Friday, November 17, 2017

Another St. Edmund

Fr. Hunwicke: Nobis in hoc exsilio, Sancte Pater Edmunde ...

Local Liturgical Translations

Cardinal Sarah may be admirable in his defense of the prerogatives of the CDW and a traditional understanding of the authority and role of the Roman Curia, but is he right? Meanwhile even if it is proper to entrust local liturgical translations to local ordinaries, is now the right time for it? And is there a way to embrace liturgical translations without accepting modern nationalism and its fruits? That is what the recognition of national episcopal conferences does, at least -- they are not approving different local translations for a region, but a single uniform one for that region, regardless of the diversity of peoples and cultures in that region.

This problem should have been forestalled in the first millenium, had the Latins and Franks permitted the official use of liturgical texts translated from Latin into hieratic versions of the local tongues.
Rorate Caeli: De Mattei: Friendly Criticism of Rocco Buttiglione’s Theses

A Good Resource for Roman Documents

But it is not the well-developed theological treatise on political life that Roman Catholics need.

CST at its present stage of development is more likely to mislead and confuse than to clarify political questions. (Like the legitimacy of the modern nation-state.)

Newly published Reader in Catholic Social Teaching emphasizes traditional doctrine

St. Gregory the Wonderworker

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Missed This in 2015

Byzantine Empire—or Republic?
The Byzantine Republic: People and Power in New Rome, Anthony Kaldellis, Harvard University Press, 312 pages
By Brian Patrick Mitchell

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hank Hanegraaff Addressing John MacArthur's Comments about the Eastern Orthodox Church

The should be a movie for ultramontanists: Pope Francis, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Non-Magisterial Papal Opinions.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tuesday, November 07, 2017


Christian joy cannot be faked or forced; it is the gift of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the exercise of agape, ascesis, and suffering in Christ. It is certainly not the same as niceness.

Monday, November 06, 2017

The Chant Cafe: CDW Clarifies: Reports of Ecumenical Missal Unfounded
CWR: Superstition, Dissent, and Scandal? by Dr. Michael Sirilla
A brief defense of Fr. Thomas Weinandy Some pundits from both progressive and orthodox quarters have been quick to criticize and even condemn Fr. Weinandy and his missive to the Pope. Thus, a brief defense of Fr. Weinandy is in order.

Something to See in Tucson

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Friday, November 03, 2017

CWR Dispatch: Fr. Weinandy: “The USCCB strongly encouraged me to resign.”

The Origin of All Saints in the Roman Rite?

CWR: Fr. Weinandy was clear and direct. The USCCB was not. by Christopher Altieri

The Bishops had the right – perhaps the duty – to require Fr. Weinandy’s resignation. Nevertheless, the Catholic faithful in every state of life in […]

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

A Sacred Kingdom

The Frankish churches exercising authority over the secular realm: standard from erroneous principles? Looking mistakenly at OT antecedents?

Feser Responds to Fastiggi

Catholic theologians must set an example of intellectual honesty: A reply to Prof. Robert Fastiggi
How great is the mercy of the Lord that He gives Himself in the Holy Mysteries even if His ministers are unworthy by sinning against His truth in what they say and preach.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Pope Francis at the (Re)Thinking Europe Conference

Holy Jonah

CWR Dispatch: In Defense of Jonah by Alan L. Anderson

In the Reluctant Prophet we have the classic (and beautiful) case of God ‘choosing a crooked pencil to draw a straight line’, for Jonah is the perfect ‘crooked pencil’ with which to draw that perfectly straight line.

Nietzsche's Political Thought

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Cardinal Koch on the Protestant Reformation

CWR: Cardinal Koch: “The commemoration of the Reformation reminded us of what unites us”

“In the commemoration of the Reformation,” says the President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, “the emphasis was above all on what we have in common; but open questions still remain, as before.”

If Decentralization Not Now, Then When?

