Saturday, October 17, 2015

St. John the Theologian

Learn more about St. John The Evangelist and Theologian. #PISTEVO #iBelieve

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

PISTEVO Episode 8

Watch PISTEVO - The Art of Belief Episode VIII - Divine Liturgy Part 2 #PISTEVO #iBelieve

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Joy of Prayer

Listen as Fr. Stavros Akrotirianakis and Fr. Chris talk about the joys of establishing a relationship with God through prayer!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, October 16, 2015


How do you pray? Draw some inspiration from the life of Symeon. Pray Simply, Pray Always. Watch past episodes and see...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Chiesa: The Letter of the Thirteen Cardinals. A Key Backstory

It is an article by Andrea Tornielli, the vaticanista friendliest with and closest to Bergoglio. It came out four days before the publication of the letter. To expose it and accuse the authors of conspiring against the pope

by Sandro Magister

Friday, October 16, 2015

A New Biography of St. Philp Neri by Jonathan Robinson, CO

NLM: A New Book about St Philip Neri, Reviewed by David Warren

Another book from Angelico Press.

Review by John Bentley Mays in The Catholic Register.

How's the Company Doing?

ICYMI: here is Salt + Light TV's "Inside the Synod 2015" interview with Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ - the Superior General of the Society of Jesus.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Beatitudes

Hymn of the Jubilee of Mercy

Has anyone written a critique of the music? Too modern/Romantic?

more info

"The Authors of the original music (Paul Inwood) and text (Eugenio Costa, S.J.) have donated the copyright of this work to the PCPNE in order to facilitate the distribution of the Hymn of the Jubilee of Mercy throughout the Catholic Church."

Because the Church needs a mission statement and a theme song! (It's a good thing they didn't make some version of the Lord's prayer the theme song. )

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Synod That is of Interest

Mospat: Russian Orthodox Church delegation arrives in Chambesy for the 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference
The 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference begins its sessions
Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev's Facebook page appears to have been deleted or taken offline. I hope it will come back.

Christ and the Rich Young Man

Thoguhts from Dr. Robert Louis Wilken

Living in hard times — lessons from the early Christians…

Radicati nella fede Editorial

Rorate Caeli: Radicati EDITORIAL: "The New Mass, The Mass of the Assembly: the Cradle of Agnosticism"

Editorial: Radicati nella fede, September 2015
Newsletter of the Catholic community of
Vocogno, Diocese of Novara, Italy

We’d like to focus on one among the many: the disappearance of the submissa voce for the priest, which corresponds to lack of silence in the assembly. It appears to us that this is one of the points that most evidently indicates a radical change in the Catholic Rite. Then again, it is typically this which appears to be scandalous to the faithful who chance upon the Traditional Mass: the long parts where the priest, especially in the Canon, pronounces the words softly, and the faithful - not being able to hear anything - are obliged to be silent.

We have noticed many times that this is more of a problem than the use of Latin.

I think some may claim that the words of consecration being said in a low voice is proper to the Roman rite, but how far does this go back? Is the submissa voce proper to the low Mass or to the solemn form (before the low Mass was supposedly adapted to become the solemn form in the codification of St. Pius V)?

Pope Francis on Divine Justice

From Misericordiae Vultus:

20. It would not be out of place at this point to recall the relationship between justice and mercy. These are not two contradictory realities, but two dimensions of a single reality that unfolds progressively until it culminates in the fullness of love. Justice is a fundamental concept for civil society, which is meant to be governed by the rule of law. Justice is also understood as that which is rightly due to each individual. In the Bible, there are many references to divine justice and to God as “judge”. In these passages, justice is understood as the full observance of the Law and the behaviour of every good Israelite in conformity with God’s commandments. Such a vision, however, has not infrequently led to legalism by distorting the original meaning of justice and obscuring its profound value. To overcome this legalistic perspective, we need to recall that in Sacred Scripture, justice is conceived essentially as the faithful abandonment of oneself to God’s will.

