CERC WEEKLY UPDATE – November 26, 2009

NEW RESOURCES    EDITORIALS OF INTEREST    EDUCATION MATTERS

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Quote of the Week:
"Speaking against the Magisterium of the Church is presented as courageous. In reality, however, it does not take courage for this, since you can always be sure of audience applause. . . .Rather it takes courage to adhere to the faith of the Church, even if it contradicts the "scheme" of the contemporary world. It is this non-conformism of the faith that Paul calls an "adult faith." – Pope Benedict XVI

New Resources:

The Surprising Fact of Morality – Dinesh D’Souza – National Review Online
The Art of Living: The First Step of Prudence – Edward P. Sri – Lay Witness
The "Manhattan Declaration": The Manifesto That’s Shaking America – Sandro Magister – Cheisa.com
Why Is Everyone Crazy About Vampires? – Father Robert Barron – Word on Fire
A Critical Test for Democrats – Colleen Carroll Campbell – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Euthanasia would hurt doctors – Margaret Somerville – Ottawa Citizen
Teaching Open Level Religion – Deacon Douglas McManaman, Francis Hill & Thomas Benton – CERC
Why priests don’t have kids – Father Raymond J. de Souza – National Post
Obama inspires; Palin connects – Rex Murphy – Globe & Mail
Power2LearnTM & Power2TeachTM: National Field Testing Underway – Matthew Davidson – excellence & ethics
Editorials of Interest:
The new MassU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Marriage, "Manhattan" and DCWhispers
Abortion is backPajamas Media
Christian sufferings under the Palestinian AuthorityPajamas Media
Writing Catholic doctrine into law?Catholic Culture
A Vatican gemAP
A real nail-biterGuardian
Beyond "inappropriate"Prospect
The Genesis of Ben HurHumanities
Oaths, Lies and Social ResponsibilityActon Power Blog
Tobin/Kennedy, Round 4Whispers
Church needs artists to reawaken people to BeautyAsiaNews.it
Man trapped in 23-year ‘coma’ reveals horror of being unable to tell doctors he was consciousDaily Mail
Global Warming With the Lid OffWall Street Journal
Hate Crimes Against Catholics IncreaseNCRegister
Big Apple BishopNCRegister
What do scientists think about religion?LA Times
Sink a Ship, Save a PlanetFirst Thoughts
Controversial Priest Gunned Down in ChurchMoscow Times
What would Galileo say about climate change?Catholic Culture

Education Matters:
Yale & the veilThe New Criterion
Bishops discuss Catholic collegesNew York Times
The ‘Diversity’ ShamWall Street Journal
How many people have ever lived?Demography is Destiny
‘Power and Grace’NCRegister
No plain JaneThe Economist
Spare the Rolled Up Newspaper, Spoil the ChildFirst Thoughts
Race to the Top in EducationWall Street Journal
Was Nietzsche pious?Books & Culture

NEW RESOURCES:


The Surprising Fact of Morality – Dinesh D’Souza – National Review Online
Evolutionists have some ingenious explanations for morality. But do they work?

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The Art of Living: The First Step of Prudence – Edward P. Sri – Lay Witness
Prudence is the virtue that most immediately helps us live our lives on target.

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The "Manhattan Declaration": The Manifesto That’s Shaking America
– Sandro Magister – Cheisa.com
It’s been endorsed by Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox leaders, united in defending life and the family.

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Why Is Everyone Crazy About Vampires?
– Father Robert Barron – Word on Fire
You’d have to be living under a rock not to have noticed the prevalence of vampires in today’s culture.

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A Critical Test for Democrats
– Colleen Carroll Campbell – St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Critics of Obamacare have argued that the Democratic Party’s health care reform plan is a stalking horse for socialized medicine and taxpayer-funded abortion.

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Euthanasia would hurt doctors
– Margaret Somerville – Ottawa Citizen
We must consider the damage to medicine if physicians are allowed to kill.

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Teaching Open Level Religion
– Deacon Douglas McManaman, Francis Hill & Thomas Benton – CERC
Here are some general principles on teaching open level courses.

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Why priests don’t have kids – Father Raymond J. de Souza – National Post
Childlessness advocates tell us, in sum, that children require a lot of sacrifices.

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Obama inspires; Palin connects – Rex Murphy – Globe & Mail
They are, in the way of fate, curiously parallel figures.

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Power2LearnTM & Power2TeachTM: National Field Testing Underway – Matthew Davidson – excellence & ethics
Twenty-five high schools in four states—Iowa, Kansas, New Jersey, and New York—have begun initial field-test implementation of the first two programs in our series of Power2Programming.

