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Catholic Influences on the Human Rights Project [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2007
Catholic Influences on the Human Rights Project BY MARY ANN GLENDON If you are like most Americans, and like me before I got interested in the Universal Declaration, you probably do not stay up nights thinking about the United Nations and its various pronouncements. So let me begin with a little background on the Universal Declaration, and why it seemed to me to be worth studying. During World War 11, the idea began to percolate that there should be some kind of international bill of rights—a common standard to which all nations could aspire—and by which they could measure their own and each other's progress. One of the first suggestions came from Pope Pius XII, who called in a June 1941 radio address for an international bill recognizing the rights that flowed from the dignity of the person. 1 Another came from the British writer H.G. Wells in a little pamphlet subtitled "What Are We Fighting For?" 2 But in practical terms, the most consequential support came from several Latin Ame...
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Infinite Wonder of the Divine [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2007
Infinite Wonder of the Divine BY GEORGE COYNE, S.J. How Creationist Notions of Intelligent Design Diminish God Will the universe ever end? Can we rely on it to continue on and on? The most recent measurements of the velocities of recession of very distant objects in the universe, supernovae, which can serve as standard "light beacons" at distances of about 10 to 12 billion light years from us, indicate that the universe is not only still expanding but that it is accelerating in its expansion and will, unless we discover a braking mechanism, expand forever —an empirically infinite universe. Several important issues need to be explained here. To measure such large distances, we must use probes that are so distant that we cannot experiment upon them. We can only observe them and, in fact, we are limited very much by what we can observe. An astronomer is like the poor old fellow who, while making his way home in the dark and a bit tipsy loses his watch. While he is searching for it unde...
American Catholics and the State [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 January 2007
American Catholics and the State BY GREGORY A. KALSCHEUR As John Courtney Murray recognized in 1960, the American mind "has never been clear about the relation between morals and law." Murray's critical contribution to our current need for more nuanced thinking lies in his efforts to bring clarity to our understanding of that essential relationship. He explained that our confusion about the relation between law and morality often stems from our failure to understand that legal prohibitions are not capable of dealing with every sort of moral evil. Invoking traditional rules of jurisprudence, Murray explained that the lawmaker must engage in a "subtle discipline, at once a science and an art, that mediates between the imperatives of the moral order and the commands or prohibitions of the civil law." The "subtle discipline" of jurisprudence reminds us that there is a difference between sin and crime. Morality (which governs all of human conduct) and law (which gov- erns the public orde...
A Marriage Proposal [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2007
A Marriage Proposal BY TIM MUIDOON Many people in the United States —especially young people—approach marriage with a good deal of trepidation. What we know from census data is that many people are living together outside of marriage, marrying later in life, having fewer children, and frequently getting divorced. Moreover, significant numbers of people live much of their adult lives without children. 1 Broadly speaking, the social institution of marriage has weakened over the last several decades. No longer is it possible to speak of marriage as a natural stage of adult development, with shared cultural understanding, expectations, and structures. Instead % marriage has become one option —albeit a still comparatively popular one—in U.S. society, alongside other social arrangements we broadly describe with, terms like "single life," "cohabitation," "serial monogamy," and others. It is difficult to make the case that Catholics are markedly different in their practices around marriage ...
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER C21 Resources [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2007
the CHURCH in the 21ST CENTURY CENTER C21 Resources EDITOR Tim Muldoon ADVISORY BOARD " :: -V - I':?) f.A. Appleyatfl" &gt; '"/i; Jonas Barctaitskas Ben Bimbaum Cynthia Dobrzynski Robert Imbclli Barbara Radtke • : ycK.. * • •. . /; DESIGNER ' Progressive Print Solutions. iS, : '..021" Resources is published '.by the Church in the 21st Century Center at . Boston College, m partnership with, the ■ publications from which these ankles ■have been selected. C2l Resources is a compilation of the best analyses and essays im key challenges facing the Church today. They are published, -with the intent of stimulating discussion and thought among bishops, . priests &gt; deacons, religious, and lay 'members of the Catholic community.
