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 »

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Enthronement of Bishop Milan

Vatican News and

Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum


Anticipating receiving applications in 2018 and having a freshman class in 2019.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

More on Fr. Frank Phillips

Fr. Z: Provincial recommended Fr. Frank Phillips of @SJCantius be restored as superior general of the Canons
CWR: Cdl. Müller: “We are experiencing conversion to the world, instead of to God”
In an exclusive CWR interview, the former prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith discusses tensions over the proposed reception of Holy Communion by Protestants, continued conflicts over the Church’s teaching about ordination, and homosexuality and ideology.

Eastern Christian Books: Neilos of Rossano and His Life

Eastern Christian Books: Neilos of Rossano and His Life

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

A more Latin view of soteriology?

CWR: How Jesus became Jesus: A conversation with Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy by Carl E. Olson
“When he was conceived and born these saving acts were still in the future,” says the noted theologian and author of a new study of the Synoptic Gospels. “Thus, Jesus had to enact his name – he had to become truly Jesus, YHWH-Saves, not simply in name but in actuality.”
Church Life: The Birth of Scholasticism from a Series of Fortunate Mistakes by Mark J. Clark

Eastern Christian Books: Ukrainian Catholic and Russian Orthodox Perspectives on the Ps-Sobor of 1946

Eastern Christian Books: Ukrainian Catholic and Russian Orthodox Perspectives on the Ps-Sobor of 1946

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Certified by whom?

and according to what standards?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Fota XI Liturgy Conference

Exemplifying What is Wrong with Much of Contemporary Latin Theology

and the understanding of the Church's teaching authority, the Magisterium, especially papal authority.

Making sense of U.S. immigration law, enforcement, and the current crisis by David R. Upham
The teachings of the Magisterium mostly vindicate Sessions’s policies in interpreting and enforcing American law. At the same time, these teachings strongly suggest grave deficiencies in that law.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Meeting of Eastern Catholic Bishops of Europe

Working Document for the Upcoming Synod on Youth

Liturgy Training Publications

Going the way of Liturgical Press? The catalog from LTP increasingly reminds me of a catalog from Lit Press, as evidenced by the latest catalog for the latter part of this year, which features a few books from Lit Press (missals). What is the future of Hillenbrand Books? Is there really change afoot at Liturgy Training Publications? Does the publisher have anything to do with the Liturgical Institute, which has had its leadership changed by Cardinal Cupich, and seems to be moving away from tradition?

Don Divo Barsotti

Monday, June 18, 2018

Sandro Magister: Germán Arana, the Jesuit Who Advised Francis Badly

CWR: Two new books explore Pope St. John Paul II’s moral convictions, intellectual legacy by Filip Mazurczak
A Pope and a President by Paul Kengor and Wind From Heaven by Monika Jablonska delve into many unknown or overlooked aspects of John Paul’s life and thought.

Dedication of the Monastery of St. John of San Francisco in New York

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Good Luck Making This Happen

So chant workshops are still happening with the archdiocese of San Franciso, at least...

Sandro Magister: Gnosticism, an Ancient Heresy. But Here's How It's Reappearing Today (with a link to an essay by Fr. Thomas Weinandy)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Franciscan Liturgy?


Rabbi B: "The Hebrew word for gratitude is 'hakaras hatov' which, when roughly translated, means 'recognizing the good.' Recognizing the good that someone does for us requires humility, a trait which doesn't come easy to the Gamma. Humility and gratitude do not come easy when you're a secret king who is convinced that he is not only superior to everyone else and misunderstood, he is also someone who people underestimate to their peril."

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Written by a Latin

who decries the subordination of the Orthodox and Protestant churches to the secular authority, but at what cost did the Patriarchate of Rome gain its "freedom" from the secular power? By first approving of the idea of empire, and then trying to claim the supreme power over the empire. (Which was the same strategy it tried to use with respect to the state.) And the consequences? How is the Church able to limit the secular power except by being faithful to its mission and evangelizing and bringing the divine life to Christians?

CNA: Cardinal Parolin, Pope Francis, and the outcomes of the outward Church In the end, the Church is in the world, but not of the world. by Andrea Gagliarducci, Catholic News Agency
The Catholic Church cannot be considered one of many players on the field, nor can she be perceived as such.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

CWR: Polish Bishops’ Amoris Laetitia guidelines stress discernment and compassion, in continuity with Church doctrine by Filip Mazurczak

How Our World Stopped Being Christian: Anatomy Of A Collapse by Guillaume Cuchet.

