Thursday, July 21, 2016

Ed Feser on Capital Punishment

Why the Church Cannot Reverse Past Teaching on Capital Punishment
If Pope Francis were to teach that capital punishment is “absolutely” immoral, he would be contradicting the teaching of scripture, the Fathers, and all previous popes, and substituting for it “some new doctrine.”

Why the Death Penalty is Still Necessary
Given the Church’s longstanding and irreformable teaching that death may in principle be a legitimate punishment for grievous crimes, the key issue for Catholics is an empirical and practical question.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Bishop Barron Doesn't Go as Far as David Bentley Hart

The Cross of Jesus: God's Awful Work of Love by Bishop Robert Barron
How can we make sense of Saint Anselm's so-called "satisfaction" theory? By recognizing the true nature of sin.

But what he writes can be verbally harmonized with Patristic theories of atonement/redemption/deification. But is that what the bishop intended?

Ad Orientem (Now)

Cardinal Sarah's full, unabridged paper (via NLM)

Cardinal Nichols reacts to Cardinal Sarah
Fr. Z responds to Cardinal Nichols

And who thought Latin bishops had to know much? Let us pray that Cardinal Nichols's successor is better suited to the office.

Cardinal Sarah has challenged "the prejudices" behind "certain modern liturgical practices" By CWR Staff
An interview with Sacra Liturgia’s international coordinator, Dom Alcuin Reid, about the recent London conference and the reactions to Robert Cardinal Sarah’s Address.

CWR Blog
On Orientophobia: Coming out of the Liturgical Closet By Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille

Ad Orientem Nunc! by Dr. Leroy Huizenga
It’s a bit rich to accuse those who would celebrate our Holy Mass "ad orientem" of exercising mere personal preference and risking unity, when so much liturgical abuse rooted in priests’ preferences has gone unchecked and harmed unity.


Unless as infants these children couldn't receive all three sacraments of initiation... how likely is that the case?

First Communion for Iraqi Refugees Represents Hope for a Persecuted People