Saturday, October 29, 2016

Mother Maggie Gobran

Chiesa: Luther At the Stake. No, At the Altars. The Double Vision of the Jesuit Pope

Yesterday he saw the Protestant Reformation as the root of all evil. Today he celebrates it as “medicine for the Church.” But he doesn’t appear to have retracted his critiques. Here they are, word for word


An Icon of Human Freedom, part 2

Monastery of Chrysopigi

Ines A. Murzaku on the Chieti Document

Crisis Magazine: The Chieti Agreement Encourages Catholic-Orthodox Unity by Ines A. Murzaku


This Religious Order Knows How to Grow Vocations by Kevin T. DiCamillo

A New Book from Fr. Gabriel Bunge

in English translation that is... Spiritual Fatherhood: Evagrius Ponticus on the Role of the Spiritual Father

Another Recording of Shema Yisrael

Thursday, October 27, 2016

CWR: Martin Luther's Revolt: A Psychological Examination By Peter M.J. Stravinskas
Several of the key moves in Luther’s life were made as a rebellious answer to the authority he encountered at the time, including entering the monastery and founding his own church.

One Day Late

I that the story of Holy Demetrios and Holy Nestor is remarkable in so far as it is like David versus Goliath; God uses the small to overthrow the proud and powerful, and in this case even to kill of the persecutor. It would seem contrary to an interpretation of Christianity as advocating absolute pacifism. (Unless someone wants to claim that Holy Nestor went too far and went against the will of God, though he was reconciled in time to die a martyr's death.)

Women's Equality?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

How Reliable a Commentary?

Franciscan Antinomianism

Lecturing Roman Catholics once again...

Pope Francis: Rigid People Are Sick by Edward Pentin
A person who is rigid in many cases conceals a "double life", lacks the freedom of God's children and needs the Lord's help, Pope says in morning homily.

Jesuits, One and All

Our Icons

Love and Marriage...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

On St. Ambrose of Optina

Uncompromising Faith

Already Sold Out!

Icons of Sound

Info on the Saturday symposium here.

What sort of separation between the nave and the sanctuary?

What is the nature of the separation? What would Fr. Schmemann say?

Iconostasis, Rood Screen, Communion Rail...or Shag-Pile Carpeted Step? by David Clayton
Rorate Caeli: "Reverence Is Not Enough: On the Importance of Tradition" -- Dr. Kwasniewski's Lecture at Strahov Abbey in Prague

From footnote 8:

As it happens, the theorists of the Novus Ordo, above all Josef Jungmann, S.J., held two false theories: the Corruption Theory (that at some undefinable point in the early Middle Ages the liturgy began to depart from its pristine ancient condition and suffer corruption, a process that only worsened over the centuries) and the Pastoral Theory (that liturgy must be adapted to the mentality and condition of each age, and that modern man, being exceptionally different from his forbears, needs a radically different liturgy). The former has as a corollary antiquarianism or archaeologism, while the latter has as its corollary modernization. Both theories are false and must be rejected, and their poisons must be purged from the Mystical Body.

Is this really true of Jungmann?
Rorate Caeli: CDF: Instruction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Burial and Cremation

Insight Scoop: New: "The Wise Man from the West: Matteo Ricci and His Mission to China" by Vincent Cronin

Monday, October 24, 2016

A Bad Sign of Things to Come in Turkey?

Jonathan Pageau's Interactive Drawing Project

Commentary on the Chieti Document by Fr. Lawrence Farley

Who Can Block the Holy Spirit?

I read Matthew Levering's Engaging the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit. Regarding the Holy Spirit’s unitive mission in the Church, Levering responds to Kendall Soulen, who focuses on relationship between the Holy Spirit and multiplicity or diversity, by emphasizing the Holy Spirit’s promotion of unity in truth and unity in charity, the bond that unites the Church. I was reminded of the Kontakion hymn in the Byzantine rite for the feast of Pentecost, which contrasts God’s dispersal of mankind at Babel with His calling of all to become His people at Pentecost. God’s undoing of the tower Babel is not through the Church having a single, uniform language and culture, but through the unifying of diverse peoples with their own Christianized languages and cultures. But as we see in the history of the estrangement between Catholics and Orthodox, and the early separation of the Oriental, or Non-Chalcedonian, Orthodox churches and the Assyrian Church of the East, differences in languages or terminology (as mentioned above in the dispute over the Filioque), exacerbated by political issues, nationalism, cultural chauvinism, and other factors, have been significant barriers to agreement and communion. But the greatest cause of the failure of the apostolic churches to reach full communion in the past may have been insufficient charity (and humility). In relation to the Holy Spirit’s mission of unity, it seems to me that the zeal of bishops to preserve the unity of faith may have surpassed their zeal for charity. In this respect, the tasks of the Third and Fourth Ecumenical Councils remain incomplete (though the various apostolic churches have in the last half-century issued statements with other churches that they do not really disagree on the important issues of Christology). All must examine their conscience or the churches will continue to be chastised. The Holy Spirit is the force behind healing and reconciliation; but can it even be said that in defense of Bouyer's thesis in The Church of God, that the Holy Spirit has never failed to preserve those who have no fault in the separation in the unity of faith and charity, even though some of their bishops may have thought otherwise and excluded each other from communion?

Anamnesis, Not Amnesia: The 'Healing Memories' and the Problem of 'Uniatism' by Father Robert Taft, S.J.
Ecumenism and healing of memories; ecclesiological issues?