Friday, January 31, 2014

One of the books Fr. David will be using for his liturgy class is The Wellspring of Worship (an excerpt), written by Fr. Jean Corbon, a Melkite Dominican (Dominican Melkite)? Fr. David told us that Fr. Corbon is the author of the fourth part of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Perhaps I should go back and read the fourth part in its entirety. (Is there a special calling of Dominicans to the Melkite churches? Fr. Corbon is the second Dominican I have come to know who is Melkite. The first is Fr. Brendan.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Catholic World Report: Roman Rights and Wrongs by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
What needs to change for East-West unity to happen?

See also: Spitting in Rome’s Eye: A Reflection on How Orthodoxy’s Sinfulness Prevents Reunion

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

St. Ephrem the Syrian

"Let us pray for Christian unity."

A review by David Abulafia of ‘Inventing the Individual’, by Larry Siedentop

Saint Thomas Aquinas, Companion and Patron

From 2012:

Eclectic Orthodoxy: Saint Silouan and the Mystery of God

2013-0214 Bannan Institute

Sponsored by the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University. The theme for this academic year: What Good is God?

An intro statement:
Banna Institutes are yearlong thematic programs that address matters of significance within the Jesuit, Catholic intellectual tradition, foster an ethic of dialogue among persons of diverse religious and philosophical commitments, and facilitate opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange across the University and broader community.
Except that no such thing as the broader community actually exists - a purely 'academic' exercise, indeed. Most academics live in their own little world and contribute very little to the reform of moral and political life.

Winter Quarter 2014: God and Reality
Spring Quarter 2014: God and the University

The winter quarter session could be of interest, but will there be a critical examination of 'evolutionary biology' or contemporary physics? As for the spring quarter session will they profess adherence to the ideals put forth in Ex Corde Ecclesiae? I doubt it.

Upcoming Bannan Institutes:
The 2014–15 Bannan Institute will dive deeply into what distinguishes Ignatian leadership and the role and responsibility that is has, both locally and globally.

Should the Jesuits still be trying to form the elites of 'society' when Christendom no longer exists? Perhaps they should focus on teaching Christians, the leaven, in accordance with Tradition.

2014 Explore Journal
Bannan Institutes

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Breathing with Both Lungs of the Church

It would seem that this division between East and West apply to the Chalcedonian churches. How will this
statement and metaphor need to be modified if the Oriental Orthodox and the Church of the East are fully reconciled?

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy: ROCOR Says Overlapping Dioceses are Canonical: An Ecclesiological Analysis by Nathaniel McCallum

Byzantine, Texas

What if...

The Assyrians had been successful in evangelizing China?

Pravoslavie: Burial of Nestorian Christians Discovered in China

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Foretaste of Wisdom: Liturgical History and the Novus Ordo

The Legacy of Joseph Ratzinger?

Two new books from Ignatius Press:

Joseph Ratzinger Collected Works, Theology of the Liturgy
This major volume is a collection of the writings of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) on the theology of the Liturgy of the Church, a subject of preeminence to him as a theologian, professor and spiritual writer. It brings together all his writings on the subject, short and long, giving his views on liturgical matters and questions over many years and from various perspectives.

He chose to have his writings on the Liturgy for the first volume published of his collected works (though listed as vol. 11) because, as he says in the Introduction: "The liturgy of the Church has been for me since my childhood the central reality of my life, and it became the center of my theological efforts. I chose fundamental theology as my field because I wanted first and foremost to examine thoroughly the question: Why do we believe? But also included from the beginning in this question was the other question of the right response to God and, thus, the question of the liturgy."

Pope Benedict Sets the Course by Gero P. Weishaupt
The Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI and the Explanatory Letter to the Bishops

Dr. Anthony P. Andres on Chance

TAC: Lecture, Dr. Anthony P. Andres: “Does God Play Dice With The World?”

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Coptic Monastery of Saint Shenouda (website):

Christology and the Council of Chalcedon, by Fr. Shenouda M. Ishak

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Eastern Christian Books: Female Deacons in the East

What has been the teaching and historical practice of the Church of the East and the Oriental Orthodox churches regarding deaconesses? I have read the claim that the Greek word for "ordination" or "ordained" was used without specifically referring to the sacrament of orders, but I don't know how true this claim is. (For that matter, what is the position of the non-Chalcedonian churches on clerical celibacy/continence?)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sr. Vassa Larin on Peanut Butter Toast

Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Virgin Protection

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Eastern Dominicans: February 2014 Vocation Weekend
Why is Vatican II So Vexing? by Peter Kwasniewski

A subtitled version of the presentation given by Mons. Brunero Gherardini at the conference organized by the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, Rome, December 2010.

