Monday, March 31, 2014

The Anaphoral Genesis

Pope Francis: We Must Open Ourselves to Christ's Light

Lecio Divina With the Lectionary of the New Roman Missal?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

NLM: The Sunday (and Feast) of St John Climacus
Yale University, Institute of Sacred Music: Symposium | Liturgical Space and Time in Byzantium
Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 12:45pm to 5:15pm

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Human Dignity Canard

Aristotelian-Thomism in the Modern World by S. Adam Seagrave
We may, nevertheless, recognize a grain of truth in the moderns’ appreciation of the moral status of the individual human being. That appreciation coheres well with Christian moral theology but not with pre-modern moral and political philosophy. The moderns’ mistaken rejection of the unchanging objective contexts within which the individual exists led, in the thought of a select few, to a more profound understanding of human dignity than is available in any of the pre-moderns—including Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. Locke’s nuanced and complex understanding of natural rights, in particular, provides an important philosophical elaboration on the Biblical account of humankind’s creation “in the image and likeness” of God. In tomorrow's article, I will examine this concept in greater depth.

Do we need a concept of dignity in order to have a full account of human flourishing and man's ultimate end? Or to explain the basis of charity or justice? I don't think so.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

What is a citizen?

As bishops have always spoken? A naive assumption of duties with respect to the secular powers?

Pilgrimage Schedule for the Bishop of Rome to the Holy Land

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This Should Be Published

Monday, March 24, 2014

Waiting for Her to Retire

That will probably happen before the archbishop of Boston cleans up Boston College.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Canonization of Saints: Limits to the Papal Office?

Chiesa: Vatican Diary / In a few months, six new saints canonized outside the rules

Can the pope, though, propose someone for veneration by the Church Universal without proper consultation and discernment from the bishops of other churches? If there is no cultus, how can this be possible? (How is the current procedure different from what was followed in the first millenium, when Latin saints, e.g. St. Gregory the Great and St. Benedict, were recognized by the Byzantine churches?)

I would guess that the official pronouncement makes a reference to the entire Church, rather than to the Latin churches, but is this proper? Can we understand the canonizations done by the bishop of Rome, either directly or mediately through other Latin bishops acting in his name, as being done through his role as Western "patriarch" rather than as pope, despite any official statements to the contrary?

Monday, March 17, 2014

Sunday, March 16, 2014

St. Gregory Palamas & the Challenge of Barlaam

Academic lecture presented by the Very Reverend Protopresbyter Maxym Lysack.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Mysterious Encounter with Fr. Jacque Philippe

The hermeneutic of continuity: Questioning the Orthodox solution on divorce and remarriage

The hermeneutic of continuity: Questioning the Orthodox solution on divorce and remarriage

Sandro Magister's Assessment

Bergoglio, the General Who Wants to Win without Fighting
"I have never understood the expression 'nonnegotiable values,'” he said in his latest interview. And in a book, his closest collaborator explains why Pope Francis is carefully avoiding a head-on collision with the dominant culture

DSPT Aquinas Lecture 2014

The video is now available for the lecture:

Aquinas Lecture 2014: Diana Fritz-Cates, PhD "Hatred in the Light of Love: A Thomistic Analysis"

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

No middle term, no mechanism.

Uncommon Descent: A world-famous chemist tells the truth: there’s no scientist alive today who understands macroevolution (vix Vox)

An Ignatian key to Pope's Lenten retreat

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Archbishop Alexander Sample

Latin traditionalists are happy about this...

Fr. Z

webpage & FB

Monday, March 10, 2014

Two from Ethika Politica

On Monastic Papacies by C.C. Pecknold
Francis, Benedict, and MacIntyre? By John Haldane

What's Seth MacFarlane 's Agenda?

Dominicans sing Irish: The Parting Glass

Sunday, March 09, 2014

CNA: Transcript: Pope Francis's March 5 Interview with Corriere Della Sera
OPEast: New Audio Recordings from the Thomistic Institute

Dennis C. Smolarski, S.J.

Fr. K mentioned his name a couple of weeks ago. Apparently he is quite the liturgical scholar - here is a list of publications in that area. How many of his books are available at the SCU library?

(A Jesuit who knows liturgy! Apparently he is bi-ritual?)

Saturday, March 08, 2014

No cassocks?

