Saturday, May 19, 2018

Psalm 141

A New Book by Anthony Clark

CWR Dispatch: Can Catholics be Buddhist? New book compares Jesus and Buddha
Saying that Buddhism and Christianity lead to the same place,” says Dr. Anthony E. Clark, author of Catholicism and Buddhism: The Contrasting Lives and Teachings of Jesus and Buddha, “is like saying that two maps leading to different cities lead to the exact same city; this is nonsense.”
Sandro Magister: Surprise. Among the Francis Men Is One Who Is Defending "Humanae Vitae"

Friday, May 18, 2018

A Different Sort of Triumphalism

The triumph of Christ over death. And so Christians must be courageous in all areas of life.

Bishop Schneider: Christians Are Spiritual Soldiers Who Belong to an Army of Victors by Bishop Athanasius Schneider
COMMENTARY: Every Christian has a duty to fight against sin, error and temptation, including errors within the Church such as heresy and ambiguity in doctrine.

Fr. Z links to the text and video at LifeSite.

An Oldie, But a Good One

The Truth About Men & Church
Robbie Low on the Importance of Fathers to Churchgoing

Cappella Romana Coming to SF Next Season

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Archbishop Lefebvre Meets with Pope Paul VI

Ecco il verbale segreto dell’incontro fra Paolo VI e Lefebvre - Andrea Tornielli
Pubblicata nel libro di padre Sapienza la trascrizione del colloquio dell’11 settembre 1976 tra il vescovo tradizionalista e Montini. Documento utile per leggere certe dinamiche interne alla Chiesa di oggi (via Fr. Z)

The Year of Faith conference from the Nativity of Our Savior church with David Fagerberg 2013

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Asia News:

Pope Francis thanks the Neocathecumenal Way for its 50 anniversary, and sends them out on mission
Pope Francis meets with 100,000 members of the Neocathecumenal Way, together with 16 cardinals and 90 bishops. Representatives of dozens of Asian countries were present in the rally. The pontiff comments on Jesus words: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28, 19). Benediction of crosses, handed in to 34 members sent on mission ad gentes. Some of Rome parishes’ communities are sent on mission to Italian capital peripheral areas.

Eastern Christian Books: Byzantine Concepts of Personhood and Individuality

Eastern Christian Books: Byzantine Concepts of Personhood and Individuality

Sunday, May 13, 2018

The Eijk Rebuke

Cardinal Eijk, Pope Francis, and problems of governance by Christopher R. Altieri
The basic dynamic of this pontificate is quite clear, and it leaves far too much unclear.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

On the Met Exhibit

We have Met the problem—and it is ancient, secular, and us by Carl E. Olson
The Gala at the Met was a sad attempt to pretend, to think (or feel, more likely) that colorful celebration and rampant symbolism can capture or reveal the essence of Catholicism.


Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Faces Among Icons

But what sort of Christianity?

One that has been infected with liberalism?

Alasdair MacIntyre, the liberal anti-liberal? Or the anti-liberal liberal?

Tuesday, May 08, 2018


Cardinal Eijk: Pope Francis Needed to Give Clarity on Intercommunion by Cardinal Willem Jacobus Eijk
COMMENTARY: Failure to give German bishops proper directives, based on the clear doctrine and practice of the Church, points to a drift towards ...

Cardinal Müller on Intercommunion Meeting: ‘More Clarity and Courage’ Needed by Edward Pentin
The former CDF prefect views the statement on the meeting about Holy Communion for some Protestant spouses as ‘very poor,’ ...

Calcutta, United States

“Find your own Calcutta”: On Betsy DeVos’ address at Ave Maria University by James V. Schall, S.J.

Service has the connotation of some event or deed happening mainly from a spirit of generosity, not from pay or coercion. At the heart of the world we find gift, not only necessity.

The Making of a New Icon

Monday, April 30, 2018

More on Worship

This past Sunday the Gospel was the story of Christ's encounter with the Samiritan woman at Jacob's well, which features the word "worship." In Greek: προσκυνεῖν (proskynein). The Latin word used in the neo-Vulgate is adorare.

For Aquinas, he discusses the virtue of religio, under which he talks about latria (and adoratio) in (II II ae) Question 84.

There is no Latin for Gaudete et Exsultate yet, so I am not sure what the English word "worship" is translating. In the CCC, worship translates adorare/adoratio. But in the CCC, worship is also used to translate the word cultus. (Similar to how the English word was used to refer to any form of reverence and also to that which is due to God alone?)

Edit. I remembered to check the Italian text for Gaudete et Exsultate: "worship" corresponds to both culto and adorazione in the Italian text.


