Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

While I am not in accord with traditionalist Roman Catholic ecclesiology and their understanding of Tradition, I can see why the most recent news pertaining to the Franciscans of the Immaculate would be cause for worry: The purging and exile of traditionalists. Are the Orthodox paying attention to Pope Francis's actions towards traditionalist Roman Catholics?

A Round-up of Stuff Pertaining to the La Civiltà Cattolica Interview with Pope Francis

Christopher Blosser (via Pertinacious Papist)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Conférence liturgie et foi par le R.P. Crignon F.S.V.F.

The Bishop of Rome as the Teacher of the Universal Church

The consequences of always aiming for a global audience?

U.S.: Conservative Catholics not convinced by Bergoglio's approach

Growth of the Papal Office

Robert Louis Wilken, The First Thousand Years: "The Council of Sardica ended in schism, with each side excommunicating the other, but its significance in the history of the papacy far outstrips the ecclesiastical wars of the fourth century. For the bishops gathered there adopted a set of canons affirming that the bishop of Rome would have the privilege of serving as a court of appeal. That is, Rome acquired what has been called "appellate jurisdiction": the right to adjudicate disputes among other bishops. The term 'appellate' is significant; Rome was called upon to act as judge, not as teacher. Only in the fifth century did Rome begin to see itself charged with responsibility to instruct the church at large." (166-7)

Though he became Catholic, Wilken gives a short (too short, in my opinion) summary of the changes in how the bishops of Rome conceived of their role with respect to the Church Universal during the first millenium. He should write a history and development of the papacy as well. The implications of such a history for the ongoing dialogue between Catholic and Orthodox cannot be overstated, since this was what the next step requires.

The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium
Joint Coordinating Committee for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church
Aghios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, September 27 - October 4, 2008

"The Pope Is the First Among the Patriarchs." Just How Remains to Be Seen

The teaching role of the bishop of Rome, apart from an ecumenical council, with respect to the Church Universal has consequences on how we are to understand papal infallibility.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

UGCC Head: It is important that all European bishops realize that Europe breathes through two lungs: that of the Eastern and the Western Church
The Papal Resignation by Roberto de Mattei

I think I've posted this before, either here or elsewhere. I think it is representative of what traditionalist Catholics think of the papacy, and how it is tied to an ultramontane conception of the office, even though they would seek to limit the damage caused by an understanding of canon law that is explained by legal positivism, or even of a papacy that is opposed to 'tradition.'
Rod Dreher: Bishop Fellay Lets Pope Francis Have It

Monday, October 14, 2013

Father David Petras Explains Why Be a Byzantine Catholic


Edit. Some have been critical of his credibility given his involvement in liturgical reform for the Ruthenian ("Byzantine Catholic") churches.
Pravmir: The Three Ages of the Spiritual Life
Schema-Archimandrite Gabriel (Bunge)


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Romano Guardini

Did some Goggling on him... found the following to be of interest:

David Foote, Romano Guardini - The Essence of a Catholic Worldview

Silvano Zucal, The Intellectual Relationship between Joseph Ratzinger and Romano Guardini

Sandro Magister links to another essay by Silvano Zucal Benedict XVI Has a Father, Romano Guardini

Guardini's The Spirit of the Liturgy is available online - (no clue about the quality of the translation)

John Allen, Benedict's Final Theologian Quote

Apparently Jorge Bergoglio is a fan as well.