Friday, July 31, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Shadow Council

Rod Dreher: The Shadow Council Speaks

On the Anniversary of the Repose of St. Vladimir

HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL CELEBRATES LITURGY AT THE CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE SAVIOUR ON THE DAY MARKING THE MILLENNIUM OF THE DEMISE OF THE HOLY PRINCE VLADIMIR, EQUAL-TO-THE-APOSTLES

MESSAGE BY PATRIARCH KIRILL ON THE OCCASION OF THE MILLENNIUM OF THE REPOSE OF THE HOLY PRINCE VLADIMIR EQUAL-TO-THE-APOSTLES
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

Pravmir and MosPat

PRIMATE OF UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OFFICIATES AT DIVINE LITURGY IN KIEV LAURA OF THE CAVES ON COMMEMORATION DAY OF HOLY PRINCE VLADIMIR

WHEREIN LIES THE MORAL POWER OF HOLY PRINCE VLADIMIR?
St. John (Maximovich) of Shanghai and San Francisco

Prince Vladimir and the Baptism of Russia: The Blade of Christ’s Grace by Archpriest Andrei Tkachev
It seems that most of us are double-minded and weak-willed, but the Prince-Baptizer was not. Vladimir arose from the baptismal font another person. His lust faded, his cruelty was replaced by the desire to feed the hungry, and his proud and cunning thoughts were supplanted in his soul by the simplicity of the Gospel. In this we ought to imitate the Prince.

Baptism Of Rus': Beast Becomes Man
Source: Vechernyaya Moskva
The baptism of our land occurred one time , but we make the choice to be a person or a beast in every moment of our life.
Vladimir Legoyda

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav on the Church in Ukraine

From 2011

Helpful to the Dialogue?

ST. JOHN OF DAMASCUS AND THE ‘ORTHODOXY’ OF THE NON-CHALCEDONIANS by Protopresbyter Theodore Zisis

It may be difficult to generalize about the Cahlcedonian Orthodox -- perhaps it is the Slavs who are most distant from the Oriental Orthodox.

Related:
“The Hidden Source of Heresy Is Always the Pride of the Human Mind” by Archimandrite Boris (Dolzhenko)
The Memory of the Holy Fathers of the Six Ecumenical Councils

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fr. Lombardi on Pope Francis

Father Lombardi, the Mouth of Truth by Sandro Magister
He gives a description of Francis that is very far from the flattering mainstream, and much more credible. On questions like the reform of the curia and diplomacy. But he leaves one open question: does this pope act more by instinct or by strategy?

Fr. Lombardi, head of Holy See Press Office, on how he feels about Pope Francis: "Confused." by Carl E. Olson
The remarks come from a "National Geographic" piece, which posits that Francis was elected by "more progressive cardinals"

Giacomo Cardinal Biffi

CWR Blog: Cardinal Giacomo Biffi, in his own words by Alessandra Nucci

Rorate Caeli: Marcello Pera: what an abyss between the Church of Biffi [Benedict XVI] and Galantino [Francis]!

A Worship that Appeals to Both Men and Women

Rorate Caeli: FIUV Position Paper: The Traditional Mass and Men

The claim that prayers and lyrics that are overly sentimental and do not strongly assert the truths of the Faith are repugnant to men is probably right. But one could probably find a trend of declining Mass attendance by men in the Roman rite churches after World War II; this is parallel to other churches (i.e. Byzantine) suffering from low attendance, both here in the US and in Europe, despite their maintaining traditional forms of worship. Why has there been a difficulty in retaining males? This is something those in authority need to address. Male converts are more likely to seek out traditional, more reverent forms, with the exception of charismatics and those who participate in some of the new ecclesial movements? But even those can be said to share with traditional forms a more demanding, robust Christianity, even if the theology of the latter groups may be suspect.

Two from TAC

News

Dr. John Goyette: Aquinas on Law, Happiness & the Political Common Good
Address at the Seventh Annual Conference on the Social Doctrine of the Church, June 20, 2015

Dr. Gregory L. Froelich: Self-Love and Friendship
Talk from the 2015 West Coast Meeting of the Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies

A short profile on Michael Augros and an interview with him.

Monday, July 27, 2015

An Effective Use of Social Media?

Have you liked the Jubilee of Mercy Facebook Page? Click on the attached link, and like it now! (remember, just liking this post does not make you like the Jubilee of Mercy Page)

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, July 26, 2015

Could Something Similar Be Done Within a Gothic Temple?

I don't think so, but maybe someone can create a virtual design to show that it is possible.

Stunning photos from Svetitskhoveli Mtskheta!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, July 27, 2015

Bishop Nicholas Samra Visits St. Elias

The Visit of Bishop Nicholas Samra to St. Elias The Prophet Melkite Church in San Jose, July 26, 2015.Wonderful news...

Posted by Our Lady of Fatima Russian Byzantine Catholic Church on Monday, July 27, 2015
Is there anything more seductive to the ear than a sung Semitic language (e.g. Arabic) during Divine Liturgy? I'm not sure if Greek chant can compare, even though the music for Greek chant is Eastern as well.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Heard Dr. Ray Guarendi tonight for TOT SV -- he did a typical Latin apologetic, "Why Be Catholic?" I think it might have been more beneficial if he had talked about the emotions and their relation to the spiritual life, especially since he mentioned in his talk that one of our current problems is that people think that emotions mean everything (my very poor paraphrase, as I don't remember his exact words at the moment). It would be good to explain how the emotions are good and how they need to be regulated.

The New Armenian Catholic Patriarch

Pope Francis has sent a message of congratulations to the new Armenian Catholic Paticarch of Cilicia, his Beatiude Grégoire Pierre XX Ghabroyan.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, July 25, 2015