Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Vatican Insider: “Reform is going to go deep” by Alver Metalli
Chilean cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa - one of the members of Francis’ eight-member advisory Council - guarantees this
LAT: Science has lost its way, at a big cost to humanity
Researchers are rewarded for splashy findings, not for double-checking accuracy. So many scientists looking for cures to diseases have been building on ideas that aren't even true.

The Raven: "Year of Faith" Celebrations at St. Elias

The Raven: "Year of Faith" Celebrations at St. Elias: Bishop Stephen was here for Hierarchical Divine Liturgy marking our Eparchy-wide conclusion of Year of Faith and 1025th Anniversary of Bapti...
Representative of the reaction of Latin Catholics to Fr. Taft's interview from earlier this year? The combox for Reunion not a “Return to Rome”: On Catholic-Orthodox Ecumenism.
OP East: All Saints Vigil: Twentieth-Century Saints and Sanctity

Another Torrell Book in Translation

Published by Paulist! PRIESTLY PEOPLE: Baptismal Priesthood and Priestly Ministry
Vaitcan Insider: Pell dismisses traditionalist leader's attack on Pope

Monday, October 28, 2013

Is to think that one should be free from sadness a feeling of entitlement or its result, only a symptom of narcissism or disordered self-love? Is sadness an evil, not just a sensible reaction to some evil or to a privation/deprivation? (Let us focus exclusively on the privation of necessary goods, rather than what is superfluous. We would not feel sad if we did not attain something we desired that was not truly necessary for our well-being.) Did God desire for us to feel or experience sadness? In a creation rightly ordered, would there be sadness? Everyone would be acting virtuously, and there would be no physical evils. There is no feeling or experience of sadness in heaven. What of feeling sad because of social discord or enmity? Are friends luxuries rather than a good that is necessary to us and our flourishing?
Pravmir: What the Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council Have Done For Our Salvation and Sanctification by Archimandrite John Krestiankin (+2006)

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Byzantine Studies Association of North America (BSANA) FB: ·
It is a great pleasure to announce to the members of the Byzantine Studies Association an upcoming conference, titled "Lives, Relics, and Beneficial Tales in Byzantium and Beyond", organized in honor of John Duffy, Emeritus Professor of Byzantine Philology and Literature in the Department of the Classics at Harvard University, and Senior Fellow in Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. With the generous support of the Department of the Classics and Dumbarton Oaks, we have brought together ten speakers who will offer papers on a topic that has been a great research interest of John's for much of his career.

The conference will take place at Harvard on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9. The event is free and open to the public. In addition to the scheduled papers, there will be a celebratory reception at the Harvard Faculty Club on Friday, November 8, from 5:30-7 p.m, where all participants are warmly invited to join us in raising a glass to John, a valued scholar and teacher in the field of Byzantine Studies, and a much-loved member of the Harvard community.

Attached please find the conference program. To monitor any updates or changes to the schedule, please check the website of the Department of the Classics at Harvard (, where final program information will be available closer to the event through the "announcements" sidebar. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by email ( or Saskia Dirkse (
Oxford University Byzantine Society: International Graduate Conference 2014 - The City & the cities: From Constantinople to the frontier
28th February – 1st March 2014

Friday, October 25, 2013

Q&A Session with Archimandrite Gabriel

Pravmir. A continuation of what was posted here.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

James Chastek: The Trinity understood through typical male-female corruptions
Masculinity corrupts the self by seeking to subordinate everything to itself: the male self is the one that seeks to be utterly set apart with all beneath him, gazing upward in admiration. There is, however, a contrary corruption of the self that is more typical of the feminine: namely to so identify with the expectations and beliefs of the group that any personal desire is altogether lost. One of the dark sides of the feminine traits we praise is that, when pushed to an extreme, they all lead to a dissolution of the self through an identity with others. Empathy with others carries to the extent of loss of the self; tenderness of affection leads to an ontological softness that blurs any distinction between self and other.
This might be true of some married women of the previous generation, their total "giving" to their children; but I have not seen any examples of this not accompanied by a neglect of the marriage and their husbands. Such seeming "self-giving" can actually be a form of disordered self-love.

Even the herd thinking that exemplifies contemporary feminism is tied to modern narcissism, etc.

There are distinct forms of male and female pride; male pride is discussed here, but female pride, which is a more characteristic vice of women, is not.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Benedictine Monks on Athos in the XXth century by Fr Antoine Lambrechts (Chevetogne, Belgium)

Vitaly Permiakov on the Meaning and Structure of the All-night Vigil

10.13.13. Meaning and structure of the All-night Vigil. Lecture by Vitaly Permiakov

Monday, October 21, 2013

Pravmir: The Sacrament of Holy Matrimony by Protopresbyter John Meyendorff

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Robert Louis Wilken, "The Church's Way of Speaking"

First Things

The unique gift of liturgy, Roman Guardini wrote in his Spirit of the Liturgy, is to “create a universe brimming with fruitful spiritual life.” Liturgy does not “exist for the sake of humanity, but for the sake of God.” If the Bible is the lexicon of Christian speech, then the liturgy is its grammar, a place to come to know and practice the Christian idiom and to be formed by it. For Augustine, the reciting of the Psalms was a way of making the words of the psalmist his own, and he talked about what the words of the Psalms “had done to me.”

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

While I am not in accord with traditionalist Roman Catholic ecclesiology and their understanding of Tradition, I can see why the most recent news pertaining to the Franciscans of the Immaculate would be cause for worry: The purging and exile of traditionalists. Are the Orthodox paying attention to Pope Francis's actions towards traditionalist Roman Catholics?

