Wednesday, October 17, 2018

First Things: LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD-2018: #11
October 17, 2018 / by Xavier Rynne II
The eleventh in a series of reports on Synod-2018.

"The Simplicity and Subtlety of St. Thomas's Fifth Way"

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Crisis Magazine: Cardinal Ouellet’s Response to Archbishop Viganò Lacks Credibility by JOHN M. MCCARTHY
Sandro Magister: The Wrong People Francis Can’t Get Rid Of

The School of St. Albans

I Hope This Was a Commission

And not hanging at the monastery...
First Things: LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD-2018: #10
October 16, 2018 / by Xavier Rynne II
It is crucial that there be a clean, transparent, and agreed-upon mechanism by which the Synod fathers can register their judgments issue by issue.

Matthew 20:25

Kyrie eleison. We deserve greater chastisement.

The Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has Considered it Impossible to Remain in the Eucharistic Communion with the Patriarchate of Constantinople

Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Russian Church

Metropolitan Hilarion: Decisions taken by Constantinople run contrary to canonical Tradition of the Orthodox Church

Homo Abyssus

From 2017: Stephen Brock, "Thomas Aquinas, the Bearer of Practical Truth, and the Rationality of Action"

Monday, October 15, 2018

The Papal posse with Raymond Arroyo

First Things: LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD-2018: #9
October 15, 2018 / by Xavier Rynne II
The ninth in a series of reports on Synod-2018.

Changing the Practice of the Sacraments of Initiation for Children?

In areas where infant morality is low, can a case be made that for some children, the giving of the sacraments of initiation should be delayed until they have been properly catechized and can choose to receive them? Here I am thinking of children whose parents have been poorly catechized and have a non-existent prayer life, and have very little to give to their children. Is it proper to expect the parish priest (or parish community) to shoulder the burden of preparing their children to become Christians? Should there be a more serious examination of whether parents are actually ready to educate their children before administering the sacraments of initiation to the children?

Psaltikon and Manuel Chrysaphes

From 2017: Stephen Brock - "Aquinas and the Life of the Mind"

Sunday, October 14, 2018

A One-Sided Examination of Paul VI

Focused entirely on Humanae Vitae.

NCReg: My Wife is Catholic Because of Pope Paul VI by Shaun McAfee
We couldn't be more grateful to those faithful Catholics who brought us sweetly and courageously into the Church, and now, we await the official recognition that Pope Paul VI is a saint.

And another...

Paul VI’s Canonization Presents an Opportunity by Matthew E. Bunson
Recalling the Pope’s Prophetic Papacy

And the world didn't end...

But will it be an embarrassment and a PR disaster for the Patriarchate of Rome in the future? Or will everyone have forgotten the controversy in 100 years? (Will there be a true cult of Paul VI by then?)

A Diagram

The Metaphysics of Prayer

An Oldie

From One Eucharistic Prayer to Many: How it Happened and Why by FATHER CASSIAN FOLSOM, OSB

Somewhat appropriate given that Paul VI is supposed to be canonized today.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

Matt Fradd on the Jesus Prayer


Including Paul the Sad

The Seven in Heaven: Meet the new saints to be canonized this weekend


No in-depth look at the Pauline reform of the Roman Missal and its consequences.

"By canonizing John XXIII, John Paul II, and Paul VI, Pope Francis is embracing Vatican II and the changes it wrought in religious practice, devotion, the liturgy, administration, external relationships, and general outlook."

He already embraced Vatican II, or rather, a particular interpretation of it, and this is what is being pushed in the canonizations.

Edit. Guest Note: "Paul VI: the 'Pastoral' Canonization of the Spirit of Vatican II" -- by Fr. Pio Pace

One doesn't have to agree with the Latin traditionalists on liturgy and liturgical practice before he can agree with them on the Latin "progressives" and their attempt to claim Vatican II as their own. (Although there would be disagreement as to whether the progressive interpretation is the clear meaning of all of the texts, and intended unanimously by those drafting the documents.)

Friday, October 12, 2018

First Things: LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD-2018: #8
October 12, 2018 / by Xavier Rynne II
The eighth in a series of reports on Synod-2018.


CWR Dispatch: Ouellet, Viganó, and the true beauty of the Crucified One by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
If Cardinal Ouellet, widely acknowledged as a brilliant theologian, wishes to follow Mother Theresa and “do something beautiful for God,” then I think there is only one thing needful.

