replaces the term "surrogate mother" with "gestational carrier." Why not just say brood mare?
The Passion of the Christ, Ten Years Later - First Things
Mel Gibson’s personal life is a periodic disaster, but his problems cannot obscure the greatness of his film about the passion and death of Our Lord.
A second U.N. committee plans to question Vatican officials on failures to stop clergy sex abuse.
Is Catholic College Worth It? - NCRegister
Recently, I was reminded why writers avoid reading online comments on their published work.
On Catholic K-12 campuses an increasing numbers of gay and lesbian teachers and administrators at these schools are lobbying for the right to marry their same sex partners — and keep their jobs.
The study of theology is "fruitful only if it is done with an open mind and on one's knees," Pope Francis said in an April 10 address to students at the Gregorian University in Rome.
A non-Catholic high school student, already excused from religion classes, has won the right to avoid mass and retreats as well.
The Hegemonic Misandry Continues: ADHD - Acton Blog
What are we doing to young boys?
In an April 5 ceremony, Notre Dame University honored prominent U.S. pro-life congressman Chris Smith (R-N.J.), and his wife, Marie, who is also a pro-life advocate, with its 2014 Evangelium Vitae Medal.
Notre Dame Students Petition University to Make Clear Stand for True Definition of Marriage - Catholic Education Daily
A number of students at the University of Notre Dame have formed a group seeking to refocus the national debate on marriage back to children and are petitioning the University’s administration to take a "strong stand in support of the true definition of marriage."
With rates of the disorder yet again rising according to new CDC numbers, a look at how doctors are diagnosing autism spectrum disorder in children, and what might be done better.
NY Court Evicts God From Public School Property - NCRegister
This decision should give believers cause for concern.