Sandro Magister: Francis's Slap At Cardinal Sarah. Behind the Scenes

Echeverria Responds to Faggioli

A Critique of Faggioli’s interpretation of early Ratzinger’s view of Scripture, Tradition, and Authority by Eduardo Echeverria

Massimo Faggioli’s naïve biblicism cannot account for different levels of authoritative Church teachings in Catholicism, with some being foundational, irreformable, and definitive, and others being […]

The God-Bearer

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Prokeimenon



Byz, TX:

Do we have naked women needing to be baptized by deaconesses? Do we have priests unable to go to widows homes lest they scandalize the village? Do we have male and female sides to our parishes that need deaconesses to keep the women in order during services? No? Then what role will they play as that's the role they filled 600+ years ago? Helping people through Christian charity? Does that need an ordained ministry?

If we're going to restore the order of deaconesses let us also restore strict sex divisions in and outside of the temple.


MoJ: Paolo Carozza on "the true Benedict Option"

Common Good Conference at UST MN

Three Historic Ambrosian Missals

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Theophilos III in Rome

The New Ritual or the Old?

Catholic Herald: US Bishops Publish English Language Translation of Exorcism Ritual

Of course the new ritual...

A Response to Fastiggi

Link to the article here.

The implication of Fastiggi's defense is that the Church's teaching on capital punishment is neither of the deposit of faith nor is it an obvious precept (or permission) of the Natural Law. In which case, then no mere affirmation or denial of the liceity of capital punishment as being of the Gospel (or of Sacred Tradition) now suffices, as it must be given a justification through moral theology and evaluated accordingly.

I have no real difficulty with the claim that the teaching on the liceity of capital punishment is not a revealed datum. But that it is not of the Natural Law, I need to see an actual argument for that.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Fastiggi Responds to Feser

Capital Punishment and the Papal Magisterium: A Response to Dr. Edward Feser by Robert Fastiggi

The issue is not so much whether prior popes were in error in their scriptural citations. The issue is whether their scriptural appeals qualify as definitive and infallible judgments of the papal Magisterium.

Monday, October 23, 2017

CWR: Liturgy, Authority, and Postmodernity by Dom Alcuin Reid

As our self-consciously modern liturgical rites approach their fiftieth birthdays we would do well not to cling to them uncritically. Nor can we follow postmodernity down paths of ecclesial and liturgical subjectivism.

CWR: On capital punishment, even the pope’s defenders are confused by Dr. Edward Feser

There simply is no way to make an absolute condemnation of capital punishment consistent with past scriptural and papal teaching. The only way out of the mess is for Pope Francis to issue a clarification that reaffirms traditional teaching.

Archimandrite Seraphim (Bit-Haribi) - Lord, have mercy!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Christ, Mediator and Priest

From Hugo Rahner's A Theology of Proclamation (Herder and Herder, 1968):

It is not a historical reality of great import that there has been a radical change in the way that the divinity of Christ is preached. The dogmatic conviction has not been touched in any way. Rather, it is the way that the dogmatic data are tied together and preached by J. A. Jungmann. In his work The Place of Christ in Liturgical Prayer, he brings this idea out quite well, as is also true in Die Frohbotschaft und unsere Glaubensverkündigung, where we find the following basic section: "The doctrine of grace in the apostolic belief in faith and catechetics." Due to the attack that Arianism made on the revealed and--in the early times of Christianity--rigidly adhered to and carefully pondered teaching on the divinity of Christ, great emphasis was placed on the fact of the divinity. The result was that in their kerygma the relationship which this outline had with Paul and the Fathers of the early Church was almost entirely overlooked. The heresy which showed how Christ became God had to be highlighted. From this came the danger that Christ would not longer be presented as the bringer of salvation, but that he would be presented to a certain extent as being empty handed so that people saw in him only the appearance of God, the visible, who has come into the world in order to receive our homage, or perhaps in order to instruct us through word and example. One does not pray any longer so much "through Christ" the mediator to the Father but "to Christ, God." Church and grace are much more readily conceived as the effected work of the Trinitarian God, in whose inaccessible light the God-man as the second person appeared to advance. Here lie the roots for the direction which prayer took in the Eastern piety, to pray to Christ. The typical way in the non-Roman liturgies (the French and Mozarabic, which grew from the bottom up and from which the last hot war against the Arians was led, is to pray to Christ as our God. One need merely refer to the daily prime to find the prayer stemming from the French: "Directly and sanctify. . . Saviour of the world." Here are also found the piety for Jesus which was so prevalent in the Middle Ages. It concerned itself almost exclusively with the love fostered interest in the deep authenticity which comprises the humanity of Jesus who is worthy of our love. So it was that they came to speak of the "Body of God," the "Corpse of God," and this was carried on to the notion of the "loving Father of heaven in the tabernacle." Even today one can find such references in very pious books.