CWR: Prominent Catholic astronomers discuss the proposed “Hubble-Lemaître Law” by Justin McClain, O.P.
“Hubble and Lemaître brought different and complementary insights to what would come to be known as Hubble’s law — Hubble the observations, and Lemaître the model of the cosmos that obeys that law. But Lemaître got there first.”

Thursday, October 11, 2018

First Things: LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD-2018: #7
October 11, 2018 / by Xavier Rynne II
The seventh in a series of reports on Synod-2018.
CWR Dispatch: The cerberus of clerical sexual misconduct: a canonical overview by Edward N. Peters
It behooves all to understand what canon law does, and does not, say about these matters so that discussion of responses to the crisis may proceed more efficiently.


Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia and Monsignor Renzo Pegoraro in Papal Disfavor?

Sandro Magister: A New Team, or Rather Two, at the Vatican, on Life and Family Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, and the chancellor of the same.

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

First Things: LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD-2018: #5
October 9, 2018 / by Xavier Rynne II
The fifth in a series of reports on Synod-2018.

A Monastery


Monday, October 08, 2018

First Things: LETTERS FROM THE SYNOD-2018: #4
October 8, 2018 / by Xavier Rynne II
The fourth in a series of reports on Synod-2018.

Interview with Archbishop Sample

Posting this more on his reflections about prayer and reverence in liturgical praxis than his apologia for the EF in Latin or his theology of Holy Orders (as I disagree with both). Young Latin Catholics have been deprived of much, but who is going to provide them with what they need?

Maybe the Anglican Ordinariates.

Not a Promising Future

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

A Series from First Things

Edited by Xavier Rynne II

Blessing of the New FSVF Church

The Sacra Doctrina Project

Now running



CNA: Pope invites bishops to be open to new opinions during synod

Will it be around for 100?

NCReg: Holiness for Everyone: Opus Dei Marks Its 90th Birthday by Sabrina Arena Ferrisi
The community St. Josemaría Escrivá founded to emphasize sanctity amid ordinary life continues to impact souls.

St. Josemaría Escrivá Had a Special Love for England by K.V. Turley
Oct. 2, 2018, is the 90th anniversary of the beginning of Opus Dei. This summer marks the 60th anniversary of St. Josemaría’s first visit to England.

Always Pushing the Line

CNA: Pope Francis calls for a youth synod 'anointed by hope'

Let's make the synod a mini Vatican Council!

Interview with Bishop Schneider

Rorate Caeli: Wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with Bishop Schneider now available for free download

The Icon of the Last Judgment

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

About That Synod...

Crisis Magazine: An Open Letter to Archbishop Chaput Supporting His Call to Cancel the Youth Synod by JULIA MELONI

A Reminder

Is Francis showing his hand?

Pope approves new constitution for Synod of Bishops

Consecration of a New Temple

A Bit Like Gaudium et Spes?

Perhaps I am doing Gaudium et Spes a discredit.

CWR: The 2018 Synod: Key themes, deep tensions, and many questions by Thomas R. Ascik
The working document is an interminable and exhausting assembly of ideas and popular notions about the situation of youth in today’s world. Its predominant tone is not spiritual, moral, or sacramental.

A Failure in Progress?

Is there an agenda already at work?

CNA: Five bishops who could move the youth synod

Choosing Christ

Was reading some books about the history of Confirmation in the Patriarchate of Rome. Not it would follow that if children were to not be given the sacraments of initiation as infants, that the number of Catholics who fall-away later in life would decrease, as the total number of Catholics would decrease, and the only neophytes would be of adult age, or close to it.

Still, if it is necessary, as Baptists claim(?), for people to make a deliberate decision to become Christian before being initiated, then is there a case to be made, in light of the number of Catholics who fall away from the practice of the faith in their adolescence and young adulthood, that Catholics (and Apostolic Christians in general) should refrain from initiating their children until they've attained the age of reason or after? Or are we merely seeing the effects of generations of poorly-catechized Catholics who've never been properly introduced to the practice of prayer and Christian spirituality and made them their own just doing with their own children what their parents did?

Eastern Christian Books: A Century of Ukrainian Struggles for Unity: Nicholas Denysenko on His Superb New Book

Eastern Christian Books: A Century of Ukrainian Struggles for Unity: Nicholas Denysenko on His Superb New Book

Monday, October 01, 2018

The Historicity of the Old Testament

In particular, the book of Genesis.

