CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – July 2, 2009

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

Note from the Managing Editor:

As Pope Paul VI instructed us in last week’s update, "Error makes it’s way because truth is not taught, we must teach the truth."
And when that truth is taught, it surely helps if the form the truth takes is itself beautiful.
That’s why I was doubly delighted to begin reading The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization, by Anthony Esolen. Esolen presents the truth in a compelling and accessible manner. His book is gracefully written.
Russell Hittinger, the William K. Warren professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Tulsa, has this to say on the back cover:

"An acclaimed translator of Dante, and a brilliant teacher of Western civilization, Professor Esolen is the perfect Virgil, guiding the student through the fugue-like influence of Athens, Jerusalem, and Rome."

Our Virgil’s book has been favourably received, though some have criticized its author for writing what amounts to "an apologetic for Roman Catholicism".
Well, yes, he has certainly done that, but necessarily so, since the Roman Catholic Church figures so centrally in the largely unknown story he tells.
You will be happy to have Esolen’s book on your bookshelf. You can read the preface and a short excerpt below. – J. Fraser Field


Quote of the Week:
"We are like ignorant shepherds living on a site where great civilizations once flourished. The shepherds play with the fragments that pop up to the surface, having no notion of the beautiful structures of which they were once a part." –

Allan Bloom

New Resources:

Preface – Anthony Esolen – from The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization
The Early Church: How Christians elevated culture – Anthony Esolen – excerpt from chapter four of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization
Salvation – Are You Saved? – Katrina J. Zeno
The Great Philosopher Who Became Catholic – Deal Hudson – Inside Catholic
Long Live Haydn – Robert R. Reilly – Inside Catholic
Persistent Myths in Feminist Scholarship – Christina Hoff Sommers – The Chronicle of Higher Education
Steady As She Goes – Theodore Dalrymple – New English Review
Gran Torino Works – Jordan Ballor – Acton PowerBlog
‘Lines that divide’ – Charles Colson – Breakpoint
Imagine – Robert Royal – The Catholic Thing
Editorials of Interest:
Papal ProgrammingCatholic TV
Pope to POTUS: "Thank You"?Whispers
Per "Caritas," Six Days’ NoticeWhispers
Bone Fragments Found in Tomb Are Paul’sReuters
Fragile Tanzanian Orphans Get Help After Mothers DieNew York Times
HeartlessSlate
Beware the Christians!Pajamas Media
Christians Can Save IslamAsiaNews.it
Black Church Opposes Gay MarriageWashington Times
Michael Jackson and Saint GuinefortFirst Things blog
Hotlanta: "Grain Once Scattered"… Now a JuggernautWhispers
‘Stonewalling’ by ObamaNCRegister
A Tale of Two PrizesJerusalem Post
Veiled threats: row over Islamic dress opens bitter divisions in FranceGuardian
Mexico City Policy FalloutNCRegister
Miracle in KansasThe Wichita Eagle
Atheist Summer Camps?London Telegraph
A Different Strategy for the HearingsNRO
"Totally Alone" Inside the Vatican
Doctor tells how Neda Soltan was shot dead by Ahmadinejad’s basijTimes
The Pauline Chapel RestoredExaminer
Catholic iPhone AppsYouTube

Education Matters:
Enrollment down, scores upNew York Post
The Blessings of A Catholic Classical EducationCatholic Exchange
Religious Liberty Stops at the Schoolhouse DoorCatholic Exchange
Muslim School Holidays?The New York Times
Can you talk yourself into feeling loveable?Family Edge
Back to the Dating Drawing BoardNCRegister
Patterns: Drinking Age Affects Bingeing, to a PointNew York Times
Modern LoveThe New York Times
Disney world ‘too heterosexual’ for children’s goodFamily Edge
New study reveals innate gender differences between boys and girlsInside Catholic


NEW RESOURCES:


Preface – Anthony Esolen – from The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization
The other side has the mainstream media, the Ivy League, the political classes, and a lot more money. Thankfully, on our side, we’ve got thousands of years of history and some pretty big guns — with names like Aristotle, Augustine, Burke, and Eliot.

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The Early Church: How Christians elevated culture – Anthony Esolen – from The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization
What did the Christians cherish from the pagan traditions, and what did they change?

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Salvation – Are You Saved?
– Katrina J. Zeno
Many Catholics just don’t know what to say when someone asks them whether they are saved.

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The Great Philosopher Who Became Catholic
– Deal Hudson – Inside Catholic
Eight years ago today, a famous American philosopher died who had lived as a Catholic the last year of his life.

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Long Live Haydn
– Robert R. Reilly – Inside Catholic
May 31 was the 200th anniversary of Franz Joseph Haydn’s death in 1809 at the age of 77.

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Persistent Myths in Feminist Scholarship
– Christina Hoff Sommers – The Chronicle of Higher Education
"Harder to kill than a vampire." That is what the sociologist Joel Best calls a bad statistic. But, as I have discovered over the years, among false statistics the hardest of all to slay are those promoted by feminist professors.

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Steady As She Goes – Theodore Dalrymple – New English Review
The relation of language to thought has long been a philosophical puzzle, one to which no universally accepted answer has yet been given.

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Gran Torino Works – Jordan Ballor – Acton PowerBlog
Clint Eastwood’s 2008 project Gran Torino has recently been released on DVD, and what a delight it is.

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‘Lines that divide’ – Charles Colson – Breakpoint
A new documentary shows why we need to "stem" the tide of embryo-destructive stem-cell research.