Opposed to this notion the Roman liturgy contained (as Jungmann shows) the treasures of the prayer of a time in which the inner relationships of the early Christian kerygma were still vital. So there grew up in our time, when prayer life and dogmatic thinking are more and more formed in the law of praying of the Church, the desire for a preaching of Christ in the way that it was preached in the kerygma of revelation and the early Church. That is not a revival of the ancient pristine forms, not "an early Christian" playing of games (although they may frequently be played with), but the "today" of the lasting and timeless coming of the Word of God. Even today we can say, "Do not harden your hearts"! Our kerygmatic structure and restructuring must handle that which deals with the divinity of Christ, not so much following the path of the anti-Arian movement, nor even the patterns of the Eastern Christology (which people today prize as a continuing form of the Christology of the early Church, which it certainly is not), but rather the divinity of Christ ought to be viewed as it was contained in the structure of the apostolic symbols and in the sources of revelation, in Scripture, and in Tradition.

In a word, the fundamental thoughts that the early Church held in her preaching of Christ are as follows: the Logos became man, not so much in order to receive the adoration which we owe him, who is of the same essence as the Father (the trembling proskenesis, the veiled leiturgia, of which the Byzantine kontakien and hymns speak so joyfully) but rather, that through him each life becomes transformed in the Holy Trinity, which was lavished upon us when we became members of the race of Adam, and finds its fulfillment in the return to the Father through Christ, who is the source of life. It is Christ who is joined to humanity "eis ton patera" in the Spirit of the Anointed.

Jesus is the man, God, in order that his brothers might become deified. That implies two relationships: the divinity of Christ is the invisible mysterious shimmering fundament for his role as mediator which comes through the visibility of his human presence and so, therefore, that relationship with which he transposes humanity in the Father, "at the right hand of the Father," "always interceding for us." And further: the divinity of Christ is the prototype and basic reason for the manner and way that we received the previously mentioned dispensing of the new life, which proceeds from and returns to the Father. It is also the way that we achieve the sonship of grace, as the completion of the metaphysical sonship of the Logos. The divine birth of grace is the fulfillment of the special way to the Logos, the participation in the divine nature, and the spiritual fulfillment of this "spiritual life" both of the Church and the individual sou. It is the fruit of this completion, this birth from the Father, the communal love in God, and the breathing for of the Spirit. Only in the mystery of the divinity of Christ does one find the key for the whole and entire understanding of his mediatorship and at the same time the Trinitarian structure of our individual sanctification.


Has any Byzantine theologian/liturgist responded to Jungmann's comments on Byzantine Christology and the development of the Byzantine rite? I suppose I need to read The Place of Christ in Liturgical Prayer: Trinity, Christology, and Liturgical Theology edited by Bryan D. Spinks.

Fr. Rahner goes on to talk about the mediatorship of Christ in the following pages; is the account he presents that of St. Paul and the Apostolic Fathers? Or is it more Latin that he recognizes?

Archimandrite Seraphim Bit-Haribi

How to Make a Good Confession

Friday, October 20, 2017

Rome Reports Video on the Russian Catholic Meeting in Italy

Eastern Christian Books: Bloody Byzantine Streams

Eastern Christian Books: Bloody Byzantine Streams

Salvation in the Orthodox Church

(via Byz, TX)

The Hidden Christians

Sandro Magister: The "Hidden Christians" of Japan. Too Inconvenient for This Pontificate

Roberto de Mattei on the Latest Conflict

Rorate Caeli: De Mattei: The Correctio filialis and the Laudatio of Pope Francis

The Discussion Continues

Saint Irenaeus Joint Orthodox-Catholic Working Group met in Romania (via Byz, TX)

John Courtney Murray

MoJ: Georgetown Conference on the 50th Anniversary of Murray's Death

Another "Aquinas and the Greeks" Symposium Thomisticum to be held in Athens June 7-9, 2018


Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Departure

The Missionaries of Christ the Redeemer.

