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

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Another book that looks at the symbols of the Eucharist at the expense of the meaning of the Eucharist?

Many such books have been written, both for the Roman rite and the Byzantine. (A problem affecting the other Apostolic Churches?) While I dislike the term "rationalism" being applied to those who seek to clarify the meaning of the Eucharist (Fr. Bouyer, Fr. Schmemann), at this point I think it is the correct approach. Seeking to enshroud the Eucharist in a counter-rationalist (even Romantic?) notion of "mystery" does not really help the laity develop a proper Christian spirituality.

Fr. Z: BOOK: Nothing Superfluous: An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great

The Importance of Having a Common Direction of Worship

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fr. Hunwicke Reacts to the News About OLA

Diversity?? (1) [with clarifications]
CWR Dispatch: Three ways to not deal with Canon 915 by Edward N. Peters
Or, three ways in which the "pro-Amoris" wing is trying to get around the Church's clear teachings about admitting divorced-and-remarried Catholics to holy Communion.


His latest: Maybe ‘adjusting’ Canon 915 is not such a good idea after all

Edward Pentin: Bishop Grech Defends ‘Maltese Guidelines’ in Radio Interview
Says he and Archbishop Scicluna are in “complete unity” with Pope Francis, thereby offering a “guarantee that the teaching is authentic.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Homily for the Closing of the Dominican Jubilee

Message of the Fifth European Catholic-Orthodox Forum (via Byz, TX)

More on the Stanford Hagia Sophia Acoustics Project

What is the justification for the regular rotation priests in the Patriarchate of Rome? Was it originally intended to prevent priests from accumulating too much wealth and power? We don't rotate children around to different parents, so why would we do that for spiritual fathers? Is a priest a mere functionary, or dispenser of the sacraments? Is it correct to assume that leaving a priest in place is more of a norm than not in the Eastern churches?

Eastern Christian Books: Alasdair MacIntyre on Ethics Amidst the Conflicts of Modernity

Eastern Christian Books: Alasdair MacIntyre on Ethics Amidst the Conflicts of Modernity

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Conclusion of the Dominican Jubilee

Christian Unity

Thinking about the taxonomy of Latin Catholics and the second Vatican Council... who were the "progressives" during the council? What did they seek to change? And the "conservatives"? What did they seek to conserve? The status quo? For the conservatives, perhaps, orthodoxy is identified solely with scholastic formulae, a tradition within the Latin ecclesial tradition but not the only one. Some of the progressives may have wanted to shift the expression of teaching to other traditions; the Ressourcement theologians for example wanted some sort of return to the Church Fathers. Does that mean all progressives were right-minded? There may have been some who were heterodox, seeking to change the beliefs or moral norms of Tradition, just as there are heterodox among Latin clergy and theologians today. And even if some progressives were correct that the Latin churches need to shift their expression of doctrine away from neoscholasticism, it does not mean that their judgement about necessary changes in discipline or liturgy were also correct.

How many of the Ressourcement theologians were willing to concede that what had been taken to be definitive expressions of Sacred Tradition by western councils and popes in the second millenium may not be so?

CWR Dispatch: A "Conclave" for Camelot by Mary Jo Anderson
Robert Harris's new thriller is about papal intrigue and Vatican politics; it is also an example of how progressives envision the Catholic Church changing with the times.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

CRUX: Ethicist says ghostwriter’s role in ‘Amoris’ is troubling by Michael Pakaluk SPECIAL TO CRUX

Petrine and Pauline Privilege


St. Paul and Minneapolis

The Church has the authority to dissolve nonsacramental natural marriages; what is the theological rational given for this? If natural marriages can be dissolved, why not sacramental marriages? (Why is there a higher standard, besides the Mystery of Marriage being a sign of the union between Christ and His Church, which is indissoluble?)

Can the Orthodox Way End the Divorce and Remarriage Debate? by Ines A. Murzaku

Something from David Clayton in 2015

Crisis Magazine: To Follow the Way of Beauty

an interview at Catholic Exchange

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Interview with Cardinal Caffarra

CWR: “Only a blind man can deny that there is great confusion in the Church.” (Crux)
An interview with Carlo Cardinal Caffarra about "Amoris Laetitia", the reasons for the dubia, criticisms of the 4 Cardinals, and "the division among shepherds"

Ed Peters: The Maltese directive makes answering the ‘dubia’ urgent (CWR Dispatch)
CWR: A Malta Laetitia by Carl E. Olson

Cardinal Müller says "Amoris Laetitia" is "very clear". The bishops of Malta say divorced and remarried Catholics can receive Communion. Abps. Chaput and Sample say otherwise. Welcome to Pope Francis' messy Church.

The Wheel Interviews Sister Vassa

St. Alexander Nesvky Cathedral

Nazo Zakkak

Iconographer Vladimir Grigorenko at Holy Ascension in Mt. Pleasant, SC

website for the church

Vladika Dmitri: A Witness’s Testimony

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Chicago


Rowan Williams: What the Russian Orthodox Church Can Teach the West

Sr. Vassa on the Incarnation

Sandro Magister: "Amoris Laetitia". Malta’s Sailboat Joins the Papal Fleet

Is the artist who did the cover of that booklet the same one who designed the logo for the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy?
Fr. Z: IMPORTANT: Interview with Card. Caffarra about the Dubia and ‘Amoris laetitia’ confusion

The Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Jerusalem

A Response to Born of a Virgin?


On the Messiah

Bishop Nicholas in CA

The Festal Cycle

Memories of St. John Maximovitch

Friday, January 13, 2017

Your Eminence, Is There a Danger to the Faith Now?

Ed Peters: The Maltese Disaster (via Fr. Z)

The Face of Mercy

The documentary has this going for it: Jim Caviezel is the narrator.


Discovering “the Face of Mercy” in the modern world by K. V. Turley
A documentary from the Knights of Columbus profiles several individuals who have been touched by the message of Divine Mercy.

Preparatory Document for the Next Synod

Found this tonight


Google Books

Published in 2001; probably does not have the material contained in Teresa di Lisieux. Il fascino della santità, I segreti di una "dottrina" ritrovata.

Apparently a copy of the latter book was given to Pope Francis in 2013, who took it on his trip to Brazil.

GIANNI GENNARI. Teresa maestra di teologia

If he had had read this book, would Louis Bouyer have revised his opinion of St. Thérèse and praised her even more? Apparently he was already aware of the difference between what is found in the edited manuscripts (which were nonetheless modified by Agnes) of the saint and what was marketed in her name but perhaps he hadn't made such an extensive study as Gennari, who tells the story of Fr. Combes and Hans Urs von Balthasar (both of whose work was used by Fr. Bouyer) and of others in recovering the true teaching of the Little Flower.

Saint Therese of the Child Jesus: An Echo of the Heart of God
CWR: Journalist Peter Seewald: Pope Benedict is “one of the most misunderstood personalities of our time” by Paul Senz
The German journalist reflects on his latest book-length interview with Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whom he considers among history’s most significant popes.