CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – June 26, 2009


Note from the Managing Editor:

The homilies, encyclicals, and other public pronouncements of the Popes have an obvious importance, but what is conveyed in private by Peter’s successors can also have a great potency.
Shortly after being made a bishop in 1969, Edouard Cardinal Gagnon was in conversation with Pope Paul VI who told his new bishop:

"Error makes it’s way because truth is not taught, we must teach the truth whenever we see something which is against the truth. We must teach the truth, repeat it, not attacking the ones who tell errors because that would never end; they are so numerous. We have to teach the truth."

Cardinal Gagnon writes:

"He told me truth has a grace attached to it. Anytime we tell the truth that is in conformity to what Christ teaches and what is being taught us by the Church, every time we say the truth there is an internal grace of God that accompanies the truth. He said error does not have grace accompanying it. It might have all the external means, but it does not have the grace of God accompanying it."

It’s a message for our time. – J Fraser Field

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Quote of the Week:

"To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for truth, that is not living, but existing." –

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

New Resources:

Beauty and Desecration – Roger Scruton – City Journal

The Shifting Middle – Father James V. Schall, S.J. – The Catholic Thing

Where’s Obama’s ‘Evil Empire’ Speech? – Lorne Gunter – National Post

Five Myths on Fathers and Family – Bradford Wilcox – National Review

Virtue and "The Art of Living" – Edward P. Sri – Lay Witness

Exploitative reality shows degrade us, too – Colleen Carroll Campbell – St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Learning to love bravely – Doug McManaman – Life Issues

Thinking About Moral Absolutes – Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk – Making Sense Out of Bioethics

Stanley Jaki and the Saviour of Science – Father George W. Rutler –Weekly Column
Editorials of Interest:
Pope Benedict explains why he created Year for PriestsCNA

Some Quick Thoughts on Michael JacksonNational Review

The God choiceUSA Today

President Obama Discusses the Importance of FathersYou Tube

Those Medieval Monks Could DrawNew York Times

Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Society of St. Pius XSalt & Light TV

Freeing Yourself with ForgivenessThe Washington Times

This is your brain on religionUSA Today

For ‘Modern Gals,’ Religion as Off-the-Rack TherapyThe New York Times

Africa with Dambisa Moyo: Chapter 1 of 5Uncommon Knowledge

The Rome Experience: American seminarians come to RomeRome Reports (video)

Sarkozy says burqas are ‘not welcome’ in FranceAP

Blogging the BibleChristianity Today

Daredevil – Gary Wills – The Atlantic

A Call for American Boldness in IranDaniel Pipes

A Latte to Warm the HeartWashington Post

PBS Limits Shut-In MassesZenit

The Unpardonable Sin of HypocrisyFirst Thoughts

The Dominican Sisters of St. CeciliaYou Tube

No Choice but DemocracyWashington Post

Education Matters:

Athenians and Visigoths: Neil Postman’s Graduation SpeechFirst Thoughts

Only Catholic College in Georgia Graduates First ClassNCRegister

Internet, the thief of family timeFamily Edge

A List of Great Movies about FathersThe Ruth Institute

Throwing oil on the blaze of teenage sexFamily Edge

Team of Researchers Blames Children’s Films for Perpetuating "Heteronormativity"LifeSiteNews

High Tech’s Great Leap BackwardWSJ



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