I had not heard of the Institute Id of Christ the Redeemer and its charism before until last night at Theology on Tap. I'll have to look into it and its founder, Fernando Rielo, more and see how they fits in with the history of Latin spirituality. (Or Spanish spirituality and theology, for that matter -- quite a few appeals to San Juan de la Cruz last night.) What work are they doing in Spain?

Galatians 1:8

"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed."

And this includes bishop or patriarch, especially now with the Gospel being replaced by the heresy of liberalism. Pick one: nature and natural law or liberalism and some version of blank slate. You can't have both.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Putting the Local Church in Charge of Liturgical Translations

The wrong time for decentralization and liturgical reform -- especially if no Latin bishop is prepared to excommunicate other bishops for heterodoxy or to bring them to trial for malfeasance. Otherwise I would be sympathetic to having translations of the liturgy into hierartic versions of the local language, instead of the national language, which lends credence to the claims of the modern nation-state and modern nationalism. If bishops are do not have a localist mindset or have not been inculturated into the local culture and language, why bother?

Pray Tell: On Things Liturgical, The Gap Between Francis and Cardinal Sarah Just Got Wider October 14, 2017 by Anthony Ruff, OSB
Sandro Magister: Even the Philosophers Are "Correcting" Each Other. Buttiglione and Pierantoni in a Duel Over "Amoris Laetitia"

Eastern Christian Books: On Elisabeth Behr-Sigel's Ecclesiology and Related Matters

Eastern Christian Books: On Elisabeth Behr-Sigel's Ecclesiology and Related Matters

Friday, October 13, 2017

Pope Francis is the Continuation of Vatican II

In his words and in his actions he is a living demonstration of the limits of the papal office.

Old Testament Saints in the Roman Rite?

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Localist conception of authority can be summed up as follows: "If you don't truly live with them, why are you trying to make
decisions for them?"

That is the truth to the American conservative or libertarian mantra, "Live and let live." (As opposed to being an endorsement of tolerance at the individual or family level.)

Important Dates

But is one council the same in historical and ecclesial importance as the other?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Sandro Magister: Conclave Trials, with Parolin in Pole Position

Any possibility of a bishop of a small Italian diocese becoming pope?

Monday, October 09, 2017

Only a Latin Traditionalist Who Is a Thomist Could Have Written This?

Would non-traditionalist Thomists or Dominicans agree?

At any rate, the essay deserves a longer response, but I will say that charity has priority and primacy over all else. The problem may lie in St. Thomas's treatment of the virtue of religion, which may need to be reconsidered. (Can we say that religion is concerned with what is directed to the God as end, while the theological virtues are concerned with God as object, if religion is concerned with what we owe to God but charity is also owed to God?)

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Sex Differences and Intelligence

Men 4 Points Ahead

Renewal of the Liturgy

The preface Joseph Ratzinger wrote for the Russian edition of volume XI of his Opera Omnia --

Ratzinger: “Il rinnovamento della liturgia è fondamentale per il rinnovamento della Chiesa”
Pubblichiamo la prefazione di Benedetto XVI alla edizione russa del volume XI dell’«Opera omnia», edito dalla Casa editrice del Patriarcato di Mosca Nihil Operi Dei praeponatur

Zenit article

Ratzinger Foudnation

Eastern Christian Books: The Chaldean Catholic Church

Eastern Christian Books: The Chaldean Catholic Church

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Monday, October 02, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Roman Catholic Social Teaching Unlikely to Address This Point Any Time Soon

Crisis Magazine: Contemporary Tyranny and Catholic Social Doctrine by James Kalb

The usual view among Catholics is that public authority should look after all aspects of the common good. As a result, the social encyclicals have proposed a variety of responsibilities

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

CWR: A Conversation with a Traditional Catholic

“After our first Traditional Latin Mass,” says Matthew Arnold, author of Confessions of a Traditional Catholic, “I asked Betty, a cradle Catholic, her opinion. She said, ‘I feel like I’ve just been to Mass for the first time.'”

New CUA Press Books

Monday, September 25, 2017

LifeTeen No Good?

What is paramount in worship? Emotion or reason? "Both" is just a way to weasel out of answering the question.

