CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – May 8, 2009

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

Twenty some years ago I was blessed to be able to attend three retreats given by Father John Hardon, S.J.
During one of those retreats, we were snowed in for the whole time at Westminster Abbey in Mission, B.C. The beauty of the Abbey grounds all in snow combined with Father’s amazing knowledge and wisdom of Catholic doctrine and life, beautiful joy-filled voice, and great sense of humour made it one of those heaven on earth experiences I shall never forget.
Whenever I came away from a session during any of the Father Hardon retreats I attended I’d be all inspired. Aside from being edified about the Catholic faith, I’d feel challenged to live my faith in a deeper, more authentic way.
I remembered things Father said on those retreats, word for word, for years.
I hope you will find Father Hardon’s reflections below, on devotion to Our Lady, provide you with something similar.  – J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week
"To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women." –

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

New Resources:

Devotion to Our Lady – Father John A. Hardon, S.J. – Inter Mirifica
Don’t give up marriage fight! – Rod Dreher – CrunchyCon beliefnet blog
Saint Nuno of Saint Mary – Father George Rutler – Weekly Column
Prodigal Son – Benjamin Wiker – tothesource
Manners and Morals – Brad Miner – The Catholic Thing
"Full of himself" – Father James Schall, S.J. – The Catholic Thing
How to Wake Up Slumbering Minds – Christopher F. Chabris – Wall Street Journal
The next moral quagmire: Conscience – Charles Lewis – National Post
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Editorials of Interest:
The Pope’s Toughest Job in the Holy Land: Winning over the ChristiansChiesa
Christian holy sites in Israel ‘could be controlled by the Vatican’The Catholic Thing
Changing in the Guard?Whispers
A Vatican Newspaper Embarrasses Itself The Catholic Thing
100 Days of Change for the FamilyYou Tube
Why the West is Boyle’dLA Times
Pope Benedict Ordains 19 New Priest for the Rome DioceseYou Tube
Vatican’s moderate line on Obama has deep rootsNC Reporter
Defecting to FaithNew York Times
Pray, Love, BuildWhispers
Jack Kemp, 1935-2009First Things blog
Dom DeLuise R.I.P.USCCB video
Can Barack Obama Be Converted on Abortion?First Things blog
Bishops to Berlusca: Shape UpWhispers
Stop, get ready, go: let common sense beginTimes
Remaking America one judge at a timeCommentary
Growing Up BuckleyThe New York Times
Angels and Demons against Catholic ChurchYou Tube
Angels & Demons needs disclaimerCatholic League
A Family QuarrelChristianity Today

Education Matters:
School Choice for the FewWSJ
International lessons about national standardsGadfly
Not every girl can be a winner Globe & Mail
End the University as We Know ItNew York Times
May Feelings IIYou Tube
Video game addiction among kids is real, a study suggestsThe Family Edge
Education foxes and hensEducation Gadfly


NEW RESOURCES:


Devotion to Our Lady – Father John A. Hardon, S.J. – Inter Mirifica
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin is one of the cardinal features of not only professing to be, but of being a Catholic.

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Don’t give up marriage fight! – Rod Dreher – CrunchyCon beliefnet blog
I heard from Maggie Gallagher the other day, who wrote to object to my view that the battle to stop same-sex marriage is lost was not only defeatist, but inaccurate.

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Saint Nuno of Saint Mary
– Father George Rutler – Weekly Column
Nuno Alvares Pereira, born in 1360, was a descendant of Charlemagne and, by the marriage of his daughter to a son of the King of Portugal, became ancestor to many shapers of history, including Catherine of Aragon and Mary Tudor.

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Prodigal Son
– Benjamin Wiker – tothesource
For all too many years, eminent novelist and biographer A.N. Wilson was a self-satisfied atheist, a proud member of the British unbelieving intelligentsia, along with Richard Dawkins and expatriate Christopher Hitchens. But no more. Andrew Norman Wilson has come home.

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Manners and Morals
– author – The Catholic Thing
A new edition of my book, The Compleat Gentleman: The Modern Man’s Guide to Chivalry, is being published today.

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"Full of himself"
– Father James Schall, S.J. – The Catholic Thing
A student recently asked me if I could recommend any nearby Catholic churches. He had just heard a sermon that, as far as he could make out, justified relativism.

