CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – July 16, 2009

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

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Quote of the Week:
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences." – C.S. Lewis

New Resources:

The Pope on ‘Love in Truth’ – Father Robert Sirico – Wall Street Journal
Shooting the Rapids – Anthony Esolen – Touchstone
The force (and furies) of celebrity – Rex Murphy – Globe & Mail
Catholics and the "Fourth Estate" – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. – A talk given to Legatus members in Colorado Springs
The Catholic Double Standard – William McGurn – Wall Street Journal
Michelangelo’s final murals restored in Vatican City – Pamela Luther – The Roman Catholic Examiner
What Should We Do with the Frozen Embryos? – Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk – Making Sense Out of Bioethics
Dissolution of bioethics council is a loss for America – Colleen Carroll Campbell – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The Struggle Over Marriage – Robert P. George – Public Discourse

Editorials of Interest:
The Audacity of the Pope – Ross Douthat – New York Times
POTUS at the PalaceWhispers
Pope Presses Obama on Contentious PointsWSJ
Pope Benedict is the man on the moneyTimes UK
The Vatican welcome mat for ObamaCatholic Culture
Pope Benedict Heads to Italian Alps for Vacation – Father Tom Rosica – Salt & Light
Ecce Homo ("Behold Humanity")American Public Media
Pope shakes up office blamed for Holocaust denierReuters
The Legionaries’ Last Stand. An Exclusive Interview with Fr. Thomas BergChiesa
Prolife Kudos to Senator Bob CaseyThe Catholic Key Blog
Down the Mississippi: Christian car repair in MissouriThe Telegraph
Pro Ecclesia et… Obama: A Catholic "Top Doc"Whispers
What makes a controversyGet Religion
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: EugenicistThe Catholic Thing
Civil war among EpiscopaliansWashington Times
Grand Returns. "Iota unum" and "Stat veritas" by Romano AmerioChiesa
Homosexual Ex-Altar Server Demands Bishop Apologize in Human Rights ComplaintLifeSiteNews
Madonna on tour faces protests in PolandExaminer

Education Matters:
Where teen pregnancies come from — the Brits still don’t get itFamily Edge
Mother-daughter, father-son links in obesityFamily Edge
Every Family Matters: A major British report on marriageFamily Edge
Christian Teacher facing sack for expressing Christian beliefs on homosexual practice is re-instatedChristian Legal Centre
The Vatican likes "Harry Potter"Mom and Pop Culture
Talking toughGadfly
How to Get the Teachers We WantEducation Next


NEW RESOURCES:


The Pope on ‘Love in Truth’ – Father Robert Sirico – Wall Street Journal
In his much anticipated third encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Love in Truth), Pope Benedict XVI does not focus on specific systems of economics — he is not attempting to shore up anyone’s political agenda.

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Shooting the Rapids – Anthony Esolen – Touchstone
The summer before my eighth grade, a couple of young men from town showed up at our door, asking my parents if they could talk to us about my enrolling in something they called the "Higher Achievement Program" at the local Jesuit high school.

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The force (and furies) of celebrity
– Rex Murphy – Globe & Mail
There is something Pavlovian about the modern mass media when they deal with any of the various extreme moments of a hyper-celebrity’s life.

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Catholics and the "Fourth Estate"
– Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. – A talk given to Legatus members in Colorado Springs
America’s news media have enormous opinion-shaping power. Therefore it’s vital for Catholics to understand how the media work, and especially how they work on us.

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The Catholic Double Standard
– William McGurn – Wall Street Journal
Why was Samuel Alito’s Catholicism so much more discussed than Sonia Sotomayor’s?

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Michelangelo’s final murals restored in Vatican City
– Pamela Luther – The Roman Catholic Examiner
After being hidden under scaffolding for five years, the Vatican has unveiled the restored Cappella Paolina, the Pauline Chapel.

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What Should We Do with the Frozen Embryos? – Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk – Making Sense Out of Bioethics
When I give talks on stem cell research or in vitro fertilization, people invariably ask, "What should be done with all the frozen embryos?"

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Dissolution of bioethics council is a loss for America – Colleen Carroll Campbell – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Last month, President Barack Obama quietly disbanded the President’s Council on Bioethics, a deliberative body whose changing cast of erudite and ideologically diverse members had spent the past eight years thinking through today’s toughest moral questions.

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The Struggle Over Marriage – Robert P. George – Public Discourse
Recently, the editor of Public Discourse sat down with Robert P. George to discuss the state of the marriage debate. While supporters of same-sex "marriage" claim that history is on their side, it turns out that supporters of traditional marriage have more reasons for hope than they may realize.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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The Audacity of the Pope – Ross Douthat – New York Times
Papal encyclicals are supposed to be written with one eye on two millenniums of Catholic teaching, and the other on eternity.