The Reformed Roman Lectionary

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cardinal Caffarra's Final Testimony

CWR: “The Restoration of Man”: Cardinal Carlo Caffarra’s Final Testimony CWR Staff

The full text of a scheduled address by the late archbishop emeritus of Bologna, in which he provocatively states, “Everything that makes up what we call […]

Fr. Charles J. McCarthy

CWR: The Last Jesuit in China
CWR Staff

Dr. Amanda C. R. Clark’s book China’s Last Jesuit tells the little known story of Fr. Charles J. McCarthy and the end of the mission

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Human Condition

Too Much Mind, Not Enough Heart?

Rod Dreher believes there are some similarities in the spirituality of Byzantine Christianity and Buddhism: Robert Wright’s Buddhism. Would Syriac Christianity have the same similarities? Byzantine monks are often the first to reject any sort of similarity as being only superficial.

Our New Life in Christ

Why We Have to Suffer

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Friday, September 08, 2017

The Nativity of the Theotokos

Benedict XVI on Vatican 2

From Last Testament, the interview by Peter Seewald, p. 142:

Peter Seewald: Was it a mistake to convoke the council at all?

No it was right for sure. One can ask whether it was necessary or not, ok. But in itself it was a moment in the Church
when you were simply waiting on something new, on a renewal, a renewal of the whole. That wasn't to be something coming on from Rome, but a new encounter with the whole worldwide Church. In that respect, the time was simply nigh.

Some thoughts on the renewal soon.

Fr. Thomas Joseph White to Be on EWTN Radio

Eastern Standard Time

Thursday, September 07, 2017

CWR: Contemporary Tyranny and Catholic Social Doctrine by James Kalb

The current situation of growing soft totalitarianism is too recent and too disturbing for its implications for Catholic social action to have been adequately understood and articulated.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Liturgical Memory

Eastern Christian Books: Byzantine Canopies

Eastern Christian Books: Byzantine Canopies

A False Opposition Between Commandment and Love?

I hope the podcast is better than the summary. Law or commandment pertains to reason, love to the will, and God Himself gives us a commandment to love Him and to love our neighbor as ourselves.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

An Orthodox Take on the Effects of the Reformation

St. Phanourios

Model of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher

CWR Dispatch: The Catholic Church recognizes most of the world’s ‘civil marriages’ by Edward N. Peters

Catholics should not be misled by thinking that “civil marriage” is not usually real marriage or think that any approval of “same-sex marriage” is consistent with Church teaching—because it isn’t.


Friday, September 01, 2017

CWR: “Amoris Laetitia” and the chasm in modern moral theology by Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, SVD

Can the apostolic exhortation help bridge the chasm that, since 1968, has divided moral theologians in matters of sexual morality?

An Academic Appointment of Some Interest

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Two Jesuits Respond to the Nashville Statement

CWR: When some Christians affirm traditional moral teaching, other Christians freak out by Carl E. Olson

The angry responses to the Nashville Statement reflect the sort of “moral therapeutic deism” that has increasingly dominated the public square in recent years.

Sandro Magister: The Counter-Statement of Cardinal Sarah

Monday, August 28, 2017

Yes, the train is fine.

This is how a Jesuit spins the loss of vocations and decline in numbers and the corresponding reduction in need for administrative support and consequent downsizing.

"Our new province is part of the Society of Jesus' worldwide effort to restructure its administrative model, cutting down the number of geographic provinces throughout the world to foster greater collaboration amongst our works while enabling us to be more nimble to meet emerging demands in service to God's people."

-Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, Provincial Jesuits West

Aquinas and the Greek Fathers

Ave Maria University: Upcoming Conference on Aquinas and the Greek Fathers

Includes a short Q&A with Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Pertinacious Papist: Sammons and Lawler: why we pretend nothing went wrong after Vatican II

Three articles were published recently revisiting the confusion following Vatican II and suggesting how to make sense of it: - Martin Mosebach, "Pope Benedict's Red Thread," *First Things* (August 10, 2017) - Eric Sammons, "Evangelization, Vatican II, and Censorship," *Crisis* (August 15, 2017) - Phil Lawler, "Let's stop pretending: something DID go wrong after Vatican II," ** (August 23, 2017) The last article by Lawler draws the three together by summarizing points made by Mosebach and Sammons. Mosebach's and Sammons' articles, however, sh...

The Church is More than the Patriarchate of Rome

The knowledge of Roman Catholics remains abysmal on this point.

