Saturday, July 11, 2015

Catholic Academia Run Amok

In more sane times, would we give much attention to those who had just left their apprenticeship? One person's networking is another person's conspiracy. Given the age limits, it could never be a professional guild, but should there be one for academic theologians?

New Wine, New Wineskins
Young Catholic Moral Theologians
2015 Symposium

The blog to which members of the above organization contribute, along with others, still publishes heterodox pieces like this: On Naming God: Gendered God-Talk in Laudato Si’ by Emily Reimer-Barry, who is apparently a member of good standing in Catholic Theological Society of America and the Society of Christian Ethics.

If you don't police your own, don't complain if your own orthodoxy is called into question (or more importantly, your ability to stand up for it -- that is to say, your credibility and character). Guilt by association? "We're just trying to make a living." Or, "We don't have tenure yet, so we can't doing anything about it?" Rationalizations for cowardice?

If the extremists at Mount Athos saw this article, it would be more evidence why pan-ecumenism is a heresy, since the Latins have fallen into heresy and their bishops do nothing about it or support it. If they do nothing, they show themselves to be emasculated academics hiding behind academic freedom and false charity (aka niceness) who have no moral standing to lecture on moral theology. Return the teaching of theology to saints.

Sister Vassa, Spirituality and Organized Religion


The Lake Garda Statement

Rorate Caeli

What version of the Catholic Third Way do they posit between liberalism/capitalism and socialism/collectivism? Hard to say, since they don't say much about it, or the errors to which they are opposed (though some of the signatories have done so in their books). How many of them have tried to run a farm that is as closed an ecological system as possible? Or have examined the foundation of Western economies, cheap energy? Maybe if they had a sufficient knowledge of economics and politics they would not be inveighing against "sustainable development" as if the only understanding of sustainable development was being given by secular humanists who seek population control.

Michael Davies Memorial Lecture

Rorate Caeli: Exclusive for Rorate: Michael Davies Memorial Lecture by Roberto de Mattei - "From the Second Vatican Council to the Synod: The Teaching of Michael Davies"

Fr. Andrew Louth: Love in Dionysios the Areopagite and Maximos the Confessor

Friday, July 10, 2015

Let Us Not Confuse the Goal of the Modern Nation-State with the Common Good, Either

A problem that has yet to be addressed by the bishop of Rome, who remains unaware of it. To make the goal of the modern nation-state the common good, as it is understood in the best of classical and medieval thought, is to justify statism and trespass the limits of political authority. (Because the limits of scale are thereby ignored and justice, which depends upon scale, violated.)

Pope: Let us not “confuse the ‘common good’ with ‘prosperity’”

And the Assyrian Church?

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako: The unity of the Church of the East
The Church of the East: There can be only one (Pro Unione)
Chaldean Patriarch gambles on re-establishing “Church of the East”

And a response by Bishop Mar Awa Royel of the Assyrian Church of California: Authenticity in Unity: A Personal Reflection on Present-Day Questions Concerning the Unity of the Church of the East

Cardinal Herranz on Bishop Alvaro del Portillo

Bishop Alvaro del Portillo and the Second Vatican Council by His Eminence Cardinal Julián Herranz

Interview with Fr. Andrew Louth

John Senior on the Thomistic Revival

A good counterpoint to Dr. Dennis McInerny's essay. From The Restoration of Christian Culture:

