Saturday, November 30, 2013

Liturgy at the Jerusalem Church Metochion in Moscow

Valaam - Α Step to the Skies

Theodore of Mopsuestia and his writings were declared anathema by an ecumenical council, even though the pope was reluctant to do this, preferring rather to condemn only part of his writings and leaving untouched reputation of the man(who was considered orthodox while he was alive). Was the pope's opinion on this matter a better one? After all, if excommunication primarily manifests the medicinal aspect of punishment and is a call of repentence, what point is there to anathematizing or excommunicating other than to express a strong disapproval of a person (or his teachings)? How can he be condemned after death, when he has already before the judgment seat of God but was also considered orthodox while he was alive?

Friday, November 29, 2013

Distributism for Orthodox Christians

Distributism: A Primer for Orthodox Christians

Fixing a Hole: On Distributism and Orthodoxy
Orthodox Christians Discover Distributism
Distributism in Eastern Europe
Distributism and Orthodoxy
For a Roman-rite Catholic, seeing the faithful of the Byzantine rite bowing or showing reverence to the icon of our Lord to the right of the royal doors might be a bit puzzling - the icon represents Christ but why not reverence the Blessed Sacrament or in the direction of the altar instead? Originally Christ was depicted on the wall/ceiling of the apse but gradually a depiction of the Theotokos replaced it, as the main depiction of Christ was moved to the central dome. (Correct?) It might make more sense for a Roman-rite Catholic to show reverence to the crucifix at or above the altar. How does one harmonize worshipping Christ through the icon on the iconostasis with praying East? Would it make more sense to a Roman Catholic for there to be a depiction of Christ on the apse as well? The Byzantine use of sacred space and icons in worship may be puzzling to a Roman Catholic at first, but adjusting things so that they make more sense to a Roman Catholic may not actually be better.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pravmir: Celebration of 78th birthday of Metropolitan Vladimir are held in Kiev

MosPat photos

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

NLM: The Ongoing Saga of “the Hermeneutic of Continuity” by Peter Kwasniewski
Let us be reminded of this post on Pope Francis's words on adoration and worship -
Aleteia: How Do You Solve a (Liturgical) Problem Like Maria? by Elyse Buffenbarger
If beauty and formality tells us “this matters,” its absence tells us that “this doesn’t.”

Related: The Eternal Liturgy vs. Contemporary Worship

World Over - 2013-11-21 -- Jim Caviezel EXCLUSIVE, Michael Coren, Joseph Pearce with Raymond Arroyo

Catholic Artists Society: David Clayton’s lecture – Forming the Artist, November 16, 2013 – full audio

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Virtue and the Corporal Act

Rorate Caeli: For the record: Francis on the importance of adoration in the liturgy
"Adoration is what is most important: the whole community together look at the altar where the sacrifice is celebrated and adore"

Worship & adoration - chant, ritual and so on should be customary expressions of that interior disposition. And there is also the aesthetic aspect of external worship. If it is not beautiful (founded upon logos - word and reason, not mawkish sentimentality) our reaction when it is associated with God will have deleterious effects. (It may be believed that contemporary liturgical music places a great importance on the lyrics, which often can be criticized for being very poor theologically, but it seems that its adherence to a certain musical style, which supplants the lyrics by its very form, is even more problematic.)
Two Popes, One 'Year of Faith'

Chiesa: Even the Pope Critiques Himself. And Corrects Three Errors
Rorate Caeli: Francis, writing on the Council of Trent, explicitly affirms the authority of the 'hermeneutic of reform in continuity'
Again HUGE news: Pope Francis explicitly endorses Benedict XVI’s “hermeneutic of continuity”
Rome Reports: Pope to Eastern Catholics: Never a Middle East without Christians

Friday, November 22, 2013

Good Guys Wear Black: Priest

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Yesterday: “I will not resign myself to a Middle East without Christians,” says Pope Francis
Today the Pope met with representatives of the various Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite and spoke about the need for transparency in the management of assets. “Our priests are entitled to our good example,” he added

We need more photos from the gathering.

His Beatitude Svjatoslav Shevchuk: “Ecumenism from the bottom up: Now Vatican II is coming into effect”

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Now uploaded and available at Friburg: Susan Waldstein, Mercy and Self-Gift: Exploring the Intrinsic Connections Between Charles De Koninck’s Evolutionary Biology and his Theological Principles (PDF, 2.8mb)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

NLM: Update on the Publication of the Opera Omnia of Thomas Aquinas by Peter Kwasniewski
What would MB make of this article? First Things: T. F. Torrance and the Latin Heresy by Douglas Farrow
Praising and critiquing one of the twentieth century’s greatest theologians.

