Saturday, July 05, 2014

Pope Francis Visits Campobosso/Isernia

The Lay Crisis

The right solution? Or more of the same?


Friday, July 04, 2014

Massimo Faggioli on Ecclesial Movements

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Photos of the Interior

The temple at the bottom of the world...

Another Interview

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Council of Eight

Byzantine (Noble) Women

Criticism of the Wesolowski Case

Vatican Radio

Latin Creativity Isn't Dead

More on the Working Document

10 Questions with Archimandrite Robert Taft

At Pray Tell

Fr. Taft doesn't think Latin traditionalists are traditional but maybe he should try to see things from their perspective, even if their understanding of liturgical participation may be erroneous? I have no idea what his position on "ad orientem" worship may be given his comments below.

He has a forthcoming book: Beyond East and West 2: Problems in Ecumenical Understanding

Pope Francis good for liturgical renewal or not?

Papa Francesco is good for everything, including liturgical renewal. When he first celebrated Mass in the Sistine Chapel he had them toss out the altar facing away from the congregation that his predecessor had installed, and thereby gave the signal indicating how he rated the reformed Vatican II liturgy vis-à-vis the restored pre-Vatican II Summorum Pontificum “extraordinary form.”

Is the Vatican II liturgical renewal secure or endangered?

I think it is secure, because I believe the vast majority of Catholic people throughout the world confirm it by voting with their feet and going to Mass in the reformed rite, showing thereby that despite the right-wing neo-con wackos (hereafter NCW’s), most Catholics prefer the reformed rite.

But that does not mean that the NCW’s are not a threat, since it is said that large numbers of them now control the terrain in our seminaries. As Professor Massimo Faggioli, the Catholic point-man on these issues has shown, the Vatican II Liturgical Constitution was the fundamental document that led the way to the rest of Vatican II, so an attack against that key document is an attack against the guiding spirit of the Vatican II Council.

Anything good coming out of Summorum Pontificum?

Nope, unless creating unnecessary divisions in the Church and driving crazy our harried bishops who have too few priests to start with and now have to try and accommodate the NCW’s is considered “good.”

Something interesting comments on the episcopacy and apostolic succession:
This question also involves a cluster of other issues that I believe need to be reconsidered:

[a] the whole question of conceiving apostolic succession via the “relay race pass the baton model” is questionable, since it is probably not provable with historical verisimilitude for any Church on earth, including that of Rome. It is not clear that Rome originally had a monarchical episcopate rather than some sort of collegial governing body, possibly presbyteral, in the earliest post-apostolic era.

Some books to get, based on Fr. Taft's recommendations:
Liturgy: Model of Prayer — Icon of Life (Fairfax, VA: Eastern Christian Publications 2008)."

Alan Bouley’s From Freedom to Formula. The Evolution of the Eucharistic Prayer from Oral Improvisation to Written Texts

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Holy Virgin Cathedral

I toook a better look at the interior this weekend - I was there on Saturday, for the arrival of the Kursk icon and the episcopal nomination. I hope more photos of the episcopal consecration will be posted. I noticed for the first time that the central dome has a depiction of God the Father. Not canonical, but it is a carryover of a certain 19th ce Russian fad? The sculpting/woodwork of the iconostasis and other wooden structures in the church is similar to what is in the old Holy Virgin Cathedral. Russian curves to the arches? I prefer more 'classical' arches, semicircular. The altar crucifix had some large elements which overwhelmed the icon of our Lord, which
seemed rather small compared to the overall size of the crucifix.

Vespers/all-night vigil was sung mostly in Slavonic, and with modern Russian choral singing. I don't know if the liturgy OCA would be more 'traditional' with respect to liturgical music. Ruthenian prostopinije in English may take a while to become familiar, but because it is in English and it can be sung by the people, it is more 'popular' and conducive to liturgical piety for the laity, I think. I couldn't understand the Slavonic and I couldn't really participate in Vespers, though I was "attending" to it as best as I could.

Seeing the bishops gathered for the nomination of Archimandrite Nikolai with their mantiyas (capes), I was thinking that they are another example of an article of clothing in which form has priority over function (long capes
which have to be picked up by servers when those wearing them have to climb the steps to enter the sanctuary) - they are mostly symbolic, representative of rank, privilege, or the monastic state.

(What are the rules for vesting during the Hours?)

I suppose clerics of a particular church would have to decide in unison whether they would no longer wear certain vestments - or this would have to be imposed on them by someone with greater authority. Otherwise who would dare to go against the norm for the sake of humility or simplicity? Without the force of custom, would there be a race to show humility, a competition for the appearance of holiness (as simplicity)? Still, it seems to me that certain novelties of the 2nd millenium (the mitre) could be dropped, and the evolution of certain vestments could be reversed, without embracing the polyester/ugliness fad of contemporary American Latin vestments.

Should the pope be the man in white? The papal white is a relic of the Dominican habit - should the bishop of Rome be dressed in a black Roman cassock, though perhaps with different color piping? Currently bishops have violet piping, cardinals red. What would an appropriate "papal" color be? White? Red and gold?

Institute for Orthodox Thought and Culture

St. Thomas Aquinas on Free Choice

Monday, June 30, 2014

Given the State of Rome, Does It Matter?

Prayer for the Synod on the Family

St. Gregory of Nyssa on the Song of Songs

Bartholomew Sends Message to Francis

"Orthodox Feminism"

Another attempt by Christians to rebrand the label?