Touchstone Magazine has a great article in its archives about how we calculate the date of Christmas. Occasionally, you will hear that the dates for Christ’s birth and death are completely artificial and based on pagan festivals. To read the truth, read William Tighe’s article. A snippet:
December 25th as the date of the Christ’s birth appears to owe nothing whatsoever to pagan influences upon the practice of the Church during or after Constantine’s time. It is wholly unlikely to have been the actual date of Christ’s birth, but it arose entirely from the efforts of early Latin Christians to determine the historical date of Christ’s death.
If you weren’t able to attend Bishop Vasa’s lecture in person, take an hour now and go listen!
We thank Bishop Vasa for coming to the Institute and giving such a great presentation!
If you missed last night’s seminar with Dr. Timothy O’Donnell of Christendom College, we have posted the video for your educational pleasure!
Please click here to watch the video – and send the link to a friend!
If you missed Tuesday’s moving and thought-provoking presentation with Bishop Angaelos, the Coptic General Bishop of the United Kingdom, you will want to watch it as soon as you can!
Visit the event page (click here) to watch the video of this fantastic lecture on the future of Christianity in Egypt and in our world today.
Make sure you make plans now to attend our event Sunday night with Dr. Alice von Hildebrand! At the end of her lecture, we unveil both our upcoming schedule for the fall, as well as the entire educational plan for our upcoming 2013-2014 academic year. Don’t miss it!
Full details for Dr. von Hildebrand’s lecture can be found here.
For those unable to join us in person, please watch the live broadcast by clicking here.
We have recently posted the following audio presentations for your listening pleasure:
Body & Soul: A Study of the Feast of the Assumption, with Deacon Sabatino Carnazzo
Render Unto Caesar: The Catholic Church’s Role in Politics Today, with Prof. Robert Reilly
His Grace, Bishop Angaelos will be coming to the Institute of Catholic Culture to speak on the future of Christianity in Egypt and in our world today. Bishop Angaelos is the Coptic Bishop in the United Kingdom.
Before his lecture, make sure you are caught up on the current situation in Syria & Egypt and the plight of Middle Eastern Christians.
Click here to read an article in Zenit to get started : http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/beauty-unconquered.
Click on the flyer to read all the details of this specially-scheduled event.
From Christendom’s news announcement:
Dr. John Cuddeback announced a new website and blog dedicated to his philosophy of family and household. The site features a brief mini-course on household according to Aristotle, as well as a blog that will feature a weekly reflection on household stewardship.
“I hope that the works of great philosophers—my study has focused on ancient thinkers—can provide helpful insights into the challenges of running or simply living in a household today,” Cuddeback says.
The website, which is called Bacon from Acorns, is dedicated to mining the works of great thinkers for assistance in a project of discovery and stewardship.
“It is intended to be for all households—urban, suburban, or rural,” Cuddeback says. “While most ancient writers focused on the rural context, it is my hope and conviction that their reflections can be applied fruitfully to any household.”
The USCCB is co-sponsoring an event on Religious Freedom & Human Rights: Path to Peace in the Holy Land That All May Be Free on Monday, September 9, 2013 in Washington, D.C. For more information, please click here.
Professor Robert Reilly, a speaker for the Institute of Catholic Culture, recently gave a hard-hitting interview for the European Conservative, comparing Islam & the West.
A portion of the interview with Professor Reilly speaking about Islamist philosophy:
“…it’s a denial of natural law and because of this almost perverse concentration on God’s omnipotence. The theological school in Sunni Islam called Ash’arism, which is the majority theological school, even today says that God is the first and only cause of everything and there cannot be secondary causes (such as natural law) because that would be a challenge to God’s omnipotence. So for God to be omnipotent, nothing else can be even so much as potent. Therefore, gravity does not make the rock fall; God does. Fire doesn’t burn cotton; God does. There is, therefore, no cause and effect in the natural world. This teaching has destroyed the Sunni Muslim world.”
Dr. John Cuddeback, a professor of Christendom College and a frequent lecturer for the Institute of Catholic Culture, just published a piece on challenges to families in the home. His latest work is all about home and family. A brief excerpt:
Human life is all about presence. Real, personal, presence. And the fundamental place of presence is the home. At the end of the day what else is a home but the place where we can live in the presence of those to whom we are closest?
Read the entire article here: http://www.crisismagazine.com/2013/contemporary-challenges-to-family-unity
Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, has been released. You can read it online here.
If you’ve been missing the Institute’s latest audio and video files, you should definitely head over to our library.
We’ve posted video for the past two lectures on the Gospel of Matthew, plus audio and video for:
The Conversion of Russia with Dr. Brendan McGuire
Fides et Ratio: The Role of Faith in a Rational World with Dr. Timothy O’Donnell and Professor Mark Wunsch, and
Praying Constantly: A Practicum on the Divine Office, with Prof. David Clayton.
Recently, Archbishop of Galilee Elias Chacour spoke to the Institute of Catholic Culture about his struggles for peace in the Holy Land. The Vatican Insider recently profiled his take on the Arab Spring. As we have highlighted several lectures on the Arab Spring, I post the link to his article for you here:
The Washington Post had an interesting story recently what it calls a Church “campaign” for the New Evangelization, and highlights a couple local Catholics reaching out to others.