Saturday, December 31, 2016

An Audio Book Worth Getting

I am guessing it is available for sale as well...

News About Chiesa

Announcement To the Passengers. Starting January 1, 2017, All Aboard a New Vessel

The website “www.chiesa” is suspending publication. But it will continue with the blog “Settimo Cielo,” which will still offer just as rich a harvest of news, analysis, documents on the life of the Catholic Church

The blog Settimo Cielo.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

David Clayton on "Writing" Icons

The Protomartyr

CWR: The Holiness of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J.
A review of With God in America, a new volume containing various writings and interviews with the remarkable American priest who spent 23 years in Stalinist prisons.
By Edward N. Peters

With God in America landed on my desk hot off the press in September but various projects prevented me from turning to it for some weeks. Finally, late one Monday morning, I poured a cup of hot tea and settled down in my comfy recliner to peruse this collection of writings by and recollections about the American Jesuit missionary, Fr...

Monday, December 26, 2016

Chiesa: The Pope Is Not Answering the Four Cardinals. But Few Justify Him

There are more and more cardinals and bishops, however, who are lining up in support of the authors of the five questions seeking clarification on the ambiguities of “Amoris Laetitia.” Here they are, one by one

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saint Nicholas Church, Mainz, Germany





800

The Royal Hours

Do they ever discuss Amoris Laetitia?

Is there a procedure for downgrading a metropolitan see?

I would not be surprised if the Archdiocese of San Francisco shrinks in the short term, parishes having to be closed and the archdiocese reducing its operations because of lack of funding. Meanwhile the diocese of San Jose may be doing better -- is there precedent for a metropolitan see being downgraded and being replaced by another city as the local metropolitan see?

Athanasius Schneider on French TV: "Schism already exists in the Church"

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Another Interview with Cardinal Burke

Lifesite (via Fr. Z)

A formal correction soon?

An Orthodox Education

Without stability, how can there be community?

Liturgy in non-liturgical Spaces by Nicholas Denysenko

Having reflected on many years of visiting missions and serving in a non-liturgical space in Kyiv, I ask myself, is there an argument to be made for establishing Church communities that have no aspirations for permanent parish status, but gather where they can for prayer, fellowship, and perhaps learning and service? Are we comfortable with the possibility that we might have to fine-tune our rite to liturgize effectively in unfamiliar spaces? My initial response to these reflections is to suggest that liturgy in non-liturgical spaces illuminates the qualities of gathering for the privilege of offering liturgy, and embracing the fact that Christian identity need not be shaped solely by a particular parish community. Is there a future for mobile and nimble Church communities that do not aspire to become parishes?

A group of people to meet in a place other than a temple because they cannot afford to build one -- why couldn't they have some sort of makeshift worship space at a home instead? But how can there be an effective practice of charity for the average lay person without a stable network of people?
Pravoslavie: Speaking Painful Truth in Love: Orthodox Ecumenism and St. Justin Popovic by Phillip Calington
St. Justin was a puzzling figure during his lifetime, and remains so, more than 35 years after his repose in the Lord. He was himself never a bishop, which allowed him to speak and write even more freely and openly about the issue of ecumenism.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

CWR: Cardinal Burke: "No, I am not saying that Pope Francis is in heresy."
In an interview with CWR, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke discusses the current controversy over "Amoris Laetitia' and the questions he submitted with three other bishops to Pope Francis.
By CWR Staff

The Nativity Fast

Pravmir: Nativity Fast: Renewing Our Zeal for Life with God by Priest Robert Miclean

One of the most beautiful and favorite classical music of Advent, this time of preparation for Christ’s holy Nativity, is Bach’s popular cantata ...

Metropolitan Anthony on Christian Community

Pravmir: If We Were a True Christian Community… by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
Pravoslavie: Notes on the order of deaconesses in the Eastern Church (3rd-12th century) by Fr. Silouan Thompson (original)
Pravoslavie: Anastasia Rakhlina, Archbishop Theophylact of Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk
“Power—this word seems to have a negative meaning, but the power of Mt. Athos is Love, which does not coerce but inspires and fills the lungs with air.”