Old Catholic Encyclopedia: Christian Worship

Building Your Church Music System, Part 1

Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Complete Psalter

Is Liturgy More than Worship?

I have been considering this question for the past few days, in connection with Bouyer and Schmemann. Worship is part of St. Thomas's catalog of the virtues, but I suspect that the Latin equivalent can be found in the texts of the Roman rite going back to the earliest days, when Latin was first introduced. (If this is the case, was it a translation of a Greek word introduced by the first Roman Christians, or was it adopted later?)

Youth, liturgy, and the need for true worship by Peter M.J. Stravinskas

Liturgy – like the Faith it celebrates – never admits of an “erector-set” approach; good liturgy, true liturgy is received, not fabricated, and it takes seriously the human person in all his complexity of body and soul.

Friday, April 27, 2018

CWR: Female ordination advocates ignore theological truth, focus on power by Nicholas Senz

Those who insist that women ought to be ordained as Catholic priests do not simply want to serve the Church—they want to change the Church. […]

Unirea Canton

(via Byx TX)

Thursday, April 26, 2018

But Islam Will Never Embrace Historical Criticism

What If Muhammad Didn’t Write the Qur’an? by Will Jones

In Trust Feature on SVS Press


Greek Chauvinism

Does it exist today within Chalcedonian Orthodox circles? Do non-Greek clerics who can speak ecclesiastical Greek feel welcome among Greeks as equals? (And what if they don't speak Greek?)

Greek is no longer a universal language or lingua franca of the Church Universal, but of a minority of Christians. Is the language used as a barrier to entry to certain ecclesial networks?

I was thinking that it should be an ideal quality, if not a qualification, for the bishop of Rome to be be fluent in ecclesiastical Greek. But would this just reinforce Greek chauvinism, if it exists? Perhaps it is not meant to be for the Church to have a universal language (despite the historic pretensions of Greeks and Latins alike).

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Liturgical Scholar, Not Theologian or Bishop

Byz Tx: Sr. Vassa: There's no ontological impediment to priestesses

Is the rationale for the prohibition against women receiving Holy Orders (setting aside the claim by Byzantine Christians that deaconesses are a major order) merely that it has been prohibited by God or the Church? Or is there something more? Is Christ a male for a reason? Could the Second Person of the Trinity have become Incarnate as a woman? Could the Second Person of the Trinity exercise authority over men as a woman?

Fotx XI International Liturgical Conference

Eastern Christian Books: Tradition and Transformation in Christian Iconography

Eastern Christian Books: Tradition and Transformation in Christian Iconography 

Eastern Christian Books: Christos Yannaras

Eastern Christian Books: Christos Yannaras

Leonardo Polo

Learning Polo: An introduction to the Spanish “metaphysician of freedom” by Alvino-Mario Fantini

The late Spanish philosopher’s works encourage us to remain faithful to the constant, rigorous questioning required by the philosophia perennis.

On the Conversion of the Western Roman Empire

It would not be surprising if Latins think first of all of the persecution of Christians in Rome in connection with its eventual conversion. But in considering the historic relations between Christians and their pagan neighbors, and to what degree they co-existed, does Rome give us a representative picture of what was happening elsewhere in the Roman Empire? And was it truly the case that Rome converted because the blood of martyrs is the seed of faith? Or because of the rise of the "Constantinian Church" and the subsequent declaration of Christianity as the official religion of the empire, along with the outlawing of other religions? Is this pattern of apparent conversion replicated elsewhere, with the conversion of tribes and kingdoms? And should we really consider that a viable model of evangelization? After all the persecutions (and martyrdom) of Christians in China, Korea, and Japan, for example, has not had similar results yet; and Christians not having the reins of state in these polities is not an insignificant difference. Even if we think of Mexico converting not because of the prestige and power of the Church under the Spanish but because of the intervention of Our Lady of Guadalupe, what about the rest of Ibero-America?

A Church of the Many or a Church of the Few? Louis Bouyer's question remains relevant today, especially with the latest Apostolic Exhortation repeating the calls of previous pontificates for a new evangelization.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Not Mutually Exclusive

Hell: punishment or self-inflicted? What if it is both, especially if we keep more than the sense of poena in mind -- that it is a privation. Secondly, God's judgment is not a distinct act from His being or His love.

The Heresy of Hell as Self-Inflicted by Charles Robertson

I also note that while the title calls it a heresy, there is no evidence that it is so, other than that the position that Hell is self-inflicted seems to go against Scripture. And this only if we hold that Hell being self-inflicted contradicts it being a punishment. But more likely than not supporters of Hell being self-inflicted can offer an explanation of how it is still a punishment, or harmonize it with the words of Christ.

English Translation of the Psalter

For Latins --- what is available?

