CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – July 30, 2009
NEW RESOURCES EDITORIALS OF INTEREST EDUCATION MATTERS
Note from the Managing Editor:
Following his address to a recent CWL state convention, Sean Murphy received a standing ovation.
After reading Sean’s talk I was also tempted to jump to my feet and clap my hands. I posted the second part of Sean’s talk, "Mission: Impossible?", to CERC last week, but it also merits special mention in this space.
Something else I wanted to draw your attention to is Alphonse, a most interesting and worthwhile project of writer Matthew Lickona. Read about it here.
Finally, my vacation begins. The next update will be in September.
God bless you. – J. Fraser Field
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Quote of the Week:
"Where there is no love, put love and there you will draw out love." –
Saint John of the Cross
• The Beatitudes: Generosity and Happiness – Father John Hardon, S.J. – Inter Mirifica
• Leszek Kolakowski, 1927–2009 – George Weigel – National Review Online
• The "Unexamined" Life – Robert Royal – The Catholic Thing
• The Great Convivium – Father Raymond J. de Souza – First Things
• Einstein’s Final Quest – Walter Isaacson – In Character
• The Twisted Logic Underlying Abortion – Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. – Making Sense Out of Bioethics
• Italy Resolution Condemns Abortion for Population Control – Elizabeth Lev – Politics Daily
• The Lord hears the cry of the poor – Douglas McManaman – Messenger of the Sacred Heart
• Who Gets To Speak on Public TV? – Father Robert Barron – Word on Fire
• As We Forgive – Charles Colson – Breakpoint
Editorials of Interest:
• Pope Benedict’s Guardian Angel – NCRegister
• The Grail Searchers – NRO
• ObamaCare Dives Into End-Of-Life Debate – Forbes
• Obamacare: The Attack of the Bioethicists – Second Hand Smoke
• Obamacare: Will Seniors Have a Duty to Die? – The Catholic Thing
• Obamacare: Physician Worries About the Reeducation Camps for Seniors –Second Hand Smoke
• We Bring Good Things to Life? – Wall Street Journal
• Healthcare letter to Congress – USCCB
• Catholic Health Care’s Demise — Is It Imminent? – Catholic Exchange
• Witholding Life – London Telegraph
• Bush’s Catholic Outreach Director Assesses Obama’s Catholic Outreach – US News
• Little Sisters of Poor, seeking alms – The Anchoress
• Whirling Dervish Drivers – New York Times
• Shanghai to encourage two-child families: report – Google News
• Invention allows pregnant women to hold models of their unborn babies – Times on line
• What went wrong with economics – The Economist
• Archbishop of Canterbury on homosexual unions and 2 styles of being Anglican – Catholic Culture
• Protests in Vietnam – AsiaNews
• Back to nature – Cleveland Plain Dealer
• Treason in the Air – Project Syndicate
• Catholics Teach the Children of New Orleans – Inside Catholic
• A Teachers’ Contract for a New Era – City Journal
• Archbishop hails Russian school move, though it excludes Catholicism – CNS
• Young men living at home with parents are more violent – Science News
• New Zealand parents reject smacking ban – Family Edge
• Divorce has lasting effects on health – News Wise
• Muslims in Democracy School. With Television as Teacher – Chiesa
The Beatitudes: Generosity and Happiness – Father John Hardon, S.J. – Inter Mirifica
We might remind ourselves that there are two sides to the Gospel ethic.
Leszek Kolakowski, 1927-2009 – George Weigel – National Review Online
Remembering the great philosophical pathologist.
The "Unexamined" Life – Robert Royal – The Catholic Thing
Some years ago, a Catholic Great Books school asked me to speak to the faculty. The lecture room had Socrates’ saying over the door: "The unexamined life is not worth living."
The Great Convivium – Father Raymond J. de Souza – First Things
Cardinal Ratzinger said in his funeral homily for John Paul the Great: "This is not the time to speak of the specific content of this rich pontificate."
Einstein’s Final Quest – Walter Isaacson – In Character
In the later years of his life, after he had fled Nazi Germany at age fifty-four and moved to Princeton, New Jersey, Albert Einstein focused his scientific energies on what would turn out to be a futile quest: the search for a unified field theory.
The Twisted Logic Underlying Abortion – Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Ph.D. – Making Sense Out of Bioethics
Many influential people and institutions in our society, including Hollywood and the mass media, strongly support abortion. To justify their position, however, they must adeptly defy logic and ignore certain obvious facts.
Italy Resolution Condemns Abortion for Population Control – Elizabeth Lev – Politics Daily
Italy has long been an acknowledged world leader in fashion and food, but rarely in its tri-millennial history has it stood as a beacon of political acumen.
The Lord hears the cry of the poor – Douglas McManaman – Messenger of the Sacred Heart
This month the Holy Father prays that international attention towards the poorer countries may give rise to more concrete help, in particular to relieve them of the crushing burden of foreign debt.
Who Gets To Speak on Public TV? – Father Robert Barron – Word on Fire
All individuals and institutions are, to some degree, marked by inconsistency. Not all of our ducks — conceptual and behavioral — are ever quite in a row. But sometimes, an inconsistency is so sharp, so jarring, that it crosses the line into hypocrisy.
