CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – January 29, 2009

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

No time for a note today. I’m off to meetings in Vancouver and Seattle.
God bless you. – J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:
"I was an only child, and my parents let me have my own way most of the time. I know they wanted to show how much they loved me, but I have struggled with selfishness my whole life." – from Raising Children with Character
New Resources:

Epiphany – Matthew Parris – to the source
How Father Desbois Became a Holocaust Memory Keeper – Jordana Horn – Wall Street Journal
A loathsome Catholic — but still a Catholic – Michael Coren – National Post
The Failure of Speculative Capitalism – Angelo Matera – National Catholic Register
Our Struggle for the Soul of our Nation – Robert P. George – Public Discourse
The Most Heroic Thing I Have Ever Witnessed – Mark Shea – Inside Catholic
Ten Conservative Principles – Russell Kirk – adapted fromThe Politics of Prudence
Making Truthful Choices of Conscience – Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. – Making Sense Out of Bioethics
Lesson #1: Good teachers share one special quality – Hal Urban – excerpted from Lessons From The Classroom: 20 Things Good Teachers Do
Twenty Arguments For The Existence Of God – Peter Kreeft & Fr. Ronald Tacelli, SJ. – Chapter three from the Handbook of Christian Apologetics

Editorials of Interest:
You Tube’s Vatican ChannelYou Tube
A tear-stained face in the other crowdDC Examiner
Times Treats Massive March For Life As If It Never HappenedBoycott The New York Times
Richard the Life-HeartNRO
A Hand of Peace: Pope Pius XII & The HolocaustSalt & Light
Remembering John XXIII’s Stroll in the Garden Fifty Years Ago Today – Father Thomas Rosica – Salt & Light
Sister, Soldier, DoctorNCRegister
Summit proposed to mobilize volunteers nationwideCourant
"So I Sent In My Resignation…"Inside the Vatican
Husband’s kiss woke ‘sleeping beauty wife’ in coma after heart attackDaily Mail
From Russia with LoveWhispers
A Not-So-Simple LifeWashington Post
No More Excommunication for the Lefebvrists. But Peace Is Still Far OffChiesa
Obama: Get (civil) religionGet Religion
Super Bowl Pro-Life Ad?NCRegister
Do any ghosts haunt that spending bill?Get Religion
Weasels vs. AIDS Relief – Michael Gerson – Washington Post

Education Matters:
Obama Should Acknowledge His RootsWall Street Journal
Are Common Sense Studies Necessary?Acton
The End of SolitudeThe Chronicle Review


NEW RESOURCES:


Epiphany – Matthew Parris – to the source
Now a confirmed atheist, I’ve become convinced of the enormous contribution that Christian evangelism makes in Africa: sharply distinct from the work of secular NGOs, government projects and international aid efforts.

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How Father Desbois Became a Holocaust Memory Keeper – Jordana Horn – Wall Street Journal
Father Patrick Desbois is a French Catholic priest who, virtually single -handedly, has undertaken the task of excavating the history of previously undocumented Jewish victims of the Holocaust in the former Soviet Union, including an estimated 1.5 million people who were murdered in Ukraine.

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A loathsome Catholic — but still a Catholic – Michael Coren – National Post
According to various headlines across the world, the Pope has "welcomed back into the Church a Holocaust-denying Bishop" and "Ripped to shreds Catholic-Jewish relations for a generation."

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The Failure of Speculative Capitalism – Angelo Matera – National Catholic Register
While the media blames good old-fashioned greed, the reasons are more complex, involving financial practices that constitute a "structure of sin."

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Our Struggle for the Soul of our Nation
– Robert P. George – Public Discourse
In remarks delivered on January 21, 2009 at the Cardinal O’Connor Conference on Life, Robert P. George reflected on the history of the pro-life movement and offered advice for its future.

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The Most Heroic Thing I Have Ever Witnessed
– Mark Shea – Inside Catholic
On January 11, my family went to noon Mass at Blessed Sacrament parish in Seattle. It was being celebrated by our visiting priest, but after he processed up to the altar, we were astonished to see that Father Tom Kraft had taken a seat beside him.

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Ten Conservative Principles
– Russell Kirk – adapted from The Politics of Prudence
It is not possible to draw up a neat catalogue of conservatives’ convictions; nevertheless, I offer you, summarily, ten general principles.