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EDITORIALS OF INTEREST:
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The new MassU.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Approved at their recent meeting, hear are some comparisons between the old Missal and the one due next year.

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Marriage, "Manhattan" and DCWhispers
Released Friday at a Washington press conference, the "Manhattan Declaration" emerged from a group of 150 Catholic, Orthodox and Evangelical leaders, ordained and lay alike.

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Abortion is back Pajamas Media
A Generation X-er says she cannot recall a time when abortion was so visible as a national issue.

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Christian sufferings under the Palestinian AuthorityPajamas Media
The American government refuses to acknowledge the medieval abuses of Christians at the hands of the Palestinian Authority.

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Writing Catholic doctrine into law?Catholic Culture
The many vocal critics of Bishop Thomas Tobin — from Chris Matthews to the Boston Globe editorial page and beyond — are complaining that (as the Globe put it) "the bishop is insisting that the congressman use his position to enshrine church teachings into public policy." Not so.

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A Vatican gemAP
At the Vatican, the oldest reliquary purporting to hold a fragment of Christ’s Cross gets a freshening up.

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A real nail-biterGuardian
The Archishop of Canterbury struggles to grasp the issues dividing Anglicans and Catholics.

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Beyond "inappropriate"Prospect
Some words seem to do the thinking for us — and shouldn’t.

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The Genesis of Ben HurHumanities
The story behind one of the few movies ever recommended by the Vatican.

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Oaths, Lies and Social ResponsibilityActon Power Blog
The other day I was tracking down a quotation I heard repeated at a local gathering and came across an interesting book published in 1834.

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Tobin/Kennedy, Round 4Whispers
"He attacked the church, he attacked the position of the church on health care, on abortion, on funding," Tobin said. "And that required that I respond. I don’t go out looking for these guys."

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Church needs artists to reawaken people to BeautyAsiaNews.it
Benedict XVI’s address of welcome to artists gathering at the Vatican this week.

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Man trapped in 23-year ‘coma’ reveals horror of being unable to tell doctors he was conscious Daily Mail
A car crash victim has spoken of the horror he endured for 23 years after he was misdiagnosed as being in a coma when he was conscious the whole time.

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Global Warming With the Lid OffWall Street Journal
The emails that reveal an effort to hide the truth about climate science.

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Hate Crimes Against Catholics IncreaseNCRegister
Statistics released Nov. 24 by the FBI show hate crimes against religious groups increased by 9% from 2007 to 2008.

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Big Apple BishopNCRegister
Half a year into his tenure as archbishop of New York, he was bothered by widespread anti-Catholicism in the media. So he wrote a column about it and offered it to The New York Times. Most of the examples he cited were found in the pages of the Times.

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What do scientists think about religion?LA Times
Members of the scientific community are often seen as doubting Thomases, but the reality is more complex. Even Charles Darwin may have made room for God.

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Sink a Ship, Save a PlanetFirst Thoughts
Forget about SUVs, if we’re really serious about reducing pollution, let’s focus on the superships.

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Controversial Priest Gunned Down in ChurchMoscow Times
Hundreds of mourners gathered Sunday to pay their respects to Father Daniil Sysoyev, a Russian Orthodox priest famous for his missionary work and criticism of Islam, after he was gunned down in his church last week.

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What would Galileo say about climate change?Catholic Culture
What’s the worst thing a reasonable person could say about the way the Catholic Church treated Galileo?

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EDUCATION MATTERS:

Yale & the veil The New Criterion
Yale may have been worried more about losing Islamic support — to the tune of $20 million at Georgetown and Harvard — when it recently self-censored a book on Islam.

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Bishops discuss Catholic collegesNew York Times
On Wednesday, the U.S. bishops meeting in Baltimore went into an executive session to discuss their oversight of the nation’s Catholic colleges and universities.

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The ‘Diversity’ ShamWall Street Journal
At New York University, intellect gives way to ritualized emotion.

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How many people have ever lived?Demography is Destiny
How many people have ever lived upon earth? There is an urban legend from the 1970s that 75% of the world’s total population from the Year 0 to now is alive today.

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‘Power and Grace’NCRegister
New exhibit shows how faith shaped Europe’s history.

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No plain JaneThe Economist
A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen.

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Spare the Rolled Up Newspaper, Spoil the ChildFirst Thoughts
The New York Times discovers that some parents are looking for child-rearing tips from an unusual source: Cesar Millan, otherwise known as the Dog Whisperer.

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Race to the Top in EducationWall Street Journal
We can get real reform if the president resists pressure to dilute standards.

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Was Nietzsche pious?Books & Culture
A new book argues that the great champion of postmodernists and relativists may have never really left his Pietist roots behind.

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