Magnificat, Give Us This Day: do they use the same English translation of the Psalms?

I don't think Word Among Us provides a version of the Divine Office for laity. I don't think Living With Christ does, either.

Then there is the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham, which uses a version of the Coverdale translation.

How good is the Grail translation for private devotion and singing? (I should ask, is it a faithful translation of Scripture? And how about the Revised Grail Psalms?)

Revised Grail Psalms

I need to do some research on Psalm tones too...

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

Not Really an Assessment

But a gathering of opinions from different people.

NCReg: ‘Gaudete et Exsultate’: An Assessment by Edward Pentin
Cardinals Daniel DiNardo and Gerhard Müller praise holiness document; others express concern about content regarding sanctity of life, heresies.

The "Conversion" of St. Paul

OAJ Interview with Ioan Popa

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Decree from 1847

During the peak years of papal maximalization?

If there is to be a patron of the Church other than the Bridegroom Himself, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, why would it not be the Theotokos? Of course this is linked to the growing cultus of Holy Joseph in Roman Catholic Christianity. Still, if he is not accepted as the designated patron of the Church Universal by the Church Universal, does the decree really mean anything? It is just an example of the pretense of the patriarch of Rome to be a universal pastor.

And yet, he still went through with it.

Too nice to say no? Or too indecisive to reject a bad reform? A lack of leadership. A worthy candidate for canonization? No.

Rorate Caeli: Don't whitewash history: Paul VI was front and center the creator of the New Mass of Paul VI

Sandro Magister

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fr. Andrew Louth on the Greek Schism

Theological Casuistry

Re: Ott (and similar manuals) weighing or attempting to weigh the certainty or probability of theological opinions -- upon what crtieria is one opinion deemed to be merely probable versus being of common consensus? (It's been a while since I've picked Ott up so I probably have the exact terms wrong.) Does the author look not just across space but across time? Is there any evaluation of the strength of the opinions themselves other than authority or number of adherents?

Friday, April 13, 2018

"Voice of the Faithful"

Sandro Magister: In a Church With No Leader, Two New Protests From Bishops and Faithful
Sandro Magister: Francis, Spin Doctor To Himself. His Latest Exploits

Finally, the third modality of communication dear to Francis had as its “partner,” in recent days, a Benedictine monk and psychologist among the most widely read in the world, the German Anselm Grün.

Last February 15, in conversing behind closed doors with the priests of Rome, as he does every year at the beginning of Lent, Pope Francis recommended that they read a book by Grün - whose affectionate reader he is too - describing it as “modern” and “close to us.”

So then, Grün is the one who in an interview with the “Augsburger Allgemeine” on March 30, Good Friday, said that "there are no theological reasons that speak against an abolishment of priestly celibacy or against female priests, female bishops, or a female pope." It is an “historical process” that “needs time” – he added – and ‘the first step has to be now the ordination of women as deaconesses.”

An ordination, this last, that turns out to be among the short-term objectives of Francis, on a par with the ordination of married men to the priesthood.

While on the subsequent steps of the “historical process” delineated by Grün, that of women priests, bishops, and pope, Francis has not yet gone off the rails, either in public or in private (*).

But meanwhile he has recommended listening to someone who enunciates them as goals to be reached, no matter if these are in stark contrast with the “non possumus” of all the previous popes.

Monday, April 09, 2018

Carl Olson on Gaudete et Exsultate

Pope Francis “takes aim” in “Gaudete et Exsultate”—and misses? by Carl E. Olson
The many good qualities and substantive passages in Gaudete et Exsultate are often overshadowed, or even undermined, by straw men, dubious arguments, and cheap shots.
CWR Dispatch: The temptation and the challenge of reading “Gaudete et exsultate” by Christopher R. Altieri

Whatever else there is to say about the document and regardless of one’s personal, spiritual, or intellectual disposition toward Pope Francis, it is fair to say the Holy Father has touched a nerve.

Patrick Deneen on Liberalism

The End of Liberalism: Why the World is Falling Apart

Thursday, April 05, 2018


CWR: Martin Luther’s flawed understanding of natural law: A response to Dr. Korey D. Maas by Timothy J. Gordon

Voluntarism denies the Catholic teaching that logos constitutes—rather than delimits—God’s nature, and Luther was a voluntarist.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Eastern Christian Books: Creation Ex Nihilo

Eastern Christian Books: Creation Ex Nihilo

Eastern Christian Books: Come, Let Us Eat Together

Eastern Christian Books: Come, Let Us Eat Together

Eastern Christian Books: Eastern Orthodox Divorce and Remarriage

Eastern Christian Books: Eastern Orthodox Divorce and Remarriage

But Byzantine Christianity is not the only tradition besides the Latin or Roman one.
Sandro Magister: Two Popes, Two Churches. The "Fake News" of Francis and Benedict's Big No

Who is Reading Jordan Peterson to Learn about Christianity?

