Friday, October 28, 2016

Thursday, October 27, 2016

CWR: Martin Luther's Revolt: A Psychological Examination By Peter M.J. Stravinskas
Several of the key moves in Luther’s life were made as a rebellious answer to the authority he encountered at the time, including entering the monastery and founding his own church.

One Day Late

I that the story of Holy Demetrios and Holy Nestor is remarkable in so far as it is like David versus Goliath; God uses the small to overthrow the proud and powerful, and in this case even to kill of the persecutor. It would seem contrary to an interpretation of Christianity as advocating absolute pacifism. (Unless someone wants to claim that Holy Nestor went too far and went against the will of God, though he was reconciled in time to die a martyr's death.)

Women's Equality?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How Reliable a Commentary?

Franciscan Antinomianism

Lecturing Roman Catholics once again...

Pope Francis: Rigid People Are Sick by Edward Pentin
A person who is rigid in many cases conceals a "double life", lacks the freedom of God's children and needs the Lord's help, Pope says in morning homily.

Jesuits, One and All

Our Icons

Love and Marriage...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On St. Ambrose of Optina

Uncompromising Faith

Already Sold Out!

Icons of Sound

Info on the Saturday symposium here.

What sort of separation between the nave and the sanctuary?

What is the nature of the separation? What would Fr. Schmemann say?

Iconostasis, Rood Screen, Communion Rail...or Shag-Pile Carpeted Step? by David Clayton
Rorate Caeli: "Reverence Is Not Enough: On the Importance of Tradition" -- Dr. Kwasniewski's Lecture at Strahov Abbey in Prague

From footnote 8:

As it happens, the theorists of the Novus Ordo, above all Josef Jungmann, S.J., held two false theories: the Corruption Theory (that at some undefinable point in the early Middle Ages the liturgy began to depart from its pristine ancient condition and suffer corruption, a process that only worsened over the centuries) and the Pastoral Theory (that liturgy must be adapted to the mentality and condition of each age, and that modern man, being exceptionally different from his forbears, needs a radically different liturgy). The former has as a corollary antiquarianism or archaeologism, while the latter has as its corollary modernization. Both theories are false and must be rejected, and their poisons must be purged from the Mystical Body.

Is this really true of Jungmann?
Rorate Caeli: CDF: Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Burial and Cremation

Insight Scoop: New: "The Wise Man from the West: Matteo Ricci and His Mission to China" by Vincent Cronin

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Bad Sign of Things to Come in Turkey?

Jonathan Pageau's Interactive Drawing Project

Commentary on the Chieti Document by Fr. Lawrence Farley

Who Can Block the Holy Spirit?

I read Matthew Levering's Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Regarding the Holy Spirit’s unitive mission in the Church, Levering responds to Kendall Soulen, who focuses on relationship between the Holy Spirit and multiplicity or diversity, by emphasizing the Holy Spirit’s promotion of unity in truth and unity in charity, the bond that unites the Church. I was reminded of the Kontakion hymn in the Byzantine rite for the feast of Pentecost, which contrasts God’s dispersal of mankind at Babel with His calling of all to become His people at Pentecost. God’s undoing of the tower Babel is not through the Church having a single, uniform language and culture, but through the unifying of diverse peoples with their own Christianized languages and cultures. But as we see in the history of the estrangement between Catholics and Orthodox, and the early separation of the Oriental, or Non-Chalcedonian, Orthodox churches and the Assyrian Church of the East, differences in languages or terminology (as mentioned above in the dispute over the Filioque), exacerbated by political issues, nationalism, cultural chauvinism, and other factors, have been significant barriers to agreement and communion. But the greatest cause of the failure of the apostolic churches to reach full communion in the past may have been insufficient charity (and humility). In relation to the Holy Spirit’s mission of unity, it seems to me that the zeal of bishops to preserve the unity of faith may have surpassed their zeal for charity. In this respect, the tasks of the Third and Fourth Ecumenical Councils remain incomplete (though the various apostolic churches have in the last half-century issued statements with other churches that they do not really disagree on the important issues of Christology). All must examine their conscience or the churches will continue to be chastised. The Holy Spirit is the force behind healing and reconciliation; but can it even be said that in defense of Bouyer's thesis in The Church of God, that the Holy Spirit has never failed to preserve those who have no fault in the separation in the unity of faith and charity, even though some of their bishops may have thought otherwise and excluded each other from communion?

Anamnesis, Not Amnesia: The 'Healing Memories' and the Problem of 'Uniatism' by Father Robert Taft, S.J.
Ecumenism and healing of memories; ecclesiological issues?

Saturday, October 22, 2016

An Icon of Human Freedom

Venerating the Saints

50th Anniversary of the Repose of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

St. Luke the Evangelist

New Director for Holy Cross Orthodox Press

Fourth Boston Byzantine Music Festival

The Beatitudes

Riza Vestments

Winners of the 2016 Ratzinger Prize

Pope Francis on Holiness

An International Conference on Vocations

for the Patriarchate of Rome. Like it'll help with the crisis.


Eastern Christian Books: The Majestic City of Constantine

Eastern Christian Books: The Majestic City of Constantine

Christendom College Seeks to Build a New Chapel

Their current recruitment video: Dare to be Great? Reminds me of Donald Trump and "Make America Great Again."

Christendom College launches a new capital campaign.

They want to build a Gothic-style chapel even though none of the other buildings are in that style. And I personally think that overall, Gothic is not that attractive, though some Gothic temples here and there are beautiful, especially if they are made primarily out of wood. The first chapel may be simple, but I think it fits the campus better and is more American in appearance ("colonial" style?). What will the locals think of the temple? A foreign intrusion into their area? (Did they even bother to consult the locals for the design?)

They plan to convert the current chapel into a cultural center.

What alternative Latin architectural style might be suitable for the campus? Did they choose Gothic because it is associated with the medieval period? Modified colonial, with some Renaissance influence, something to complement the library?

There are different national styles of Byzantine architecture, but do we see as much change in these styles over time? Is Byzantine architecture more likely to be stable and have the semblance of "timelessness"?

O Ancient Beauty Ever New: Thinking about Sacramental Architecture by Steven Shloeder, Ph.D.

How different would some of those designs be if the architects did not have pews in mind when they created their designs?

Restoring Sacred Architecture to a Higher Plane by TRENT BEATTIE
William Heyer works to draw faith communities heavenward.

Rorate Caeli: EXCLUSIVE - The Marxist Revolutionary: New Jesuit Superior-General revealed by those who knew him in Venezuela