Some have tried to nuance their interpretation of Genesis (in an attempt to reconcile it with "science," especially evolution) -- but if Christianity and Christian faith is grounded in a historical narrative, salvation history, i.e. what God has done for mankind, then how can one "mythologize" certain books without undermining Christian faith? Contrary to what some Roman Catholics think (perhaps subconsciously under the influence of some exaggerated form of scholasticism), Christianity is not a set of abstract theological propositions which do not need the background of a historical narrative; rather our knowledge of God is through His actions, especially those directed to mankind.
Breitbart: World View: University of N. Florida and Pentagon Cut Ties with China’s Confucius Institutes

Saturday, September 29, 2018

International Orthodox Theological Association


If the "fire" or "heat" of purgatory is God's love purifying those who live in Christ from all remaining perfection, then why might hell not be that same love experienced as a form of torture by those who have rejected God?

(The glory of God, the light of those who have been perfectly transformed or deified is in contrast pleasant.)

Friday, September 28, 2018

CWR: Abp. Vigano’s new testimony has “special appeal” to Card. Ouellet, more criticism of Pope Francis by Carl E. Olson
The strongest words of Viganò’s new testimony are found in the conclusion, where he asks, “Has Christ perhaps become invisible to his vicar?”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Scott Hahn's Latest Book

CWR: How one Protestant's pursuit of the Fourth Cup led him to the Catholic Church

De Mattei Criticizes One Form of Ultramontanism

Rorate Caeli: De Mattei: The Disfigured Roman Primacy by the Successor of Peter Francesca Romana at RORATE CÆLI - Roberto de Mattei Correspondenza Romana September 26, 2018 The impressive rapidity with which events are unfolding one after the other in the Church makes one think that this is due not only to the dynamics of historical acceleration, but a deliberate choice by the agents of chaos to increase disorientation and paralyze the forces that are seeking to resist the rush of the tide.

A Sad Closing

Rorate Caeli: Dying Italian Dominicans Leave Behind Fra Angelico

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Consecration of Bishop Mariana Andreja

A Polemic by St. John?

Or a fair characterization?

An overview written in 1938
St. John (Maximovich) of Shanghai and San Francisco

The moral authority of the Patriarchs of Constantinople has likewise fallen very low in view of their extreme instability in ecclesiastical matters.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

St Elisabeth Convent Choir, Minsk visiting St John of Shanghai, Belfast

Kyrie Eleison

Protodeacon Vladimir Vasilik

Are catastrophic events connected with envy characteristic only of Byzantium? Alas, no.

Metropolitan Hilarion on the Future of Christianity in Europe

Pravmir: Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the Future of Christianity in Europe

On 18 September 2018, in Lisbon, A Junção do Bem Foundation organized a reception in honour of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, who is currently on a visit to Portugal. After the reception Metropolitan Hilarion delivered an address on the Future of Christianity in Europe.

original: MosPat

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Theologian Comments on the IL for the Upcoming Latin Synod

First Things: THOUGHTS ON THE INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS by Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

The Latest Vatican-China Development

Vatican Press Office announces a ‘Provisional Agreement’ between China and the Holy See, the beginning of a process, says Greg Burke
The Provisional Agreement concerns the appointment of bishops. The Global Times today cited China’s Foreign Ministry, which denied the presence in Beijing of a Vatican delegation. China’s leadership appears divided on the matter. The goal of this “accord is not political but pastoral”.

The excommunication of seven illegitimate bishops lifted, the new Diocese of Chengde established for Mgr Guo Jincai

Card Parolin on the importance of the agreement between China and the Holy See on the appointment of bishops

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs unaware of any visiting Vatican delegation by Wang Zhicheng

Card Pietro Parolin also appears to have distanced himself from any imminent agreement on episcopal appointments. Mgr Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, praises China, calling it an influential power that respects human dignity and the planet. For him, the critics of the Sino-Vatican agreement are "a little minority", loud “but there are not very many of them.”

Card Zen on the China-Vatican agreement: Saying nothing in many words by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

Cdl. Zen calls for Vatican secretary of state Parolin to ‘resign’ over ‘betrayal’ in China deal

Provisional agreement between China and Holy See raises many questions, highlights tensions by Christopher R. Altieri
The central question is whether the Church can trust this Chinese government, and whether Chinese Catholics can trust this Papal administration not to give away the store.

Bound to Disappoint Some of the Latin Conspiracy Theorists

NCReg: Benedict XVI Discusses His Resignation in Newly Published Letters Edward Pentin

Portland is Fortunate

NCReg: Archbishop Sample Emphasizes ‘Liturgy According to the Mind, Heart of the Church’ by Joseph Pronechen

The Portland Archdiocese issues a liturgical handbook to ensure greater reverence for the Eucharist and the Mass.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Mind of the Ukrainian Catholic Patriarch is Revealed

Does he endorse the use of violence to bring the break-away parts of Ukraine back under the political control of Ukraine? If so, how does he justify this? Does he deny that there is a right to secession and self-determination?

