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July 17, 2019

Note from the Managing Editor:

Dear CERC subscribers,

Summer is upon us. My plan is to go camping with my wife Madeleine, play lots of tennis, spend family time with our five children and fourteen grandchildren, and perhaps squeeze in a little fishing. It will also be a time to catch up on CERC administrative duties that I haven't been able to get to.

As for Meaghen's she'll be keeping the ship afloat this summer by updating the editorials of interest on the front of the site every day as she always does, teaching a private summer creative writing class, writing a screen play, and taking a real honeymoon with her husband David.

We wish all of our readers a summer full of blessings and family joys. Expect the next CERC Weekly Update in your mailbox on September 3. - J. Fraser Field

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"Kind thoughts are rarer than either kind words or deeds. They imply a great deal of thinking about others. This in itself is rare. But they also imply a great deal of thinking about others without the thoughts being criticisms. This is rarer still." - Father William Faber

New Resources

Mary Will Gather Us into the Barn - Venerable Fulton J. Sheen - from The World's First Love

What mysterious power is it that a mother has over a son that, when he confesses his guilt, she strives to minimize it, even when it shocks her heart...

Why Should Every Catholic Know About Literature? - Joesph Pearce - from Literature: What every Catholic should know

"I love this book because there's not a hint of 'Eat your spinach' about it. Pearce's reading program is pure pleasure. It can make the world a happier place." Mike Aquilina

Building A Culture of Religious Freedom - The Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap - Public Discourse

When I sat down to write these remarks, I did it knowing that this talk will probably be the last one I give as Archbishop of Philadelphia. So the words matter.

Has Science Run Its Course? - Regis Nicoll - Crisis

One year after scientists flipped the switch on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), physicist Lawrence Krauss fretted, "I worry whether we've come to the limits of empirical science."

David Brooks' "Itinerarium Mentis in Deum" - Fr. Robert P. Imbelli - The Catholic Thing

Almost fifty years ago, the renowned sociologist of religion, Peter Berger, wrote a short yet suggestive book, A Rumor of Angels.

The Pride flag flies everywhere. But what does it stand for? - Chad Pecknold - Catholic Herald

In graduate school at Cambridge, a group of us once played a bizarre card game one of our philosophers made up.

Saint James, Patron of Pilgrims - Amy Giuliano - Magnificat

This alabaster statuette portrays a traveler leaning on his walking staff, as if taking a momentary pause from an arduous journey.

Bastille Day and Other Convenient Myths - Father George W. Rutler - Crisis Magazine

"Bastille Day" is the celebration of an inflated myth.

Editorials of Interest:

The Progressive Stages of Sin - Community in Mission
The transgender moment - Mercatornet

Editorials of Interest

Vatican calls for trust, Catholics wait for transparency - CNA

Cardinal Piacenza, like many in the hierarchy, is asking the faithful to trust. Following a dramatic loss of episcopal credibility in the face of scandal, most Catholics now want to verify.

Why the 'Metropolitan Plan' Doesn't Work - Commonweal

The first trial run of a metropolitan-centered strategy to contain abusive bishops has provided a spectacular public demonstration of how this plan can fail.

Could Pope Francis deliver yet another 'July surprise'? - Crux

Once upon a time, Rome in July was a tranquil place for those whose professional activities unfold in and around the vacation.

How the Catholic Church Lost Italy to the Far Right - NY Times

Pope Francis' retreat from culture-war politics has left a void that politicians have been all too eager to fill.

Amazon Synod Mission Abandoned? - NC Register

The footnotes to the synod's working document indicate that it is at odds with how the Church — including Pope Francis — has traditionally taught about the mission.

Ann Widdecombe brilliantly argues in favour of free speech at Oxford Union - YouTube

Only snowflakes and totalitarians oppose free speech.

Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic: "Before I am an athlete, I am an Orthodox Christian" - Aleteia

If we had to make a list of top athletes whose generosity is beyond question, then Novak Djokovic's name would certainly be on it.

Seeing sacramentally in a pornified culture - CWR

"Custody of the eyes" means being a custodian of how we see, not pretending that we can exist by not seeing.

Australian government proposes religious discrimination bill - CWR

Australia's coalition government has proposed the introduction of legislation that would make it unlawful to discriminate against people on the ground of their religious belief or activity.

California confession law dropped - CWR

California Senate Bill 360 was removed Monday from the agenda for a meeting of the California Assembly's Public Safety Committee scheduled for July 9.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession Part 1 - Aleteia

Father Peter Marielux (1825) was chaplain of the Spanish forces trying to ward off Peruvian independence.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession Part 2 - Aleteia

Father Mateo Correa was a victim of the Cristero War, unwilling to betray his fellow Catholics being persecuted.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession Part 3 - Aleteia

St. John Nepomucene is considered the patron saint of the sacred seal, having defended it amidst torture in the 14th century.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession Part 4 - Aleteia

These two martyrs of the Spanish Civil War went to their death defending their priesthood, including the Sacramental Seal.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession Part 5 - Aleteia

Blessed Richard Thirkeld became the confessor for St. Margaret Clitherow, the wife of an official of the city of York.

Martyrs of the secrecy of Confession Part 6 - Aleteia

Blessed Fernando Olmeda Reguera wasn't about to betray his priesthood. He is one of the many victim priests of the Spanish Civil War.

With miracle confirmed in Sheen cause, plans for beatification can begin - CNS

The miracle concerns the healing of James Fulton Engstrom of Washington, Illinois, who was considered stillborn when he was delivered during a planned home birth in September 2010.

Is It God's Will That I'm Married? - NC Register

It seems as though there is a widespread temptation lately among Catholics — priests and laity alike — to wonder if they have chosen the right vocation.

The Progressive Stages of Sin - Community in Mission

We are living in times when many are doubling down on their sin.

This is how you can become a Saint - NC Register

"Do you really want to be a saint? Carry out the little duty of each moment: do what you ought and concentrate on what you are doing."

Christian Rugby Player Fights Back Against the Gay Lobby - Crisis Magazine

All is not lost, and the recent case of Christian rugby player Israel Folau's challenge to Globohomo totalitarianism is an inspiration to Catholics who increasingly find themselves and their families in the grip of enforced LGBT orthodoxy.

Comfort levels with LGBT people are going down ever since gender identities went mainstream - The Federalist

New survey results show that 18- to 34-year-olds are less accepting of LGBT issues than they were in previous years. Why?

The Pride flag flies everywhere. But what does it stand for? - Catholic Herald

Pride is a standard which cannot tolerate a common good. It must take away from the good which is common, and become the part which rules over the whole.

The transgender moment - Mercatornet

Why does this preposterous movement seem so plausible and righteous?

The Subtle Lie: Women must be powerful, but not fruitful - CWR

Satan knows, just as he did when he targeted Eve, that if he gets the woman, he gets everyone.

Will Amazon ban the Bible next? - Christian Post

Amazon has removed the books of Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, the psychologist whom critics have dubbed "the father of conversion therapy."

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and
St. Justin Martyr, pray for us

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