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!