CWR: Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk discusses solidarity, patriotism, power for a free Ukraine by Deborah Castellano Lubov

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says that a free Ukraine is strengthened by solidarity and patriotism, while noting that “patriotic feelings are neutral” and “they must be evangelized.” His Beatitude recalls the so-called revolution of dignity [...]

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CWR: Cardinal Müller: “Corruption of doctrine always brings with it the corruption of morals” by CWR Staff

“The root of this evil is not clericalism, whatever that might be, but rejection of the truth and moral licentiousness.” Homily at the priestly ordination […]

Come Holy Spirit

or the prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

If the first part of the petition is addressed to the Holy Spirit, does it make sense to ask the Holy Spirit to send forth His Spirit? The second part is addressed to God the Father, so wouldn't it make more sense to include this part:

"Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth."

after that?

As that is taken from Psalm 104, verse 30, can it be argued that it is actually addressing Christ (and the Father)?

Introduction to Christianity at 50

A conference at Notre Dame.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

A Dossier for the Devil's Advocate

If there had been one. Thanks to Pray Tell: Paul VI on liturgical reform Part 6

Veni Creator Spiritus

Given that it was supposedly written by Rabanus Maurus (c. 8th ce), one shouldn't be surprised that the hymn reflects a Latin Pneumatology (with one of its sourcesbeing St. Augustine?).

An attempt to increase the authority of the next synod. For what purpose?

cna: Pope approves new constitution for synod of bishops

Edward Pentin

Adam DeVille's Review of John O'Malley's Book on Vatican I

Vatican I, Pius IX and the Problem of Ultramontanism

America Article on Bishop Milan

Fr. Dominic Legge on the Holy Trinity

The Prayer of Jesus, Unveiling the Mystery of the Holy Trinity

Sunday, September 16, 2018

CWR: Why the Church needs philosophy: On the 20th anniversary of Fides et ratio by Joseph G. Trabbic

The philosophical currents that troubled John Paul II two decades ago and moved him to write Fides et ratio haven’t disappeared. […]

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Lord, Have Mercy

We need to pray, with everything that is going on between Constantinople and Moscow, with Ukraine in the middle.


Rorate Caeli: Benediction of the Conventual Church - Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer by New Catholic

The new conventual church of the wonderful Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer (an order of Priests and Brothers dedicated exclusively to the Traditional Dominican rite and customs), in Chéméré-le-Roi, in Mayenne, France, will be dedicated with a Pontifical Mass celebrated by the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Abp. Guido Pozzo, on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, Sep.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Rorate Caeli: De Mattei: The Church and the Men of the Church

The courageous denunciation of ecclesiastical scandals made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has generated the consensus of many, but also the displeasure of others, convinced that everything discrediting the representatives of the Church should be covered up by silence. This desire to safeguard the Church is understandable...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

If he is serious, he will resign.

CWR: Is Pope Francis serious about addressing abuse crisis and its causes? by Christopher R. Altieri
Francis apparently believes that airing bishops’ dirty laundry is not the right thing to do—and that is a large part of the attitude that got us to this point in the first place.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The College of Cardinals

Fr. Keenan needs to get over his Latincentricism. The college of Cardinals should reverted into the special form of the local synod of the Church of Rome, concerned only with matters of the Church of Rome. It should have no role to play in the Church Universal.

CWR: Should the Church have women cardinals? As we speak about power in the Church, we must ask: is this not simply a form of clericalism, a phenomenon much decried by Pope Francis? by Nicholas Senz

Saturday, September 08, 2018

The Issue at Hand

Taking The Gay Priest Issue Seriously by Rod Dreher
The cognitive dissonance within the Catholic Church around homosexuality has reached a breaking point

Friday, September 07, 2018

Greater Use of Traditional Iconography Will Save the Church?

CWR Dispatch: Iconography workshop emphasizes beauty of sacred art, Eastern liturgies by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille

The “Beauty Will Save theWorld” summer camp is an iconography workshop that includes discussions about beauty and vocations, all held together by sung liturgical prayer.

CNA: Letter acknowledges Vatican receipt of allegations against McCarrick in 2000

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Resigning the Episcopal Office

CWR: Now it is not the time to “turn down the temperature” by Edward N. Peters
Sometimes even allies offer advice that is ill-conceived, and I think that applies to some of what Fr. Raymond de Souza wrote recently for the National Catholic Register.


