CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – May 1, 2009
NEW RESOURCES EDITORIALS OF INTEREST EDUCATION MATTERS
Note from the Managing Editor:
Father Richard John Neuhaus, God rest his soul, was a great model of how to discuss serious and important matters with men of different faiths.
Whether those discussions involved our Protestant and Jewish brothers and sisters or those enamoured of the ersatz religions that have come to dominate our public space, Father Richard knew how to say the things that needed to be said with great charm and grace.
Jonathan Last describes that Neuhaus genius in the April issue of First Things when he writes:
"Sternness is a great writerly virtue and Fr. Neuhaus’ mind was made of awfully stern stuff. But he was never a scold. And his sternness was everywhere commingled with charity. To argue in good faith, to criticize with grace, to demolish without malice — every writer should aspire to such heights."
That explains pretty well why reading Neuhaus was, as well as being deeply informative, invariably an entertaining and uplifting experience and why he was so successful in making great friends even of those with whom he disagreed. We all have so much to learn from Father Richard’s example.
Which brings me to the feature article this week by William McGurn who also avoids the temptation to be the scold in his beautifully realized unpacking of the problem of Notre Dame at a talk he gave there last week.
Following on that, Mary Ann Glendon’s letter to Father Jenkins is about as perfect a bit of moral reasoning graciously advanced as could be imagined given the very difficult circumstances Ms. Glendon found herself in. – J. Fraser Field
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Quote of the Week:
"If we submit everything to reason, our religion will have nothing in it mysterious or supernatural. If we violate the principles of reason, our religion will be absurd and ridiculous." –
• A Notre Dame Witness for Life – William McGurn – The Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life
• Mary Ann Glendon’s letter to Father Jenkins – Mary Ann Glendon – source
• Germanus of Constantinople – Pope Benedict XVI – April 29, 2009 Wednesday Audience
• It’s Not Theft, It’s Pastiche – Christine Rosen – Wall Street Journal
• Is There a Specifically Feminine Spirituality?: An Exploration of Edith Stein’s Thesis – Kathleen Curran Sweeney – Second Spring
• Practical Romance – Brad Miner – The Catholic Thing
• Attacks on Miss California reveal intolerance of gay-rights activists – Colleen Carroll Campbell – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
• Distinctions with a difference – Mollie Hemingway – Get Religion
• Hands Off – Mark Early – Breakpoint
• Law, Feelings, and Religion at the Bar in Iowa – Matthew J. Franck – Public Discourse
Editorials of Interest:
• "The Lord Has Not Abandoned You" – Whispers
• Adult Stem Cells from Fat Tissue Offer Hope for MS Treatment – LifeSiteNews
• Religion of hatred – Daily Mail
• The Institution Formerly Known As Marriage – Public Discourse
• The Lisbon Papacy – Whispers
• Pew study finds high retention among Catholics – USCCB
• Rethinking the American Dream – Vanity Fair
• Post-Christian? Not even close. – USA Today
• A Conversation with Alberto Cutié, Multimedia Priest – The Washington Post
• Torture: What it is, and Why it is Wrong – Public Discourse
• Catie’s $1.4 million gift – Catholic Herald
• Dan Brown: A source of endless and empty hyperbole – Ignatius Insight
• Marshfield man’s prayer an answer in sainthood query – Boston Globe
• Survey shows why Americans change religions – SFGate
• Obama says abortion rights law not a top priority – Reuters
• Church announces dates for 2010 exposition of Shroud of Turin – CNS
• Muslims Are Cool to Pope’s Holy Land Pilgrimage – AP
• No doubt Tony Blair would have saved Jesus – then where would we be? – Telegraph
• From football to "frum" – Get Religion
• Why my mother turned down Notre Dame’s Laetare medal – Politics Daily
• Glendon Declines ND Honor – NCRegister
• Hope Reigns on the Quad at Notre Dame! – Kloska Blog
• The Principle At Stake at Notre Dame – Washington Post
• Lost in the Archives – Chronicle of Higher Education
• Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America – Education Next
• What are US students learning about Islam? – CS Monitor
A Notre Dame Witness for Life – William McGurn – The Notre Dame Fund to Protect Human Life
What does it mean to be a witness? To be a witness, an institution must order itself so that all who look upon it see a consonance between its most profound truths and its most public actions.
Letter to Father Jenkins – Mary Ann Glendon
It is with great sadness that I have concluded that I cannot accept the Laetare Medal or participate in the May 17 graduation ceremony.
Germanus of Constantinople – Pope Benedict XVI – April 29, 2009 Wednesday Audience
During his general audience this morning Benedict XVI dedicated his catechesis to St. Germanus of Constantinople, who "played an important role in the complex history of the battle for images during the so-called iconoclastic crisis, and was able to resist the pressure of an iconoclastic emperor, … Leo III.
It’s Not Theft, It’s Pastiche – Christine Rosen – Wall Street Journal
College students plagiarize routinely, especially from the Internet.
Is There a Specifically Feminine Spirituality?: An Exploration of Edith Stein’s Thesis – Kathleen Curran Sweeney – Second Spring
During her university years, Edith Stein (now St Theresa Benedicta of the Cross) held a strongly pro-feminist view of “femininity”, and as a professional woman she appreciated the gains made for women who wished to enter fields dominated by men.
Practical Romance – Brad Miner – The Catholic Thing
G.K. Chesterton speaks of the human need for “practical romance” — a mixture of something strange with something secure.