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POTUS at the PalaceWhispers
A Politico-snipped highlight reel recounting the day at the Vatican and the meeting between President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI

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Pope Presses Obama on Contentious PointsWSJ
Pope Benedict XVI pressed his case against abortion rights and embryonic stem-cell research during his first meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, gently but firmly emphasizing the biggest conflicts between the White House and the Vatican.

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Pope Benedict is the man on the moneyTimes UK
The best analysis yet of the global economic crisis tells how people, not just rules, must change.

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The Vatican welcome mat for ObamaCatholic Culture
After President Obama’s quick visit to the Vatican, the standard analysis, conveyed in different ways by dozens of commentators, was that the Holy See seemed friendlier to the president than the American bishops.

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Pope Benedict Heads to Italian Alps for Vacation – Father Tom Rosica – Salt & Light
Children presented Pope Benedict XVI with flowers as he arrived at Introd, a town in the Aosta Valley region of north western Italy, to begin his summer vacation.

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Ecce Homo ("Behold Humanity")American Public Media
To welcome the suffering is the sign of our humanity.

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Pope shakes up office blamed for Holocaust denierReuters
The pope reorganizes the department some say is responsible for shielding facts from him about the Society of St. Pius X.

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The Legionaries’ Last Stand. An Exclusive Interview with Fr. Thomas BergChiesa
The Vatican is investigating the Legionaries of Christ, which is reeling from the transgressions of its founder. And for the first time, one of their authoritative members breaks the silence on the crucial problems that have exploded in the congregation.

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Prolife Kudos to Senator Bob CaseyThe Catholic Key Blog
He’s not always on board, but I think it’s important to give Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) support when he does the right thing.

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Down the Mississippi: Christian car repair in MissouriThe Telegraph
American motorists afraid that repairing the family car might break their budget are increasingly turning to Christian repair garages that offer honesty and charity as well as mechanical expertise.

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Pro Ecclesia et… Obama: A Catholic "Top Doc"Whispers
The President drew further from the US church’s diverse ranks this morning with the nomination of his Surgeon General — this time, selecting an African-American Catholic.

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What makes a controversyGet Religion
The New York Times‘ Gardiner Harris had a story about a controversial Obama administration pick.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: EugenicistThe Catholic Thing
In an interview published in last Sunday’s New York Times magazine, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, revealed the purpose for legalized abortion: "Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe [v. Wade] was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of."

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Civil war among EpiscopaliansWashington Times
Will recognition of the Anglican Church in North America lead to more secessions?

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Grand Returns. "Iota unum" and "Stat veritas" by Romano AmerioChiesa
As of tomorrow, two volumes that have taken their place among the classics of Catholic culture will return to Italian bookstores, published by Lindau. Their content is in striking harmony with the title and foundation of Benedict XVI’s third encyclical: Caritas in Veritate.

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Homosexual Ex-Altar Server Demands Bishop Apologize in Human Rights ComplaintLifeSiteNews
In what some critics of the embattled Canadian human rights commissions say could be the most intrusive human rights case in Canada thus far, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (OHRT) has accepted the complaint of a homosexual man who was dismissed by the Bishop of Peterborough as an altar server.

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Madonna on tour faces protests in PolandExaminer
August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption in the Roman Catholic Church, a day when Catholics honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. Poland is 90% Catholic. Imagine their indignation to find out that Madonna has scheduled a performance of her "Sticky and Sweet" tour in Warsaw on this holy day.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Where teen pregnancies come from — the Brits still don’t get itFamily Edge
A programme launched by the British government in 2004 to reduce the number of teenage pregnancies in the UK has had the opposite effect, a study published in the British Medical Journal shows.

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Mother-daughter, father-son links in obesityFamily Edge
The theory that the problem of obesity comes down to genetics has just taken a knock from British researchers who find strong evidence that parental role models are the real problem.

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Every Family Matters: A major British report on marriageFamily Edge
Despite what we have said recently on this blog, some Brits do get it about things to do with family life, and some of them are pretty important people.

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Christian Teacher facing sack for expressing Christian beliefs on homosexual practice is re-instatedChristian Legal Centre
In London, a Christian schoolteacher who was suspended after protesting a training session on homosexuality has been restored to his position.

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The Vatican likes "Harry Potter"Mom and Pop Culture
It’s not because of magic or godliness but because the latest movie makes clear that good should overcome evil "and that sometimes this requires costs and sacrifice."

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Talking toughGadfly
To the occasional consternation of colleagues and friends who are more interpersonally sensitive and politically correct, I’ve been known to define "consensus" as an agreement or state of affairs that leaves all parties equally unhappy.

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How to Get the Teachers We WantEducation Next
A teaching profession for the future would make better use of teachers’ talents and skills by adopting a staffing model similar to those in law and health care.

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