Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pope Francis's Links to the Christian East

Eastern Catholics express excitement at the nomination of Pope Francis

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

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

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