A Round-up of Stuff Pertaining to the La Civiltà Cattolica Interview with Pope Francis

Christopher Blosser (via Pertinacious Papist)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Conférence liturgie et foi par le R.P. Crignon F.S.V.F.

The Bishop of Rome as the Teacher of the Universal Church

The consequences of always aiming for a global audience?

U.S.: Conservative Catholics not convinced by Bergoglio's approach

Growth of the Papal Office

Robert Louis Wilken, The First Thousand Years: "The Council of Sardica ended in schism, with each side excommunicating the other, but its significance in the history of the papacy far outstrips the ecclesiastical wars of the fourth century. For the bishops gathered there adopted a set of canons affirming that the bishop of Rome would have the privilege of serving as a court of appeal. That is, Rome acquired what has been called "appellate jurisdiction": the right to adjudicate disputes among other bishops. The term 'appellate' is significant; Rome was called upon to act as judge, not as teacher. Only in the fifth century did Rome begin to see itself charged with responsibility to instruct the church at large." (166-7)

Though he became Catholic, Wilken gives a short (too short, in my opinion) summary of the changes in how the bishops of Rome conceived of their role with respect to the Church Universal during the first millenium. He should write a history and development of the papacy as well. The implications of such a history for the ongoing dialogue between Catholic and Orthodox cannot be overstated, since this was what the next step requires.

The Role of the Bishop of Rome in the Communion of the Church in the First Millennium
Joint Coordinating Committee for the Theological Dialogue between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church
Aghios Nikolaos, Crete, Greece, September 27 - October 4, 2008

"The Pope Is the First Among the Patriarchs." Just How Remains to Be Seen

The teaching role of the bishop of Rome, apart from an ecumenical council, with respect to the Church Universal has consequences on how we are to understand papal infallibility.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

UGCC Head: It is important that all European bishops realize that Europe breathes through two lungs: that of the Eastern and the Western Church
The Papal Resignation by Roberto de Mattei

I think I've posted this before, either here or elsewhere. I think it is representative of what traditionalist Catholics think of the papacy, and how it is tied to an ultramontane conception of the office, even though they would seek to limit the damage caused by an understanding of canon law that is explained by legal positivism, or even of a papacy that is opposed to 'tradition.'
Rod Dreher: Bishop Fellay Lets Pope Francis Have It

Monday, October 14, 2013

Father David Petras Explains Why Be a Byzantine Catholic


Edit. Some have been critical of his credibility given his involvement in liturgical reform for the Ruthenian ("Byzantine Catholic") churches.
Pravmir: The Three Ages of the Spiritual Life
Schema-Archimandrite Gabriel (Bunge)


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Romano Guardini

Did some Goggling on him... found the following to be of interest:

David Foote, Romano Guardini - The Essence of a Catholic Worldview

Silvano Zucal, The Intellectual Relationship between Joseph Ratzinger and Romano Guardini

Sandro Magister links to another essay by Silvano Zucal Benedict XVI Has a Father, Romano Guardini

Guardini's The Spirit of the Liturgy is available online - (no clue about the quality of the translation)

John Allen, Benedict's Final Theologian Quote

Apparently Jorge Bergoglio is a fan as well.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The Divine Liturgy of the Armenian Apostolic Church

Friday, October 11, 2013

Sandro Magister: Alms and Liturgy. How Francis Wants Them
He has sent his almoner to Lampedusa, among the refugees. He has plunged into dismay the lovers of tradition. The call of alarm of a "Ratzingerian" liturgist

Authentic Pluralism, Diversity, and Multiculturalism

Rome Reports: Our differences make the Church beautiful: Pope Francis during General Audience

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Sandro Magister, Encyclicals Have a New Format: The Interview

It is the modality preferred by Pope Francis for speaking to the faithful and to the world. With all of the risks of the instance. Pietro De Marco analyzes critically the first acts of this “magisterium”

Monday, October 07, 2013

Regina Magazine: The Fast-Growing Friars
The Eastern Province of the Dominicans
Sandro Magister, The Francis Transformation

He has unveiled the true program of his pontificate in two interviews and a letter to an atheist intellectual. With respect to the popes who preceded him the separation appears ever more clear. In words and in deeds

(Rorate Caeli)

Five Appointments Made to Pope's Liturgical Celebrations Office (4141)

The office plans the ceremonies of papal liturgies.

From 2008: New appointments mark bold papal move for Liturgical reform
Fr. Thomas Hopko: Women Readers in the Divine Liturgy (mp3) (see also The Apostle Reading - mp3)
Byzantine, Texas: The Church and wedding vows

Sunday, October 06, 2013

Vocations Weekend for the Western Province

November 1-3

Catherine de Hueck Doherty - A Bridge Between East and West - Fr. Bob Wild

Saturday, October 05, 2013

The Remnant on Pope Francis

Chris Ferrera
Vatican II: Recalling Our Past, Looking To Our Future
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council

Public Lectures Series
The academic year 2013-2014 brings with it a fresh lecture series to celebrate Vatican II. John Baldovin, S.J., will speak on Vatican II and the Renewal of Liturgy on October 16, 2013. For more information on this upcoming lecture, view the event's page.

BC prof.
Pravmir: St. Vladimir's Seminary Founded 75 Years Ago Today

Video from the Book Launch

Book Launch: "Saint Francis de Sales, Life and Spirit" by Fr. Joseph Boenzi, SDB

Friday, October 04, 2013

Eagle Eye Ministries - Life on the Rock

Fr. Mark and Doug welcome Fr. Nathan Cromly of Eagle Eye Ministries, to discuss their focus on Christian charity as a giving of oneself and living it out through "prayer, study, fraternal charity and apostolic serive."

Song for Wisdom

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Vultus Christi: Blessed Columba Marmion

Wednesday, October 02, 2013