A few uncommon and relatively unknown, and old, theologians still study and teach St. Thomas, but he is no longer received as the Common Doctor of the Church. The Summa Theologiae, St. Thomas himself says in the Prologue, is a book "for beginners"; but we have few real beginners anymore. Our schools and colleges turn out advanced technicians in what are called the arts and sciences, but none has the ordinary prerequisites to traditional philosophical and theological study, none with the famous mens sana in corpore sano of the ancients, that is, disciplined in the perception, memory and imagination of reality. To compensate for our failures, seminaries in the decades preceding Vatican II tabulated maxims based upon the Summa as texts for easily testable courses run on principles remotely traceable to Descartes, full of method, and having little to do with reality, less of memory and nothing of imagination or the spirit of St. Thomas. In the great Catholic universities at Rome and elsewhere, the grand old Dominican and Jesuit masters went on lecturing in Latin to students, many from America, who had to get laugh-signals from the graduate assistants when the master cracked a joke because none knew Latin well enough to tell a joke from a scholastic formula. It is hardly surprising that in such universities scholastic formulas became jokes. The only unusual skill you had to master at the Roman colleges, they say, was to read the easy Latin upside down because on oral examinations the professor would read aloud a question from the manual--holding it right there in front of him. If you had the trick of reading upside down you could give the answer word for word to pass with high distinction. Through a gross misunderstanding of docility, students sat on their disengaged intelligences through hours of what to them was gibberish, at the end of which they received gilded Italianate certificates in Canon Law and Theology certifying in reality an education in outlines, "ponies," and tests whose questions had been leaked in advance with answers right in front of them. And with these doctorates, as professors, rectors, and bishops, their graduates occupied positions of authority in Catholic universities and seminaries. Of course there were exceptions, but I think, brutal as it seems, this is a fair description of the general situation.

The results are still visible among the thinning ranks of priests formed before the Council. How else could the postconciliar failure have occurred? I heard a beloved example some weeks ago, whom I shouldn't disparage in any other way -- a good man of the type of whom in terms of piety it is said in the Common for Confessors, Euge serve bone, in modico fidelis! But, explaining the Eucharist to a parishioner who had been scandalized by uninstructed children secreting instead of consuming consecrated Hosts, he said, "Oh, St. Thomas teaches that only the accidents can be touched anyway, not the Body of Christ, which is the substance."

It is better, as Socrates repeatedly said, not to know and know you don't than not to know and think you do.... Theology and philosophy are difficult, exacting sciences; there are few vocations to such studies in any given generation; and even for those with special gifts of intelligence and will, there are still twelve years of prerequisites in elementary and high school.

John Senior, The Restoration of Christian Culture (Norfolk, VA: IHS Press, 2008) 73-5.

I think Dr. Senior is probably correct in his presentation of the historical and cultural factors that made Leo XIII's project mostly a non-starter. That period of the the history of the Latin churches deserves a more extensive, scholarly treatment.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Stamford, CT

Just lovely! These photos are from Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church during easter services in Stamford, Connecticut.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Benedict XVI on Sacred Music and the Liturgy

Benedict and Francis, a Choir of Two Voices by Sandro Magister

In Paraguay, great music for Pope Francis: that of the Jesuits of the “Reducciones.” And from Castel Gandolfo, Benedict XVI gives an exceptional listener’s guide

A Charitable Reading

An Extraordinary turn of events by Joseph Shaw

Francis is confounding those who presented him as an enemy of traditionalism. The movement is actually flourishing thanks to his ‘live and let live’ attitude

Liturgy and Theosis

Divinization, Liturgy, and Evangelization
July 08, 2015
A new volume of essays shows how the proper context for thinking about divinization is the liturgy, for God has chosen the liturgy as the primary locus for communicating his divine life
Dr. Jared Ortiz

(via Insight Scoop)

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Dennis McInerny on the Thomistic Renewal

THE RISE & FALL OF THE THOMISTIC RENEWAL — PART I: "The Revivification of Sound Christian Philosophy" (July 7, 2015)

THE RISE & FALL OF THE THOMISTIC RENEWAL — PART II: "A Revival Cut Short" (July 7, 2015)

(via Pertinacious Papist)

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

St. John the Forerunner

The Life of St. John the Baptist
From "The Lives of the Saints and Several Lectures and Sermons" compiled and translated by St. Sebastian Dabovich
The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist by St. John Maximovitch

Two Indispensable Channels

Part of our communion with God is our connection to the saints; chief among them after the Theotokos are Peter and Paul.Listen here:

Posted by Ancient Faith Radio on Thursday, July 2, 2015

Psalm 67

Paschal images abound in this well loved Psalm prophesying the resurrection and ascension of our Lord.Listen here:

