CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – June 11, 2009


Note from the Managing Editor:

There is much clear thinking and good writing in this week’s update.
Being delighted while being culturally and religiously edified is the expected effect of reading Father George Rutler, and he doesn’t disappoint this week.
It seems every time Roger Scruton puts pen to paper something penetrating happens, as it does below.
While most all of the writers we feature here are bold and powerful advocates of a properly formed Christian understanding, Robert P. George’s "exchange of views" with Douglas Kmiec on the question "The Obama Administration and the Sanctity of Human Life: Is there a common ground on life issues? What is the right response by ‘Pro-Life’ Citizens" is a proper schooling in how to dialogue with candor and courtesy. – J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:
"Love means to love that which is unlovable, or it is no virtue at all; forgiving means to pardon that which is unpardonable, or it is no virtue at all — and to hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all." – G.K. Chesterton

New Resources:

Devotion to the Sacred Heart Today – Father John A. Hardon, S.J. – The Catholic Faith
Film Review: Taking Chance – Ray Nothstine – Acton PowerBlog
Look Who’s a Believer Now – Timothy Larsen – Wall Street Journal
Never let a crisis go unused – Father George W. Rutler – Weekly Column
Exiles on the Way Home – George Weigel – The Catholic Difference
Obama and His Pro-Life Apologists – Robert P. George – Public Discourse: Ethics, Law, and the Common Good
Farewell to Judgment – Roger Scruton – The American Spectator
Words’ Worth – Father Patrick Henry Reardon – Touchstone
The abortion issue we’re ignoring – Barbara Kay – National Post
Buckley, père et fils – Father Raymond J. de Souza – National Post
Editorials of Interest:
Year of the Priest helps to reflect on their missionYou Tube
Ratzinger’s ChoiceYou Tube
Obama vs. the PopeSpengler
Inclusiveness and Ordination Vows: The Latest in Episcopalian Stand Up ComedyVirtue on line
Under Pressure, L’Osservatore Clears the AirWhispers
Why Rhode Island stands alone on same-sex "marriage"projo
Renewal in UkraineTelegraph
With death hovering near, a new life for Father FieldBoston Globe
Will Iran’s ‘Marriage Crisis’ Bring Down Ahmadinejad?Time
The rule of reasonAP
The Odd Couple: Dick Cheney and Ted OlsonThe Catholic Thing
Atheists keep faith with Barack ObamaPolitico
Europe’s Christian Comeback – Philip Jenkins – Foreign Policy
A new entry in the God DebatePhiladelphia Inquirer
By His Fruits You Shall Know Him: A Defense of Christopher WestHeadline Bistro
The Mount of OlivesJerusalem Post
‘God is Back’: Religion and society will never mix wellThe Telegraph
The Rite – Amy Welborn – Beliefnet
Anger and British culture – Rod Dreher – Beliefnet
Few surprises, but some glimmers of hope in new US church statisticsCNS

Education Matters:
Charter Schools Provide Good Model on Teacher PayWashington Post
Top 10 Reasons They HomeschoolNCRegister
Imaginary friends are naturalMercatornet
Declaring educational bankruptcyGadfly
Stop, in the Name of LoveNRO
Ye Hedge School
Married, with children, paysFamily Edge
Archie’s Wedding MistakeThe Atlantic
Children Exposed to Domestic Violence Have a Negative Effect on the Behavior and Academic Achievement of Classroom PeersEducation Next


Devotion to the Sacred Heart Today – Father John A. Hardon, S.J. – The Catholic Faith
We may say that devotion to the Sacred Heart began on Calvary. When the Heart of Christ was pierced on the Cross, it opened the door to realizing how deeply Jesus loves us.
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