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

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

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

Prayer: The Mirror of the Soul

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sunday, November 27, 2016

St. Paul

Theotokos of the Sign

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016

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

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


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

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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


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



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


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

Thursday, November 03, 2016

More of the Spirit of Assisi

Patriarch Bartholomew

Sacred Music

OCN Ask the Priest Live

This Weekend at Holy Virgin Cathedral

Eastern Christian Books: Primacy in the Church, vol. II

Eastern Christian Books: Primacy in the Church, vol. II

Fr. Reginald

The ACPA Meeting is in SF

(Doubt anyone will lecture Roman Catholic academics for a failure of nerve.)
Chiesa: Goodbye, Jesuits. Vatican Media Get a New Face and New Boss

And this with a Jesuit pope, no less. Vatican Radio will stop broadcasting on shortwave. And “L'Osservatore Romano” will also be absorbed into a single “content hub.” Under the command of Monsignor Dario Viganò
1P5: The Wedding of the Lamb by Peter Kwasniewski

Prof. Kwasniewski cites Fr. Bouyer at the beginning of his essay but what would Fr. Bouyer think of the essay and the appropriation of what he wrote regarding the Christian Mystery?

Setting aside the question of merit and Christ's meritorious causality, does the following not stike one as being problematic?

"He speaks these words because He wills to give us nothing less than His very self. In the gift of His holy and life-giving Eucharist, His resurrected flesh and blood, we receive the Lord, our God, King, Father, Spouse, Brother, Friend, for our pilgrimage on earth and for eternal glory in heaven."

Christ is not God the Father and we are not adopted sons of the Son but adopted sons of the Father. Sounds like a problem with Trinitarian theology.

As for spouse... Christ is the bridegroom and the Church is His bride, but I still think it problematic to take that metaphor to understand it literally in describing our relationship to him.

John Haldane on Catholic Universities

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Chiesa: Celibacy For Priests. The Defense Takes the Floor

It will not be discussed at a synod, but pressure is growing in favor of the ordination of married men. The most highly esteemed of the Italian theologians has puts a spotlight on the question in an authoritative magazine. And he is opting to hold on to celibacy: not only “opportune,” but “necessary”

I believe Ignatius Press will handle the English translation?

CWR: The Quiet Courage of Cardinal Robert Sarah
In his new book, La Force du Silence, Cardinal Robert Sarah speaks with serene strength to a world consumed by self-referential chatter and to Christians who have lost their awe of God.
By Dr. Samuel Gregg

About 365 miles south-east of Paris, high in France’s remote Chartreuse Mountains, lies one of the world’s most well-known monasteries. Since its foundation in 1084 by the religious order that would become known as the Carthusians, La Grande Chartreuse has been characterized by a daunting quietness. This was famously captured a...

Orthodox in the British Isles

John Haldane on Catholic Schools