As opposed to find a way for self-improvement?

Jordan Peterson’s Jungian best-seller is banal, superficial, and insidious by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
The real danger in 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos is its apologia for social Darwinism and bourgeois individualism covered over with a theological patina.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Friday, March 30, 2018

CWR: Pope Francis believes in hell—and he needs to stop talking to Eugenio Scalfari by Christopher R. Altieri

Our Lord also told His disciples, “Behold I send you as sheep in the midst of wolves. Be ye therefore wise as serpents and simple...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Acquired Mental Handicaps

If overuse of the internet and other electronic media leads to some sort of mental impairment with respect to attention and focus and other acts of the mind, then might it be the case there will be consequences on a person's ability to participate in liturgical prayer? How many of our young people can sit through the praying of a Psalm, or the Anaphora/Roman Canon, without being distracted? Has modern technology exacerbated our natural weaknesses or deficits?

With a Psalm least one can prayer/sing the Psalm and that will help one regain focus. But with an anaphora? One should be listening attentively, and not praying. Though perhaps repeating the words silently might be permissible.

GREAT DOC: American Orthodox Christians and Their Connection with Russia Through Music - PATRAM

Saturday, March 24, 2018

For those Orthodox scandalized by the Pauline reform of the Roman rite, are they scandalized that the patriarchate of Rome is planning to canonize Paul VI? Do they see this act as something more than approval of that reform?

Fr. Bouyer and the Pauline Reform

Sacred Music 141.4: "Louis Bouyer and the Pauline Reform: Great Expectations Dashed" by John Pepino

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

But Will a Robe Be Associated with Masculinity?

Or will the cassock fall into disrepute because of negative associations with unmanly clerics?

A Reset of Sorts

NCReg: Youth Leader: Traditional Latin Mass is 'Progressive' by Edward Pentin
Bertalan Kiss says the extraordinary form of the Roman rite is not stuck in the past but rather draws on the treasures of the Church’s heritage and attracts young people because it ‘challenges them.’

Should Be: "Patriarchate of Rome, Where Are You Going?"

Settimo Cielo: "Catholic Church, Where Are You Going?" A Conference. That It Not Lose Its Way


CNA/EWTN via NCReg: Top Vatican Communications Officer Resigns After ‘Lettergate’ Fiasco
On Wednesday Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Msgr. Dario Edoardo Viganò.

More on the Letter of Benedict XVI. There's Another Paragraph, in Which He Writes…
Like getting blood out of a stone

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Devil and Father Amorth

‘The Devil and Father Amorth’ Trailer: Witness ‘Exorcist’ Director William Friedkin Filming a Live Exorcism by Zack Sharf
What happens when the director of “The Exorcist” shoots an actual exorcism? Let's find out.

Friday, March 16, 2018

More from Fr. Hunwicke on Canonization


The rites of Canonisation have tended ... this will not surprise you ... to vary in the last seventy years. The most recent changes before this (PF) pontificate, which took place under Benedict XVI, seemed designed to impose on the rites a theological meaning which they previously had not so explicitly expressed. As Pope Benedict left the rite, before the singing of Veni Creator Spiritus the Pontiff asked for prayer that Christ the Lord would not permit His Church to err in so great a matter. And, in the Third Petition the Cardinal Prefect for the Causes of Saints informed the Pontiff that the Holy Spirit "in every time renders the supreme Magisterium immune from error (omni tempore supremum Magisterium erroris expertem reddit)".

These phrases, added by Pope Benedict, were in formulae cut out by PF when he canonised a number of beati in 2014; and subsequently.

It looks to me as though Pope Benedict's additions were intended to confirm the view that acts of canonisation are infallible and require acceptance de fide. I wish now to point out that, if the formulae introduced by Benedict XVI did affect this debated theological question, then, surely, so does the action of this Pontificate in removing them. In the gradual accumulation of evidences and precedents which gradually build up an established judgement of the Magisterium, surely phrases which were introduced into rites by one Pontiff and, very soon afterwards, removed by the next, have less auctoritas than established and immemorial formulae which have been used by successive pontiffs for centuries.

See also this blog entry at ccwatershed.

A Reform of the Reform?

The version of Fr. Peter M.J. Stravinskas: Liturgical Vision vs. Liturgical Visions: Vatican II, Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Sarah
Why I believe that the loss of the sense of the sacred is the primary reason why we have lost millions of Catholics to faithful worship.

Much of it a Latin traditionalist could agree with.

