Monday, December 31, 2018
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Church Life Journal: Does the Mass Say Christmas Is About Justice? by John O’Callaghan
And yet, Christ is called the "Sun of Justice" or better, the "Sun of Righteousness" (Malachi 4:2). And that is the solution to the Latin difficulty...
Saturday, December 29, 2018
Friday, December 28, 2018
The Vatican body aimed at keeping traditional Catholics united with the Successor of Peter looks likely to be suppressed, but sources suggest it could actually be a positive development.
NRT 140/3 (2018) p. 518
Reviewer : de Longcamp
Koovayil S.J., The pneumatology of Jean Corbon's theology of the Eucharist and divinization. A Theology of divinization through gratuitous self-giving, coll. ÉPOC 3, Beyrouth, CERPOC, 2016, 17x24, 336 p.. ISBN 978-614-8019-20-3
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Rorate Caeli: Follow-up Article - Paul VI: The Infallibility of Canonizations and the Morals of the Faithful
The question of what role in which the bishop of Rome acts when he solemnly canonizes someone is not addressed. I don't think it was addressed in the previous installment either. He rather presumes the "traditional" Latin opinion in his article, when he speaks of the Church Universal (in relation to the bishop of Rome), rather than the patriarchate of Rome.
Canonisation, as they addressed it, took two forms; equipollent canonisation, and formal canonisation. Equipollent canonisation happens when a Pope decrees the universal veneration of a person to whom devotion has existed since time immemorial, and whose holiness and miracles are recorded by historians who are worthy of belief. Formal canonisation happens when a Pope decrees the universal veneration of a person whose heroic virtue and miracles have been established by a juridical process undertaken by the Holy See.
And so does he presume a Vatican I definition of papal infallibility? It would seem so:
This argument fails to grasp the nature of an infallible definition. In order for a papal teaching to be infallible, it is not enough for it to say that it is infallible; it has to actually satisfy the conditions for an infallible statement. Such statements must be exercises of the teaching authority of the Apostolic See, and they must definitively and finally bind all the faithful to assent to the assertions that they are making. In the case of an infallible truth that is divinely revealed, the faithful are required to believe (credere) the truth that is being taught. In the case of an infallible truth that belongs to the secondary object of the infallible magisterium, the faithful are required to hold (tenere) the truth that is being taught. The term ‘belief’ is used for divinely revealed truths, not because truths belonging to the secondary object of the magisterium do not also need to be believed to be true, but to underline that divinely revealed truths must be believed with an act of the theological virtue of faith.
If there was already a problem with how Latins understood the authority of the bishop of Rome at the time of St. Catherine, it would seem that this fundamental problem was not addressed.
An aside: The clergy as other "Christs" -- can this be developed in a way that would find grounding in the Byzantine tradition?
Maybe its defenders can argue that this is just another form of centering prayer, a higher form of Christian prayer but if it is, how can it be employed by beginners? It is certainly different from the Jesus Prayer, in which one does not empty one's mind of all content... Eastern monastics must have a field day with Westerns promoting centering prayer.
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Monday, December 24, 2018
Except... aren't there other things in contemporary Latin popular piety that should be corrected first?
NCReg: Popular Piety and the Our Father by Peter Brown
COMMENTARY: Pope Francis’ recent suggestion can serve as a great moment to spotlight the true meaning behind this foundational prayer of the Church.
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Saturday, December 22, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
But it is not enough, even if it is a necessary foundation. Heresy, such as liberalism and feminism, must be condemned.
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Pastoral guidelines allowing the practice in some cases is predictably causing chaos and “great harm” to the Church, says Cardinal Gerhard Müller.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Pope Francis says that his innovative teaching “does not imply any contradiction” of the Church’s tradition but, one has to say reluctantly, it indeed does.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Sunday, December 16, 2018
"Not without reason has the Tradition referred to her as the Spouse of the Holy Spirit."
What are the sources for this?
Mary, Herald of the Dawn and Spouse of the Spirit by Peter M.J. Stravinskas
The Rorate Mass inserts us ever more deeply into the Advent season, all the while uniting us to the pre-eminent Woman of Advent, the Mother of the Messiah.
CWR editors and contributors share their favorite reads from the last year.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Friday, December 14, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Today we remember Fr. Alexander Schmemann (+ Dec 13, 1983), the renowned theologian and longtime dean and professor at SVOTS.— St Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary (@stvlads) December 13, 2018
Hundreds of alumni were trained under his guiding principle: “A seminarian should know only 3 paths: to the classroom, to the library, and to the chapel.” pic.twitter.com/vCSLNfkU85
The issue has so far been avoided by those preparing for the event, but now is highlighted in the wake of Francis’ recent forceful remarks about the problem.
See also Tom Piatak, Faith of Our Fathers, Living Still
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Prior to the conclusion of Vatican II, synods were not thematic conferences discussing boutique interests of some group or other. Far from it.
Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick reacts to the same essay by Charles Pecknold: Synodality or Supremacy: Orthodoxy and Rome
Monday, December 10, 2018
Sunday, December 09, 2018
Saturday, December 08, 2018
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Thursday, December 06, 2018
Meanwhile, as of December 5, in his Wednesday general audiences the pope has begun a cycle of catecheses precisely on the “Our Father.’ It will be interesting to listen to him when he gets to the petition he wanted to have retranslated.
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
In a statement issued through his lawyers, the former apostolic nuncio to the United States and recent whistleblower calls reports accusing him of “fraud,” “theft” or misappropriation of funds “unfounded.”
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
EDITORIAL: Time is short for concrete actions and authentic reforms. We cannot afford another missed opportunity.
CWR: New book clarifies beliefs and corrects misunderstandings about the papacy by CWR Staff
“Very few know the biblical foundation for the office of pope,” says Stephen K. Ray, co-author of The Papacy: What the Pope Does and Why It Matters, “or the manner in which a pope is elected. What is his job? Can he ever be challenged or corrected?”
“Armastus Maksimos Usutunnistaja ja Gregorios Palamase teoses. Kuidas mõjutab armastus pedagoogikat”
Monday, December 03, 2018
Sunday, December 02, 2018
The idea that airing dirty laundry is what harms the credibility of the Church is part of the problem. Arguably, it is the problem.