Saturday, May 27, 2017

St. Gennadios Scholarios

I was wondering if there was a local cult to this patriarch of Constantinople, but then was reminded that some regard him as having been canonized, so I had to double-check.

Perhaps it is time to promote his cult and have more icons of him painted.

How Much for That Cover?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Orthodox Choir of Monastery Kovilj

"Orthodox Latin-Greek Western Rite Chant" - I don't think the Latin comes in until after a minute or so...

Dale Ahlquist on the Chesterton Option

The Dispatch

Plenty of economic localism -- but is it enough? Even Catholics are clueless with respect to community-formation.

The Patristic View of Sex or Marital Relations

Was there a consensus?

James Brundage, Law, Sex, and Christian Society in Medieval Europe
Google Books

Mentioned here by someone who is not particularly orthodox, iirc.

Still, is some sort of revision necessary, not for the basic precepts regarding our sexual powers, but with respect to our attitudees and understanding of the virtues pertaining to those powers and marital relations?

The conjugal act: as God originally intended or a concession to the Fall?

Infants and children may need sensible signs of affection and touch by parents for their emotional/mental health and to flourish, and this may be true of adults to an extent that we may not realize. Would we say that this is merely concupiscence, our desire to touch and to be touched? In so far as it is non-rational, maybe some would. (Concupiscence is not just a condition of the sexual appetite but of the appetite for nutrition as well, and what else? Hunger, indeed.) A consequence of the fall, an increased animality or manifestation of the "sensitive" aspect of the soul? Maybe, maybe not. But a real feature of human beings in this world, nonetheless. So why wouldn't it be the case with how men and women, or husbands and wives relate to one another? Is something to be condemned or criticized or merely permitted because it is "too" carnal, or not "spiritual" enough? What if there is a natural teleology to certain acts of touch that we may be tempted to dismiss because we think we shouldn't need them?

What of the prophecy of St. Paisios?

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

When there is no political community at large, just an aggregate of individual/families held together by force, what are the rules of war for those legitimately seeking to create a community?

Not Solesmes

Monday, May 22, 2017

World's Largest Mosaic arrives to decorate Belgrade's Cathedral

Icons of Sound Project - Trisagion


The Voice of Hagia Sophia

What would a female version of this sound like? Could someone even like Divna Ljubojević pull it off? Perhaps, but would it be as effective and awesome? I think I have heard women trying to hold a note for an extended period of time in Gregorian chant (maybe polyphony?)?

Orientale Lumen XXI

Next month.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017

How much is tuition?

Chesterton Academy

CWR Dispatch: How do we teach beauty? by Dale Ahlquist
Chesterton says, “Wherever men are happy, they will build beautiful things.” The modern world is ugly because we are unhappy. The modern world is ugly because we do not love the modern world.

Interview with Tracey Rowland

CWR: Tracey Rowland's Guide Through the Catholic Academic "Zoo" by Carl E. Olson

"Theology is important because it is all about reasoning about the highest things. It is the one thing a person doesn’t want to get wrong in life because it affects one’s eternal destiny."

Person in the Christian Tradition

Theotokos Institute of Catholic Studies (alt)

(via Byz, TX)

The Marian Option

The Marian Option by Carrie Gress

Related: Why "the Marian Option" is not optional today

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Pascha Gospels of the Byzantine Rite

Before the Fall...

Would the body be indestructible or impervious to injury (a preternatural gift) or would it be subject to a miraculous healing immediately or mediately by some gift of God? If the former, would the emotion of fear (with respect to physical dangers) have existed?

Monday, May 08, 2017

CWR: He shall be called “Father Benedict” by James Day
Joseph Ratzinger has adopted many names throughout his lifetime. He is one of few popes known for his significant contributions to faith and culture before assuming Benedict XVI.

"Love Your Neighbor"

Saturday, May 06, 2017

A Difference in Traditions

CWR: Lessons from the Prophetess of Eucharistic Love by Paul Senz
Saint Mary Magdalene, says Fr. Sean Davidson, author of a new book on her life and example, "is the perfect adorer of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Gospels."

I Hope This is Good

Wow, Part 8 Already

I have not been keeping up with this series...

I'm Not Tempted to Look Back

Had a short talk with a friend and we touched upon the current state of the Roman rite...