Over and above that, for a universal Church (in an age of high mobility), the ability to worship in a common language is most important. How many of you have gone on a business trip to Tokyo, for example, finding yourself attending Sunday Mass in Japanese (which I presume most of you do not know)?

So why should the Japanese have to suffer through Latin just so that a few tourists and legal residents can benefit from hearing something familiar?

Also, the patriarchate of Rome is not the Universal Church. And there is no reason why the patriarchate of Rome should have just one language, when it has jurisdiction over such a disparate group of ethnic groups and cultures. Latin could be a lingua franca for clerics, or bishops, but all of the faithful?

There should have been a greater move towards inculturation for peoples who did not speak Latin or Latin-derived language/Romance language, and this should have been part of the initial missionary effort. (To the Germanic tribes, for example.) Even if the project to develop a native hieratic language took some time as the local Churches discerned for those gifted with the intellectual ability and calling to undertake such a task, it still should have been a priority prominent in the minds of missionary bishops.

What is the significance of kneeling? It is at one and the same time the posture of humility and adoration. Benedict was fond of quoting St. Augustine who declared: “Let no one receive who has not first adored.” The external sign of kneeling helps to safeguard the sacrality of the action of receiving. Admittedly, the Churches of the East (both Catholic and Orthodox) receive standing, however, so much else in their liturgies emphasizes the transcendent that there is little danger of obscuring that dimension.

One can ask whether in the Latin psyche adoration has been separated from liturgical worship due to the rise of Latin "Eucharistic devotion."

Interesting Marketing?

Ignatius Press: Confessiosn of a Traditional Catholic by Matthew Arnold

The book features an oil lamp (or candle holder) that is typically used in Byzantine temples or homes, especially hanging in front of an icon, but not in Latin temples. Roman Catholics, even traditionalists, prefer their bleached candles, which generally go with their statues. Rarely will they put candles in front of a religious paintings. Though perhaps I may have seen this in Rome, but was the candle for the painting or the altar? So why was this particular image used for book? It was probably the decision of the publisher and not the author. To add a greater sense of ritual or piety or mystique that would be missing with a candle?

Ivan Moody on His Setting of the Akathist Hymn

"A conference on ‘Thomas Byzantinus’: Hope for increased dialogue between East and West"

L'Osservatore Romano

Thursday, March 15, 2018

"Liturgy, Orality, and Rubricism"

Luther and the Natural Law

Law, Liberalism, and Luther: Beyond the Myths by Korey D. Maas

Contrary to the popular, tidy narrative repeated by Robert Reilly and others, neither Luther nor his colleagues and heirs “abandoned” natural law. Nor did they recast it in a voluntarist mold. They embraced and defended it along entirely traditional lines.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Eastern Catholic Bishops Meet in St. Louis

Romanian Catholic (via Byz TX)

Educating in Christ

First Things: Is There a Saving Truth? by Gerhard Cardinal Müller
Does our eternal salvation depend on the concrete acceptance of the truths of faith?
CWR Dispatch: What to make of Benedict XVI’s letter about Pope Francis’ theological thought?

The brief and perfunctorily courteous note from the Pope emeritus was just that, and there’s no reason to try and make the letter say what it does not say.

Related: The Double "Foolish Prejudice." The Complete Text of the Letter by Benedict XVI

R.J. Snell Reviews MacIntyre's Latest

Power, Preference, and Morality: On Alasdair MacIntyre’s Latest by R.J. Snell

Despite the frustrating sense that much of its argument is asserted rather than demonstrated, there can be no doubt that those involved in the cultural disputes of our day ought to know Alasdair MacIntyre’s new book.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Canonization and Papal Infallibility

Fr. Hunwicke

Again the question needs to be asked as to whether the bishop of Rome canonizes as the first bishop of the Universal Church or as the patriarch of Rome. Was his authority to canonize on behalf of the Universal Church ever been recognized in the first millenium? I would think the answer is no.

A Premature Defense?

Has evolution really been proven as fact?

In Defense of Thomistic Evolution: A Response to Chaberek by Nicanor Austriaco, O.P.

Why did God choose to work via an evolutionary process rather than will a special creation? Because it better reveals His glory and His power. Because it reveals better that He is God.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Friday, March 09, 2018

Doesn't the Patriarchate of Rome Have More Pressing Issues?

One would think that the various explanations given by scholars and theologians about the validity of current translations would have been sufficient to give this a rest.

"Pater Noster," No Peace. The Battle Begins Among the Translations

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Something on Icons

CWR: Critics misrepresent Cardinal Sarah’s call for reverence in receiving Holy Communion by Conor Dugan

Why are so many avoiding the key question: Why has belief in Christ’s Real Presence in the Eucharist diminished in recent decades?

