Saturday, March 16, 2019

Fr. John Whiteford on Constantinople and Ukraine

OrthoChristian: ”THE WATERS HAVE BEEN MUDDIED” An Interview with Fr. John Whiteford on the Ukrainian Crisis and the Judgment of God
by Archpriest John Whiteford, Jesse Dominick
Since I became Orthodox, one of the big things I have been concerned with is trying to bring people into the Church. It’s harder to bring people into the Church now because it’s harder to explain what Orthodoxy is.

Theology of Presbyterate/Episcopate


If the priest acts in persona Christi, how does he strengthen the "mystical understanding of his husbandhood and fatherhood"? Do presbyters participate in Christ's role as Bridegroom/Husband for the Church as the Mystical Bride? Not directly but as intermediaries or representatives of Christ who teach and lead, subordinate to Christ and the Holy Spirit. But in what way is Christ analogous to the human husband? Who would claim that Christ and the Church share some sort of egalitarian or even a complementarian relationship?

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tom Hibbs Appointed New President of University of Dallas

CWR: New University of Dallas president focuses on rigorous scholarship, fidelity, shared governance
What “is lacking in most American institutions, including universities,” says Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs, “is friendship which for ancient and medieval thinkers is what binds a community together and helps it survive tragedy and flourish over the long haul.”

The New Heresy

via Byz TX

What Should Supplement the Benedict Option?

Benedict Option & Christian Resilience By ROD DREHER

Ancient Faith Radio: Chastity, Purity, Integrity

The Latest from David Bentley Hart

To be released in September.

Yale University Press: That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Monastery of St. Benedict


CWR: Tantum potes quantum aude—On founding a new monastery by Dom Alcuin Reid
We are confident that even in the modern world there are those who, as of old, will see the value of endowing a monastic foundation, and indeed who will respond to our appeal.

The feast of St. Benedict is tomorrow on the Byzantine calendar?

A Critique of Integralism

Church Life: The Integralist Mirroring of Liberal Ideals by Timothy Troutner

I. A quarter century after Francis Fukuyama proclaimed liberalism “the end of history,” it is nearly impossible to avoid stumbling across rumors of its demise. With increasing populist dissent...


Sunday, March 10, 2019

Year A of the 3-Year Lectionary Cycle?

The Latins are currently on Year C.

I am guessing this reflection was written a while ago, for Year A.

Tale of Two Adams: Scott Hahn Reflects on the First Sunday of Lent

Formed from the clay of the ground and filled with the breath of God’s own Spirit, Adam was a son of God (see Luke 3:38), created in his image (see Genesis 5:1-3). Crowned with glory, he was given dominion over the world and the protection of His angels (see Psalms 8:6-8; 91:11-13). He was made to worship God—to live not by bread alone but in obedience to every word that comes from the mouth of the Father.

Is Adam (son) of God? It would seem so. But is he a son of God in the same way that we are, having been reborn in Christ in Baptism and Chrismation? I don't think so. I don't think anyone was an (adopted) son of God in the Son before the Incarnation. Or if the righteous of the Old Testament were to be accounted sons of God, their sonship or their adoption was incomplete, until Christ had conquered death and was risen?

As for the question of obedience, which Adam failed to give -- the obedience that is essential for us to the glorification of the Father, is that the same as the sacrifice of Christ, or is it a part or consequence of the sacrifice (and thus not wholly identical with sacrifice)?