Thursday, October 18, 2012

Mospat: Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk meets with Pope Benedict XVI

The Next Dumb Ox Event

At the DSPT, October 30 at 8 P.M.: Fr. Hilary Martin, OP - Does Theology Change Anything?
Money matters, but does theology? Power matters, but does theology? Fr. Yves Congar, OP matters. Fr. Yves Congar, a French Dominican spent his life working with theology. Before, during and after Vatican II he worked on the Faith and how to get it across to people. He was not a bishop at the Second Vatican Council, only a Peritus, but had a hand in a lot that went on there. His Journal, or Daybook, shows how deep a hand he had.

Are we different from the way we were, and the way we were from the way we are now?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Synod of Bishops and Such

Zenit: Benedict XVI's Address To Second Vatican Council Fathers [2012-10-14]
Christianity Must not be Considered as 'Something of the Past'

Pope's Address at Luncheon with Synod Fathers and Bishops Who Participated in Vatican II
"The Lord Will Also Help us to Move Forward Exteriorly"

Pope Benedict XVI Gives Exclusive Interview for Documentary
"Bells of Europe" Highlights the History between Christianity and Europe

On Wealth
"The Church's History is Full of Examples of Rich People Who Used their Possessions in an Evangelical Way"

Kiko Argüello: 'We Are Spectators of the Works of the Holy Spirit'
Initiator of the Neocatechumenal Way Speaks on the Ecclesial Reality's Role within the Church

Archbishop Pagla's Intervention at Synod of Bishops
"The Future of Evangelization Largely Depends on the Domestic Church"


MosPat: Metropolitan Hilarion’s greeting to the Synod of Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church Rome, 16 October 2012

The Proper Interpretation of Vatican II

Dominicana: Conciliar Debates and the Desire for Unity

I received an e-mail from Loreto Publications that the translation of Roberto de Mattei's book on Vatican II is in the works, and it is hoped that it will be ready by the end of the year. If you are interested in purchasing a copy when it becomes available, please contact the publisher to let it know.

I still wonder, though, would it be necessary to force a reading of the documents that is orthodox and in harmony with Sacred Tradition if it were possible to admit that the documents are expressions of the Ordinary Magisterium, and hence not everything is on the same level, and that some tentative opinions were advanced which could be erroneous? An ecumenical council may be an "extraordinary act" as stated by the author of the above, but that does not mean that its documents necessary belong to the Sacred or Solemn Magisterium of the Church. If the second Vatican Council had not been so hyped, would we need to pay so much attention to it as a source of discord and division?

There is a video of the sedevecantist Fr. Cekada on the topic of the Ordinary Magisterium.

On the Hermeneutic of Continuity: Benedict XVI, the Reformer
See also The Five "Conciliar" Days of the Pope

Vatican Insider:
“Modifying the draft document on the divine Revelation”
"It taught us to live in a new world" by LUCA ROLANDI - Interview with Jesuit historian and theologian, John W. O’Malley

30 Giorni has had to suspend publication, with issue number 5. IN MEMORY OF DON GIACOMO TANTARDINI

Clear Ideas on the Pope's Infallible Magisterium
Rorate Caeli: International Theological Commission: Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Year of Faith

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Scaling for a Christian Community

Fr. Bouyer contrasted in his The Church of God two ideals of ecclesial "membership," the Church of believers and the Church of numbers. Might it be that the Church can be both, if we observed the proper scale to the local Churches (and parishes)? What is the ideal size of a [neighborhood] parish? How many people can a priest be a spiritual father to? Should he not be able to remember the names of all his spiritual children? How many Sunday liturgies can be said in a temple? Can we eventually achieve the Eastern ideal of one? (Given the time necessary to train priests, it seems that celebrating more than one Sunday liturgy at the [main] altar of a temple is a pastoral necessity.

How big should a local Church [diocese] be, in terms of both members and size? In the Western patriarchate at least, auxiliary bishops are given titles to dioceses that do not really exist any longer. What if, instead, the archdiocese was broken up? What if we had more bishops, instead of auxiliary/titular bishops, and more metropolitans (and provinces)? (Is attendance at an ecumenical council limited to metropolitans, in practice or in law?)

What is the basis for the inequality in status (and power?) between the metropolitan and the suffragan bishops, besides the link between his diocese and the political capital? I need to read up more on Church governance and the sacrament of Holy Orders.