Monday, March 05, 2018

EF Tenebrae

The introversion/extroversion distinction or spectrum has its roots in Jungian psychology. What to make of this sort of personality analysis?

Cardinal Müller on The World Over

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Fr. Alessio Ulisse, SJ

Rorate Caeli: De Mattei: Opponents of Ostpolitik – Part 2: Father Alessio Ulisse (1920-1986) by Roberto de Mattei

Someone should be canvassing for miracles for him too...

Crisis: The Man Who Was “Ante-Pope”
by Julia Meloni

Before his death in 2012, Cardinal Carlo Martini eerily called himself an “ante-pope,” a “precursor and preparer for the Holy Father.” Martini was the leading antagonist to Popes John Paul...


CWR Dispatch: New CDF document is clear and succinct, but why was it needed? by Christopher R. Altieri

Titled “Placuit Deo,” the new document, although quite short, effectively reaffirms the Christocentric focus of Dominus Iesus.

Pavel Chesnokov

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sandro Magister: That Argentine Babel Which Is Driving the Whole Church into Confusion
The Francis Reformation by Dr. Douglas Farrow

We will not get far by asking whether the Church is to be a Church of the poor and a Church of the merciful. Of course it is. We must ask instead whether it is to be a Church of all the beatitudes.

The Church is Not a Business

And yet George Weigel thinks that it is one, and that a national Church can be turned into mission territory with proper oversight by Rome. Papal maximalism plus a bad model of the Church. Where is Avery Dulles to offer a comment?

Rethinking “mission territory” by George Weigel

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Church

That Frank Built Destroyed

Sandro Magister: New Appeal From Fr. Weinandy To the Pope: With This False Mercy the Church Is Destroyed

Catholic World Report: The Four Marks of the Church: The Contemporary Crisis in Ecclesiology
We need to mount a robust defense and clear advocacy of the Church’s four marks, for without such an apology, the Church’s identity – what she truly is – will become disordered, and so will enfeeble her ability to live and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Comment: Whatever what one thinks of Roman Catholic ecclesiology as explained here, nonetheless one can ask if the crisis affects the whole Church or just the patriarchate of Rome, and whether the essay could still stand as it is written if we take the crisis to be of the patriarchate of Rome only, or if it would have to be written substantially.

Has the Life of Jorge Bergoglio

map on to the history of the Jesuit order after Vatican 2, especially in Ibero-America?

How Bergoglio Is Rewriting His Life. The Years of the "Great Desolation"

Thursday, February 22, 2018

God bless Fr. Rutler.

The Mathematical Innovations of Father Antonio Spadaro by Fr. George W. Rutler

Nearly fifty years go, my parish secretary, who was elderly even then, kept the parish accounts using an abacus. I gave her the latest kind of electric adding machine, which [...]
Rorate Caeli: All Hell Breaks Loose - German Bishops officially open up Holy Communion to Non-Catholics

Interview with James Matthew Wilson

Too Bad the Full Text of Fr. Aidan Nichol's Lecture for the English Fellowship of Ss Alban and Sergius Isn't Available

Fr Aidan Nichols, and the Amoris laetitia Crisis UPDATED "Fr Aidan reminded his hearers that Vatican I in fact limited the papacy; and surmised 'it may be that the present crisis of the Roman magisterium is providentially intended to call attention to the limits of the papacy [in regard to teaching]'"

Fr Aidan Nichols and the people "who ought to know better" UPDATED "It is not the position of the Roman Catholic Church that a pope is incapable of leading people astray by false teaching as a public doctor. He may be the supreme appeal judge of Christendom ... but that does not make him immune to perpetrating doctrinal howlers. Surprisingly ... this fact appears to be unknown to many who ought to know better."

Aidan Nichols, Amoris laetitia, and Tucho

The Catholic Herald article from August 2017.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Eastern Christian Books: The Problems with Orthodox Mysticism

Eastern Christian Books: The Problems with Orthodox Mysticism: Tarazi repeatedly decries the "perversion" that theology--East and West, Jewish and Christian--has wrought to the scripturally revealed God, introducing terminology that is not just unhelpful but unscriptural (ousia, physis, etc)

comment: But what of the Ecumenical Councils?
Crisis: Cardinal Cupich Misreads Vatican II on Conscience by Richard A. Spinello

Just a few short weeks after the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, spoke about Amoris Laetitia as a paradigm shift for the Church, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago [...]
Ὦ γενεὰ ὑπερήφανη καὶ διεστραμμένη, ἕως πότε μεθ’ ὑμῶν ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Crisis: Cardinal Cupich’s Modernist View of the Family by R. Jared Staudt

The accusation of modernism gets thrown around a lot, especially in traditional circles. As a descriptor of heresy, modernism is a vague term. Modernism can refer to a movement of

Friday, February 16, 2018

More on Cardinal Cupich

On Cardinal Cupich’s problematic, convenient conscience by Carl E. Olson

Conscience is not the ground of moral authority; nor is it the final judge when it comes to what is actually moral and true....