Posted by Ancient Faith Radio on Friday, July 3, 2015

Metropolitan Hilarion Meets with Patriarch Bartholomew


Posted by Митрополит Иларион Алфеев (Metropolitan Hilarion) on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

John Chryssavgis on Laudato Si'

An Eastern Orthodox Perspective on Laudato Si
A Personal Response, An Ecumenical Reflection by John Chryssavgis
The 17th Century Chinese “Biretta”

What could have been, the continued development of a Chinese variant of the Roman rite. What would we make of a woman wearing a biretta? (Though there are some who do wear the doctoral version with four peaks, as opposed to the priestly one with three.) Inappropriate? Presumptuous? Even if it is in accord with their rank, but that is the question - should they have been elevated to it in the first place?

The egalitarians will say yes, but they ignore the place of the school in broader political community; and many of these universities do not exist as a part of a political community, as those population centers are no longer political communities. When the industrial age ends, so will the misallocation of resources in academia.

"That said, rumor has it that the Hong Kong Archdiocese is considering reviving the tradition. Wouldn’t that be wonderful!"

Given the loss of the cultural significance of (traditional) hats to Chinese people, why bother? If there were a group of Christian monks who adapted such hats for monastic life, that would be one thing, since a monastery could be a place for the development of a Chinese form of Christianity, but in a fairly Westernized and 'modernized' city like Hong Kong? The Latin diocese of Hong Kong should focus more attention on catechesis.

Honorary Doctorate for Benedict XVI

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI received Doctorates honoris causa on Saturday from the Pontifical John Paul II University of Krakow and the Krakow Academy of Music.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Album 1, 2, 3

Benedict XVI: Without Pope John Paul II, My Theological Journey Would Not Have Been ImaginablePope Emeritus Conferred Honorary Doctorate From John Paul II Pontifical University, Academy of Music of Krakow

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, July 6, 2015

Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI receives honorary doctorates - (Vatican Radio) Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI received Doctorates...

Posted by English on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Michael Pakaluk – First Comes Friendship?

Monday, July 06, 2015

Cardinal Kasper Still At It

What Jesus Would Say If He Were a Synod Father by Sandro Magister

He too would grant divorce “for hardness of heart.” As in the time of Moses. This is how the monk Innocenzo Gargano reinterprets the words of Jesus on marriage. New developments in the discussion

St. Silouan the Athonite on Love of Neighbor

Even enemies . . .

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, July 6, 2015

A Controversial Canonization for Catholics

Not just Latins, but Byzantine Catholics as well.

St. Alexis Toth was a true beacon of light by his holy example of humility, charity, obedience, and steadfast faith in the face of sustained and vicious opposition.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, July 6, 2015

Axion Estin

It is truly meet to bless thee, O Virgin Theotokos!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, July 6, 2015

Fr. Bouyer on Archbishop Lefebvre

The original was written in 1978, the translation is by John Pepino: "The Catholic Church in Crisis"

"The Capacious Mind of St Thomas Aquinas," Kevin Flannery, SJ

Sunday, July 05, 2015

The Orthodox Response to Obergefell v Hodges

Same-sex marriage? This is what the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops had to say.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Reminder to Myself

Yes. Lord have mercy!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, July 3, 2015

Keynote Address of Metropolitan Kallistos at HCHC

His Eminence elaborated on how this “image” is in the image of Christ, the Logos of God, and simultaneously in the image of the Holy Trinity.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Saturday, July 4, 2015

Perhaps video will become available later.

Something else with Metropolitan Kallistos:

Does God suffer when we suffer? This is a must listen!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, July 3, 2015

Pre-Communion Prayer

I've never come across it before, not in any of the Slavic churches I've visited. The prayer was composed by St. John Chrysostom.

Lord have mercy!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Sunday, July 5, 2015

Prayers in Preparation for Holy Communion

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov on Taking up the Cross

What does it mean? Read this.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Sunday, July 5, 2015

Fr. Stavros Sermon: Whose Laws are your following? God’s Laws or Man’s Laws?

St. John Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa