CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – June 18, 2009


Note from the Managing Editor:

The Times Literary Supplement had a positive review of Ian Linden’s new book Global Catholicism in it’s Easter issue. In the June/July issue of First Things, Jody Bottum alluded to the book and to the Times review:

"It’s a book that begins with this Chinese proverb: When a tree falls it crashes with a noise, but when a forest grows no one hears anything. The same can be said of global Catholicism: The world only hears about condoms and clerical scandals, but in the meantime the real story is being ignored."

That story, told in Global Catholicism, is summarized by the Times reviewer:

"Secularists might be surprised to learn that the Church is the largest single supplier of healthcare and education on the planet, the principle glue of civil society in Africa, the strongest bulwark of opposition to the caste system in India, and a leading player in global campaigns for sustainable living. It provides almost the only charitable presence in Chechnya, and other black spots often forgotten by the rest of the world."

While these and many other positive contributions of the Church remain ignored and unknown to most everyone — most egregiously Catholics — the wondrous fact remains, as Bottum points out, that "…slowly, hidden from the eyes of the world, grace is at work, Christianity grows, and God’s purposes are served." – J. Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:
"The error of Diogenes lay in the fact that he omitted to notice that every man is both an honest man and a dishonest man. Diogenes looked for his honest man inside every crypt and cavern, but he never thought of looking inside the thief." –

G.K. Chesterton

New Resources:

The Unquiet Men – Anthony Esolen – Touchstone
June 1979 — The Nine Days of John Paul II – George Weigel – The Catholic Difference
The Seven Deadly Sins Revisited: Greed – Mary Eberstadt – The Catholic Thing
Standing on the Mound: The Virtues of Baseball – Elizabeth Thecla Mauro – Inside Catholic
Does Christianity exist? – Father James V. Schall, S.J. – The Catholic Thing
Anti-abortion minister urges action by African Americans – Gerald Korson – The Catholic Voice
Reversing the Deculturation of Fatherhood – Donald DeMarco
Joyce Appleby, Catholic Conscience, and the Supreme Court – Matthew J. Franck – The Moral Accountability Project
Obama Hovers From on High – Charles Krauthammer – Washington Post
Henry VIII, 500 Years Later – Edward Pentin – National Catholic Register
Editorials of Interest:
Year of the Priest Letter – Pope Benedict XVI – Vatican
Caritas in Veritate updateNational Catholic Register
The Invisible WomanYouTube
Saint ChestertonThe Catholic Herald
Our Historically Challenged PresidentNRO
Rome, Inc.Get Religion
Theology of the Body FightNCRegister
Lincoln’s Memo to ObamaThe Wilson Quarterly
Obama’s gay agendaUS News
The smothering embrace of nanny governmentMark Steyn
A Decade On, "Father Basil" on PrayerWhispers
Focus on the Family’s new CEO shifts perspectivesDenver Post
All Eyes Are on Tiger Woods, the FatherNew York Times
In Iran, an Iron Cleric, Now BlinkingNew York Times
Why Economists Failed to Predict the Financial CrisisKnowledge Wharton
What to Do About DarfurThe New York Review of Books
Message for China’s CatholicsAP
"Culto DiNoia" Comes to PassWhispers

Education Matters:
Michelle Rhee On Improving D.C. Public SchoolsWashington Post (video)
Reason vs. Faith: the Battle ContinuesThe Chronicle Review
Sense of family obligation healthy for teensFamily Edge
When Provided with Accurate Information, Public Support for Increased Spending on Education DeclinesEducation Next
Demography as Destiny?Education Next
Silence, PleaseStandpoint
Please don’t mention JesusCNA
Education Behind BarsNCRegister
The bad news from PottsvilleThe Republican Herald


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