A Temple to Visit in Vegas

St. Paul the Apostle

The Mystical Life

Religious Art

More by Aidan Hart

A Couple of Interesting Entries from Fr. Hunwicke

Uncreated Light?
The protohistory of the Ordinariates

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Holy Job

Why not St. John the Forerunner as Well?

Why shouldn't he be named a patron of the Universal Church?

Or is this feast really tied to the Latin devotion to the Holy Family?

Does Rome really speak for the Universal Church in this matter? (Like canonizations and naming doctors of the Church, isn't this only in reference to its own liturgical calendar and cultus?)

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Biblical Thomism

The Present Crisis in the Patriarchate of Rome

It is probably not correct to trace it as a consequence of ecclesial trends prior to and culminating in the Council of Trent, much less to intellectual trends alone, but one must also take into consideration the development of the modern nation-state (with its roots in the centralization of power by nationalist kings) and how the Church responded accordingly.

It's not just neo-scholasticism or Tridentine Roman Catholicism that is the problem, though they do have a major effect on the Church's ability to evangelize.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

What is the diaconate?

Fr. Hunwicke: What is the Diaconate? and Diaconia in the Tradition of the Roman Church (1)

Homo economicus is actually Homo servus

The illusion of economic freedom is just that.

Economic productivity has been extracted by powers outside the home, leaving little economic freedom that is rooted in a domestic economy. And now, even women have been taken out of the home so they can be turned into consuming/producing units in service of those holding economic power.

Without cheap energy to sustain the system and the consolidation of economic and political power by the few, feminism would not be possible.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

CWR: The Mosque, the Manger, and Modernity by Carl E. Olson

“Where secularism takes God out of the public forum,” says Peter D. Beaulieu, author of Beyond Secularism and Jihad, “Islam takes the public forum out of man.”

Christos Anesti

Lord have mercy

Wipf and Stock Interview with William Cavanaugh

Friday, April 28, 2017

Pope Francis in Egypt

CWR Dispatch and CNA: Full text of joint statement by Pope Francis and Tawadros II
"The tragic experiences and the blood shed by our faithful who were persecuted and killed for the sole reason of being Christian, remind us all the more that the ecumenism of martyrdom unites us and encourages us along the way to peace and reconciliation."

The Eucharist as Politics - William Cavanaugh

Monday, April 24, 2017


That the reviewer labelled Dreher a formal schismatic. And he finds the solution to the crisis facing Latin Catholic churches in the West to be Latin traditionalism. (Of course he would!)

Rorate Caeli: Review: The Benedict Option

Православие в Японии

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Стихеры Пасхе - старообрядцы

via Byz, TX


A Thought

Do belief in the prophecies of St. Paisios and dreams of a resurgent Constantinople hinder restoration of communion between the Churches?

Perhaps the chastisement of Constantinople is not yet complete.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Anne-Marie Pelletier

1P5: New Book Honoring Benedict XVI Includes Essay from Defender of “Remarriage” by Maike Hickson

God Save Benedict!

Crisis: A Pope Turns Ninety by Regis Martin

What should be done about James Martin, SJ?

Crisis: New Ways Ministry’s “Fr. James Martin Effect” by Deacon Jim Russell

Is it possible to reform the Society of Jesus from the bottom up? Or does its Constitutions require a top-bottom reform? If these rogue priests cannot be disciplined by the order then the order should be suppressed.

What is the new Latin emphasis?

If it is no longer the Passion, is it a sentimental or Pelagian understanding of the Resurrection?

Crisis: Revisiting Jim Bishop’s The Day Christ Died by Michael De Sapio

Orthodox TOB?

Singing the Liturgy

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The "Council" of Crete

The announcement of the lecture:

The Canon of St. Andrew

Initial Rite of Preparation of Holy Chrism



Bishop Nicholas Samra on the Ministries of the Parish

I think the "socialization" aspect is rather incomplete and needs to be developed at length so that there is a proper discussion of the friendship that should exist among parishioners of the same parish.

Getting Rid of the Lavender Mafia Might Help

Along with the network that purposely weeds out orthodox seminarians. But these steps don't address all of the problems.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

A Problem for Married Priests But for Some Celibate Priests as Well

An insufficient stipend.

