CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – May 28, 2009

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

Memorial Day in the United States on Monday brought Brad Miner’s article "A Prayer for Soldiers" and Peggy Noonan’s "Those Who Make Us Say ‘Oh’!" to my attention (both are below).
And with them, a renewed appreciation of the fact that in many places the military continues to uphold, to a remarkable degree, noble ideals of manhood that are almost entirely absent in the rest of the culture.
At West Point, those ideals are well represented in the West Point prayer.

"O God, our Father, Thou Searcher of human hearts, help us to draw near to Thee in sincerity and truth. May our religion be filled with gladness and may our worship of Thee be natural.

"Strengthen and increase our admiration for honest dealing and clean thinking, and suffer not our hatred of hypocrisy and pretence ever to diminish. Encourage us in our endeavor to live above the common level of life. Make us to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half truth when the whole can be won. Endow us with courage that is born of loyalty to all that is noble and worthy, that scorns to compromise with vice and injustice and knows no fear when truth and right are in jeopardy. Guard us against flippancy and irreverence in the sacred things of life. Grant us new ties of friendship and new opportunities of service. Kindle our hearts in fellowship with those of a cheerful countenance, and soften our hearts with sympathy for those who sorrow and suffer. Help us to maintain the honor of the Corps untarnished and unsullied and to show forth in our lives the ideals of West Point in doing our duty to Thee and to our Co!
untry. All of which we ask in the name of the Great Friend and Master of all. – Amen"

With a more direct reference to Christ as Lord, it struck me that it would make an excellent prayer for Catholic confirmands, or, for that matter, for any young man or woman of Catholic faith. – J. Fraser Field

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New Resources:

The Sacred Heart and the Eucharist – Father Richard Neilson – Lay Witness
Is Pornography the New Tobacco? – Mary Eberstadt – Policy Review
A Prayer for Soldiers – Brad Miner – The Catholic Thing
Those Who Make Us Say ‘Oh!’ – Peggy Noonan – Wall Street Journal
A Way of Beholding the World – Anthony Esolen – Inside Catholic
The role of death – Margaret Somerville – Ottawa Citizen
The shadowy world of the "Illuminati" – Massimo Introvigne – The Center for Studies on New Religions
The Need for Sacrifice – Father Kenneth Baker, S.J. – from Fundamentals of Catholicism
Redefining Religious Liberty – Maggie Gallagher – National Review

Editorials of Interest:
Garden State = Ordination CountryWhispers
Scientific American: The Inevitable Disappointments from ESCRFirst Thoughts
All the Confusion Fit to PrintNational Review
Eurabia Has A Capital: RotterdamCheisa.com
Farmer builds model of Biblical templeTelegraph
Christopher West’s Theology of the BodyHeadline Bistro
Moral Theologian Says Christopher West’s Work is ‘Completely Sound’Headline Bistro
Margaret Thatcher Meets BenedictNCRegister
ACLU ‘dead wrong’ on crossWashington Times
Same-Sex Marriage Laws Pose Protection QuandaryNew York Times
Fr. Thomas Berg leaves the Legion of ChristAmerican Papist
Killed On Mission: An Oblate "Saint"Whispers
Lowest common demoninations?Get Religion
Sotomayor RoundupThe Anchoress
Identity Justice – George F. Will – Washington Post
Al Pacino to Play Jack KevorkianSecondhand Smoke
Lazarus-style comebackTimes Higher Education
Ireland’s New TroublesThe Catholic Thing
Ringling scienceDavid Warren

Education Matters:
Conflict and HopeVia Media
Pope2you
From grades to goals: middle schoolers and educationFamily Edge
U.S. narcissism out of controlWashington Times
It’s not always just about youWashington Times
‘Mum, Dad, where are you? I need to talk’Family Edge


NEW RESOURCES:


The Sacred Heart and the Eucharist – Father Richard Neilson – Lay Witness
May is the month of Mary, our Blessed Mother, and June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As May leads to and introduces June, so Mary brings us to the love of her Son, the love symbolized by His Sacred Heart.

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Is Pornography the New Tobacco? – Mary Eberstadt – Policy Review
A curious reversal in moralizing.

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A Prayer for Soldiers
– Brad Miner – The Catholic Thing
The Cadet Prayer at West Point calls upon God, "Searcher of human hearts," to help these future soldiers live above "the common level of life."

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Those Who Make Us Say ‘Oh!’
– Peggy Noonan – Wall Street Journal
More than most nations, America has been, from its start, a hero-loving place.

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A Way of Beholding the World
– Anthony Esolen – Inside Catholic
Those of us who profess the Catholic Faith still have a way of beholding the world that marks us apart from our neighbors.

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The role of death
– Margaret Somerville – Ottawa Citizen
Approval for euthanasia muffles our proper emotional response to a person’s passing.

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The shadowy world of the "Illuminati" – Massimo Introvigne – The Center for Studies on New Religions
Massimo Introvigne, of the Center for Studies on New Religions, gives some background on the mysterious Illuminati whom Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon tracks down in Angels & Demons.