Making sense of Pope Francis’ statement about “the liturgical reform” by Christopher R. Altieri
The Holy Father is focusing his (and our) attention on the rational substance of the reform process.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

"Sure thing, Boss."

It is interesting how "boss" has replaced "sir" as a colloquial way of showing respect (to a man). (I have not yet heard a woman use this form of address yet.)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bienheureux l'homme, air de Valaam


If Adam had not sinned, would there be any sex differences? Would men and women have had interchangeable minds/psyches? How can one claim that men would not have been the head of women if there had been no fall, except by inferring (erroneously) that this headship is a consequence of the Fall or that it is sinful domination?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Does he even consider international law on refugees?


Trumpism, Terrorism, and Thomism by Joseph G. Trabbic

On Thomistic principles, Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees whose lives are in danger is not morally justifiable. Bans on other travelers and immigrants, however, are not as problematic.

Banning Muslim Travel to the US? A Thomistic Perspective on Donald Trump’s Proposal by Joseph G. Trabbic

Is there a moral obligation for the US not to enact Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim travel into the US?

More on Latin Silence During the Anaphora

On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Is lex talionis part of the natural law?

It is certainly in operation in the animal world. Even if it is a consequence of the Fall, can a Christian deny that it is ordered to a good, even if a limited or subordinate good?

Eastern Christian Books: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem

Eastern Christian Books: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem

Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, August 07, 2017

The Unia

Do Latins still use the Uniates in their apologetics/polemics against the Orthodox? "See there are some Eastern Christians who admit Rome's claims about the papacy and are rightly in communion with its bishop! You Orthodox just need to see the truth."

I am guessing that even in 2017 there are still Latin apologists who take this approach.

Given the lack of opposition by many Eastern Catholic churches to the pretenses of Rome, should the Orthodox not be wary of the restoration of communion still? Latins would deny that this is a legitimate form of dissent. But would it be possible for communion to be restored while there is still disagreement about the office of the bishop of Rome?

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Silence During the Eucharist

I have read only parts of Cardinal Sarah's book on silence, so my thoughts this afternoon on this are tentative. I would also have to review Joseph Ratzinger's Spirit of the Liturgy.

Let us distinguish between interior silence, which is recollection or the result of recollection, from exterior silence. Interior silence is a necessary condition for "active participation"; another condition which is needed for the perfection of active participation would be charity.

Would it be correct to claim that it is the position of Ratzinger, Sarah, Latin traditionalists and those who would pursue a reform of the reform that moments of exterior silence are an essential feature of the Roman-rite Eucharist? But perhaps even Roman-rite "renovators" would not disagree. (Examples at Pray, Tell: Where has all the silence gone?, A Silent Reality, Seeking Sacred Silence, Cardinal Sarah on Silence, Read Cardinal Sarah Accurately)

Rather, the problem with the "renovators," besides their failure to preserve the integrity of the Roman rite and use of all of the propers and a "few" other issues, is their advocacy of contemporary worship music, as well as their acceptance of an erroneous sentimentalism in liturgical praxis, especially in its oral or verbal dimension (culminating in the casualness which some take to be a mark of the turn to the horizontal), which destroy interior recollection.

What then of the Byzantine rite? It may give the impression that the singing of the Divine Liturgy is almost continuous. There may be some pauses in the singing, or after the readings, occasions of exterior silence. But these are short and not as pronounced as they are in the Roman rite? The practice of keeping a silent temple for the purpose of recollection and preparation is generally observed in Byzantine communities, something that has been lost in many Latin parishes in the United States.

Does all that singing constitute a form of "busy-ness" which perturbs interior recollection? Does continuous singing fatigue the mind? I think preservation of interior silence can be aided by pauses or longer transitions between sung texts if necessary. But if we become trained in frequent vocal (not in a loud voice but in the manner that Fr. Gabriel Bunge claims is ancient) and sung prayer (something that tends to be neglected in the United States at least) may it be that we can slowly become used to the entirety of the Divine Liturgy as prayer as well? (It seems to me that at home, private prayer should often be vocal or spoken as well as being silent when necessary, but prayer in common should be sung as much as possible.)