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Imagine – Robert Royal – The Catholic Thing
Imagine, if you will, just as a thought experiment, a nation that for two generations has been forming almost all its children in state-run schools.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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Papal ProgrammingCatholic TV
CatholicTV currently has the video of the Pallium Mass celebrated June 29 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

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Pope to POTUS: "Thank You"?Whispers
In a normal year, today’s feast of Saints Peter and Paul would be the Vatican’s "last hurrah" before the summer exodus.

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Per "Caritas," Six Days’ NoticeWhispers
This morning, the Holy See announced next Tuesday, 7 July, as the release date for B16’s social encyclical "Caritas in Veritate."

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Bone Fragments Found in Tomb Are Paul’s Reuters
The first-ever scientific test on what are believed to be the remains of the Apostle Paul "seems to confirm" that they do indeed belong to the Roman Catholic saint, Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday.

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Fragile Tanzanian Orphans Get Help After Mothers Die New York Times
The Berega Orphanage, a cluster of neat stucco cottages in this village of red dirt roads and maize plots, is a far cry from what the name suggests.

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HeartlessSlate
The disturbing glee at Mark Sanford’s downfall.

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Beware the Christians! Pajamas Media
People who think the religious right are just like Iranian mullahs are just like Iranian mullahs.

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Christians Can Save IslamAsiaNews.it
A Jesuit priest explains how Christians may help Islam avoid cultural suicide.

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Black Church Opposes Gay MarriageWashington Times
A number of black church leaders resent the comparison of gay marriage to the civil rights movement.

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Michael Jackson and Saint GuinefortFirst Things blog
The death and veneration of Michael Jackson reminds me of my favorite medieval saint: Saint Guinefort.

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Hotlanta: "Grain Once Scattered"… Now a JuggernautWhispers
Suffice it to say, the fruit is considerable — in the heart of the Bible Belt, the North Georgia Church has seen a more than fivefold increase in membership over the last two decades

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‘Stonewalling’ by ObamaNCRegister
President Barack Obama implicitly endorsed the entire homosexual agenda in the remarks he made yesterday.

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A Tale of Two PrizesJerusalem Post
Norway is honoring a Nobel Prize winner who supported Nazism, but strangely neglecting Sigrid Undset, an anti-Nazi activist, the first woman to win the prize, and a Catholic.

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Veiled threats: row over Islamic dress opens bitter divisions in FranceGuardian
In the northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis, with its busy market, fast-food joints and bargain clothes shops, Angelica Winterstein only goes out once a week – and only if she really has to.

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Mexico City Policy Fallout NCRegister
Speaking to Vatican Radio, our Latin America correspondent Alejandro Bermúdez recently outlined some of the evil consequences of President Barack Obama’s cancellation of the Mexico City Policy.

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Miracle in KansasThe Wichita Eagle
The case for the sainthood of a Servant of God, Fr. Emil Kapaun, may be supported by the remarkable recovery of an injured athlete.

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Atheist Summer Camps? London Telegraph
An atheist worries about what will happen to children at atheist summer camps.

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A Different Strategy for the HearingsNRO
Let Sotomayor talk — and get on the record what Dems don’t want explained about the law.

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"Totally Alone"Inside the Vatican
A talk with two former members of the Society of St. Pius X who are seeking a home in the Church. A bit more on the upcoming encyclical. A note about Pope Pius XII. Plus, Suor Giovanna retires…

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Doctor tells how Neda Soltan was shot dead by Ahmadinejad’s basij Times
They were a few brief minutes that Arash Hejazi will never forget, that have changed his life for ever.

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The Pauline Chapel RestoredExaminer
Less famous than the Sistine Chapel, it was also decorated by Michelangelo—the great artist’s last murals.

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Catholic iPhone AppsYouTube
A brief video ad showing some of the many Catholic-related applications available for the iPhone.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Enrollment down, scores upNew York Post
In New York City’s schools, Catholic students “trounce” all others in math and reading.

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The Blessings of A Catholic Classical EducationCatholic Exchange
Classical schools take for their model the kind of education that formed great men such as Benjamin Franklin and William Shakespeare.

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Religious Liberty Stops at the Schoolhouse Door Catholic Exchange
In public school classrooms across the country, religious liberty is under assault.

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Muslim School Holidays?The New York Times
New York’s City Council votes to recognize two Muslim holidays in public schools.

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Can you talk yourself into feeling loveable?Family Edge
One of the most influential ideas of the twentieth century was summed
up in the title of Norman Vincent Peale’s book, The Power of Positive
Thinking, published in 1952.

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Back to the Dating Drawing BoardNCRegister
Gina Zaccagnini laughs at the thought of her first date. She was in high school. Her little brother had to come along to the movie.

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Patterns: Drinking Age Affects Bingeing, to a PointNew York Times
A new study finds that as the drinking age has gone up, binge drinking has gone down — except among college students.

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Modern Love The New York Times
In America, passion and its discontents may not be exactly what they seem.

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Disney world ‘too heterosexual’ for children’s good Family Edge
Two sociologists have come up with a novel reason for fretting about kids’ exposure to media: the risk of seeing heterosexuality as normal and desirable.

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New study reveals innate gender differences between boys and girlsInside Catholic
A new study by researchers at Texas A&M University suggests that little boys are hardwired to prefer toy trucks, while girls have innate preferences for dolls — and all of this apart from social conditioning.


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