Saturday, March 30, 2013

Friday, March 29, 2013

As I suspected...

Adam DeVille: On James Hitchcock's Errors about the East

I was not planning on purchasing the book, History of the Catholic Church, as I suspected it would be too centered from a Latin point of view (and a rather narrow one at that, thought not notably "traditionalist). What single person can have the necessary broad (and ecumenical) perspective to write a tome on Church history? (Someone who could do for history what Adrian Fortescue attempted to do with respect to liturgy?)

How does one fact-check a historian, without being a historian? That is the problem for any minor publisher.
Adoremus: The Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI - Continuity: Sacred Liturgy, and the New Evangelization by Helen Hull Hitchcock

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I had forgotten what he was like.

Since he had been in the Roman Curia for so long but seemed to have stayed away from controversy during the pontificate of Benedict XVI. Or am I incorrect in this impression? Kasper Proposes Women Deacons
Insight Scoop: Ignatius Press to Release Four Books by Cardinal Bergoglio (Pope Francis)
Medievalists.net: The Monk as an Element of Byzantine Society

The Anaphora of Addai and Mari

Some links: Consecration in the Anaphora of Addai & Mari by Daniel J. Castellano (2007)

Rorate Caeli, 2008: Declaration on the Anaphora of Addai and Mari Not an act of the Supreme Magisterium and Declaration on the Anaphora of Addai and Mari
FOLLOW-UP: It was once condemned

[Irenikon] Addai and Mari, an ancient Eucharistic prayer at the origin of Eucharistic liturgies
The Byzantine Forum: Re: The Anaphora of Addai and Mari
Chaldean Culture - The Anaphora of Addai and Mari: A Study of Structure and Historical Background by Bishop Sarhad Yawsip Jammo
The anaphorae of the liturgy of Sts. Addai and Mari and the Byzantine liturgy of St. Basil the great: a comparative study

I am looking forward to Fr. Taft's forthcoming essay on eucharistic prayers and this point of controversy, and hope it will be available online, but it seems unlikely as I do not see it on the website. (I think he meant the 2013 meeting and not the 2014 meeting. It should be included in the proceedings for the annual meeting?) Fr. Taft recently gave the keynote address to a conference on the liturgy in the Orthodox Church at Hellenic College Holy Cross:
Orthodox Liturgy: Lessons from the Past, Contemporary Trends and Opportunities
March 15-16, 2013
Hellenic College Holy Cross, Brookline, MA

As part of its 75th anniversary celebrations, Hellenic College Holy Cross will be hosting an international conference on the state of liturgy and liturgical renewal in the Orthodox Church. The keynote speaker will be the Rt. Rev. Dr. Robert Taft, world-renowned liturgist and scholar. For more information, see the conference flyer. Please pre-register for the conference here.
Supposedly archived video of the conference will become available.

Related:
ORIENTALIA CHRISTIANA PERIODICA 78 (2012)

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pope Francis's Links to the Christian East

Eastern Catholics express excitement at the nomination of Pope Francis

Related:
From 2010: Steps Towards A Reunited Church: A Sketch Of An Orthodox-Catholic Vision For The Future
Gift of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill is handed over to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
The Extraordinary Historical Significance of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew's Presence at Pope Francis' Installation as Bishop of Rome
Many Eastern Orthodox impressed by Pope Francis (with a snippet from Fr. Taft, SJ)

Michael Miller's Review of The Second Vatican Council - An Unwritten Story

CWR (via Pertinacious Papist)

I have yet to make my way through the book, though I have read certain sections (e.g. the one dealing with liturgical reform). At this point in time, I can't say that I would accept this traditionalist account uncritically, however much I might sympathize with the "conservative" Council Fathers, as an ultramontane ecclesiology is ntegral to such a traditionalist  narrative.

Would it be possible to translate some of the doctrines put forward by members of the nouvelle theologie in the language of neo-scholasticism or neo-thomism (for example, regarding ecclesiology). Are we dealing primarily with the understanding of fundamental theological data, rather than conclusions from that data? (Let's set aside disputes about theological method, revelation, metaphysics, the relationship between theology and logic or the Thomistic understanding of the sciences. Of course, it might be said that these are precisely the bones of contention, that the differences in theology are more than a mere difference in writing styles.)

Did neo-Thomism fail because it wasn't Thomistic enough? It did not lead to a Thomistic ressourcement, a re-examination of the sources, with attention paid to the Church Fathers?  Or was the sole problem that it was not accompanied by the necessary sort of intellectual preparation (a proper education in logic and understanding of the sciences). I do think that the neo-Thomism of the manuals was inadequate for ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox, but this was not the aim of the manuals. Nonetheless, would neo-Thomist theologians have been equipped for this job?

I note that Fr. P. Brannan, S.J., is one of the translators of de Mattei's book.

Loreto Publications

Related:
Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P, La nouvelle théologie où va-t-elle?

William Murphy, "Thomism and the Nouvelle Théologie: A Dialogue Renewed?" (pdf)

2013 Manolis Distinguished Lecture

From the OCF FB page:

PAOI: Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou, The Ethics of Theosis
Monday, April 8 - 7 P.M.
Orthodox Liberalism: The Politics of Divine-Human Communion
Dennison Refectory - Church Divinity School of the Pacific at the GTU (Berkeley)

Tuesday, April 9 - 7 P.M.
The Ascetics of War: The Undoing and Redoing of Virtue
Valley Life Sciences Building, Room 2060 UCB

Related:
Adam DeVille introduces a book co-edited by Dr. Papanikolaou and George Demarcopolous: Orthodox Constructions of the West

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Items on Pope Francis

Catholic Conclave: Full text- Papacy-winning speech of Cardinal Bergoglio

Pope Francis Won't Be Moving to the Papal Apartments

Chiesa: He's Pope But Doesn't Want To Say So
Pope, Bishops, Curia. The Reforms That Are Coming
From the FB page for Holy Virgin Cathedral:

With the Blessing of his Eminence, Archbishop Kyrill, during the Western American Diocesan Pastoral Conference, V. Rev. Andrei Sommer will be presenting his book, From West to East.

We are invited to take part in this presentation on April 3rd, 2013 at 7pm in the large hall of Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco.

The author:




Nov. 2012: The Book From West To East. Experience of Youth Service in the Russian Church Abroad is Presented at Moscow’s Pravoslavnaya Rus Exhibit

Monday, March 25, 2013

Icons and Sacred Art

Byzantine, Texas: Iconodules the new iconoclasts? links to this audio lecture by Fr. Tom Hopko - The Sunday of Orthodoxy (no direct link to the file available yet)
As we celebrate the Triumph of Orthodoxy and the victory over iconoclasm, Fr. Tom Hopko gives a personal reflection on icons and their use and misuse

FJ comments: "Nor do I think, as Fr. Hopko states, that icons should be on books, booklets, clothes or the like. Icons are icons and not adornments."

Certainly icons should not be used to decorate clothing. But what of decorating other items? Wouldn't this indicate the need for the development of forms of sacred art that are appropriate for decorating items such as books, booklets, and so on?

Also from AFR:

Papacy, Primacy, and Orthodoxy (mp3)
Fr Laurent Cleenewerck, author of His Broken Body: Understanding and Healing the Schism between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches and the editor of the Eastern Orthodox Bible (EOB), discusses with host Kevin Allen papacy, primacy, and church as they are differently understood in both Catholicism and Orthodoxy.

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