Byz, TX: The modern priesthood

Also Eastern Rite Canadian bishop reflects on married priests after meeting Pope by Inés San Martín (via Byz, TX)

Pravoslavie: The Week of the Veneration of the Cross by Patriarch Tikhon (Bellavin)
This is an article by St. Tikhon, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia that has never been republished. It was written when he was still an archimandrite at the Kholm theological seminary, which is now located in the territory of Poland, and published in the periodical, Beseda (Discussion), printed in Warsaw.

Parts 2 and 3

"My Soul, My Soul"

Silence in the Heart

Faith and Humility

From 2013

Pemptousia: Fr. Nikolaos Loudovikos: “Maximus the Confessor’s Eucharistic Ontology”

Fr. Nikolaos Loudovikos, “A Eucharistic Ontology: Maximus the Confessor’s Eschatological Ontology of Being as Dialogical Reciprocity”, transl. by Elizabeth Theokritoff, 2010: Holy Cross Orthodox Press.

Too Good for the Sanctuary

New Temple for Duchovny Dom

Photos: Cardinal Burke in Oakland

Here, here, and here.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Eastern Christian Books: Early Christian Family Life

Eastern Christian Books: Early Christian Family Life

Alas, the English Translation of His Book is Out of Print

Rorate Caeli: The Church and Asmodeus - Part 3 (and the fallacy of Theology of the Body) by Don Pietro Leone


Faithful attending Pope John Paul II’s Angelus discourses from September 1979 –November 1984 and hoping for catechism or pious disquisitions, would surely have been disappointed. Instead they were to hear him propound in all freedom his personal theories of sexual morality. We shall here briefly examine two tenets of the personalistic ‘Theology of the Body’, having already discussed the theory in detail in our book.

But is his reading of John Paul II's Theology of the Body correct?

Bishop Irenei on the Great Canon

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Fr. Bertacchini's Letter

Sandro Magister: On the Pope’s Desk, a "Memorandum" Against the General of the Jesuits. For Near Heresy

Fr. Bertacchini is supposedly a Jesuit of high caliber, and yet he can assert this:
"Such a grave statement should be reasoned out at length and in depth, because it is indeed possible to admit error in a narrative detail; but to call into question the veracity of doctrinal teachings of Jesus is another matter."

Fr. Hunwicke on the Celebrity Cult of the Papacy

Fr. Hunwicke: Celebrity Pontiffs

Pope Francis doesn't like personality cults, especially as applied to himself, and yet he does not he see that his actions lend themselves to supporting a personality cult? Another inconsistency to be explained by his modest intellect?

Friday, March 31, 2017

Akhathist to the Virgin mary

Cardinal Sarah's Address to the Colloquium “The Source of the Future”

CWR: Cardinal Sarah's Address on 10th Anniversary of "Summorum Pontificum"

The exclusive English translation of the message sent by the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to the Colloquium “The Source of the Future”

The Canon of St. Andrew

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

For the Aspiring Essayists

The Creative Catholic: Fr. James V. Schall S.J. on the art and vocation of writing by K. V. Turley
"One does not read books about how to write. One writes books that hopefully someone will read. Well read books are not well read for nothing. Read them."

Literature, History, and Liturgy

The Litany of...

Beginning to Pray: Louis Bouyer and the Gift of Good Teachers

I hope Fr. Giles Dimock, O.P. will publish his talk or make it available online somewhere...

The Psalms

Will This Be Adequate?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Deo Gratias!

Serves the bishop of San Antonio right...

Our Lady of Atonement Becoming One with the Ordinariate in the US

Interview with Amandine Wanert,

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Welcome Piece from Fr. Schall

CWR Dispatch: On the First Day of Spring by James V. Schall, S.J.
Noticing is one of the most important things about us. Or to put it negatively, our lives are filled with myriads of things we never paid attention to. We couldn’t mark all of them.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Something for the Feast of St. Patrick

When It Suits Them

A Progressive will be as ultramontane as a conservative...

Fr. Hunwicke: Apostasy??

Sacra Liturgia Conference 2017

CWR: Sacra Liturgia Conference in Milan to feature Cardinals Sarah, Burke; focus on Ambrosian liturgy
Interest in the international conferences, says organizer Dom Alcuin Reid, continues to grow, especially "amongst young people, men and women, and amongst young clergy and religious."