Those Cupich seminars: Why now? by Christopher R. Altieri

An Overhaul of the Aristotelian Sciences Is Needed?

Do the categories need to be reconsidered in a way going beyond the phenomenologists (e.g. William Marra)? What about the predicaments? Are the predicaments and attributes/properties confusing to the neophyte to Aristotelian philosophy? While the categories seem to be integral of the Metaphysics, are they so important to the Physics? Can one limit a discussion of change, generation, and corrruption to substance and accident? No, Aristotle does mention alteration of quality, quantity, and place. Out of those three, it seems that the category of quality is the one that may need to be revised in light of a better understanding of the natural world, even if it itself is a rather broad category that includes both color and thought?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pope Francis Appealing to Vatican II for Cover

Catholic Conclave: Pope- "Do not read blogs that call me a heretic" - source

«¿Dónde es que nuestro pueblo ha sido creativo?» Conversaciones con jesuitas de Chile y Perú

China en la mirada del papa Francisco

Russell Shaw on Germain Grisez

CWR Dispatch: The quiet, wide-ranging influence of Germain Grisez by Russell Shaw

The late moral theologian, who died on February 1st at the age of 88, had a profound impact on moral theology over the past sixty […]

Couldn't Be Bothered

So the Melkite had to concelebrate with the bishop of Rome in the Roman rite. Understandable. But the bishop of Rome couldn't celebrate Mass ad orientem just this once out of respect for Eastern sensibility?

CNA: Pope of Rome, Melkite Patriarch concelebrate mass

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Forgiveness Sunday

Fr. Rutler on Cardinal Cupich

Crisis Magazine: The Clarity of Cardinal Cupich by Fr. George W. Rutler

Does Fr. Rutler have to worry about Cardinal Dolan and the New York chancery?

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Echeverria on the Douthat-Faggioli Debate

CWR: Douthat-Faggioli debate highlights two key, contested issues of Francis’ pontificate by Eduardo Echeverria

Two major issues—the meaning and significance of Vatican II and the doctrinal implications of AL’s moral logic of pastoral reasoning—will continue to present the Church with challenges until such time as the Magisterium makes clear where the Church is headed.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Crisis Magazine: Germain Grisez’s Defense of Orthodox Faith by John M. Grondelski

Germain Gabriel Grisez, 88, died February 1, 2018. Philosophy and Catholic theology in the United States lost a giant in his passing. After Karol Wojtyła, I probably owe my greatest [...]

Is the language of Jesus Christ endangered?

From 2008:

Friday, February 02, 2018

Thursday, February 01, 2018

If Excommunication Is Not a Remedy, Then What Is?

What ecclesial punishment exists for the senators who voted against the bill to outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy?

CWR Dispatch: The Bloody 14 and the question of excommunication by Edward N. Peters

Preparing for the Great Fast

CWR: “Exceeding glad shall he be of thy salvation”: On Handel and preparing for Lent in the East by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Given that our Lord and His Apostles and Evangelists transmitted very little about political life and political arrangements (beyond the importance of obedience), would it be erroneous to conclude that political life is not important? Yes. It would also be erroneous to think that Catholic Social Teaching is not subject to change or correction, as its moral theology is only as good as the one doing it.

How useful for a discussion with the Orthodox?

Subdiaconal Ordination at St. Peter

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Psychological Impediments to Marriage

What would be considered as such in the Byzantine canons?

In the west there is a consideration of factors that would eliminate consent or voluntariness. But what of broader psychological impediments to contracting marriage, i.e. moral or spiritual impediments?

And deception is not the same as the lack of good judgment on the part of the person who doesn't really know the other person.

Is lack of moral maturity (which is different from emotional maturity but may include it?) sufficient to nullify the marriage? If one of the parties is selfish or narcissistic and cannot make a real commitment despite a verbal willingness to state that intent, can that party truly marry? Or can the law only limit itself to cases in which one deliberately lies about making a permanent and stable commitment to be with the other person?

What of other personality disorders?

How would one prove that a party never had the properly intentionality with respect to marriage? The mere fact that the party left the marriage? But someone could just change his mind and break his vow. It seems to me that it is psychologically possible for someone to merely mouth the vow without intending it; saying the words in order to attain some goal other than a true marriage. Would that be a conscious lie? Perhaps.

