CERC WEEKLY UPDATE - December 11, 2013
Note from the Managing Editor:
Michael Novak is as clear-sighted, credible, and cultured a thinker on the spiritual foundations of economic and political systems as you'll find in the world today.
And so following the recent controversy around the Holy Father and his economic reflections in the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium many of us waited expectantly for a word from Michael Novak.
"Agreeing with Pope Francis," which you'll find below, is that word.
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• "We Cannot Look the Other Way" – To Fight Hunger, Francis Goes "PopeAid" - Whispers
• NAC Chair Recommends Episcopal Review of Common Core in Catholic Schools - aleteia
• Why Virgil is Still Worth Reading (alongside Robert P. George) - First Thoughts
• Word of the Day: The Passive Voice, Used Well - patheos
• Catholic college says contraceptive mandate makes it 'second-class' religious entity - NCR
• The courage to speak out - NCRegister
The Marks of Original Sin - Pope Benedict XVI - Zenit
The human being does not trust God.
Introduction - Mike Aquilina - from Good Pope, Bad Pope: Their Lives, Our Lessons
The popes whose stories you'll read here show us how Christ kept his promise to his bride, the Church, not only in her health but also in her sickness. That's why, even in its darkest moments, the story of the papacy is a story of triumph. And that's why it's worth knowing these twelve popes.
Agreeing with Pope Francis - Michael Novak - National Review Online
The exhortation looks very different read through the lens of Argentine experience.
Pope Francis's challenge is important, whatever your interpretation of his economic views.
Ronald Knox once quipped that "the study of comparative religions is the best way to become comparatively religious."
Several years ago, there was a terrific game called "Scruples."
The doctrine of Christ's divinity is the central Christian doctrine, for it is like a skeleton key that opens all the others.
The question of the bourgeois involves a real issue which Christians cannot afford to shirk. For it is difficult to deny that there is a fundamental disharmony between bourgeois and Christian civilization and between the mind of the bourgeois and the mind of Christ.
Going too far with DNR? - Father Tad Pacholczyk - Making Sense Out of Bioethics
Resuscitating a patient who undergoes a cardiac arrest or stops breathing often involves multiple procedures.
The banality of evil - Father George Rutler - From the Pastor
"The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil."
At noon today (whatever one's local time), a global "wave of prayer" is taking place to launch a Caritas Internationalis campaign to end world hunger … and to mark the moment, the church's worldwide charity arm has unleashed the Secret Weapon:
Yesterday Pope Francis blamed the neglect of human dignity for the functional atheism of our time.
Mary's witness is an example for every Christian, the pope said yesterday. "With great joy the Church contemplates Mary as 'full of grace.'"
Nelson Mandela: A Candid Assessment - Crisis
As the worldwide tributes pour in for the former leader of the African National Congress (ANC) and first black president of South Africa, it is good to remember just who Mandela was, and who he wasn’t.
Pope Francis Takes on Economy in Name of Conscious Capitalism - Bloomberg (youtube)
Pope Francis is a remarkable figure.
Pope Francis announces new Vatican commission to combat abuse - Catholic Herald
Pope Francis accepted a proposal to set up a special commission on the sexual abuse of children, which will advise him on ways to prevent abuse and provide pastoral care for victims and their families.
Who's waiting for whom? - Francis Cardinal George - Catholic New World
Advent is a season of waiting. We remember the prophetic voices who told the people to wait for their salvation, because God keeps his promises.
Advent and Christmas 2013 at the Vatican - NCRegister
Pope Francis' first Advent and Christmas at the Vatican look set to be much like his predecessors,' but with the possibility of a few surprises.
Immaculate Conception: 8 things to know and share - NCRegister
Today's Holy Day, although not a day of obligation this year, remains one of the most important in the liturgical calendar.
Lessons from Sandy Hook - Mercatornet
A government report on a school shooting in which six adults and 20 children died fails to establish a motive.
Liberal Catholics in the Age of Francis - New York Times
Pope Francis has made it quite clear what can and cannot change in the Church which has both heartened and disappointed liberal Catholics.
The Surprising Surge in Catholic Priests - Wall Street Journal
Center for Bioethics and Culture education director and author Christopher White on why young men are flocking to join the priesthood.
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men - On the Square
In his 2008 book, The Faithful: A History of Catholics in America, Boston College historian James M. O'Toole did a fine job of fleshing out the conventional U.S. Catholic story-line by emphasizing the role prominent lay men and women played in the Catholic experience in these United States.
Coach Holtz - Catholics Come Home
For victory in life we have to keep focused on the goal, heaven.
I Just Ran Out of Presence - First Thoughts
That the language of love has become utterly sentimentalized in our society is a commonplace.
The Supremes and Us - The Catholic Thing
The Supreme Court is finally going to hear arguments on whether the so-called contraceptive mandate implemented by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Affordable Care Act.
Message from the Custodian of the Shroud - Sindone.org
The exhibition at the Turin Cathedral will be held between mid-April 2015 and August 16th, 2015.
Catholic-Based Dorms in Unlikely Places - Catholic Education Daily
This year, the third-largest public university in Alabama opened a religiously-infused living option for students, according to an article in The New York Times.
The head of the U.S. bishops' National Advisory Council strongly recommends that the general assembly conduct an episcopal review of the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative.
Why Virgil is Still Worth Reading (alongside Robert P. George) - First Thoughts
Peter Jones' new book Veni, Vidi, Vici: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Romans but were afraid to ask is that rare kind of book: light but learned, an ideal bedside read.
The passive voice is like any tool. You can use it well, you can use it badly, and you can abuse it right out.
By this time next year, Belmont Abbey College will face huge fines if it does not accept by this Sunday the contraceptive mandate, part of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The courage to speak out - NCRegister
It may be more difficult these days to profess the Church’s teaching about homosexual behavior, but, thank heaven, some still have the guts to do so.