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

This CERC Weekly Update is also available on our web site here.
You can view the previous CERC Weekly Update here.
subscribe/unsubscribe here


Quote of the Week:
"Where there is no love, put love and there you will draw out love." –

Saint John of the Cross

New Resources:

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 AngelNCRegister
The Grail SearchersNRO
ObamaCare Dives Into End-Of-Life DebateForbes
Obamacare: The Attack of the BioethicistsSecond Hand Smoke
Obamacare: Will Seniors Have a Duty to Die?The Catholic Thing
Obamacare: Physician Worries About the Reeducation Camps for SeniorsSecond Hand Smoke
We Bring Good Things to Life?Wall Street Journal
Healthcare letter to CongressUSCCB
Catholic Health Care’s Demise — Is It Imminent?Catholic Exchange
Witholding LifeLondon Telegraph
Bush’s Catholic Outreach Director Assesses Obama’s Catholic OutreachUS News
Little Sisters of Poor, seeking almsThe Anchoress
Whirling Dervish DriversNew York Times
Shanghai to encourage two-child families: reportGoogle News
Invention allows pregnant women to hold models of their unborn babiesTimes on line
What went wrong with economicsThe Economist
Archbishop of Canterbury on homosexual unions and 2 styles of being AnglicanCatholic Culture
Protests in VietnamAsiaNews
Back to natureCleveland Plain Dealer
Treason in the AirProject Syndicate

Education Matters:
Catholics Teach the Children of New OrleansInside Catholic
A Teachers’ Contract for a New EraCity Journal
Archbishop hails Russian school move, though it excludes CatholicismCNS
Young men living at home with parents are more violentScience News
New Zealand parents reject smacking banFamily Edge
Divorce has lasting effects on healthNews Wise
Muslims in Democracy School. With Television as TeacherChiesa

NEW RESOURCES:


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.

up


Leszek Kolakowski, 1927-2009 – George Weigel – National Review Online
Remembering the great philosophical pathologist.

up0



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."

up0



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."

up0



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.

up0



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.

up0

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.

up0


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.

up0


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.

up0


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.

up0


EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
0

Pope Benedict’s Guardian AngelNCRegister
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.

up0


The Grail SearchersNRO
Despite endless efforts to prove the contrary, science shows that an embryo is a human being.

up0

ObamaCare Dives Into End-Of-Life DebateForbes
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.

up0


Obamacare: The Attack of the BioethicistsSecond 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.

up0


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."

up0


Obamacare: Physician Worries About the Reeducation Camps for Seniorssource
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.

up0


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.

up0


Healthcare letter to CongressUSCCB
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."

up0


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.

up0


Witholding LifeLondon Telegraph
Why does an educated, prosperous society choose not to reproduce itself, asks Charles Moore.

up0


Bush’s Catholic Outreach Director Assesses Obama’s Catholic OutreachUS 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.

up0


Little Sisters of Poor, seeking almsThe Anchoress
The composure of these young women, who are choosing a very counter-cultural way of life, is very striking, isn’t it?

up0


Whirling Dervish DriversNew 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.

up0


Shanghai to encourage two-child families: reportGoogle 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.

up0


Invention allows pregnant women to hold models of their unborn babiesTimes 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.

up0


What went wrong with economicsThe Economist
And how the discipline should change to avoid the mistakes of the past.

up0


Archbishop of Canterbury on homosexual unions and 2 styles of being AnglicanCatholic 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.

up0


Protests in VietnamAsiaNews
Half a million Catholics take to the streets to protest against police attacks on hundreds of faithful.

up0


Back to natureCleveland Plain Dealer
What Natural Family Planning is, is not, and why it works — morally and scientifically.

up0


Treason in the AirProject 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.

up0


EDUCATION MATTERS:

Catholics Teach the Children of New OrleansInside 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.

up0


A Teachers’ Contract for a New EraCity 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.

up0


Archbishop hails Russian school move, though it excludes CatholicismCNS
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.

up0


Young men living at home with parents are more violentScience 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?

up0


New Zealand parents reject smacking banFamily 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.

up0


Divorce has lasting effects on healthNews 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.

up0


Muslims in Democracy School. With Television as TeacherChiesa
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.

Subscribe/Unsubscribe

ST JUSTIN MARTYR PRAY FOR US

 DRUMWALL,
a Carmelite Science-Fiction Thriller

Blogspot: http://drumwall.blogspot.com/
Lulu.com webstore: http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=1772978

Advertisements