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How to Wake Up Slumbering Minds – Christopher F. Chabris – Wall Street Journal
In Why Don’t Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom Daniel T. Willingham poses nine questions that a teacher might want to ask a cognitive scientist — beginning with the question in the title — and then answers each one of them.

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The next moral quagmire: Conscience – Charles Lewis – National Post
Dr. David Stevens worries Barack Obama is about to end his medical career.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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The Pope’s Toughest Job in the Holy Land: Winning over the ChristiansChiesa
The Israelis invited him, the Muslims are in favor of his visit. But not his own faithful in the area: most of the opposition to his trip has come from them. The reasons for the rejection. And the unknowns.

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Christian holy sites in Israel ‘could be controlled by the Vatican’The Catholic Thing
The sovereignty of Christian holy sites in Israel could be handed over to the Vatican under plans drawn up by President Shimon Peres, says a report in The Daily Telegraph.

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Changing in the Guard?Whispers
Today’s always one of the more colorful moments of the Vatican’s annual calendar: in keeping with tradition, the anniversary of the 1527 Sack of Rome was commemorated this morning with the swearing-in of the Swiss Guard’s new class of recruits — 32 this time around.

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A Vatican Newspaper Embarrasses Itself The Catholic Thing
A columnist for the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano wrote last week that, on the life issues, President Obama has not been so bad in his first 100 days after all.

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100 Days of Change for the FamilyYou Tube
After the first 100 days of the Obama presidency, many changes have occurred for the family.

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Why the West is Boyle’dLA Times
Spengler explains why Susan Boyle is no good.

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Pope Benedict Ordains 19 New Priest for the Rome DioceseYou Tube
Pope Benedict ordained 19 new priests for the diocese of Rome on Sunday in St Peters Basilica saying the disciple and especially the apostle experiences the same joy as Jesus.

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Vatican’s moderate line on Obama has deep rootsNC Reporter
Vatican balances competing interests on multiple fronts.

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Defecting to FaithNew York Times
"We are more than cells, synapses and sex drives. We are amazing, mysterious creatures forever in search of something greater than ourselves," says a New York Times columnist.

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Pray, Love, BuildWhispers
As the flow-chart goes, she might just be a River City nun… but if TIME magazine has anything to say about it, Mary Scullion is more influential than The Pope Himself.

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Jack Kemp, 1935-2009First Things blog
Remembering Jack Kemp.

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Dom DeLuiseUSCCB video
The Catholic actor passed away. He discusses his devotion to Our Lady on this video.

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Can Barack Obama Be Converted on Abortion?First Things blog
The short answer to that question is: probably not.

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Bishops to Berlusca: Shape UpWhispers
Amid reports of his second divorce, the influential daily of the Italian bishops has gone and taken Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi to task.

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Stop, get ready, go: let common sense beginTimes
Personal responsibility is lost in the red stop-lights of an over-regulated world. We must start thinking for ourselves again.

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Remaking America one judge at a timeCommentary
In evaluating prospective justices, President Obama’s “empathy” may be code for “bias.”

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Growing Up BuckleyThe New York Times
To the extent that this story has a dimension beyond the purely personal, I suppose it’s an account of becoming an orphan.

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Angels and Demons against Catholic ChurchYou Tube
In Angels and Demons the Catholic Church is demonized.

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Angels & Demons needs disclaimerCatholic League
Catholic League president Bill Donohue explains why he wants a disclaimer in “Angels & Demons”; it debuts in Rome today and opens in the U.S. on May 15.

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A Family QuarrelChristianity Today
Squabbling over the Holy Sepulchre.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

School Choice for the FewWSJ
Some hypocrisies are apparently more equal than others.

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International lessons about national standardsGadfly
The 1997 release of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) results was a wake-up call for the United States — and for Germany. What’s notable is how Berlin and Washington responded in drastically different ways.

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Not every girl can be a winner Globe & Mail
I thought Girl Guides was about doing stuff. I don’t remember being encouraged to love myself.

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End the University as We Know ItNew York Times
We need to shake education out of its complacency.

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May Feelings IIYou Tube
I pray the Rosary. Do you? Just think about it.

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Video game addiction among kids is real, a study suggestsThe Family Edge
They did worse in school, they felt addicted and they were twice as likely to report attention disorders.

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Education foxes and hensEducation Gadfly
I’m reminded again and again of America’s need for independent education-achievement testing-and-audit bureaus to track and report student performance and school achievement and to sort out the claims and counterclaims regarding when these indicators have risen and when not — and perhaps also to explain why.

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