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
New Resources:

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 TraditionChiesa
Pope’s gambit could see 1,000 priests quit Church of EnglandTimes (UK)
Realistic expectations about AnglicansCatholic Culture
Media Coverage of Anglo-Catholic Move Gets UglyNCRegister
Pope extols power of musicVIS
Eucharistic Miracle: 2009?NCRegister
Dining on the Faith of Our FathersNRO
Dining on the Faith of Our FathersNRO
A Charitable EndeavorFirst Things
Spanish ProtestChicago Tribune
The bishops balkUSA Today/RNS
Much process, no peaceBoston Globe
Archbishop Burke offers 1st Tridentine High Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in 40 yearsCatholic Culture
‘Population bomb’ theories discredited, Vatican envoy tells UNAsia News
Sharia doesn’t discuss execution for apostasy?Get Religion
Hazardous Pathway – Wesley J. Smith – National Review Online
Thought Experiments Gone BadNCRegister
Let’s Go Christmas Shopping!The Anchoress
Ecclesiastical Pick up StixTimes on line
Too many Catholics?AP

Education Matters:
Overview of Youth Protecting Youth (Pro-Life Club) vs. University of Victoria Students’ SocietyCCRL
Making the Grade Isn’t About Race. It’s About Parents And specifically about dads.Washington Post
Catholic University President to Step DownNCRegister
Story? What Notre Dame story?Get Religion
Restricting religionWashington Times
Statement Regarding Jim Towey’s Resignation from Saint Vincent CollegeCardinal Newman Society
Religious illiteracy alarms educatorsNational Post
Style and AlchemyNew York Times
The Insanity of D.C. Public SchoolsFirst Thoughts

NEW RESOURCES:


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.

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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.

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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.

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Too old to mature
– Father Raymond J. de Souza – National Post
When is it too late to grow up?

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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Knock, and It Shall Be Opened to You. As Long As It’s According to TraditionChiesa
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.

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Pope’s gambit could see 1,000 priests quit Church of EnglandTimes (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.

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Realistic expectations about AnglicansCatholic 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.

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Media Coverage of Anglo-Catholic Move Gets UglyNCRegister
Well, the media mantra about the Vatican’s welcome to Anglicans has begun, and the anti-Catholicism is about as ugly as it gets.

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Pope extols power of musicVIS
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.

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Eucharistic Miracle: 2009?NCRegister
If reports from Poland are true, an alleged Eucharistic miracle that took place a year ago may have merit.

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Dining on the Faith of Our FathersNRO
A sea of good will with our better selves.

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A Charitable Endeavor – Archbishop Charles Chaput – First Things
To understand Catholic charities in the United States today, we need to remember two simple facts.

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Spanish ProtestChicago Tribune
Tens of thousands of Spaniards protest changes in the law, which make abortions easier to obtain.

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The bishops balk USA Today/RNS
The U.S. Catholic bishops may oppose the healthcare bill over abortion and coverage of immigrants.

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Much process, no peaceBoston Globe
"Whom the gods would destroy,” the late Irving Kristol once observed, "they first tempt to resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict.”

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Archbishop Burke offers 1st Tridentine High Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in 40 yearsCatholic 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.

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‘Population bomb’ theories discredited, Vatican envoy tells UNAsia 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.

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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.

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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.

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Thought Experiments Gone BadNCRegister
Lots of "thought experiments" have ended up in good things for humanity, but many have been disastrous.

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Let’s Go Christmas Shopping!The Anchoress
I know, it’s frivolous! The whole world is "in turmoil" and disaster looms on every corner.

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Ecclesiastical Pick up StixTimes on line
How will the Vatican deal with the disparate Anglican groups that may now wish to join the Church of Rome?

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Too many Catholics?AP
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wonders why so many objections are raised about Catholics on the Court.

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Overview of Youth Protecting Youth (Pro-Life Club) vs. University of Victoria Students’ SocietyCCRL
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.

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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?"

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Catholic University President to Step DownNCRegister
After 12 years as president of The Catholic University of America, Father David O’Connell surveyed the landscape of his life and the school.

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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.

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Restricting religionWashington Times
Religious groups have found their freedom to associate restricted in some recent cases on American campuses.

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Statement Regarding Jim Towey’s Resignation from Saint Vincent CollegeCardinal Newman Society
During his tenure, President Towey has shown bold leadership and made a significant contribution to Catholic higher education.

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Religious illiteracy alarms educatorsNational Post
Half of American high-school seniors surveyed recently thought Sodom and Gomorrah were a married couple.

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Style and AlchemyNew York Times
Every American college student has used Strunk & White. Here is its history.

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The Insanity of D.C. Public SchoolsFirst 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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