Synaxis of the Patriarchate of Constantinople

Byz TX: Synaxis of Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne

Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA gives a report.

Archbishop Viganò Comments on Videos


Fr. Z: Why was Archbp. Viganò publicly polite to disgraced ex-Card McCarrick? Answered.

De Mattei on Archbishop Viganò

Rorate caeli: De Mattei: Archbishop Viganò - punished for telling the truth?

Probably Won't Be Negative on the Current Pontificate

Fr. Z: New book by Jesuit @antoniospadaro about Francis

Dr. Rao Comments on the Crisis

Rorate Caeli: Op-Ed: "The City of Light under the Regime of Darkness: Historical Meditation on Current Events" (by John C. Rao)

The City of Light and the Regime of Darkness: Historical Meditation on Current Events by Dr. John C. Rao Monday, August 28th, the Feast of St. Augustine, followed hard upon the Sunday statement of Archbishop Viganò regarding papal delinquency in the chastisement of episcopal evildoers. Mulling over the possibility of some providential connection of the annual commemoration of the

Homily of Bishop Stephen Lopes for August 19

Catholic Herald

Something Rotten in...

Being Frank about Francis by Dr. Douglas Farrow

The McCarrick scandal, let us all admit, is just one powerful gust in the swirling tempest that now surrounds Francis and threatens to capsize both […]

Sunday, September 02, 2018

The Theory of Evolution and the Question of Death

Something to ponder after reading the following...

Russian Priest: Most Holy Men Denounced Evolution and So Should We “I’m not ashamed to be a daughter of the Heavenly Father. Let those whose ancestors are apes[1] be ashamed” by Fr. Valery Dukhanin (OrthoChristian)

Bishop Eleganti Interview

CWR: Bishop Eleganti: “The Pope’s silence is a classic non-denial!” by CWR Staff

“The attempts to rewrite the traditional doctrine that regards homosexual acts as disordered in themselves,” says the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Chur, Switzerland, “and […]

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Usual Suspects

Fr. Z: “Gay” Parade in Rome with @JamesMartinSJ and a bishop close to the papal inner circle

The Truth About Cardinal Müller's Dismissal?

Lifesite: Pope dismissed Cdl Müller for following Church rules on abuse cases

The Latin "Progressives" React...

Not going to bother to look for other examples...

America Magazine: Viganò's accusations: What we know and what questions they raise

Cupich Cries

CNA Cupich says interview edited unfairly and Full text of Cardinal Cupich NBC Interview

Fr. Rutler on Tattooing

The Morality of Tattooing BY FR. GEORGE W. RUTLER

There was a time, not in the hoary past, when tattoos were an indulgence of louche members of the demi-monde, as observed by Alexandre Dumas. They seem to have become [...] Read more articles The Line Between Holiness and Madness in Ron Hansen’s Mariette in Ecstasy Modern artistic treatments of religious life tend to share a few assumptions: first, that there is something sinister in a life of vocation, and secondly, that those who choose such a life must have some degree of psychological or emotional disturbance motivating them. If these stories feature a nun, priest, or monk as a protagonist, […] View more from the Standard Bearers View more from the Civilized

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

How Much of This is St. Augustine, How Much is Just Latin Theology?

Orthodoxy, worship, and Saint Augustine by Matthew Tsakanikas, STD
Doctrine exists for worship and not simply for itself. Doctrine apart from worship is barren.

Does this escape "functional Unitarianism"?

Thinking with the NuChurch Instead?

CWR Dispatch: Fr. James Martin is not thinking with the Church by Fr. Steve Mattson

What Fr. Martin writes and says seems guided more by GLAAD than by God, and is more aligned to the thinking of the World than the Word.

Christianity in Ukraine explained in 35 minutes by Right Rev. Dr. Andriy Chirovsky

A Defense in Which Modesty Is No Longer Primary

OrthoChristian: In Defense of Women Who Adhere to Tradition and Wear Headscarves

Is it a good angle for approaching the issue? Shouldn't modesty for the sake of the woman, and also for the sake of her brothers in Christ, be important?

Speculation about Luficer

Why Was Lucifer in the Garden? by Seraphim Hamilton

Adam was destined to be exalted above the angels, and Lucifer could not bear it. Envy incited him to deceive Eve, thus bringing about his own fall from glory.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Yes, the Problem is "Clericalism"

Rorate Caeli: De Mattei: “I will not say a single word about this”

Tsar Nicholas II Conference

Russian Faith: International Conference Honoring Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II

Cupich Must Go

CWR Dispatch: Cardinal Cupich: “The Pope has a bigger agenda”
CNA: Cupich dismisses Viganò claims as a ‘rabbit hole’

First Things...

