Saturday, September 22, 2012

Competing with Joseph Ratzinger?

Soon to be published by Liturgical Press: Jesus of Nazareth: What He Wanted, Who He Was by Gerhard Lohfink - the English translation of a book originally printed in German, I guess.

On the mailing from LitPress, there is the blurb: "If you read only one book about Jesus this year..."

with praise from Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, author of Jesus: A Historical Portrait

I can't find any reviews or critiques by trusted Catholic theologians.

Volume 3 of Joseph Ratzinger's work on Christ will be released in time for Christmas this year.

Related: Book Review of Jesus and Community by Gerhard Lohfink 1982, Fortress Press

Jesus and human imagination by Raymond A. Schroth | Sep. 25, 2013
Christological heresy and Pelagianism?
Chiesa: Vatican Diary / The pope's favorites
"They are the cardinals, the bishops, the priests whom Benedict XVI has wanted to add to the participants in the upcoming synod. Three of them are from Opus Dei. And another three from Communion and Liberation"

Let us pray to the Holy Spirit that those attending the synod will be enlightened. Surely He can overcome deficits in learning and experience?

Steven Long on Formal Cooperation

Steven Long, The Dubious Guidance of the New Natural Law Theorists on "Formal Cooperation"
Some thoughts occasioned by Bp. Wcela’s essay on female deacons (via Fr. Z)

A canonical treatment of the question, not a theological response to the ordination of [female] deaconesses in the East and explanations of the practice current in Orthodoxy.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Vengeance and Justice

Something of note: Ed Feser has written something on vengeance and its relation to justice - Justice or Revenge?
Sólo sé mí
Palamism Explained in Twelve Minutes or Less (via Byzantine, Texas) - mp3

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Vatican Insider: “Vatican II is the cradle of the new evangelisation”
The theology of Abp. Joseph Augustine DiNoia, O.P. by Michael J. Miller (via Insight Scoop)

"The documents of the Second Vatican Council have lasting value because they were produced and approved by an Ecumenical Council under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The interpretations of those documents by enthusiasts who emphasized “renewal” and ignored “tradition” were not necessarily the same thing."

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

From 2004: Return of the Relics of St. John Chrysostom and St. Gregory the Theologian to Constantinople

Monday, September 17, 2012

Ecclesia in Medio Oriente

English (pdf) - via FT

Vatican summary

Ecclesia in Medio Oriente: Keys to understanding the new papal document

Pope's Address Upon Signing Apostolic Exhortation on Mideast [2012-09-14]
It "can be read and understood in the light of this Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross"
Pope's Presentation of "Ecclesia in Medio Oriente"
"A guide to follow the various and complex paths where Christ goes before you" [2012-09-16]
Pope's Address at Ecumenical Meeting in Beirut
"Let us work without ceasing so that the love of Christ may lead us little by little into full communion with each other

Sunday, September 16, 2012


James Chastek, What am I trying to signify by “being”? and Simultaneity and the First, Second, and Third Way

I've been thinking of the question of being in relation to Duns Scotus and univocity, but since my handle of metaphysics is that of a beginner, I am just jotting some notes for later reference. Can there be a concept of being without first some sort of assent that a particular thing is/exists? How can one know any sensible thing without first sensing it? While essence is not the same as existence for contingent beings, does our conception of a thing necessarily have a reference to the judgment that it has existed? Is our conception of being then dependent upon some "being" having an effect upon our senses? A being is, first, that which has acted upon our senses, either directly or via something else?

If so, can our conception of being be univocal in this way, while it is equivocal when we try to reason out how material creatures differ from immaterial beings and God? Being is univocal in accordance with this sort of preliminary definition, but equivocal with a more "scientific" definition?
Interesting, according to Vox, the OED gives a definition of torture not just as being a form of coercion but as punishment: "he action or practice of inflicting severe pain on someone as a punishment or in order to force them to do or say something"