Attacks on Miss California reveal intolerance of gay-rights activists – Colleen Carroll Campbell – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised."
Distinctions with a difference – Mollie Hemingway – Get Religion
One of the more interesting stories regarding stem cell research is one that has been woefully under-reported.
Hands Off – Mark Early – Breakpoint
No-Touch Policies at School.
Law, Feelings, and Religion at the Bar in Iowa – Matthew J. Franck – Public Discourse
What happens when judicial arrogance becomes so habitual as to become second nature?
EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:0
"The Lord Has Not Abandoned You" – Whispers
Yesterday’s big story took place some 60 miles from Rome as the Pope went to bring solace and hope to Abruzzo, where hundreds were killed, thousands injured and displaced.
Adult Stem Cells from Fat Tissue Offer Hope for MS Treatment – LifeSiteNews
A preliminary study on the use of stem cells obtained from a patient’s own adipose tissue in the treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) has shown promising results.
Religion of hatred – Daily Mail
Why we should no longer be cowed by the chattering classes ruling Britain who sneer at Christianity.
The Institution Formerly Known As Marriage – Public Discourse
The Iowa court’s recent decision does not simply broaden marriage, it radically changes its nature. While marriage previously served public purposes of attaching mothers and fathers to their children and one another, now marriage merely serves as affirmation of adult feelings.
The Lisbon Papacy – Whispers
According to freshly-revealed documents, Pope Pius XII and his inner circle made contingency plans to move the Holy See to Portugal.
Pew study finds high retention among Catholics – USCCB
A Pew Forum poll on Americans and their religious affiliation finds Catholics have one of the highest retention rates, 68 percent, among Christian churches when it comes to carrying the Catholic faith into adulthood.
Rethinking the American Dream – Vanity Fair
The time has come to consider the idea of settling for a constant standard of living, not a constantly rising one.
Post-Christian? Not even close. – USA Today
A high-profile ‘religious landscape’ survey is said to show that America is rapidly losing its faith in the Christian religion. A Boston University professor takes a closer look.
A Conversation with Alberto Cutié, Multimedia Priest – The Washington Post
The Washington Post interviews a popular Miami television personality and pastor, the Cuban-American priest Alberto Cutie.
Torture: What it is, and Why it is Wrong – Public Discourse
The recent publication of the so-called Torture Memos and of the International Red Cross report on the treatment of high-level detainees in the aftermath of 9/11 has returned to national prominence the discussion of the morality of torture and “enhanced interrogation” techniques.
Catie’s $1.4 million gift – Catholic Herald
Before dying of a rare pediatric cancer, a 7-year-old plans her legacy.
Dan Brown: A source of endless and empty hyperbole – Ignatius Insight
I’m not into censorship or boycotts, but I am into truth and facts, and I hope that what little I’ve done (along with Sandra Miesel, as well as the work of Amy Welborn and several others) will be helpful to those interested in truth and facts.
Marshfield man’s prayer an answer in sainthood query – Boston Globe
The Boston Globe has published an account in today’s issue about the healing of a Marshfield, Mass. permanent deacon that’s been attributed to the intercession of the late Cardinal John Henry Newman.
Survey shows why Americans change religions – SFGate
A report on a new study of religious allegiance in the United States by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
Obama says abortion rights law not a top priority – Reuters
President Barack Obama said on Wednesday he favored abortion rights for women but that passing a law guaranteeing those rights was not his top priority, trying to avoid inflaming divisions over the issue.
Church announces dates for 2010 exposition of Shroud of Turin – CNS
The Italian Archdiocese of Turin has announced that the Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the burial cloth of Christ, will be on public display April 10-May 23, 2010.
Muslims Are Cool to Pope’s Holy Land Pilgrimage – AP
Pope Benedict’s visit to the Holy Land next month has stirred the resentment of some Muslim leaders there.
No doubt Tony Blair would have saved Jesus – then where would we be? – Telegraph
Mr Blair revived Labour, now he’s bidding for the Papacy. But some things are bigger than even he can encompass, says Charles Moore.
From football to "frum" – Get Religion
You are about to meet a former NFL player from Miami who has to be the only ultra- Orthodox Jew who wears a Super Bowl ring when he prays.
Why my mother turned down Notre Dame’s Laetare medal – Politics Daily
I read with some perplexity this PoliticsDaily.com blog post on Professor Glendon’s decision to refuse the Laetare award, as it seemed to present a very superficial reading of the situation.
Glendon Declines ND Honor – NCRegister
Father John Jenkins likely thought himself very clever. Professor Mary Ann Glendon just took him to school.
Hope Reigns on the Quad at Notre Dame! – Kloska Blog
This past Sunday was the 5th annual Eucharistic Procession at Notre Dame.
The Principle At Stake at Notre Dame – Washington Post
Here on planet "What About Me," principled people are so rare as to be oddities. Thus, it was a head-swiveling moment Monday when Mary Ann Glendon, the former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, quietly declined Notre Dame’s Laetare Medal.
Lost in the Archives – Chronicle of Higher Education
Not everything you want to know is on the internet.
Work Hard. Be Nice: How Two Inspired Teachers Created the Most Promising Schools in America – Education Next
The story of how the KIPP network began and why the KIPP model of school reform works so well.
What are US students learning about Islam? – CS Monitor
Politically correct textbooks are distorting key concepts and historical facts, says Gary Bauer.
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