The standard textbook Latin view? As for Pope Francis's opposition between faith and the observance of the law, is he getting the right opposition? Is he characterizing the problem with the Pharisees correctly? Is this rooted in an erroneous understanding of Divine Justice, which fails to see that it is actually identical, or an aspect of Divine Mercy, as is indicated in the Hebrew of the Old Testament and in the use of dikaiosune?

Another Stalwart Bishop from Kazakhstan

The Oct. 10 intervention of the Archbishop of Maria Sanctissima in Astana, Kazakhstan, Tomash Peta, in English.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Jean-Miguel Garrigues, O.P.

Un intellectuel à contretemps
Synode : le théologien Jean-Miguel Garrigues livre une analyse « autorisée » des orientations du pape François
Divorcés-remariés : le P. Jean-Miguel Garrigues répond à ses détracteurs


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

No "Private" Divine Liturgies?

Floating around on the Orthodox interwebz... (for example, this site)

"There was once a priest who did not want to serve the liturgy because it was a cold winter day.

The temperature was 10 degrees below zero and the priest knew that the only person who was likely to come to the service was the chanter. The priest had no idea about the Church’s teaching on the presence of the Triumphant Church and how the Divine Liturgy benefits the living and the departed. With difficulty he forced himself to go to church. On the way to church he kept wishing that the chanter would not come so that he would not have to serve and go home. However, the chanter did come.

The priest did the Prothesis (or Proskomedia, the service of preparing the holy gifts) in a hurry and began the Divine Liturgy. Shortly after, some bishops, priests, monks and nuns and some lay people arrived. Most of them sat in the choir section and began to chant so beautifully that the priest forgot about how cold and lonely he was earlier. His whole body was warm and his whole being was all a flame…. When he did the small entrance he noticed that the church was full of people – most of them familiar – he did not pay much attention and just continued with the Divine Liturgy.

When the time came for the Sanctification of the Holy Gifts he saw three bishops, brightly clothed and radiant entering the Holy Altar. They knelt with him and prayed. The priest then stood up very carefully with fear, took the censer and in a loud voice said,
‘Especially our All Holy, Immaculate, Most Blessed and glorious Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary…’.

The soul of the priest was amazed and filled with divine joy. Peace and heavenly stillness, hesychia, dominated his inner self. When the time came for the elevation and dividing of the Host (Lamb) the whole church filled with the sweetest melodies. The whole multitude of people who were present along with the monks, priests and bishops chanted not only once but many times,
‘One is Holy, One is Lord: Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen’.

Next they chanted the Holy Communion hymn,
‘Taste and see that the Lord is good, Alleluia.’

The priest was wondering what to do. Should he partake of the Holy Communion first or step aside for the three bishops who were present. Just as he was thinking this, one of the bishops nodded to him indicating that he should receive Holy Communion and then to Unify and Place the remaining of the portions of the Lamb into the Chalice along with the portions in memory of the Holy Theotokos and the Saints. Having completed this the priest then opened the Beautiful Gate … and saw no one in the Church… he turned and looked back into the holy altar, he looked to the right, looked to the left, the bishops had disappeared, he stood there speechless, amazed. He slowly opened his mouth and chanted the next petition,

‘With the fear of God and faith and love, draw near …,’
and the chanter slowly drew near to take Holy Communion. The priest was still amazed, still wondering! The whole Triumphant Church was present. All those present in the church were persons familiar to him, they were persons that had departed from this life and he would from time to time commemorate their names during each liturgy: ‘that’s why they were present, that’s why they all seemed so familiar’, he thought.

As for the bishops in the altar they were the Three Hierarchs: Saint John Chrysostom, Saint Basil the Great and Saint Gregory the Theologian.

So many years of study at university, so much research and so many sleepless nights he spent studying and these efforts were not able to give him not even one drop of the sweetness and divine knowledge that this one Divine Liturgy gave him."