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Making Truthful Choices of Conscience
– Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. – Making Sense Out of Bioethics
One recurrent theme in bioethical discussions is the idea that each of us possesses a basic awareness of the moral law.

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Lesson #1: Good teachers share one special quality – Hal Urban – chapter one from Lessons From The Classroom: 20 Things Good Teachers Do
Aside from the importance of the actual content of a teacher’s lessons, there are certain personal qualities and virtues which really excellent teachers embody.

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Twenty Arguments For The Existence Of God – Peter Kreeft & Fr. Ronald Tacelli, SJ. – Chapter three from the Handbook of Christian Apologetics
An effective rational argument for God’s existence can be an important first step in opening the mind to the possibility of faith — in clearing some of the roadblocks and rubble that prevent people from taking the idea of divine revelation seriously.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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You Tube’s Vatican Channel You Tube

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A tear-stained face in the other crowdDC Examiner
Angele came to Washington last week, but she was not one of the multitude who converged on the nation’s capital to joyously proclaim their support of the new president on his Inauguration Day. Angele came with the other crowd.

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Times Treats Massive March For Life As If It Never HappenedBoycott The New York Times
More than 300,000 people assembled in Washington, D.C. yesterday for the 36th Annual March for Life.

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Richard the Life-Heart NRO
Conversation with a happy pro-life warrior.

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A Hand of Peace: Pope Pius XII & The HolocaustSalt & Light
“A Hand of Peace: Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust” is an important contribution to the robust and timely debate that has arisen surrounding Pius’s wartime record.

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Remembering John XXIII’s Stroll in the Garden Fifty Years Ago Today – Father Thomas Rosica – Salt & Light blog
Fifty years ago today, at the conclusion of a celebration marking the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in the great Roman Basilica dedicated to the Apostle to the Nations in Rome, Pope John XIII went for a stroll in the small interior garden of the basilica.

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Sister, Soldier, DoctorNCRegister
“Deirdre Byrne wears many hats — quite literally: a scrub hat when she’s doing surgery and a habit as part of her everyday attire.”

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Summit proposed to mobilize volunteers nationwide Courant
Carl Anderson, the leader of the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic lay organization, is calling for a national summit next month to mobilize volunteers and coordinate a response to the worst economic crisis in decades.

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“So I Sent In My Resignation…”Inside the Vatican
Mary Ann Glendon, the scholarly, profound United States Ambassador to the Holy See during the past year, resigned her post this past week to allow Barack Obama, the new US president, to choose a new US ambassador to the Vatican to his liking.

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Husband’s kiss woke ‘sleeping beauty wife’ in coma after heart attackDaily Mail
After two weeks sitting by his wife’s bedside hoping she would wake from a coma, Andrew Ray was at his wits’ end.

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From Russia with LoveWhispers
After an interregnum that included surrogates, rebuttals and media spin, and an election featuring a myrrh-spewing icon, the Christian family’s second-largest community has its new leader.

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A Not-So-Simple LifeWashington Post
In a cramped Washington rowhouse, six women share one shower and a quest to serve God.

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No More Excommunication for the Lefebvrists. But Peace Is Still Far Off Chiesa
The causes of conflict are even increasing, including with the children of Israel. Benedict XVI is multiplying his gestures of openness, but is receiving nothing in exchange.

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Obama: Get (civil) religionGet Religion
Here’s a term that you should get used to hearing once again, during the era of President Barack Obama — “civil religion.”

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Super Bowl Pro-Life Ad?NCRegister
This CatholicVote.org video, first posted on the Internet Jan. 19 to coincide with Barack Obama’s inauguration, has become a YouTube sensation.

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Do any ghosts haunt that spending bill?Get Religion
Turns out the contraception inclusion — something no economist has called for as part of any stimulus — might not make it into the final bill.

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Weasels vs. AIDS Relief – Michael Gerson – Washington Post
During Obama’s transition, Dr. Mark Dybul was initially asked to stay on as the coordinator of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for several months until a replacement could be found and confirmed.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:
Obama Should Acknowledge His RootsWall Street Journal
Of the many parallels between Barack Obama and John F. Kennedy, one has eluded all coverage: Both attended Catholic school as children.

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Are Common Sense Studies Necessary? Acton
The United States is so wealthy that we award researchers millions of dollars per year to fund "important" studies that report nothing beyond common sense.

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The End of SolitudeThe Chronicle Review
Technology is taking away our privacy and our concentration, but it is also taking away our ability to be alone.


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