Saturday, February 18, 2012

Consistory for new Cardinals

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ein Gespräch zwischen Joseph Kardinal Ratzinger und dem Staatsintendanten Prof. August Everding über Leben und Glauben (1997)

More videos:
Metropolitan Hilarion: the future of Orthodoxy depends on faithfulness to the church Tradition

Your Eminence, you are a theologian rightly recognized by the scientific communities both inside and outside Russia. In your view, what are the most acute theological problems facing the Orthodox Church as a whole today? Are there problems the solution to which really determines the future of Orthodoxy?

A. Today’s Orthodox Church preserves continuity with the apostolic Christian community and in this sense she is above all a Church of the Tradition. The future of Orthodoxy depends on faithfulness to the church Tradition – the tradition that the Church has preserved in diverse historical situations through centuries.

As opposed to some liberally-minded Christian communities, the Orthodox Church does not need any rethinking or re-interpretation of her doctrinal or moral teaching. And when ecclesiastical scholars, patrologists, historians, liturgists and representatives of other disciplines, in their studies encounter some problems, these problems do not concern doctrine as such but they are specific problems arising in any serious scholarship.

However, there is one really acute and pressing problem which is quite theological, that of church mission today. In this case it is a not a matter of church message, not what the Church preaches but what needs to be done to make church preaching intelligible and effective in today’s situation. Indeed, theology is not only an in-depth study of the meaning of the Church’s dogmatic and moral teaching. It is also a proclamation, a special way of proclaiming to the world and people the truths of the faith through various means. It is not without reason that Patriarch Nicephorus of Constantinople, a well-known defender of the veneration of icons, used the expression ‘the melody of theology’.

Today we face the task to find such ways of expressing the church teaching as to enable us to give account of our hope to those around us who are still far from the Church or those who are on the way to it.

A particular part of this task is the work on the Catechesis carried out today under the Synodal Biblical and Theological Commission.

Remember a good Jesuit

Jesuits Saints and Blesseds: Saint Claude La Colombière

Pierced Hearts

Father of Modernity? Heaven forbid!

Via Tina Beattie's series on the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. The first installment is "Rediscovering a Father of Modernity."

The division into modern and premodern in relating philosophy to corresponding political trends may not be so helpful.

Beattie doesn't really explain what she means, except with the following:
"Aquinas brought to that era a synthesising brilliance with regard to texts and ideas which has left a deep imprint on western religion, politics, law and ethics."

So how does she define modernity? Catholic intellectuals would tend rather to define modernity by its rejection of what came before, including Aquinas and scholasticism.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fr. Nichols' essays on the liturgy

Lost in Wonder
Mary Victrix: Traditionalist Sleight of Hand

Note that the question answered here is not whether the traditionalists are right in challenging the hermeneutic of continuity. That will be answered in the next post. The question here is simply whether the Holy Father has really invited or encouraged the debate over the possibility of an interpretation of the Council based on a hermeneutic of continuity. He has not.

What will he write in the next post?
TEDxSF - Louie Schwartzberg - Gratitude

A podcast on gratitude from an Orthodox perspective.
The liturgy in the life of the Church (via MB)
Visit of Bishop Hilarion of Vienna
January 30, 2004

He talks about the need for education and touches on the intersection between faith and reason.

Monday, February 13, 2012

A Brief History of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph
Byzantine, Texas: Theological Presuppositions of the Orthodox Iconographer (which links to this My Thesis Summary: The Theological Presuppositions of the Orthodox Iconographer by matushka constantina)