Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saint Nicholas Church, Mainz, Germany


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"