Saturday, October 22, 2016

An Icon of Human Freedom

Venerating the Saints

50th Anniversary of the Repose of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco

St. Luke the Evangelist

New Director for Holy Cross Orthodox Press

Fourth Boston Byzantine Music Festival

The Beatitudes

Riza Vestments

Winners of the 2016 Ratzinger Prize

Pope Francis on Holiness

An International Conference on Vocations

for the Patriarchate of Rome. Like it'll help with the crisis.


Eastern Christian Books: The Majestic City of Constantine

Eastern Christian Books: The Majestic City of Constantine

Christendom College Seeks to Build a New Chapel

Their current recruitment video: Dare to be Great? Reminds me of Donald Trump and "Make America Great Again."

Christendom College launches a new capital campaign.

They want to build a Gothic-style chapel even though none of the other buildings are in that style. And I personally think that overall, Gothic is not that attractive, though some Gothic temples here and there are beautiful, especially if they are made primarily out of wood. The first chapel may be simple, but I think it fits the campus better and is more American in appearance ("colonial" style?). What will the locals think of the temple? A foreign intrusion into their area? (Did they even bother to consult the locals for the design?)

They plan to convert the current chapel into a cultural center.

What alternative Latin architectural style might be suitable for the campus? Did they choose Gothic because it is associated with the medieval period? Modified colonial, with some Renaissance influence, something to complement the library?

There are different national styles of Byzantine architecture, but do we see as much change in these styles over time? Is Byzantine architecture more likely to be stable and have the semblance of "timelessness"?

O Ancient Beauty Ever New: Thinking about Sacramental Architecture by Steven Shloeder, Ph.D.

How different would some of those designs be if the architects did not have pews in mind when they created their designs?

Restoring Sacred Architecture to a Higher Plane by TRENT BEATTIE
William Heyer works to draw faith communities heavenward.

Rorate Caeli: EXCLUSIVE - The Marxist Revolutionary: New Jesuit Superior-General revealed by those who knew him in Venezuela

Friday, October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

CWR Dispatch: Taking a page from the Proportionalist Playbook? Edward N. Peters
A minister’s decision about giving holy Communion to an individual is not controlled by the recipient’s subjective conscience, well-formed or otherwise.

CWR Dispatch: William Byrd and the beckoning of beauty by Peter M.J. Stravinskas
Style and class have been banished from most Catholic sanctuaries in our land – and we are all the poorer for it. The transient, the ephemeral, the cheap have replaced the beautiful, the uplifting, the inspiring.

Sowing the Heart, Knowing the Heart

Part 2 of "The Altar and the Portico"

More from St. Elias

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

His Argentinian Brothers

Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP on the Launch of the Ukrainian Catholic Catechism in Australia

The Catholic Weekly: Two lungs breathe as one as Ukrainian Catholic catechism launched in Sydney by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP

Homily of His Beatitude Sviatoslav on the Feast of the Protection of the Holy Virgin

I was thinking about the Inquisition and the Dominicans and how they are portrayed in the movie version of The Name of the Rose, which while rooted in historical circumstances is anti-Catholic and hence not so historically accurate (especially with its depiction of the Dominicans?). I know someone who admires his writing style, if not necessarily his message. (I don't think he has ever blogged about that aspect of Eco's writing.) If only Eco had remained Catholic and written a novel that revealed the historical truth about the medieval Church; I agree with De Mattei that Eco should have put his talents to better use, in service of God and the Church. (Though De Mattei's genealogy in that article of nominalism, "a decadent and deformed interpretation of Thomist doctrine" is suspect.) Eco would probably have access to the scholarship done on the medieval Latin churches; even now we have historians like Fr. Augustine Thompson writing about that period. But if he had an agenda, he would have ignored that scholarship regardless.

How would a historical novel about the medieval Latin churches be different, if written from the perspective of someone like Fr. Louis Bouyer regarding the development of Latin spirituality?

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church is an Orthodox Church

David Clayton on the English Gothic School

Sts. Cyril and Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary

Eastern Christian Books: From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt

Eastern Christian Books: From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt

Monday, October 17, 2016

Face of a Dying Order

They met have some vocations from third world countries (should we ask about the level of catechesis there?), but there is no vitality in the order.

A Liturgy in Which Rite?

The Remnant: Fighting the Papal Fetish to Win Back the Papacy by John Rao

I wish that I could say that I am as certain that we are “awakened” to what we positively need to know for the future of the Social Kingship of Christ as I am that we are correct in fighting that papal fetish that seeks to block desperately needed criticism of the current pontificate. Quite frankly, I think that there is still too much anti-intellectualism, too much John Locke, too much Adam Smith, too much American parochialism, too much obsession with enemies now dead and buried, and too much hope for salvation from some new Constantine focused on matters of secondary importance to recognize what the papal fetish is really blocking knowledge of in 2016. And that is the fact that the willful Nominalism of the later Middle Ages, destructive of all categories of knowledge, the willful Lutheranism of the sixteenth century, destructive of all legitimate social authority, and the willful, freedom-obsessed, Anglo-American and Continental Liberalism of the eighteenth and nineteenth century, destructive of all restraints on individual madness, with all of the contradictory, capitalist, statist, and libertine consequences that emerge therefrom, have now wormed their way into the teachings and actions of the legitimate successor of St. Peter.

A little too negative and anti-American?

But Capital Punishment Does Not Exclude Hope