Orthodox Life

a new webzine replaces the printed journal (via Byz, TX)

George Weigel: "Modernity, Biblical Faith, and the Crisis of the West"

George Weigel: "Modernity, Biblical Faith, and the Crisis of the West"



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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Third Advent Sermon

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Roberto de Mattei

The Husband

St. Herman of Alaska

Consecrated to God

Adequate Acknowledgement of the Political Order?

How important to the Roman ecclesial tradition?

Fr. Hunwicke, Seminary training (2) :

(3) Para 4 cheerfully informs us (without explanation) that presbyters are ordained "by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit". Such epicletic enthusiasms do not conform to the spirit and genius (or the texts) of the Roman Church and her liturgy, in which the Episcopate is typologically aggregated to the Aaronic High Priest; the Presbyters to the Temple Priests; and the Deacons to the Levites. This was the clear teaching of the Roman Church from I Clement down to the aftermath of Vatican II, when Dom Botte got his hands on the Pontifical.

See also: Seminary training (1)

Vatican Issues New Document on Priestly Formation
Pope Tells Seminarians to Promote "Belonging"
CWR Dispatch: A canonical primer on popes and heresy by Edward N. Peters
Those engaging in loose talk about popes and heresy should be very clear about what is at issue.

(original)

For declaring a pope a heretic or deposing the pope -- under what circumstances and perspectives were the canons written? Was the perspective of the Universal Church, especially as embodied in an ecumenical council, included?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Cardinal Burke on The World Over



full episode
Chiesa: Francis Doesn’t Like the Seminaries. Because They Form Priests Who Are “Rigid” and Incapable of “Discernment”

Over just a few days, a hailstorm of rebukes. Which show the pope’s irritation over the criticisms of “Amoris Laetitia,” these too the fruit, in his judgment, of a legalistic and decadent mentality


Bergoglio, Politician. The Myth of the Chosen People

The pope of mercy is also the one of the anti-capitalist and anti-globalization “popular movements.” Castro dies, Trump wins, the South American populist regimes crumble, but he isn’t giving up. He is certain that the future of humanity is in the people of the excluded

Monday, December 12, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016

FORMED

CWR: Fast-growing "FORMED" program harnesses the power and reach of "the new Roman road" {GIVEAWAY}

Insight Scoop: Fast-growing "FORMED" program harnesses the power and reach of "the new Roman road"

Seems like the rising stars in American Roman Catholic apologetics and catechesis, Timothy Gray, Brent Pitre are more focused on Sacred Scripture than using the Fathers or recovering the Patristic tradition -- outreach to the Protestants? The influence of Catholic reverts and Protestant converts? So what form of Roman Catholicism will be reformed? A new Spring in America or was an opportunity lost in the postconciliar era? Is it accurate to say that the influence of Ressourcement theology in the United States is marginal?

official website and FB

Interview with Nikola Sarić



NLM on the icon

Metropolitan Hilarion in Rome

Papal Rights Talk

Latin Religious Orders and the Question of Identity

What if SJWs were to attack Jesuits and their educational institutions for the crime of destroying (or failing to respect) native cultures in their missionary efforts. After all, inculturation was still a means to bringing Christianity to other peoples -- the SJWs could claim that Christianity was nonetheless forced upon them, and thus their original non-Christian culture was destroyed. The Jesuits should have instead recognized that truth is to be found in every culture. Would the Jesuits surrender to the SJWs? I was thinking of the recent controversy surrounding Providence College as well -- couldn't SJWs object to the Dominicans being in charge because of their association with the Inquisition and the suppression of the Albigensians, who should have been free to believe whatever they wanted. Perhaps capitulation on the question of the use of the "Western" canon in a liberal education would not be enough for them.