The question prompted by Viganò’s account of his personal interactions with Francis, must be answered.

Archbishop Viganò's testimony deserves to be taken seriously, not peremptorily dismissed or ignored.

WHAT FRANCIS KNEW by Philip Lawler
Viganò's letter implicates Pope Francis in the very behavior he denounced while in Ireland.

More on the Viganò Testimony

Viganò issues new statement, documents to clear his name of false charges

A who's who of the Viganò testimony

October Is Around the Corner...

And Edward Pentin asks: Have Synods Become Vehicles for Legitimizing Heterodoxy?

Edward Pentin Comments on Archbishop Gänswein’s Comments

Archbishop Gänswein’s Comments Were Correct and We Stand By Our Reporting by Edward Pentin

Monday, August 27, 2018

Bishop Schneider Responds

Fr. Z: PODCAzT 167: Reflection of Bp. Athanasius Schneider about The Viganò Testimony

NCReg: Reflection on the ‘Testimony’ of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò by Bishop Athanasius Schneider
Ruthlessness and transparency in detecting and in confessing the evils in the life of the Church will help to initiate an efficient process of ...

Beginning of a Trend?

Or will "conservative" American Roman Catholic theologians continue to be silent about the latest regarding Pope Francis?

Scott Hahn on Vigano letter: ‘It seems like a good time to pray like never before’

In Response to the Smear Campaign

CWR: Archbishop Viganò responds to criticisms of handling of 2014 Nienstedt investigation by Carl E. Olson

The former nuncio to the U.S. flatly denies assertions that he ordered a stop to an investigation of then-Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and […]

"Two or Three Witnesses..."

Former nunciature official: 'Vigano said the truth'

Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Weekend Bombshell

Former United States Nuncio on the McCarrick Scandal: "Francis Knew. He Should Resign"

Related: OP-ED - "The McCarrick Affair: The Pope knew. Here is why he must resign." Francesca Romana at RORATE CÆLI - by Aldo Maria Valli August 26, 2018 [Rorate note: journalist Aldo Maria Valli is probably the best-known Vaticanist in Italy, since for many years he commented on the papacy in the main Italian television network RAI1, and also for RAI 3.] “Bishops and priests, abusing their authority, have committed horrendous crimes to the detriment of their faithful, minors, innocent victims,

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

One "Reunion" Council and Two...

ecumenical councils? What did the decrees of Florence really say about the papacy? Something for me to look up, presumably in Denzinger.

From a comment:

I would advise those who have difficulty with Pope Francis’s teaching on the death penalty to follow the guidance of the CDF given in Donum Veritatis, 27-31. Some of Dr. Peters’ comments about the ordinary papal magisterium need clarification because they could be interpreted as challenging the universal ordinary teaching authority of the Roman Pontiff, which is affirmed by three ecumenical councils: Florence (D-H, 1307); Vatican I (D-H, 3064), and Vatican II (Lumen Gentium, 22 and 25).


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Who Is Protecting James Martin, SJ?

CWR Dispatch: Whither the Church on “sensitivity” to homosexuals? by Thomas R. Ascik
To what degree does the campaign of American Jesuit Fr. James Martin become the agenda for parishes in the Catholic Church throughout the world?

There's no Space in the Curriculum?

If Latins seminarians and graduate students aren't even going to learn Latin any more, they should at least learn Greek in its place.

Schema-Archimandrite Tikhon (Murtazov)

OrthoChristian: “IT’S BETTER TO SIN BY LOVE THAN BY STRICTNESS” The Memory of Schema-Archimandrite Tikhon (Murtazov)

Monday, August 20, 2018

The Absence of Leadership and Pastoring

It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a bureaucrat to enter into the kingdom of heaven.

First Among Equals? Or the Final Arbiter?

One more thing from Ed Peters's essay on the change in the CCC:

But that’s where confusion sets in: while popes can, in a singleextraordinary act, assert something with infallible certitude sufficient to bind the faithful in belief or morals (Canon 749 § 1), no pope can, by a single ordinary act, assert something with anything like the equivalent force for Christian consciences.