2014 Pan-Orthodox Liturgical Music Symposium
June 12-15, 2014

"The services will feature liturgical music composed mostly in the last 20 years and will be conducted by Irene Riazanova."
So, not so traditional?

Monday, January 13, 2014

City Journal Review of The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal

City Journal: Sacred Revival by Colette Arredondo
A Catholic architect calls for churches that “look like churches.”

I actually received this book as a gift for Christmas - looking forward to reading it. Now if only Mr. Stroik would do a study of Byzantine architecture...

Duncan Stroik - faculty page
Hillenbrand Books


Originality and Tradition

Duncan Stroik's YT channel

Sunday, January 12, 2014

This essay, "Where East Meets West is Best," got me thinking about an English Gothic and Byzantine hybrid design for a temple. Not like the 'wholly' Byzantine style of Westminster Cathedral. I can visualize how a temple without a dome might incorporate some features of Gothic architecture, Gothic arches - it might be more (neo-)Gothic than Byzantine, in some respects - imagine transforming St. Ignatius Church with an iconostasis, for example. A neo-Gothic temple that is more of a square than the Latin cruciform shape - is that possible? Is it possible to construct a wooden dome, with ribs/slices? I think there are some Orthodox temples near here that have domes not made from stone or concrete, but I could be wrong about the construction material.
NLM: Fr. Cassian Speaks on Summorum Pontificum at Brompton Oratory - OSB Norcia

"Summorum Pontificum and Liturgical Law"

Check out the monastery's wall calendar for 2014!

Sacred Liturgy

Has Ignatius Press become more friendly to Roman-rite traditionalists? (Possibly due to the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI?)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Remnant: Episode 5 - Tradition - Minded vs. Traditionalist What's the Deal

A satisfactory defense of Roman-rite traditionalists?

Eastern Christian Books: Dhimmitude

Eastern Christian Books: Dhimmitude - Bat  Ye'or, Understanding Dhimmitude

DVD of Bishop Borys Gudziak's First Pontifical Divine Liturgy

They may be willing to ship to the US/Canada for extra?

website for the church

Interview with Archbishop Agostino Marchetto on EWTN Radio's "Celtic Connections"

Don't know if the audio file will be made available for download somewhere.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Studies in Christian Ethics: Andrew Louth, "Virtue Ethics: St Maximos the Confessor and Aquinas Compared" (pdf)

Aquinas distinguishes the cardinal virtues from the theologial virtues, as Louth points out, but he also distinguishes between the infused virtues and the acquired virtues, a distinction which is missed by Louth in his essay. The infused cardinal virtues are subordinate to the theological virtues (also infused) but they cannot be acquired through practice, though it would seem that they can be strengthened to practice. (Does St. Maximus make this distinction between infused and acquired virtues?) The infused cardinal virtues are distinguished from the theological virtues by reason, but united in exercise, through grace and charity. If Louth were to take this distinction between the infused and acquired virtues into account, how would his treatment of Aquinas differ?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 Christian warriors and the enslavement of fellow Christians by John Gillingham
Leftist communitarians are naive, utopian, or sheltered in their assumptions of what is required for "community." They think that it is easy to create community; one only needs a common end or purpose, something other than friendship itself (and what that necessities). This common end or purpose is sufficient to create and sustain a community, even though obtaining the goal may require some work (as in the case of scaling down or simplifying the economy). Their conception of community is more akin to a team (such as what one finds in a workplace, rather than a sports team). Even if MacIntyre is more realistic in his assumptions, recognizing the contribution of language, culture, and tradition to the formation of culture, and he recognizes that these are bound with historical ethnic groups, leftist communitarians (of whom MacIntyre may be said to be one in other respects) do not acknowledge or seem to be ignorant of the historical origins of identity.

MacIntyre himself does not think there are genuine differences between the sexes and any differences between ethnic/culture groups do not seem to factor into his considerations of multiculturalism and pluralism. Even if he thinks that pluralism is possible because there is not one "community" but many, how would he respond to those who object that the long-term consequences of pluralism are not sustainable if the state or megacity at large hits a crisis point that can only get worse?

Friday, January 03, 2014

Duns Scotus

Still haven't seen the movie...

Rome Reports

Wednesday, January 01, 2014