The Jesuits are already doing whatever they can to accomodate multiculturalism; the Dominicans have shown some resistance at Providence College but it is not clear that the administration will be able to defend their preference for the Western intellectual tradition. Can Dominicans be "nation-less" while at the same time upholding the Western intellectual tradition as being an important part of Roman Catholicism? How can they do so if Roman Catholicism is not Western but aspires to some sort of univeralism? What relation do American Jesuits and Dominicans have to Western/European identity? And how can they take a stand on the question without alienating one group (Anglo-Americans and those identify with them) or the other (those who reject that identity)? Would they understand that any sort of compromise solution (in the direction of multiculturalism) is nonetheless a failure at the political level? Can they pretend to remain above ethnonationalism even if they believe they must be so for the sake of preaching the Gospel? (And if that were their ultimate justification, is it the case that their educational endeavors are a necessary part of that?)

In Christendom it could be possible for members of international religious orders to identify as being part of a united Christendom with a common language (Latin) and culture (even if the Holy Roman Empire never achieved political unification). They could still be attentive to the differences of local cultures and peoples. (Did they or the Church in general do anything to resist the homogenization of language and culture that accompanied nationalism and the rise of the modern nation-state?)

If peoples are determined to separate, should they stand in the way or preach a (non-existent) duty for them to stay together? It is proper for missionaries to assimilate to whatever people they wish to evangelize (in so far as it is morally possible for them to do so), but religious orders cannot have a multicultural university without destroying the university as such. They must either create an alternative institution or acquiesce to the fact that the university cannot serve those who reject its mission of passing on a particular intellectual tradition and culture.


A Recent Public Appearance of Archimandrite Gabriel Bunge





Consecration of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Paris





(via Byz, TX)

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

What Manner of Interfaith Dialogue?

Another Jubilee Year

What's the health of this religious order?



First Advent Sermon







And a LC speaks on the EF.

Holy Nicholas





The One Thing Needful

Rorate Caeli: Don Pietro Leone: Cheerfulness
Chiesa: New Appeal to the Pope. The Catholic Doubts of “The New York Times”

In California the bishop of San Diego, a favorite of Bergoglio, admits de facto divorces and remarriages, as in any Protestant church. From the news arises the question: Can “Amoris Laetitia” be interpreted this way, too?

Monday, December 05, 2016

But will it teach men how to lead?

CWR Dispatch: Holy League Men's Conference to feature noted speakers, challenging messages
Held in Salem, Oregon, the December 16-17 conference will include Mass and homily by Abp. Alexander Sample, and talks by Dn. Harold Burke Sivers, Fr. Donald Calloway, Jesse Romero, and others.

Carl E. Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, will give a talk titled "The Vocation of Sons by Grace", which will focus on the divine call for every man to be, by virtue of baptism, a prophet, priest, and king. The talk, says Olson, will highlight themes found in Called To Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification, which he co-edited with Fr. David Meconi, SJ. "Drawing on Scripture and the Fathers," says Olson, "I will emphasize the truly radical gift of divine sonship and show how it relates to our everyday lives as men, husbands, and fathers." True men of God, he adds, "see and understand this life in the light of supernatural, Trinitarian grace and our call to share that grace with our families, friends, and everyone we encounter".

Friday, December 02, 2016

Analogia

Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration

More on Deaconesses

The Mind of Christ

Liberty

A 6 Minute Tour

Pray Tell: Book on Deaconesses (in Greek)

Nicholas Denysenko

Orthodox theologians devoted to restoring the order of deaconess have published a book on the ordination of deaconesses and the question of women in ordained ministry dedicated to the Patriarch of Alexandria. This news is significant as it demonstrates that interest in and research on the deaconess is of international concern, and not merely a […]

St. Thomas's Commentary on the Book of Job

Fr. Schall on the Controversy

The “Concern” by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Purity Laws for the Reception of Communion?

"Physical preparednes"... the Copts. (via Byz, TX)

The Papacy a Source of Division

CWR: On the Cardinals Critical of the Pope: The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Fears Polarization
Cardinal Müller: The Cardinals’ letter is directed to the Pope personally—but the Pope could commission the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “to mediate the differences of opinion ad hoc.”
CWR Staff

Another solution?

