|CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – October 23, 2009
NEW RESOURCES EDITORIALS OF INTEREST EDUCATION MATTERS
Note from the Managing Editor:
We’re just back from Suwon, South Korea and my daughter’s wedding. I’m consequently a little late getting the update out as working on a laptop with everything going on was difficult. But what a time we had.
With a population of about 49 million, approximately 10% of South Koreans are Catholic and the faith is growing quickly. The seminary we visited briefly in Suwon counted 180 seminarians.
Aside from so much to absorb, admire, and adjust to culturally it was striking how serious people are about their faith. Everyone seemed intent and focused during Mass and unlike many parishes I’ve visited in North American, the Koreans all seem able to sing together and sing beautifully.
The church we went to for daily Mass would be packed with perhaps 150 people with most of the women wearing mantillas. We’re still absorbing it all. Here’s a link to some pictures of the happy bride and groom, Jae Ho.
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Quote of the Week:
"The way to begin the healing of the wounds of the world is to treasure the infant Christ in us; to be not the castle but the cradle of Christ, and in rocking that cradle to the rhythm of love, to swing the whole world back into the beat of the music of eternal life." – Caryll Houselander
• The Greatest Grassroots Movement of Our Times – Mary Ann Glendon – Address to the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund
• Saint Damien of Molokai – Father George W. Rutler – Weekly Column
• A Bridge Across the Tiber – Father Dwight Longnecker – Inside Catholic
• Too old to mature – Father Raymond J. de Souza – National Post
• "On the Demise of Fatherhood" — A Review – Kevin Aldrich – Catholics for the Common Good
• Celibacy and the Priesthood – Catholic Answers – chap. 24 in The Essential Catholic Survival Guide: Answers to Tough Questions About the Faith
• Amen to a good offer – Father Raymond J. de Souza – National Post
• Can God Be Trusted? – Father Thomas D. Williams, LC – The Catholic Thing
Editorials of Interest:
• Knock, and It Shall Be Opened to You. As Long As It’s According to Tradition – Chiesa
• Pope’s gambit could see 1,000 priests quit Church of England – Times (UK)
• Realistic expectations about Anglicans – Catholic Culture
• Media Coverage of Anglo-Catholic Move Gets Ugly – NCRegister
• Pope extols power of music – VIS
• Eucharistic Miracle: 2009? – NCRegister
• Dining on the Faith of Our Fathers – NRO
• Dining on the Faith of Our Fathers – NRO
• A Charitable Endeavor – First Things
• Spanish Protest – Chicago Tribune
• The bishops balk – USA Today/RNS
• Much process, no peace – Boston Globe
• Archbishop Burke offers 1st Tridentine High Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in 40 years – Catholic Culture
• ‘Population bomb’ theories discredited, Vatican envoy tells UN – Asia News
• Sharia doesn’t discuss execution for apostasy? – Get Religion
• Hazardous Pathway – Wesley J. Smith – National Review Online
• Thought Experiments Gone Bad – NCRegister
• Let’s Go Christmas Shopping! – The Anchoress
• Ecclesiastical Pick up Stix – Times on line
• Too many Catholics? – AP
• Overview of Youth Protecting Youth (Pro-Life Club) vs. University of Victoria Students’ Society – CCRL
• Making the Grade Isn’t About Race. It’s About Parents And specifically about dads. – Washington Post
• Catholic University President to Step Down – NCRegister
• Story? What Notre Dame story? – Get Religion
• Restricting religion – Washington Times
• Statement Regarding Jim Towey’s Resignation from Saint Vincent College – Cardinal Newman Society
• Religious illiteracy alarms educators – National Post
• Style and Alchemy – New York Times
• The Insanity of D.C. Public Schools – First Thoughts
The Greatest Grassroots Movement of Our Times – Mary Ann Glendon – Address to the National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund
When I received a letter from Dr. Wanda Franz telling me about the "Proudly Pro-Life Award," I was, quite simply, overcome with emotion.
Saint Damien of Molokai – Father George W. Rutler – Weekly Column
Word of Saint Damien’s heroic labors among the lepers on Molokai quickly spread after his death.
A Bridge Across the Tiber – Father Dwight Longnecker – Inside Catholic
After today’s amazing announcement from the Vatican, Anglicans no longer need to change into their swimming trunks.
Too old to mature – Father Raymond J. de Souza – National Post
When is it too late to grow up?
"On the Demise of Fatherhood" — A Review – Kevin Aldrich – Catholics for the Common Good
If fatherhood is rejected — something easy as pie today — the result for the liberated male is not happiness, but as Wendell Berry observes, an "escape only into loneliness and meaninglessness." And for the children, the outcome is misery.
Celibacy and the Priesthood – Catholic Answers – chap. 24 in The Essential Catholic Survival Guide: Answers to Tough Questions About the Faith
Fundamentalist attacks on priestly celibacy come in a number of different forms — not all compatible with one another. There is almost no other subject about which so many different confusions exist.
Amen to a good offer – Father Raymond J. de Souza – National Post
The decision announced in Rome yesterday to create structures to allow Anglicans to convert to Catholicism in a corporate way, while retaining many of their Anglican traditions, is a major historical development.