As We Forgive – Charles Colson – Breakpoint
This April marked the 15th anniversary of the horrific genocide in Rwanda. But what is happening there now is nothing short of a miracle.
EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:0
Pope Benedict’s Guardian Angel – NCRegister
The Holy Father said today that his guardian angel failed to stop him from falling and breaking his wrist recently because God wanted to make him humbler.
The Grail Searchers – NRO
Despite endless efforts to prove the contrary, science shows that an embryo is a human being.
ObamaCare Dives Into End-Of-Life Debate – Forbes
Medicare spends $100 billion annually on patients’ final year of life. What the new bill says — and doesn’t say — about treatment of the dying.
Obamacare: The Attack of the Bioethicists – Second Hand Smoke
David Broder, the respected left-leaning "dean" of the pundit class, who writes for the Washington Post, has clearly defined the power that the president hopes to convey on unelected bioethics boards.
Obamacare: Will Seniors Have a Duty to Die? – The Catholic Thing
This culture of death crowd would have us abandon the sick and the elderly to "contain costs."
Obamacare: Physician Worries About the Reeducation Camps for Seniors – source
The San Francisco Chronicle carries a helpful op/ed piece by two physicians to day on the mandatory counseling requirement in the Obamacare House bill by physician and USC School of Medicine professor emeritus Katherine Dowling Schlaerth.
We Bring Good Things to Life? – Wall Street Journal
The General Electric slogan has a new irony as the company announces it’s abandoning lab rats for human embryonic stem cells.
Healthcare letter to Congress – USCCB
The text (in .PDF) of Bishop Murphy’s plea to senators and representatives to create a program "that protects the life and dignity of all."
Catholic Health Care’s Demise — Is It Imminent? – Catholic Exchange
There was a time when institutions bearing a Catholic identity, such as hospitals and clinics, would never have agreed to even the slightest hint of deviating from the Catholic Church’s teachings.
Witholding Life – London Telegraph
Why does an educated, prosperous society choose not to reproduce itself, asks Charles Moore.
Bush’s Catholic Outreach Director Assesses Obama’s Catholic Outreach – US News
Because Deal Hudson was director of Catholic outreach for George W. Bush’s 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, I was interested in hearing his take on the Obama administration’s Catholic outreach for my God & Country column in tomorrow’s U.S. News Weekly.
Little Sisters of Poor, seeking alms – The Anchoress
The composure of these young women, who are choosing a very counter-cultural way of life, is very striking, isn’t it?
Whirling Dervish Drivers – New York Times
The tech industry is our drug dealer, feeding the intense social and economic pressure to stay constantly in touch with employers, colleagues, friends and family.
Shanghai to encourage two-child families: report – Google News
Shanghai is to encourage some families to have two children as China takes steps to relax its strict one-child policy in response to the ageing population, state press reported Friday.
Invention allows pregnant women to hold models of their unborn babies – Times on line
Pregnant women are being given the chance to hold life-size models of their unborn babies, thanks to an invention that converts data from ultrasound and MRI scans.
What went wrong with economics – The Economist
And how the discipline should change to avoid the mistakes of the past.
Archbishop of Canterbury on homosexual unions and 2 styles of being Anglican – Catholic Culture
Repenting of Anglican prejudice against homosexuals, Archbishop Rowan Williams of Canterbury said that the Anglican Communion is not free to bless same-sex unions at this time but added that there are "two styles of being Anglican" on this issue.
Protests in Vietnam – AsiaNews
Half a million Catholics take to the streets to protest against police attacks on hundreds of faithful.
Back to nature – Cleveland Plain Dealer
What Natural Family Planning is, is not, and why it works — morally and scientifically.
Treason in the Air – Project Syndicate
Discussions about global warming are marked by an increasing desire to stamp out "impure" thinking, to the point of questioning the value of democratic debate. But shutting down discussion simply means the disappearance of reason from public policy.
Catholics Teach the Children of New Orleans – Inside Catholic
Since the Katrina disaster, the schools of the Archdiocese of New Orleans have swelled to double the enrollment of the local public schools — 40,000 to 20,000.
A Teachers’ Contract for a New Era – City Journal
The 2009 New York City teacher contract is set to expire. This is a golden opportunity to make some fundamental — but politically feasible — changes that will, once and for all, put the needs of students above adults.
Archbishop hails Russian school move, though it excludes Catholicism – CNS
In Moscow, Archbishop Paolo Pezzi has welcomed the announcement by Russian President Dmitri Medvedev that religious education is being restored to the country’s schools after decades of absence under the officially atheistic Communist regime.
Young men living at home with parents are more violent – Science News
We have are used to the idea that young men are responsible for much of the violence in society, but who would have thought that living under the parental roof was the strongest risk factor for such behaviour?
New Zealand parents reject smacking ban – Family Edge
The Great Smacking Debate is in full flight in New Zealand where a law change two years ago specifically banned the use of "force" for the purpose of correcting children.
Divorce has lasting effects on health – News Wise
Divorce and widowhood have a lingering, detrimental impact on health, even after a person remarries, research at the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University shows.
Muslims in Democracy School. With Television as Teacher – Chiesa
While at the Vatican they are discussing whether or not democracy is compatible with Islam, the Arab television channels are dominated by reality shows and soap operas. A major survey analyzes their messages.
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