If infallibility seems to be logically required for the Pope to arbitrate two disputing claims regarding dogma (and even that may be more of a practical, linguistic preference rather than a question about the reality being signified), or for the pope with a council to teach definitively (if infallibility is necessarily guaranteed only with respect to the act of teaching, and not also with the act of reception by the Christian faithful), then does it entail that the pope is infallible when he speaks alone, even if he has supposedly "consulted" the bishops of the world? If the Pope has no divinely sanctioned role as a "universal" teacher, and his role with respect to the Church Universal is limited to his cooperative role with respect to other bishops, speaking collectively as a body, then how can it be claimed that his "extraordinary" acts as a "universal" teacher (even if "taught" by Vatican I) are infallible? Where is the justification in the historical exercise of the office of the bishop of Rome in the first millenium for this?

Sunday, August 19, 2018

What if?

Could the split of the Protestants have been prevented if the Latins had first reconciled with the Eastern Chalcedonian Christians ealier, and instead of elevating scholastic theological opinion as dogma at Trent, written the decrees differently?

Then we wouldn't have a problem about bishops endorsing practically unconditional intercommunion with Protestants.

The Intercommunion Proposal of the German Bishops is Unbiblical by Brian Kranick

Why Pope Paul VI Should Not Be Canonized

Paul VI on liturgical reform Editor

Pope Paul VI In view of the canonization of Pope Paul VI, the pope of liturgical reform, in October, Pray Tell is occasionally publishing some of his most significant statements on liturgical reform. This helps us understand the Church’s understanding of liturgy, and also reflect on how far we have to go in implementing the teaching more fully!

Saturday, August 18, 2018

A New Setting

Latin Traditionalists!

Ed Peters on the Recent Change to the CCC

The death penalty debate and the Church’s magisterium by Edward N. Peters
I regard the liceity of the death penalty as having been established with infallible certitude by the Church’s ordinary magisterium.

The ordinary magisterium, one must see, takes a long, long time, to develop; it requires repetition and consistency over many generations, this, not simply on the part of popes but also by the bishops around the world, and even incorporates, to some extent, the lived acceptance of teachings by Catholic pastors, academics, and rank-and-file faithful through time.

This however applies to the theologoumena of the Latins as well.

"The Spirit of Vatican 2"

How not to design a church: Liturgical Music and Design: Jesuit Ministry in Slovenia by Bruce Morrill

Another Byzantine Jesuit

I still need to read his essay on marriage/divorce.


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ah, But What Sense of Sacrifice?

If the Chinese notion of "sacrifice" is not the same as that of the Israelites or the Apostles and Church Fathers, then maybe it is a good thing not to be associated so much with it, even though inculturation in other ways may be necessary. (Is the Chinese notion of "sacrifice" the same as that of other pagans, i.e. the offering of something to the Divine?)


Axios! Archon Mousikodidaskalos

You Could Guess from the Headline that Opus Dei Is Involved

Life of Spanish chemistry professor shows ‘holiness is in the ordinary’

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

More Reaction to the Zenit Article with Fr. Rosica

‘Francis Is A Dictator Pope — Thank God’ By ROD DREHER • August 14, 2018,

The Icon of the Dormition

The Importance of the Septuagint

Russian Faith: Why Don't These Bibles Match? - Psalm 14 According to the Apostle Paul Some Bibles read differently. The KJV and NIV readings are shorter, while the OSB reading is considerably longer. But which reading is correct? Have the KJV and NIV removed words from this Psalm, or has the OSB added to it? Fr. Joseph Gleason

Monday, August 13, 2018

CWR: Natural No Maas: The disintegration of the concept of all law in Luther by Timothy J. Gordon

Classical Protestantism is a voluntarist form of Christianity, such a radically different view of human and divine will that it must be differentiated from non-voluntarist Catholicism not only as a different sect, but as a fundamentally different worldview.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

CWR Dispatch: Edith Stein’s wisdom for a new century by William Doino, Jr.
A new anthology offers many insights into Stein’s thinking on faith and mysticism, Church-state controversies, the role of women, relations between the sexes, racism, suffering, and other topics.

«Οι Πατέρες και η έννοια της Παράδοσης» - π. Andrew Louth - Ακαδημία Θεολογικών Σπουδών Βόλου

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The Scharfenberger Proposal

CWR: The Current Crisis and the Order of the Laity by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille

Bishop Scharfenberger’s call for “an independent commission led by well-respected, faithful lay leaders” is far superior to Cardinal Wuerl’s proposal and reflects a much better understanding of the laity and the nature of the Church.
If the Patriarch of Rome has overstepped the limits of his authority regarding the Church Universal, is it appropriate to break communion with him? Is it sufficient to ignore his claims and commands if they are not legitimate? Or does there need to be a more severe censure in order to alert him of a problem?

