Some of you might have noticed the mistake in CUF’s beautiful 2007 Catholic calendar featuring the doctors of the Church. We noted that daylight savings ended on Sunday, October 28th, when in fact it didn’t end until November 4th. I’m sorry about the mix up!
Our new 2008 calendar is now out, and this year the theme is Christian iconography. CUF members already received their complimentary calendar in the mail. Additional calendars are available, while supplies last, through Emmaus Road Publishing. It’s a beautiful calendar, and we got daylight savings right this time!
Speaking of time, CUF advisor Karl Keating in his latest e-letter discusses what sounds like a fascinating little book entitled “The History of Time.” The author is Leofranc Holford-Strevens. Karl mentions in particular the author’s opposition to the politically correct trend of using C.E. (Common Era) and B.C.E (Before Common Era) instead of the traditional A.D. (anno Domini, or year of the Lord) and B.C. (before Christ).
In the book’s preface, Holford-Strevens explains that “the traditional terms A.D. and B.C. have been retained, in preference to C.E. and B.C.E., for two reasons: adopting the latter causes the maximally distinguished 1 B.C. and A.D. 1 to become the minimally distinguished 1 B.C.E. and C.E. 1; and although, as a date for the birth of Jesus Christ the epoch is almost certainly wrong, it remains a commemoration of that event, and no other event of the same year can be proposed as an alternative of world significance. Attractive, especially in a globalized age, as a purely secular era may appear, the Christian era cannot be made secular by denying its origin.”