French Catholicism: An Autopsy by Rod Dreher

We must consider the message and the messenger, who is the means of transmitting the message. Even if the message arguably didn't change, did the messenger? Or is the patriarchate of Rome best by institutional inertia that prevents it from capitalizing on this impulse to renewal?

Monday, June 11, 2018

The last book by Archbishop John R. Quinn. But even if he is correct about the need for decentralize, does he get the proper relationship between the Patriarch of Rome and the Church Universal? Or does Quinn identify the Patriarchate of Rome with the Church Universal?

CWR: The long shadows of the First Vatican Council by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
Revered and Reviled squarely faces the problem that Vatican I presents, and has always presented about papal primacy.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

CNA: German bishops express “surprise” over Vatican decision on communion for Protestants

Cardinal Kasper admits that in German dioceses “there already is a widespread practice of non-catholic spouses, who consider themselves serious Christians, stepping up to [receive] Communion, without any bishops, who after all know of this practice, thus far voicing concerns.”

From Shadows to Reality: Studies in the Biblical Typology of the Fathers

Rorate Caeli: New Release: Reprint of Danielou on Biblical Typology

Monday, June 04, 2018


If anything, the Anglican Ordinariate liturgy is closer to the Byzantine-rite Divine Liturgy than the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite.
Rorate Caeli: Pope blocks German Guidelines allowing Holy Communion for Protestant spouses by New Catholic

The important document by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was made public by several German websites today (we are unsure of the exact order of those who broke the news, so we credit all of them). The translation of the document itself was provided by Settimo Cielo, Sandro Magister's blog. We post it below for the record of ongoing events. We just wish to add the following
CWR: Why talk of Catholic-Lutheran intercommunion damages Catholic-Orthodox relations by Ines Angeli Murzaku

If the Catholic Church can and will think of intercommunion, then intercommunion with the Orthodox Churches is the most reasonable, probable, and feasible.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

First Things: Latimer and Ridley Are Forgotten A Protestant understanding of England’s martyrs by Peter Hitchens

Hidden in the northern suburbs of Oxford are the last traces of a path first trodden by multitudes of country folk hurrying to see the burning of the Protestant martyrs Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley on October 16, 1555, and trudging home afterward. For some years I lived very close to this track, . . . .

Friday, June 01, 2018

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Trinity Sunday

In the Byzantine Rite, Pentecost is also called Trinity Sunday, but is there any Sunday that is not Trinity Sunday? We remember the Resurrection on Sunday, but do we not acknowledge the giving of the Holy Spirit in the Eucharist as well?

CNA: In the footsteps of a saint – St Philip Neri's Rome

Saturday, May 26, 2018


Editor’s note: The following document is a pastoral letter issued May 13 by the bishops of Kazakhstan on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae. Praised...

Thursday, May 24, 2018

How Useful a Book?

Scott Hahn's latest is on marriage and family. Sounds rather blue-pilled, and he's unlikely to deal with feminism in any meaningful way.

Scott Hahn's Call to Save the Family By CASEY CHALK
Want to restore our culture? The Christian scholar says marriage the place to start.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Rorate Caeli: Pontifical High Mass video exceeds 26K views

C. Wolfe: "The provost from my University, Jonathan Sanford, brought ideas from Alasdair MacIntyre's "Dependent Rational Animals" to bear on our University motto, Veritatem, Justitiam Diligite": audio

Monday, May 21, 2018

Sandro Magister: Three Gone. The "C9" Keeps Falling To Pieces


The straw that broke the camel's back? There have been so many so far in this pontificate.

Blesseds Oscar Romero and Paul VI Will Be Canonized Oct. 14 by Hannah Brockhaus/CNA/EWTN News
The canonizations will take place during the 2018 Synod of Bishops.

The Next Consistory

Pope Francis to Create 14 Cardinals at June 29 Consistory by Edward Pentin

Francis’ New Cardinals by Matthew E. Bunson
The Pope empowers his trusted aides and further globalizes the College

Organic Development?

CWR: Mary, Mother of the Church, and two popes by Ines Angeli Murzaku
Pope Francis’ decision to create the new memorial of Mary, Mater Ecclesiae on Pentecost Monday is a fulfillment of Blessed Paul VI’s devotion to Mary under this title.

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

Apparently this movie is not a documentary about the man or the person of the pope but about Christianity or Christian teachings, as transmitted by the writings and speeches of Pope Francis. So why the misleading title? Can the message be separated from the messenger? Of course it can. Imagine if a documentary had been made about the teachings of Jesus Christ instead.

Does the movie do anything to lessen the personality cult built around Francis by Catholics and liberals? It would seem not. Or to diminish Roman claims about the papacy? No.

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.