Friday, August 03, 2018

A Mess for the Ruthenians

CNA: Bishop Olmsted named apostolic administrator of Arizona-based Byzantine eparchy

Cardinal Zen on Pope Benedict XVI's Liturgical Theology

Martin Mosebach on Pastoral Clergy

Modern Russian Relief Icons

Fr. Z: “HEY! Wait for me!” Latin of change to CCC 2267 about capital punishment now available.

Eastern Christian Books: Liturgical Subjects and the Byzantine Self

Eastern Christian Books: Liturgical Subjects and the Byzantine Self

Eastern Christian Books: Exploring Gregory of Nyssa

Eastern Christian Books: Exploring Gregory of Nyssa

CNA Article on the Change in the Catechism Re: Capital Punishment

Catholic News Agency: Pope Francis and the death penalty: a change in doctrine or circumstances?

Sex, Sex, Sex

CWR: The theological roots of the present crisis by Fr. D. Vincent Twomey, SVD
An ambiguous attitude to “human sexuality” on the part of “mainstream” moral theology led in time to bishops effectively turning a blind eye to sinful behavior among clerics.

Another Byzantine-Rite Jesuit?

Fr Andrij Hlabse, SJ, Ordained to the Priesthood

Knowing God: The Practical Importance of St. Gregory Palamas by Fr. John Boddecker

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Pope Francis and Capital Punishment

CNA: Vatican Changes Catechism's Teaching on Death Penalty, Calls It Inadmissible

The word "inadmissible" is sure to generate discussion about why that particular word was used -- Bergoglio's sidestepping the question of whether he is contradicting previous Roman teaching on the liceity of capital punishment, and turning it into an absolute prudential judgment with which "reasonable" people should not disagree? Or is it really a synonym for intrinsically immoral?

What do the other apostolic churches teach about capital punishment?

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

"Christ Our King and God"

How old is this expression in the Byzantine rite? Is there a danger of understanding the kingship of Christ, as used in the Byzantine tradition, by referring to the human analogate as primary, rather than the Divine analogate? (As there may be such a danger in the Roman rite, especially with the Feast of Christ the King? See the comments of Fr. Bouyer in Liturgical Piety.) The Word is to rule in our lives, by ordering our actions and infusing us with Divine Love -- and human kingship is to be in accord with this.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

IOTA Orthodox Asceticism and Spirituality Group: A Vision Statement

Archimandrite Zacharias on the Spiritual Life

Because People Are Still Interested in Ignatian Spirituality?

To know and do God’s will: A short Ignatian primer by Fr. Charles Fox

Ordinary Jursidiction

Setting aside the question of Pope Honorius -- if we take the first millenium as the model of how the papacy should be exercised with respect to the Church Universal, is there any document or utterance about the office of the pope by a pope, either alone or with a Latin council, that rises to the level of heresy? (There may be errors, especially in the application of proof texts, but heresy, or material heresy?)

Can one claim about having ordinary jurisdiction over the Church Universal without enumerating what powers that includes? If it is limited to being a court of appeal and being the final arbirter or adjudicator over disputes, including doctrinal disputes, would that be enough? Or would one have to refer to the (Latin) canon laws that existed at the time as well to understand what this means?

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Friday, July 27, 2018

CNA: Pope to theologians: Spiritual conversion should precede pastoral solutions
"the pope said a concern for migrants and refugees “provokes a metanoia that can foster ethical and theological reflection, even before inspiring suitable pastoral attitudes and responsible and carefully planned political policies.”"

The broad principle, as given by the headline, is correct; spiritual conversion should precede pastoral solutions. But the pope does not use this broad principle before examining his own thoughts on migration; is what he advocates in accordance with the order of charity? Should not the Church focus more on evangelization rather than dictating political policy? And if so, does the Latin Church have what is necessary to draw people into the Church?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Techniques for Meditation and Contemplative Prayer with Sacred Art

Alexander Lingas Interview

E. Christian Brugger on Marengo's Book

CWR: Marengo’s Lament: ‘The Birth of an Encyclical’ unwittingly confirms old truths by E. Christian Brugger

Pope Paul VI had no doubts about the truth of the doctrinal teaching he set forth in Humanae Vitae, but that he knew given the signs of the times that the teaching would be hard to receive.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

First Things: Aristotle Returns by Tim Crane

Neo-Aristotelian Perspectives on Contemporary Science edited by william m. r. simpson, robert c. koons, and nicholas j. teh routledge, 352 pages, $140 Raphael’s School of Athens depicts Aristotle and Plato at the center of a group of ancient Greek philosophers modeled on . . . . Continue Reading »