Roman Legalism

Fr. Hunwicke: Christine Mohrmann (4)

The ancient Romans were very legalistically minded. When they prayed to the Gods, they did their best to ensure that they covered everything; that they addressed the Gods by the right titles (and all of them) so that they could be assured that they were heard; that they asked for everything that they required so that an accidental omission would not frustrate their petitions. Christine Mohrmann showed that there is more than a little of this attitude in the prayers which comprise the Roman Rite of the ancient Latin Church.

Cardinal Burke in Oakland

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Gratitude as the Fruit of Repentence

Discerning the Historical Causes for the Fall of a Polity

I recall having read in certain Latin apologetic works on Church History that attributed the success of the Muslim invasions of the Christian world to the moral laxity and softness of Christians and their heresy (the Nestorians and Monophysites!). This may strike one as being an expression of Latin triumphalism, given the weakness of the Latin churches today

What if it is the case that the invasions were successful because the Christian polities were simply too weak? Must we find some moral blame for this? Or what if the polities failed because they were not Christianized enough -- not with respect to the "private" lives of individuals or expressions of orthodoxy, but because the polities lacked the excellence proper to it?

While those who lived with empire may have seen it as the only way to deal with external threats, what if they were wrong? Could it be said that the Byzantine theme system was close to being an expression of republicanism? Or were they effective purely for military reasons? What if despite the expression of public orthodoxy, the imperial government was not the form desired by God?

Would God save those who refuse to do what is necessary to save themselves? Lepanto, other victories have been interpreted as God intervening (especially through the intercession of the Mother of God). Still, Christians usually had to do their part in securing victory over the Muslims. While God's primary causality is not to be denied, and miracles are possible, what if God prefers Christian polities to participate in the Divine, in their own way, but attaining the excellence proper to them? Could God miraculously have intervened in preventing the Holy Land from being conquered by the Muslims? Did He withhold this help because of the private sins of the Christians living there, or as a consequence of other failures? Or did He have other reasons for allowing this to happen?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Not a Surprise

Dr. Mike Augros going back to New England -- President McLean Names First Members to Team for New England Campus

One Against Changing the Discipline

CWR Dispatch: The Amazon Indult? by Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas
For the sake of argument, let’s say that an indult were granted to the beleaguered bishops of the Amazon, can one suppose that it will end there? History teaches otherwise.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Not In This Pontificate

Perhaps never.

First Things: Return to Form by Martin Mosebach
A Call for the Restoration of the Roman Rite

It is a moral outrage that those who gutted the Roman Rite because of their presumption and delusion were permitted to rob a future generation of their full Catholic . . . . Continue Reading »

Not the One to Try to Implement This Change

Crux: Pope Francis Signals Openness to Ordaining Married Men

The Triumph of Orthodoxy

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Crisis: While Only God is Good, Everyone Can Be Perfect by Fr. George W. Rutler

Psalm 143 - Hear My Prayer O Lord

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

CWR Dispatch: Catholic Composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart by Paul Senz
His Catholic faith was the guiding influence throughout the life of possibly the greatest composer in the history of music.

Voice and Machine

Monday, February 27, 2017

Philology Institute Summer Courses

The Anniversary Was Two days ago...

Fr. Hunwicke: Regnans in Excelsis

The power of the pope to depose a Catholic sovereign is based on his power to excommunicate? Is the secular authority directly under the authority of the pope? What is the warrant from Sacred Tradition for this? I have to do some research on the theological reasoning for this as it has been a while since I thought about the topic when reading Church history. The good of the Church is greater than the temporal good? Even if this is the case, on what basis does excommunication necessitate that someone is deprived of political office?

Does the pope have the authority to immediately excommunicate anyone in the Universal Church, i.e. Christians in the jurisdictions of the other patriarchates? Or is this power only mediate, that is the power to confirm an excommunication or to deny an appeal, and for reasons other than just "subsidiarity"?

Eastern Christian Books: Ascetic Psychology and Physical Practices for Lent

Eastern Christian Books: Ascetic Psychology and Physical Practices for Lent

St. Basil the Great

Friday, February 24, 2017

This Weekend

Sixth Annual Florovsky Symposium

Fr. Patrick Brannan, SJ Has Passed

Old school Jesuit, a memorable teacher at the seminary -- his presence helped cement my interest in Jesuit spirituality at the time. Eternal memory!

