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. […]