A New Council, Like Sixteen Centuries Ago
The conflicts set into motion today by “Amoris Laetitia” have a precedent in the Christological controversies of the late Roman empire. They were resolved by the ecumenical council of Chalcedon. From Chile, one scholar proposes that the same journey be made again

Didn't the last Catholic synod lead to the current situation?

The Liturgy of the Faithful

What is the Ethiopian Feast of the Miraculous Medal?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What Distinction in Roles is Defended?

Crisis: It’s Time to Rehabilitate St. Aloysius by Thomas J. Craughwell (via Fr. Z)

Julia Flyte and Charles Ryder Could Have Had a Happy Ending!

If only Evelyn Waugh had lived to the pontificate of Pope Francis and written Brideshead Revisited now. Then they could have gotten "married" and received Holy Communion and been good Catholics and lived happily ever after!

So have they tried to re-interpret the story of the Samaritan woman at the well? She could have remraried too, Christ was understanding and merciful!

Pope Francis's non-response from a few weeks ago; he hasn't given any other response to the dubia since then. Francis: “The Church is not a football team in search of fans”

Fr. Spadaro Comments

Edward Peters: Cardinals in the Church have rights too

Today:
The Four Cardinals and the Encyclical in the Room
The essential questions remain what they have always been: "what is freedom and what is its relationship to the truth contained in God's law? what is the role of conscience in man's moral development?"
By Carl E. Olson

Related:
Full text: Cardinals’ letter to Pope Francis on Amoris Laetitia

Prayer: The Mirror of the Soul

Sunday, November 27, 2016

St. Paul

Theotokos of the Sign

Today is the feast day of the miraculous icon of Novgorod. Icon Reader

Friday, November 25, 2016

Eastern Christian Books: Papal Infallibility and Authority (Updated)

Eastern Christian Books: Papal Infallibility and Authority (Updated)

CWR Interview with Archbishop Chaput

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on vocations, elections, apostolic exhortations by Jim Graves
If Amoris Laetitia "has elements that some serious Catholic scholars see as ambiguous," says the Archbishop of Philadelphia, "then the issues they raise need to be dealt with honestly and directly."
Rorate Caeli: De Mattei: Contradictions at the closing of the Jubilee

A Roman Question

Zenit Articles Featuring Thomas Spidlik

“Fasting is Prayer of the Body"
A Life Dedicated to Unity of Eastern and Western Christians
Benedict XVI Praises Theology-Art Link
Papal Address After Cardinal Spidlik's Funeral Mass
Pope Notes Contributions of Cardinal Spidlik

Related:
La mort du cardinal tchèque Tomáš Špidlík (2010)

Il card. Tomas Špidlík, un ponte ecumenico tra Oriente e Occidente

Pubblicato da Àncora il volume “Il cuore: l’uno e l’insieme. Il card. Špidlík tra Oriente e Occidente”, a cura del sacerdote Franco Nardin con il sostegno di padre Marko Rupnik e del Centro Aletti

A Visit Earlier this Week

St. Theodoret of Cyrus on the Eucharist

Mass as Sacrifice? A Voice from the 5th Century by Markus Tymister

While St. Theodoret's explanation is correct (and who would be offended? even Latin traditionalists would probably agree with it), it does not mean that the Pauline reform as carried by Bugnini and others was justifiable or correct.

Latin devotion to the Holy Family - what would Byzantines make of a piece such as this? While true on one level, can it be "re-calibrated" to Byzantine beliefs about the place of St. Joseph?
Liturgy and Chastity: The Pure-heartedness of Ministry

In both Joseph and Mary we see a single-heartedness, a purity of intent, a devotion to their child Yeshua bar Yussef, even before his birth. It is the very stuff that covenants, and vows, and ministries are made of. Their living of the beatitude “blessed are the pure in heart” does not mean that they were never confused, or were never afraid, or never doubted. Certainly they each had moments that we would all recognize as frail humanity in action. But in their love—of God, of their child, of each other—they also knew the fullness of Emmanuel, the God-with-them.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The End of the Jubilee





Does the Patriarchate of Rome Really Need Another Synod?