They don't make Jesuits like him any more.

A Conservative Blog for Peace
Merion Station
Scranton Times
Breitbart: NASA Scientists Propose New Definition for Planets That Would Include Pluto

Russian Chant Revival

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017

CWR Dispatch: Michael Novak, Rest in Peace by Jay Richards
Novak, who died earlier today after a battle with cancer, had an illustrious career as an author, scholar, and educator that began during Vatican II and continued until his final days.

A Workshop with Theodoros Papadopoulos

Psalm 130

Friday, February 17, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

CWR Dispatch Cardinal Coccopalmerio's blow upon a bruise by Edward N. Peters (original)
The Church’s arguably two highest-ranking cardinals in the areas of canonical interpretation and the protection of doctrine and morals are in public, plain, and diametric opposition with each other concerning a crucial canonico-sacramental practice.

Eastern Christian Books: Mysticism

Eastern Christian Books: Mysticism

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Crisis: Mixed Signals from the German Amoris Laetitia Guidelines by Marie Meaney

The latest news from Germany does not engender confidence that the Catholic bishops have had any success in resolving the myriad problems that have plagued the Church over the past...

Saturday, February 11, 2017

CWR: The Hysterical Media Attacks on Cardinal Burke By Carl E. Olson

Far too many reporters and pundits confirm the observation of G.K. Chesterton in the early 1900s that much journalism is simply "bad journalism" and is "shapeless, careless, and colorless..."

Friday, February 10, 2017

CWR Dispatch: When it comes to liturgy, we're all mutually-enriching mongrels by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille

One of the many problems with Latin liturgical reform over the last 40 years was being too heavily influenced by German and Swiss sources, and not enough by Byzantine ones.

Holy Tradition

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Normally I wouldn't post something from NRO

And this piece is typical of the anti-Putin neocon outlook of the magazine; the author is George Weigel... but the representation of the Russian Orthodox Church is probably not 100% false: Meeting with Moscow, Rome Must Refuse to Bend to the Putin Storyline (via Byz, TX)

But the "Progressives" Have Discovered Ultramontanism Again

CWR Dispatch: Should the Mass reflect a pope’s personality? by Nicholas Senz
The liturgy belongs to the whole Church, across time and space; it is not to be manipulated according to the whims of each individual pope.

CWR Dispatch: Synod-talk, again by George Weigel
Why does the preparatory document for the 2018 Synod comprehensively ignore the contemporary saint who was a powerful magnet for young people during his twenty-six-year pontificate?

Monday, February 06, 2017

Prof. Kwasniewski Responds to Fr. Stravinskas

Eastern Christian Books: A.E. Siecienski on the Papacy and the Orthodox

Eastern Christian Books: A.E. Siecienski on the Papacy and the Orthodox
CWR via Il Timone: The Truth is Not Up for Negotiation
Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks on the meaning of doctrine and its relationship with personal conscience, ecumenism and the interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia".
CWR Dispatch: On “mutual enrichment” and “Universae Ecclesiae”: A response to Fr. Stravinskas by Fr. Albert P. Marcello, III
While the incorporation of additional Mass formularies is indeed foreseen by "Summorum Pontificum", great care should be taken in ensuring that these new euchological texts be harmonious with the ethos of the 1962 books.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Sovereign is he who destroys the exceptional by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
Vatican II famously tried to move beyond seeing the pope as a solitary sovereign, not least when the council rightly and thankfully rebuffed Paul VI’s request to say that the pope was accountable to God alone.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What can mutual enrichment do that a proper reform can't?

Either avenue will be opposed by Latin traditionalists.

CWR: How the ordinary form of the Mass can “enrich” the extraordinary form
In Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict hoped the celebration of the extraordinary and ordinary forms of the Mass would be “mutually enriching.” So what healthier elements of the ordinary form might benefit the extraordinary?
By Rev. Peter M.J. Stravinskas

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Way of Love

God's love

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The Use of the Apocrypha in the Liturgy

Ad Multos Annos!

CWR: The Docile Visionary, James V. Schall, SJ by David Paul Deavel
Observations on the life and thought of a remarkable priest, philosopher, professor, and author on the occasion of his 89th birthday.

Fr. John Guy Winfrey on Pistis