Available to subscribers only.

IPS: Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P.’s Tribute to Fr. Benedict Ashley, O.P.

John Tavener - Song for Athene

Monday, November 18, 2013

A New Direction for Thomism

With respect to theology - "ressourcement" Thomism may be a necessary step, but what's next after that?

What if...
Aquinas had been fluent in Greek and had access to Aristotle and the Greek Fathers in Greek? How would his theological synthesis have turned
out differently? Would his hardened Greek critics be more receptive to his work? How would Aquinas have responded to Saint Maximos the Confessor or Gregory of Palamas?

A living Thomism engaged with both the Latin and Greek theological traditions.

Are Western theological languages too tied to Latin? Could 'native' words be adapted to Greek nuances, or would we
have to use transliterated words for the vocabulary instead?

Do most of our lay academic theologians possess an adequate grasp of Greek and the Greek Fathers? Most are not even familiar with the Latin theological tradition, in Latin or in English. Theologians in religious orders may be more qualified to undertake this work, but even then, how many of them have a proper grasp of Latin and Greek? How much Greek do Dominicans study, for example?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I find it amusing now that traditionalist Roman Catholics will cite the story about the emissaries of St. Vladimir talking about the Divine Liturgy to support their claims regarding the EF of the Roman rite, when those emissaries were referring to the Byzantine Rite. In fact they were actually not impressed by what they saw when they visited the Romans and the Franks.
His feast day was just last week... Alberti Magni e-corpus.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Tonight Fr. David briefly touched upon involuntary sin, the concept of which was baffling to the Roman Catholics in the room - a sin which we do involuntarily? What could that mean? Fr. David emphasized that sin was not the same as culpability or guilt - which would seem to mean that with respect to involuntary sin, "sin" is being used analogically. If that is the case, and involuntary sin is a part of the Greek tradition, can we not say that the use of "sin" analogically is not foreign to the tradition? And that there is room for harmonizing the Latin teaching on original sin with the Greek tradition, on its own terms?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Jesuit, Not a Franciscan

Cheisa: The Unfinished Symphony of the Composer Francis

The conversation begun by the pope in "La Civiltà Cattolica" continues in many voices. Here are two examples: an authoritative clarification on Bergoglio the "mystic" and the open letter of a New York theologian
SVOTS: Surprise Announcements at 75th Anniversary Gala - more photos
Eclectic Orthodoxy: The Iconic and the Apophatic: Charles Williams and the Two Ways

Cardinal Ratzinger on the Liturgical Crisis and Crisis of the Faith

From an old The World Over interview:

The full interview:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Mospat: Metropolitan Hilarion celebrates the Divine Liturgy in the Russian general consulate in Busan

The Jesus Prayer The Monastic Choir of the Valaam Monastery

The Divine Liturgy in the Greek Orthodox Rite (Narrated in English)

Rome Reports: Is Latin making a comeback? Vatican launches Latin journal

Educated Latins should know Latin and Greek; some should even study Aramaic.
Rome Reports: Vatican will display relics of St. Peter for first time ever, to mark end of the Year of Faith

The Jewish Roots of Orthodox Christian Worship

(via Byzantine Texas)

Friday, November 08, 2013

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Holy Transfiguration Monastery:

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Monday, November 04, 2013

Should We Be Worried Yet?

I try not to pay attention to what's going on in Rome these days; the traditionalists and others are concerned because of what is being reported here: The Council's "Unfinished Business," The Church's "Return to Jesus"... and Dreams of "The Next Pope" – A Southern Weekend with Francis' "Discovery Channel"

Rod Dreher reacts. (He links to John Zmirak's and Fr. Dwight Longenecker's responses as well.)

The side of Ratzinger "Ratzingerians" forgot about
Catholic Exchange: The Biblical Roots of the Sign of the Cross by Stephen Beale

Sunday, November 03, 2013

The Imaginative Conservative: Finding Wisdom: Orthodox Monasticism by Stratford Caldecott

Friday, November 01, 2013

Where to find a good, portable copy of the scriptures in Greek? Someone associated with GOARCH would probably know the publishers.?