Not that the more sophisticated lovers of the Roman liturgical tradition are saying this, but some populists may claim that silence is needed for "private prayer" or "thanksgiving" as if the Eucharist were not a prayer or THE act of Thanksgiving. I would even claim that the adaptations and changes that the "renovators" seek to spread vitiate the Eucharist as prayer.There may be an
existential or spiritual need for private prayer if the liturgy is unintelligible (being in a language with which one is not fluent) and thus not accessible in itself as prayer. But that should be an indication of a problem with liturgical praxis.

What of the use of silence in other rites of the Church? Are there any such native breaks of exterior silence which are not Latinizations or consequences of persecution and a minimization of the liturgy?

Psalm 134

Friday, July 28, 2017

Blessed Art Thou O Lord - Ευλογιτάρια (Byzantine Chant) Pl. 1st Tone

Psalm 118

Blessed is the Man

(St.) Photios on Icons

St. Photius: On the Essence of Icons by Fr. Ted Bobosh
Living in the literary culture of the 21st Century, and being shaped by the literary tradition of recent centuries, it is hard to imagine that at one time Christians, like Photius, thought the pictured icon to be “truer” than the written text – a more certain witness to the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Elder Ephraim

The Elder Ephraim of Arizona: His contribution to North America by Igumen Gregory (Zaiens)

I will introduce this topic with a question: What has Elder Ephraim done for monasticism in our land?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

St. James the Greater

Book-signing by Fr. Thomas Joseph White

Elder Paisios

Closer Than My Own Father: Elder Paisios and His Spiritual Children, Part 1 by Ekaterina Stepanova
The path to Athos is open to men only. But in Greece there is a women’s monastery where they live according to strict Athonite rules and serve without electricity, by candlelight. This monastery, in the village of Souroti, was founded by Elder Paisios the Athonite, whose books have been so popular in the past few years in America and Russia. A correspondent of “Neskuchnii Sad” headed to Souroti to meet with people who remember Elder Paisios.

Part 2

New church of St. Paisios the Athonite consecrated in Syria

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Ivan Polverari

Ivan Polverari: Problematiche dell'iconografia oggi

ICONE OGGI - Ivan Polverari: Radix e Imago

2017 Hillenbrand Lecture by Bishop Steven Lopes

The Worship of God in the Beauty of Holiness by Most Rev. Steven J. Lopes

Bishop Lopes' June 21, 2017 Hillenbrand Lecture at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, where he offered a presentation on Divine Worship.

Marcel Pérès

The other 4 parts should be available on Youtube.

Fractured Chalcedonian Orthodoxy

‘Pan-Orthodox’ = Non-Orthodox? by Archpriest Andrew Phillips

Sadly, the phrase ‘Pan-Orthodox’ really means ‘only for selected Orthodox’. In fact, it means ‘for new calendarists only’ (thus, excluding 85% of Orthodox), and for ecumenists, modernists, freemasons and liberal intellectuals (thus, excluding 99.9% of the rest). How has this distortion of meaning come about?

Monday, July 24, 2017

Eastern Christian Books: Cyril Hovorun on the Church's Scaffolds

Eastern Christian Books: Cyril Hovorun on the Church's Scaffolds: At the end of May I noted some initial thoughts on Fr Cyril Hovorun's new book, Scaffolds of the Church , which I was then half-way thr...

Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance? What are sins that cry to heaven for vengeance and sins against the Holy Spirit?

There is no mention of tyranny in the Old Testament -- were tyrants seen as a punishment deserved by the people in all instances? If the list is scriptural, one should be hesitant to add to it, but what seem to be other candidates? Social Justice Warriors may have their own choices; I think of tyranny and the imposition of a feminist legal and social order, which is contrary to Natural Law. (Catholics who have been indoctrinated in liberalism would disagree.)

Jordan Peterson with Jonathan Pageau

Michael Augros's Latest

New: The Immortal in You: How Human Nature is More than Science Can Say by Michael Augros

A Single Calendar and Lectionary for Both Forms of the Roman Rite?

Is it possible?

Rorate Caeli: A common calendar and lectionary for the Novus Ordo and TLM? A committee already tried to make one up, and failed.

The three-year cycle needs to be discarded; imposing it on the EF would be a disaster.