And what if the parties are psychologically or morally unable to fulfill the roles in marriage; i.e. the male is unable to lead and care for the other, or the female is unable to follow/obey and care for the other?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Latin Sacramental Theology

Were there any alternative explanations by the schoolmen for the Real Presence in the Sacred Species, other than that offered by St. Thomas? Or was his the "standard" explanation?

Is it possible to formulate an explanation of the Real Presence without relying on Aristotle's metaphysics, and at the same time acknowledging that the Sacred Species is a sign (sacramentum) and a symbol, but not a symbol that refers to something else completely apart from itself? The Sacred Species conveys or signifies the Real Presence of Jesus Christ, localizes and realizes this Presence. Can the Real Presence be explained through participation? It is more than the causal presence of Christ in the natural matter or artifact of bread, nor is it the accidental conjunction of two different things.

Can the Real Presence be explained by other than an analogue to the Hypostatic Union?

It does not seem that if bread is not a substantial unity but an accidental unity that this would pose a problem for a "Aristotelian" explanation -- we would hold that the Real Presence is in all of the parts of bread which are substances.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

St. Agnes

Carrie Gress

CWR Dispatch: The East, the West, and Simon Leys by Gerald J. Russello

A new biography and a new collection of essays provide details into the fascinating life and wide-ranging thought of author Simon Leys, who may have been the last great Catholic man of letters.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

What does the pope mean by casuistry?

CWR: The Pope’s misuse of “calumny” distracts from deeper, more troubling questions by Christopher R. Altieri

The problem with Pope Francis’ defense of Bishop Juan Barros is not just that Francis has a poor grasp of technical legal terminology or that he misuses certain words, but that he thinks he knows better and refuses to listen to the people who do.

This would not be the first time Pope Francis’ lexical idiosyncrasies were cause for confusion. I still have not met anyone trained in the sacred sciences who can tell me what Francis means when he speaks of “casuistry” – or “abstract casuistry” – though it is clear he does not mean what is generally meant by the term, i.e. the resolution of moral problems by investigation into the specifics of the case and careful application of the general principles of moral science to the specific case, from within the specifics of the case, themselves.
CWR Dispatch: An evening with William Lane Craig by Bishop Robert Barron

Monday, January 22, 2018

CWR: Cardinal Burke: It is a “source of anguish” to hear suggestions “that I would lead a schism”

“The truth of the matter is marriage is not an ideal. It is a reality,” says Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke in a lengthy new interview with Chris Altieri. “What frightens me a great deal about the present situation of the Church,” he adds, “is what I would call a politicization of Church life and of Church doctrine.”


What is going on at the OSC at Fordham?

British Council Awards Grant to Orthodox Christian Studies Center for LGBTQ Research

Both faculty members in question are Greek Orthodox, I believe, solidifying the impression that their jurisdiction is the laxist in the U.S. Even if they weren't sincere believers in their project, this would still be scandalous to the faithful.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cardinal Müller on Papal Authority

First Things: By What Authority
The pope's words are at the service of the whole Tradition of the Church, and not the other way around.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Some Reactionary Orthodox May Agree

Patriarch Athenagoras was a modernist or a heretic? Just because he didn't think there were significant (i.e. Church -dividing) theological differences between Roman Catholics and Byzantine Orthodox. I would guess that his understanding of the theological differences would be greater than that of Pope Francis.

Sandro Magister: Athenagoras, Orthodoxy's Bergoglio

Sun of Justice Preview

Friday, January 19, 2018


Ed Peters on what seems to be the latest publicity stunt for the "populist, pastoral" pope: Thoughts on a Mid-Air Marriage (original)

In his update, Peters reports that this may have been a planned event. If that is the case, did the same person who got this to happen also have the conscience necessary to make sure the necessary vetting of the couple was done? Even if that were the case, the fact that this was publicized as a spontaneous event and to maintain a certain image of the pope speaks volumes about the papacy.

Hagiographical Skepticism

Where are the Bollandists now?

RTE Program on the Dominicans

Byzantine Blessing of the Great Waters for Theophany

Rorate Caeli: Mariawald Trappist Abbey Closed Down -- Summorum Undone by Current Vatican Regime

Eastern Christian Books: Nicholas Denysenko on Theophany and Chrismation

Eastern Christian Books: Nicholas Denysenko on Theophany and Chrismation

Eastern Christian Books: Syriac and Ethiopian Christianity

Eastern Christian Books: Syriac and Ethiopian Christianity

Alexander Lingas Interviews Marcel Pérès

Concept: Protopresbyter Alexander Schmemann on the Common and the Personal in the Divine Liturgy by V.V. Pechatnov


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Wednesday, January 17, 2018