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The Need for Sacrifice – Father Kenneth Baker, S.J. – from Fundamentals of Catholicism
Catholics should get into the habit of making small sacrifices for God.

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Redefining Religious Liberty – Maggie Gallagher –National Review
Religious liberty is a deeply American solution to a perennial problem. It means that every individual has a right to pursue ultimate meaning without coercion from the government.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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Garden State = Ordination CountryWhispers
Yet again, the nation’s biggest bevy of new priests this Ordination Season belongs to the archdiocese of Newark, which welcomed welcomed 13 to the "Long Black Line" yesterday.

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Scientific American: The Inevitable Disappointments from ESCRFirst Thoughts
After being one of the most vocal advocates for overturning the ban on federally funded stem-cell research, Scientific American now admits that actual therapies derived from ESCR would still be years away and that adult stem cells might still be more effective in the long run.

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All the Confusion Fit to PrintNational Review
"We ask Rome for bread, and L’Osservatore Romano gives us stones."

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Eurabia Has A Capital: RotterdamCheisa.com
Here entire neighborhoods look like the Middle East, women walk around veiled, the mayor is a Muslim, sharia law is applied in the courts and the theaters. An extensive report from the most Islamized city in Europe.

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Farmer builds model of Biblical templeTelegraph
A retired farmer has spent more than 30 years building an enormous scale model of a Biblical temple.

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Christopher West’s Theology of the Body – David L. Schindler – Headline Bistro
Regarding his interview on Nightline, Christopher West says that his remarks were taken out of context.

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Moral Theologian Says Christopher West’s Work is ‘Completely Sound’Janet Smith – Headline Bistro
Christopher West’s interview on ABC’s Nightline has sparked some terrific discussion on the Internet.

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Margaret Thatcher Meets BenedictNCRegister
According to those who were with her at that time, she made it clear in her characteristically loud voice that it was thanks to John Paul that Soviet Communism was brought down.

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ACLU ‘dead wrong’ on crossWashington Times
The rights group wants to take down a cross that honors our honored dead. Vets wonder who the enemy really is.

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Same-Sex Marriage Laws Pose Protection QuandaryNew York Times
Peter Steinfels looks at some of the complications of same-sex marriage.

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Fr. Thomas Berg leaves the Legion of ChristAmerican Papist
After nearly 23 years of life as a Legionary of Christ, I have discerned that it is time for me to continue following Christ in the diocesan priesthood.

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Killed On Mission: An Oblate "Saint"Whispers
As the Stateside crowd pauses today to remember our civil fallen, it’s worth recalling that the church’s own continue to give their lives as they serve in harm’s way, too.

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Lowest common demoninations?Get Religion
In California, the Supreme Court upheld Proposition 8, the ban on gay marriage.

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Sotomayor RoundupThe Anchoress
If you’re looking for a roundup of the latest opinions on the Sotomayor nomination, The Anchoress has you covered.

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Identity Justice – George F. Will – Washington Post
Does she think the figure of Justice should lift her blindfold, an emblem of impartiality, and be partial to certain categories of persons?

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Al Pacino to Play Jack KevorkianSecondhand Smoke
The culture of death is being pushed from many quarters, perhaps most harmfully by the purveyors of popular culture.

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Lazarus-style comebackTimes Higher Education
Theology is returning to the intellectual scene, says John Milbank.

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Ireland’s New TroublesThe Catholic Thing
When the recent news from Ireland appeared, my friend Robert Royal asked me to comment on the physical and sexual abuse scandal swirling around the Christian Brothers and other orders. Initially, I turned it down because it was too intense and conflicted an issue for me, for I owe an immense and un-repayable debt to the brothers.

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Ringling scienceDavid Warren
Readers with any chaste interest in the sciences will have noticed an appalling load of codswallop being sledged through mass media this last week what has been dubbed "Darwinius masellae" — or "Ida," as its impresarios also call it.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Conflict and HopeVia Media
It is unfortunate that Judge John Noonan’s measured address at Notre Dame received hardly any mention in the media accounts, obsessed as they are with celebrity and conflict. But his remarks, brief and respectful, yet pointed, deserve close attention. His was a soft, gentle voice, like the whisper of conscience.

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Pope2you
The Vatican launches a Facebook site: Pope2You. "Send virtual postcards from the pope to your friends."

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From grades to goals: middle schoolers and educationFamily Edge
Helping middle school students with their homework may not be the best way to get them on the honour roll.

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U.S. narcissism out of controlWashington Times
"The levels of narcissistic behavior in our culture appear to be at an all-time high," write Dr. Drew Pinsky and S. Mark Young in their new book, "The Mirror Effect: How Celebrity Narcissism is Seducing America."

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It’s not always just about youWashington Times
This kind of individual narcissism is just the tip of the iceberg, Ms. Twenge and Mr. Campbell say. The entire American culture appears to be revolving around rampant materialism, hair-trigger aggressiveness, vanity, shallow sexuality and rabid desires for attention and fame.

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‘Mum, Dad, where are you? I need to talk’ Family Edge
It’s Youth Week in New Zealand and a survey of almost 10,000 students at 96 secondary schools shows that more than half of them want to spend more time with their parents.

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