Fr. John Whitford on Head Coverings

Uncovering the Truth: Head Coverings and Revisionist Biblical Interpretation by Fr. John Whiteford

On what basis does Mark Arey present his novel interpretations as if they were the correct Orthodox understanding of this passage? Certainly not on the basis of the Fathers. Certainly not on the basis of how the Church has always understood this passage.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Story of Pierre Haab

Pravoslavie: “Every Human Life is a Gift From God”. The Long Journey of a Swiss Catholic To Orthodoxy

Ceaseless Prayer

Ceaseless Prayer, Through the Apostle Paul’s Personal Letter by Deacon Pavel Serzhantov

Then the service ends. The pilgrim leaves the church and heads to the feast in the refectory. But at the same time, he hears the Vespers hymns in his mind—“Lord I have cried unto Thee, hearken unto me.”

Return to the First Grace

Return to the First Grace by Protosingel Arsenie (Muscalu)

Protsingel Arsenie (Muscalu) is one of the most respected Romanian spiritual fathers of our days. In this interview we offer to our readers, an experienced father confessor talks about temptations, warnings to young people on the path to Christ, and about how Christians can lose God’s grace.

Transitioning to the Eucharist

Saturday, July 22, 2017


1P5: Cardinal Müller: Pope Benedict “Disappointed” About Müller’s Dismissal by Maike Hickson
1P5: Jesuit Website Refers to Fr. Sosa as the First Superior General to “Baptize Himself a Buddhist”

1P5 Review of The Political Pope: How Pope Francis Is Delighting the Liberal Left and Abandoning Conservatives by George Neumayr

A Guest Book Review by Matt P. Gaspers*


New, but not improved... A Response to Public Orthodoxy, on the Creed by Fr. John Whiteford

John Fotopoulos and Aristotle Papanikolaou, in their recent article "Women and the Creed: Who For Us Humans and for Our Salvation," (published by "Public Orthodoxy") have expressed their unhappiness that the Greek Archdiocese has decided to use a translation of the Creed that is in line with pretty much every other translation that English speaking Orthodox Christians have been using for as long as we have had Orthodox Christians speaking English. They are offended by the use of the word "man".

The Translation of the Reclis of St. Theophan the Recluse

Translation of the Relics of St. Theophan, the Recluse of Vysha
The holy relics of St. Theophan the Recluse were secretly exhumed in 1973 on the territory of the Shatzk psychiatric hospital located in the buildings of Vysha Monastery, which had been desecrated by the godless authorities, and immediately taken to the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra. There they were interred in the basement of the Dormition Cathedral until 1988.

But Is There a Form of Depression That Has a Purely Physiological Cause?

A Priest’s Thoughts on Depression, Anxiety, the Soul, Your Body and Your Brain by Fr. Stephen Freeman

Somewhat problematic, I think, is the not infrequent distinction made between anxiety and depression as physical/medical problems and as so-called “spiritual” problems. There is no such distinction. We do not have “spiritual” problems that are not also physical problems, simply because we do not exist as some sort of divisible creatures.

The Spiritual Life in Depression and Anxiety by Fr. Stephen Freeman

A very poignant question was sent privately to me after my last post. It asked how I was able to go about my parish work when I was battling with depression and anxiety.

Orthodox Polemics Is Alive and Well?

The Orthodox Church and Non-Chalcedonians, Part One Christology/Ecclesiology by Igumen Gregory (Zaiens)

There are, however, many of both Chalcedonians and Non-Chalcedonians, who believe that all along through history, it was a language problem, a matter of semantics. However, St. John of Damascus knew their language, and he wrote against them. And if it was all along this language problem, then we would have to say that God made a mistake with the miracle He performed through the Great Martyr Euphemia at the Fourth Ecumenical council.

The Orthodox Church and the Non-Chalcedonians: Part 2 Deification: Pope Shenouda and Matthew the Poor by Igumen Gregory (Zaiens)

There is one more issue to consider which is central to the Orthodox concept of salvation, and that is deification. I will relate what I have learned from an Orthodox priest who is a university professor. This father is fluent in Arabic and has studied the Chalcedonian/Non-Chalcedonian positions.

An Appeal to Traditional Roman Catholics From an Orthodox Catholic Priest by
Fr. Victor E. Novak

New Book of Benedict XVI's Sermons on Priesthood