Jesuit Pope and Jesuits



What a Mess

Bishop says four cardinals' letter could provoke schism

RT Interview with Patriarch Kirill

‘Western laws now clash with moral nature of man’ – Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill





The Divine Liturgy

Punishment and Reward

Eucharistia

The Readings in the Divine Liturgy

Russian Monasteries

Moses' Life

Variations in the Spiritual Life

A Thanksgiving Meditation on the Theotokos

CWR: Cardinal Sarah’s pastoral call to “turn to the Lord”
Some de-mythologizing needs to take place in order for many to accept Cardinal Sarah’s call to celebrate Mass “ad orientem.”
By Jeanette Flood

With Advent around the corner, one cannot help but wonder if any pastors or bishops will accept the controversial invitation Cardinal Robert Sarah made last July. As keynote speaker at the 2016 Sacra Liturgia conference, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the...

Appropriate for the National Day of Thanksgiving

Bishop Robert Barron: Why We Should Address Jesus as Thou
I believe that one of the major problems we have in evangelizing our culture is that many Christians don't walk with Jesus personally.

Depictions of Christ

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Bishop Athanasius Schneider's open letter on "prophetic voice of four Cardinals"
The "Four Cardinals only did their basic duty as bishops and cardinals, which consists in actively contributing so that the revelation transmitted through the Apostles might be guarded sacredly and might be faithfully interpreted."

In contrast...

Cdl. Tobin: In an unmerciful world, the Church isn’t always seen as an instrument of mercy By Deborah Castellano Lubov
One of America’s new cardinals speaks on the space for mercy in doctrine, the Church’s future interactions with President-Elect Trump, and the next gathering of the Synod of Bishops.

Chiesa: The Pope Isn’t Talking, But His Cardinal Friends Are. And Accusing
The prefect of the new dicastery for the family attacks the archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput, over how he is implementing “Amoris Laetitia” in his diocese. Here are the guidelines that have come under accusation

November 2016 Issue of Adoremus

Trailer for Silence

Eastern Christian Books: The Papacy and the Orthodox

Eastern Christian Books: The Papacy and the Orthodox

The 70th Birthday of Patriarch Kirill

MosPat:
Primates and representatives of Local Orthodox Churches attend grand meeting dedicated to the 70th birthday of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill

Patriarch Kirill meets with delegation of Bulgarian Orthodox Church
Patriarch Kirill meets with delegation of Romanian Orthodox Church
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians
Patriarch Kirill meets with delegation of Greek Orthodox Church
Patriarch Kirill meets with delegation of Patriarchate of Antioch
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with Metropolitan Rastislav of the Czech Lands and Slovakia
Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church meets with His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill meets with His Beatitude Archbishop Chrysostomos of Cyprus

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The story about the cardinals' letter to the pope is trickling through Catholic news media and EWTN. Will anything else happen before the end of the year? As the cardinals would not be correcting a heretical pope, we don't have to deal with the question of whether that is canonically possible. But they would be correcting a pope who has been ambiguous in his defense of Latin discipline concerning the sacrament of Holy Communion.

Pope Francis, chastisement to the Latin churches and a step towards improving our understanding of the limited authority of the pope?


Does Amoris Laetitia Resolve Genuine Moral Dilemmas? by John Meinert

Andrew Louth on Modern Orthodox Thinkers

Groupe Louis Bouyer

info

Just a little over a week ago:

Mercredi 9 novembre 2016, 18h30

Présentation du livre :
La théologie de Louis Bouyer, du Mystère à la Sagesse
Actes du colloque international 10-11 octobre 2014, (ed. Parole et Silence).

Introduction par Marie-Hélène Grintchenko et Bertrand Lesoing
Séance présidée par : Jean Duchesne, exécuteur littéraire de Louis Bouyer
avec :
Patrick Prétot, o.s.b., professeur au Theologicum de l’Institut catholique de Paris (ISL)
Jean-Luc Marion, de l’Académie française
Grégory Woimbée, vice-recteur de l’Institut catholique de Toulouse
Mgr Jean-Pierre Batut, évêque de Blois

Monday, November 14, 2016

Faith Sharing

The Pope Refuses to Answer?

