Friday, October 26, 2007

Pascendi Dominici Gregis

The Encyclical Against the "Modernists" Turns 100 – But Without Fanfare
No official celebrations for the centenary of the "Pascendi" encyclical. The "unworthy methods" used to fight this battle have been discarded. But the questions at the center of that controversy are still open. And the book "Jesus of Nazareth" is proof of this

A bad idea? Even a holy pope is not exempt from prudential mistakes (St. Pius X and the reform of the Roman office?)... But did the offensive against Modernism fail? If so, was it because it was too top-heavy, and reliant upon a overly-centralized papacy? If it didn't fail, then how do we explain its apparent re-emergence later in the 20th century?

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Pope Hails von Hildebrand Project

Pope Hails von Hildebrand Project

Conference Remembers Catholic Philosopher

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio, OCT. 25, 2007 ( Benedict XVI, expressing his appreciation and support for the work of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, said that it will have fruitful consequences for the evangelization of contemporary culture.

The Pope said this in a letter written to John Henry Crosby, the founder and director of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project.

Crosby read the letter from the Holy Father during a conference hosted by the legacy project at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, held Oct. 12-13. Some 150 participants from eight countries gathered to honor the philosopher on the 30th anniversary of his death.

Alice von Hildebrand, widow of the German philosopher and keynote speaker at the conference, commented, "I was extremely happy to see that so many new people are discovering the importance of my husband's message."

Dietrich von Hildebrand was born in 1889, the son of a famous German sculptor. He studied philosophy under the phenomenologist Edmund Husserl and was profoundly influenced by his close friend, German philosopher Max Scheler, who aided von Hildebrand's conversion to Catholicism in 1914.

Von Hildebrand openly criticized Nazism from within Germany and Austria, earning him the contempt of Adolf Hitler. He is also known for his religious and spiritual writings, and his passionate defense of truth and beauty.

Distinctive contribution

Benedict XVI said in his letter: "Following my recent meeting with you and Mrs. Alice von Hildebrand, I wish to express my appreciation for the efforts of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project to promote greater knowledge of and esteem for Professor von Hildebrand's distinctive contribution to Christian philosophical thought.

"Drawing inspiration from the Augustinian tradition and its Thomistic reception in the light of Aristotelian philosophy, von Hildebrand sought to advance that tradition by creatively reinterpreting it in the context of modern thought and its concerns.

"He was far from a 'petrified' vision of the teaching of Thomas, based on a narrow and uncritical devotion to the 'words of the Master,' and could well make his own the classic dictum: 'Amicus mihi Thomas, magis amica veritas!'"

"It is this 'legacy' which has motivated your project," the Pontiff added.

Benedict XVI continued: "Grounded in the rich philosophical movement which stretches from the Pre-Socratic's through Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus, to Augustine, Thomas and the great thinkers of the modern age, and taking up the challenge set forth in the encyclical 'Fides et Ratio,' the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project aims to enter into reasoned dialogue with contemporary currents of philosophy, bringing the full scope of reason to bear on fundamental human questions and contributing to the recovery of the sapiential dimension inherent in the 'philosophia perennis.'

"Without such a commitment to the philosophical enterprise, Christian faith would fall prey to a 'fideism' which would deprive it of its grandeur as man's free submission of intellect and will to the splendor of God's truth, and gravely compromise its missionary dynamism, whereby believers are called to offer to all a reasoned account of the hope that is within them.

"I therefore express my appreciation and support for the work of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Project, and my confidence that this praiseworthy initiative will bear abundant fruit for the evangelization of contemporary culture."

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

2 from Fr. Z

Mutiny on the Loggia of Pontifical Ceremonies
An SSPX priest opines on whether TLM and Novus Ordo are really same Rite: I respond

And from Fr. Schall: On Saying the Tridentine Mass | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J. | August 16, 2007


I remember coming across a book that was popularizing Grisez's account of the 7 basic human goods, but I can't remember if it is this, or if it was another book. I suppose I'll have to take a peek at one of the Lifework books to see... maybe I'm thinking of a different book, one published by OSV... or Scepter? I don't think so...

LifeWork Press
Lifework - Rick Sarkisian, Ph.D. @ Just Catholic
Lifework: Finding Your Purpose in Life - Google Books Result
LifeWork Reviews

Germain Grisez and Catholic Moral Theology

Forthcoming from Alethes Press


Vol. 6 of The Works of John Taylor of Caroline

November 2007: The Meaning of Evil // Charles Cardinal Journet
December 2007: The State in Catholic Thought // Heinrich Rommen