It's not summer yet, either... some of the priests of Rome:

Such clerical dress is permitted - but is there any push for Roman priests to wear the cassock? Or is that an incidental that is not necessary for the new evangelization?

Interview with Benedict XVI


The Secretary of 3 Popes Talks About Benedict's Renunciation (Part 1)

The Meaning of the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian

STOTS: God is With Us - Great Compline 3/6/2014

By the Waters of Babylon

Tomb of Apostle Philip Found
Mospat: Meeting of Primates of Orthodox Churches starts in Istanbul

Civitas Dei Medallion Award - Villanova University

2012 - Given to Alasdair MacIntyre. I don't think I've posted this video before.

Alasdair MacIntyre - Catholic Instead of What?

Friday, March 07, 2014

Fr. David gave a presentation on St. Maximus the Confessor - I definitely will need to read more, especially his use of "nature." For now it would have to be his writings in English translation. I should improve my Greek! Is there a study of his appropriation (and rejection) of Aristotle's teachings?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"There is no 'Christian style' without Jesus or the Cross."

Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy: Is Orthodoxy the Same Everywhere?: Understanding Theological Controversy Within the Church by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

Brotherly meeting of Primates of Church of Constantinople and Russian Church takes place at the Patriarchate of Constantinople
Commission for the preparation of the meeting of Primates of Local Orthodox Churches concludes its work
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill arrives in Istanbul to take part in the meeting of Primates of Orthodox Churches

Fisher More Responds

Rorate Caeli: For the record: College responds
Both Board and President release statements

CWR: Bishop of Fort Worth draws the line [UPDATED] By Michael J. Miller
CWR: Can We Talk About Fasting? by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
Some thoughts on the Western and Eastern approaches to food and fasting during the Lenten season.
First Things: Against Heterosexuality by Michael W. Hannon
The idea of sexual orientation is artificial and inhibits Christian witness.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Fisher More College

Rorate Caeli: Guest Op-Ed: First Things First
The Traditional Latin Mass and the Fort Worth Affair

Dr. Taylor Marshall provides some information as to what has been going on with the school:

Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Pravmir: The Who’s Who of The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete


Coffee with Sister Vassa Ep.20 (Adam's Lament / 1st Week of Lent)

Vatican: Eucharist on Ash Wednesday

his homily

Kasper Changes the Paradigm, Bergoglio Applauds by Sandro Magister

The no-longer-secret text of the bombshell talk that opened the consistory on the family. With the indication of two paths of readmission to communion for the divorced and remarried. According to the example of the ancient Church

Orthodox Arts Journal: Holy Icons in Today’s World (Pt.1): Insight into Contemporary Issues by Aidan Hart

Related: Book Review: Icons in Time, Persons in Eternity
NLM: The Theology of Church Archtitecture - a lecture by Denis McNamara
by David Clayton

Interview with Alice von Hildebrand: Should Pope Paul VI be Canonized?

EWTN Bookmark - 2014-2-2 - Dark Night of the Body

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

NLM: The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: Guest Article by Dr. Kyle Washut

The Pope as Universal Teacher

One of his roles that is in dispute by the Orthodox, and not something that was definite in the first several centuries, though papal claims to this authority were made in the 400s (according to Wilken; I'll have to look up the reference). The exercise of this function does seem to contribute to the personality cult surrounding the pope (especially the current pontiff, Francis) and to certain understandings of the papal office (an interpretation of Vatican I and the like) - one brand of ultramontanism.

Would all of this communication be possible without the mass media, a staff of translators, and cheap energy to sustain both? Will it always be possible to have translators would be sensitive to the nuances of another theological language? And is there any guarantee that a pope will know another theological language well enough (e.g. Greek) so as to effectively communicate with a different ecclesial culture? Or other languages to evangelize every non-Christian in the world? Are "universal" languages even possible? (MacIntyre would claim no.)

A pope may be a polyglot, but knowing every language necessary to teach every single human being effectively? Impossible, without a gift of the Holy Spirit, and we have seen in the normal "operation" of the Church, such a gift has not been given, except at Pentecost?

Now it may be necessary for someone to address a concern affecting the Church Universal, during some time of emergency or crisis. But as an 'normal,' everyday exercise? Would that be possible in an energy-constricted world?

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Fr. Sergei: Fasting for Non-Monastics

He was at last year's Ss. Cyril and Athanasius Orthodox Institute symposium.