Can God Be Trusted? – Father Thomas D. Williams, LC – The Catholic Thing
Maybe, just maybe, our current crisis of trust is actually a singular opportunity to rethink our priorities and redirect our confidence.
EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:0
Knock, and It Shall Be Opened to You. As Long As It’s According to Tradition – Chiesa
The entry of anti-modernist Anglican dioceses and parishes into the Catholic Church has been announced. The ecumenism of Pope Ratzinger appears increasingly influenced by fidelity to tradition. That’s the way it is with the Lefebvrists. And even more so with the Eastern Orthodox Churches.
Pope’s gambit could see 1,000 priests quit Church of England – Times (UK)
As many as 1,000 priests could quit the Church of England and thousands more may leave churches in America and Australia under bold proposals to welcome Anglicans to Rome.
Realistic expectations about Anglicans – Catholic Culture
There’s a natural, healthy excitement in Church this week, caused by the Pope’s bold move to welcome Anglicans into the Catholic fold. But after that first flush of excitement, let’s step back just a bit and assess the likely outcome.
Media Coverage of Anglo-Catholic Move Gets Ugly – NCRegister
Well, the media mantra about the Vatican’s welcome to Anglicans has begun, and the anti-Catholicism is about as ugly as it gets.
Pope extols power of music – VIS
Music is "a spiritual and therefore universal language," Pope Benedict XVI remarked after attending an October 17 concert by the International Piano Academy of Imola, Italy.
Eucharistic Miracle: 2009? – NCRegister
If reports from Poland are true, an alleged Eucharistic miracle that took place a year ago may have merit.
Dining on the Faith of Our Fathers – NRO
A sea of good will with our better selves.
A Charitable Endeavor – Archbishop Charles Chaput – First Things
To understand Catholic charities in the United States today, we need to remember two simple facts.
Spanish Protest – Chicago Tribune
Tens of thousands of Spaniards protest changes in the law, which make abortions easier to obtain.
The bishops balk – USA Today/RNS
The U.S. Catholic bishops may oppose the healthcare bill over abortion and coverage of immigrants.
Much process, no peace – Boston Globe
"Whom the gods would destroy,” the late Irving Kristol once observed, "they first tempt to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.”
Archbishop Burke offers 1st Tridentine High Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in 40 years – Catholic Culture
Archbishop Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, has offered the first solemn High Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite in St. Peter’s Basilica since the promulgation of the ordinary form four decades ago.
‘Population bomb’ theories discredited, Vatican envoy tells UN – Asia News
In a discussion on the results of the 1994 Cairo conference on population and development, the Vatican representative to the UN pointed out to other delegates that the gloomy predictions of population-control advocates had never been fulfilled.
Sharia doesn’t discuss execution for apostasy? – Get Religion
There’s something curious about the way the media have been handling the difficult and complicated story of Rifqa Bary.
Hazardous Pathway – Wesley J. Smith – National Review Online
Within the last few years, the U.K.’s notorious rationing board, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), urged hospitals, nursing homes, and hospices to follow an end-of-life protocol known as the Liverpool Care Pathway.
Thought Experiments Gone Bad – NCRegister
Lots of "thought experiments" have ended up in good things for humanity, but many have been disastrous.
Let’s Go Christmas Shopping! – The Anchoress
I know, it’s frivolous! The whole world is "in turmoil" and disaster looms on every corner.
Ecclesiastical Pick up Stix – Times on line
How will the Vatican deal with the disparate Anglican groups that may now wish to join the Church of Rome?
Too many Catholics? – AP
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wonders why so many objections are raised about Catholics on the Court.
Overview of Youth Protecting Youth (Pro-Life Club) vs. University of Victoria Students’ Society – CCRL
Since the fall of 2008, the University of Victoria Student Society has denied funding to Youth Protecting Youth, the campus pro-life club, because the club will not promote abortion as a morally acceptable choice. This overview provides links to key documents relevant to the case and a chronological summary of events.
Making the Grade Isn’t About Race. It’s About Parents And specifically about dads. – Washington Post
"Why don’t you guys study like the kids from Africa?"
Catholic University President to Step Down – NCRegister
After 12 years as president of The Catholic University of America, Father David O’Connell surveyed the landscape of his life and the school.
Story? What Notre Dame story? – Get Religion
Let’s face it, progressives are on a roll at the University of Notre Dame, America’s most symbolic Catholic institution.
Restricting religion – Washington Times
Religious groups have found their freedom to associate restricted in some recent cases on American campuses.
Statement Regarding Jim Towey’s Resignation from Saint Vincent College – Cardinal Newman Society
During his tenure, President Towey has shown bold leadership and made a significant contribution to Catholic higher education.
Religious illiteracy alarms educators – National Post
Half of American high-school seniors surveyed recently thought Sodom and Gomorrah were a married couple.
Style and Alchemy – New York Times
Every American college student has used Strunk & White. Here is its history.
The Insanity of D.C. Public Schools – First Thoughts
According to a Washington Post editorial, "Open to Vouchers?" Michelle Rhee, the head of the Washington, DC public education system recently testified before Congress that "she could not in good conscience tell a parent today to put his or her child in a traditional [Washington, D.C.] public school."
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