Rorate Caeli: EXPLOSIVE! 4 Cardinals OFFICIALLY ask Pope Francis to Clarify Amoris Laetitia - Updated

Chiesa: “Seeking Clarity.” The Appeal of Four Cardinals To the Pope

One letter. Five questions on the most controversial points of "Amoris Laetitia.” To which Francis has not replied. One more reason, they say, to “inform the people of God about our initiative”

Kallistos Ware on Gregory Palamas



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Friday, November 11, 2016

James Chastek talks about Game theory and alpha males, but fails -- more research would be warranted.

Like when dealing with other schools (like the Franciscan school), Catholic intellectuals should do the appropriate research when trying to understand what other people are saying. I hope this is true if the Alt Right undergoes greater scrutiny by American Roman Catholics. I am fairly certain that most will mischaracterize the Alt Right in their initial attempt.

Will they discuss Chieti?



An Orthodox Presentation on Grace

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Chiesa: Happy Birthday To Luther. But in a Minor Key

While celebrating in Sweden the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Francis sidestepped the points of contrast. All of which remain, however. And meanwhile he continues to condemn “proselytism,” precisely as the missionary impulse collapses in the Church

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

More Notes on Voting

One may vote for an unworthy candidate only when this is necessary to prevent a still less worthy candidate from obtaining office; but in such a case one should explain the reason for his action if this is possible. In an exceptional case one may vote for some unworthy candidate; viz., if he can thereby avert some unusually great personal disadvantage. (Fr Jone, Moral Theology, n. 295)

Has the formality or the ratio of the object of voting been changed?

The formality of the object of the act is not necessitated. Whether someone is "worthy" of the office is separable in reason from what one judges to be the consequences of his being in office.

I used to lean towards thinking that it was consequentialism and in so far as one ignores what should be the intrinsic morality of the act of voting it does appear to be such. It is one thing to choose someone who ones knows is unworthy and to deliberately do so. It is another to change the ratio of the act of voting from being an act of distributive justice to one of choosing the better option in a rigged system in view of possible consequences.

The object of the act itself can be changed by reason or differ in reason. Am I cutting off an arm to injure another? Or am I cutting off an arm to save his life? The physical act is the same -- the formal object of the act differs.

One could argue that because political office is linked to the common good that choosing someone for political office is therefore an act of distributive justice. I would contend the problem here is that political office, especially in the United States, is not tied to the common good by virtue of the inappropriate size of the political organization and its history. For a similar argument regarding the modern nation-state based on its history, see William Cavanaugh. Because political office, by the very structure of the nation-state, is not tied to the common good it is already an illegitimate use of power to command others. By the fact that it is a tyranny, there is no way to exercise distributive justice to begin with.

Re: the example of casuistry in the OP then,

So taking the ideal example of a true polity which respects the common good --

1. if all of those worthy for office for some reason refused to accept an office or to be considered for office and this is something that could not be changed

2. and one was left with two unworthy candidates, one being less unworthy than the other

3. It seems that in such a case distributive justice cannot be exercised, and the voter is not culpable for this being so (though the culpability of those refusing to take office may differ) -- and one is justified in choosing the less worthy candidate because of the common good.

In the example of a system that is rigged by those who actually hold power so that one is presented with candidates one would not choose otherwise and there are no remedies for this tyranny (peaceful or violent), then the culpability of the injustice falls on those responsible for preserving the system, and not on the voter.

Veiling the Mystery

Should it be done in any rite?

An Interview with the New Superior General

Hymn to St. Michael

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Axios!



Waiting for more photos...

Popular Movements?





Saturday, November 05, 2016

Common Good is becoming an over-used term...



What is the common good of the modern nation-state? What of the goods of the historic French peoples?

Roman Catholic Social Teaching is in severe need of added elaboration and revision regarding the common good.

Karl of Austria, Not Forgotten

Ikona Skiniya Does Have a FB Page

Anton and Ekaterina Daineko