Saturday, October 27, 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Al Kimel, formerly of Pontifications, doesn't really talk about his conversion to Orthodoxy but gives his view of Orthodoxy and Orthodox theology, while mentioning some personal tragedies: Why Eclectic?

Kyrie eleison.

Retreats at Holy Resurrection Monastery

Retreats at HRM 2012-2013

These two are of interest:
April 12-14, 2013, The Mass, East and West

• Presenter: Abbot Nicholas

How can we serve the New Evangelization through our liturgical treasures? This retreat will help the Mass come alive for you in new ways.

May 24-26, 2013, The Jesus Prayer

• Presenter: Father Maximos

How can we “rejoice always and pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17)? This retreat will be a practical introduction to prayer of the heart for lay people.

But the monastery is now located in Wisconsin... if I ever visit WI, I'd try to visit Providence Academy and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe as well.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Novices (OP West): Ephrem the Syrian, Proto-Dominican
Vatican Insider: Russia: The Orthodox spring

Sarge and others are skeptical, but we should pray for rejuvenated local churches there (and the restoration of communion with the Bishop of Rome).
Thomistica.net: Weisheipl's Commentary on the Posterior Analytics Online

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Married Priests in the Roman Rite?

First Thoughts: UPDATED: John Haldane Calls for Married Priests

Despite the long history of the discipline of clerical celibacy in the Roman rite, I am not so attached to it. I would not be bothered if the rule was changed so that married men could be ordained to the priesthood. An increase in the number of smaller neighborhood communities (and their temples) would probably require an increase in the number of priests, and it is doubtful whether this would be financially viable for many urban areas in the United States. There would have to be a core group of members who could provide financial support for the community.

Is such a change necessary to increase the number of candidates to the priesthood? There is in the Western Patriarchate (or in the United States, at least) a crisis in authority rooted in a crisis in masculinity - admitting older married candidates may help alleviate certain problems in the exercise of authority and pastoral care, provided that they have the leadership qualities that the younger men lack (along with many bishops). Do we have a shortage of manly Catholic fathers?

Two on Natural Law

Thomistica.net: de lege naturae by Michael Pakaluk
Natural Law Ain’t About Falling Apples by Andrew Haines