Friday, July 05, 2019

The Age of Paradise

Chiltion Williamson on Joseph de Maistre

CWR Dispatch: Joseph de Maistre, revolution, and tradition by Chilton Williamson, Jr.

Thomas Garrett Isham’s defense of the French author and literary critic highlights Maistre’s importance and rebuffs caricatures, but also opens the door to serious questions and reservations.

Rome Reports

Unpublished Material from the Washington Post Interview

LSN: New Viganò testimony: Vatican covered up allegations of sexual abuse of Pope’s altar boys

Waiting for the Results...

Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon on the Book of Numbers

Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus


A Virtual Reconstruction of Hagia Sophia

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Liturgy Survival Guide

A Snapshot of the Current State of Things

for Latin traditionalists?

1P5: Enthronement of the Sacred Heart: The Spiritual Anchor of the Domestic Church by Matthew Karmel

In a homily delivered at Chartres on Pentecost Monday in 2015, His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider offered to the pilgrims gathered there both an analysis of the most pressing challenge facing the Church today as well a strategy for meeting …

Also: Should Traditional Catholics ‘Move Past’ the Liturgy Debates? by Peter Kwasniewski

A New Book on Fr. Bouyer's Theology by Keith Lemna


Franciscan Curial Reform

CWR Dispatch: Analysis: New Vatican constitution to centralize power in state secretariat

“The [new constitution’s] preamble says a lot about collegiality and subsidiarity,” one long-serving curial official told CNA, “but this is just the total centralization of power in the office of the Secretary of State.”

The most dramatic reform proposed in the current draft of Praedicate Evangelium is the effective ending of any curial department’s ability to exercise papal governing authority on a stably delegated basis.

The draft text lays down that a curial department “cannot issue laws or general decrees having the force of law, nor can it deviate from the prescriptions of the universal law” except on a case-by-case basis “approved specifically by the Supreme Pontiff.” It further provides that any “important, rare, and extraordinary affairs” cannot be treated by the prefect of the dicastery unless and until he has cleared the matter with the pope and received his approval.

Legally, this means that the pope must personally approve every authoritative decision to emerge from a curial department – an historic recentralization of Roman power into the person of the pope.

Ending the authority of the Roman Curia by recentralizing it in the Pope? How likely is it for Pope Francis to divest himself or repudiate that authority, with respect to the patriarchate? (There should be no authority whatsoever for the Roman Curia with respect to the Church Universal.)

NCReg: Analysis: New Vatican Constitution to Centralize Power in State Secretariat by Ed Condon/CNA
The most dramatic reform proposed in the current draft of Praedicate Evangelium is the effective ending of any curial department’s ability to exercise papal governing authority on a stably delegated basis.

Reflection by Msgr. Michael Fuchs on the Pope's Letter to the Latin Churches in Germany

CNA: ‘The situation is dramatic’: On the papal letter to Catholics in Germany

Introducing "St. Thomas for Today"

CWR: Why St. Thomas? by Joseph G. Trabbic

Introducing a new CWR column, titled “St. Thomas for Today”, which will offer a Thomistic perspective on topics of current interest, review works by Thomists, interview contemporary Thomists, and offer portraits of great Thomists of the past.

Painting an Icon of Someone Not Yet Canonized by the Church?

Revision of the Modern Dominican Calendar

Monday, July 01, 2019

"Doctor Ecclesiae"...

I suppose this honorific won't be retired any time soon, as it is a conceit of the patriarch of Rome.

Is there any example of "development of doctrine" that isn't a form of theological reasoning? Certainly this is the case with the development of moral teaching. If we set aside the 7 ecumenical councils, what will we find if we look for the premises yielding some of the doctrines put forth by various Latin synods (reckoned to be ecumenical by some Latins) of the second millennium?

What role for deacons in the Latin churches?

Forget married priests - what changes would there have to be to make full-time deacons possible?

A Generous Gesture

Considering the size of the community of Constantinople today.

Ecumenical Patriarchate: Pope Francis of Rome gave relics of Saint Peter to the Church of Constantinople

Canonization of John Henry Newman

Rules for Christian Intellectuals, Part 3

CWR: Rules for Christian Intellectuals, Part III by Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin

The world is falling apart. Gunmen kill civilians in office buildings and schools; babies die in wars and in abortion clinics. People suffer poverty, sexual violence, hunger. Our planet is rife with racism and tyranny [...]

On the Feast of the Sacred Heart

Why One Must Be Careful with Figurative Language

The Church as the Bride of Christ, and individual Christians as "brides" of Christ -- but if the latter is an appropriate application of the first statement, taken literally, that would mean that the Theotokos is both the Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ and His bride. (One of many.) Do you see a problem with that?

(Then there is the Latin title of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit... this will have to be addressed in a separate post.)