Experiences During the Divine Liturgy p451-453
Chiesa: The Letter of the Thirteen Cardinals to the Pope. Episode Two by Sandro Magister

Text and names of signers confirmed, apart from marginal inaccuracies. Absolutely certain, above all, is what is at stake: control of the procedures, decisive for the outcome of the synod

Collège des bernardins: Une approche théologique du monde : Cosmos de Louis Bouyer par Marie-Hélène GRINTCHENKO

En mémoire... Louis Bouyer, Autour d'un concile

CWR Interview with Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki

Polish archbishop: Unless we recognize sin, Christ’s incarnation is meaningless
October 13, 2015
Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference gave a wide-ranging interview shortly before the opening of the Synod on the Family.

Related: Synod Profile: Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki
Abp. Gądecki, who is the President of the Polish Bishops Conference a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2014, is known for his staunch and outspoken orthodoxy

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Listen as Dr. James Skedros, Dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Cantonis Professor of Byzantine...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, October 13, 2015


The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed in Greek

Πιστεύομεν εἰς ἕνα Θεὸν Πατέρα παντοκράτορα
ποιητὴν οὐρανοῦ καὶ γῆς ὁρατῶν τε πάντων καὶ ἀοράτων·
καὶ εἰς ἕνα Κύριον Ἰησοῦν Χριστὸν
τὸν υἱὸν τοῦ Θεοῦ τὸν Μονογενῆ,
τὸν ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς γεννηθέντα πρὸ πάντων τῶν αἰώνων,
Φῶς ἐκ Φωτός,
Θεὸν ἀληθινὸν ἐκ Θεοῦ ἀληθινοῦ,
γεννηθέντα οὐ ποιηθέντα,
ὁμοούσιον τῷ Πατρί,
δι' οὗ τὰ πάντα ἐγένετο·
τὸν δι' ἡμᾶς τοὺς ἀνθρώπους καὶ διὰ τὴν ἡμετέραν σωτηρίαν κατελθόντα ἐκ τῶν οὐρανῶν,
καὶ σαρκωθέντα ἐκ Πνεύματος Ἁγίου καὶ Μαρίας τῆς παρθένου,
καὶ ἐνανθρωπήσαντα,
σταυρωθέντα τε ὑπὲρ ἡμῶν ἐπὶ Ποντίου Πιλάτου,
καὶ παθόντα, καὶ ταφέντα,
καὶ ἀναστάντα τῇ τρίτῃ ἡμέρᾳ κατὰ τὰς γραφὰς,
καὶ ἀνελθόντα εἰς τοὺς οὐρανοὺς,
καὶ καθεζόμενον ἐν δεξιᾷ τοῦ Πατρὸς,
καὶ πάλιν ἐρχόμενον μετὰ δόξης κρῖναι ζῶντας καὶ νεκρούς,
οὗ τῆς βασιλείας οὐκ ἔσται τέλος·
καὶ εἰς τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον, τὸ Κύριον καὶ Ζωοποιόν,
τὸ ἐκ τοῦ Πατρὸς ἐκπορευόμενον,
τὸ σὺν Πατρὶ καὶ Υἱῷ συμπροσκυνούμενον καὶ συνδοξαζόμενον,
τὸ λαλῆσαν διὰ τῶν προφητῶν·
εἰς μίαν ἁγίαν καθολικὴν καὶ ἀποστολικὴν ἐκκλησίαν·
ὁμολογοῦμεν ἓν βάπτισμα εἰς ἄφεσιν ἁμαρτιῶν·
προσδοκῶμεν ἀνάστασιν νεκρῶν,
καὶ ζωὴν τοῦ μέλλοντος αἰῶνος. ἀμήν.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Chiesa: Thirteen Cardinals Have Written to the Pope. Here’s the Letter by Sandro Magister
But Francis has rejected their requests en bloc. And meanwhile, the “Relatio finalis” has disappeared from the program of the synod

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Edward Short's Review of The Oxford Movement

CWR: Newman, The Oxford Movement, and the Hunger for Dogma By Edward Short
There are some fine essays in "The Oxford Movement: Europe and the Wider World 1830-1930" but the collection ultimately fails to address the real heart of the movement that Newman left behind

Something Recent With Fr. Gabriel

Unfortunately there is no sound -- but youc an watch it with French subtitles. I hope there is a copy with the audio intact.

Edit. Audio is ok now?