Human Friendship: Basic Sacrament [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2007
Human Friendship: Basic Sacrament BY BERNARD COOKE In the traditional short definition of Christian sacrament, the third element is a brief statement about the effectiveness of sacraments: "Sacraments are sacred signs, instituted by Christ, to give grace." Sacraments are meant to do something. What they do is essentially God's doing; in sacraments God gives grace. Beneath all such formulations—which we are all familiar with in one form or another—lurks a basic question: What is this "grace" we are speaking about? In trying to get a more accurate notion of grace, it might help to remember a distinction that was sometimes made in technical theological discussions, a distinction that unfortunately received little attention and so was scarcely ever mentioned in catechetical instructions about grace. This is the distinction between "uncreated grace" and "created grace." Uncreated grace refers to God's graciousness toward human beings; created grace refers to that special ("supernatural")...
The Evolving Ideal of the Family in the Catholic Tradition [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2007
The Evolving Ideal of the Family in the Catholic Tradition BY JOSEPH MARTOS From their beginning as Jewish believers in Jesus of Nazareth as the promised messiah, Christians have regarded themselves as inheriting the traditions of Judaism and continuing the history of Israel. For this reason, Christians sometimes prefer to speak of the Judaeo-Christian tradition rather than simply of the Christian tradition. In addition, Catholicism, comprising the largest single body of Christians in the world, traces its institutional history from the time of Jesus and the Twelve, through the time of the Roman Empire, through the medieval period of European Christendom, through the Reformation and modern period, to the current cultural transition into what is sometimes referred to as post-modernity. The Catholic tradition therefore lays claim to some four thousand years of religious history from the time of Abraham to the present day, which is why, when I was asked to speak about the ideal family ...
Ten Important Research Findings on Marriage and Finding a Partner [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2007
Ten Important Research Findings on Marriage and Finding a Partner David Popenoe and Barbara Dafoe Whitehead Helpful Facts for Young Adults 1. Marrying as a teenager is the highest known risk factor for divorce. People who marry in their teens are two to three times more likely to divorce than people who marry in their twenties or older. 2. The most likely way to find a future marriage partner is through an introduction by family, friends, or acquaintances. Despite the romantic notion that people meet and fall in love through chance or fate, the evidence suggests that social networks are important in bringing together individuals of similar interests and backgrounds, especially when it comes to selecting a marriage partner. According Co a large-scale national survey of sexuality, almost sixty percent of married people were introduced by family, friends, coworkers, or other acquaintances. 3. The more similar people are in their values, backgrounds, and life goals, the more likely they...
FRANK SHEED, FROM SOCIETY AND SANITY (1953) [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2007
FRANK SHEED, FROM SOCIETY AND SANITY (1953) &lt;:■ But.the giving of a self and the receiving of a self, the: union of ' personalities—all these can only in •their • completeness he oi one to one; they belong in marriage, anil. precisely in marriage that is indis- : . soluble. They are not. always found in marriage....hut they arc not easily '.tO:he had outside if. Where they are . found, there is sexual union in its perfection, so that:, in falling in with "tKe plah Nature has for :.the carrying On of the race, sex is enriched. The bodily union merely as such and . indeed the whole sexual experience' ■of which it is the normal culmination —can bring a new value into ordinary life, a heightened aware ness, an intensification of all vital ■ processes. The thing called glamour is real and valuable. Hut in marriage , as Nature would have it, all this is increased and given a new hope '. of/permanence. The sexual union has more to utter; and there is not •the certainty of ultima...
Why Marriage Matters [Newspaper Article] — C21 Resources — 1 September 2007
Why Marriage Matters The Institute for American Values Five New Themes In addition to reviewing research on family topics covered in the first edition of the report, Why Marriage Matters, The Second Edition highlights five new themes in marriagerelated research. 1. Even though marriage has lost ground in minority communities in recent years, marriage has not lost its value in these communities. 2. An emerging line of research indicates that marriage benefits poor Americans, and Americans from disadvantaged backgrounds, even though these Americans are now less likely to get and stay married. 3. Marriage seems to be particularly important in civilizing men, turning their attention away from dangerous, antisocial, or self-centered activities and toward the needs of a family. 4. Beyond its well-known contributions to adult health, marriage influences the biological functioning of adults and children in ways that can have important social consequences. 5. The relationship quality of inti...