Saturday, April 13, 2013

Little did I know when I prepared the post on George Weigel's book that Fr. CS would also mention the book in his latest at Chant Café: Benedict XVI: Towards a Liturgical Theology of Liberation?

There is much packed in the essay, and I need to read it again - without accepting recent theses positing the separation of the Constantinian Church from the primitive Church, might there be a more valid thesis regarding about a Constantinian temptation - the temptation to use the secular authority in a fallen world as a model of understanding Church authority? Its effect we can see not only in the West but also in parts of the Christian East? What if it is difficult to map the trappings of human Imperium (as particularly manifested in the human leadership of the ChurcH) because the analogy between human kingdoms (or empires) and the Dominion of God and we as His Pople is very weak?

We probably should not jettison everything from the Church's past in the name of returning to a more simple, apostolic state - how do we maintain a balance between respecting what we have received (including the treasures of the past) and moving forward, unencumbered by imperial pretense? Is it accurate to say that our bishops may have succumbed to imitating some of the worst excesses of those wielding temporal power in terms of fashion and ceremonial and so on? Does there need to be some sort of clean break, with the bishops focused less on competing with the secular powers and more on building up the Kingdom of God? A reconsideration of apostolic priorities?

Maybe some Orthodox observers have praised the appearance of a more humble pope in the expectation that bishop of Rome will reconsider the claims of his office. Apparently they have not seen anything in Francis's actions or motivations that would imply a criticism of their own hierarchy as well.

Evangelical Catholicism by George Weigel

I am curious about this one as well - what does the noted theocon have to say about the state of the American Church? But I don't think I'd pay full price to learn the answer.

The Rise of Evangelical Catholicism
Evangelical Catholicism, Pope Francis, and the 21st-Century Church
George Weigel: New Evangelization Is Future of Catholicism
Evangelical Catholicism: George Weigel's Vision of Catholic Reform
Pope Francis Is an Evangelical Catholic, Catholic Theologian Says
Catholics on the Evangelical Trail
Catholic Review
Hugh Hewitt
The Economist
National Catholic Register review
Kirkus Reviews
Ethics & Public Policy Center
Michael Novak

Weigel made a stop at a certain church in Boston in January.

World Over, February:

And a negative review, of course, at Real Clear Religion. And then there's NCR.

Something on Radical Orthodoxy: Thinking Trivially About Radical Orthodoxy

Friday, April 12, 2013

Latin/English Rule of St. Basil

The Rule of St Basil in Latin and English: A Revised Critical Edition, trans. Anna Silvas (Liturgical Press, May 2013)

(via Adam DeVille)

Ralph Martin on the New Evangelization

Some controversy about the disappearance of a review of his book - Rorate Caeli: Forbidden text and Catholic samizdat: "Vatican II and the 'Bad News' of the Gospel"

David Paul Deavel's review of Ralph Martin's Will Many Be Saved? What Vatican II Actually Teaches and Its Implications for the New Evangelization

Can we talk about healing, divine "medicine" and salvation while acknowledging the evil of sin and the possibility of hell, the consequence of rejecting God? A "balance" needs to be maintained, but only when we admit that we are sick and in need of the Divine Physician can anything be done about it. If we do not acknowledge sin and its effects, how can we shake people out of their mediocrity and sloth?

Ralph Martin Reflects on the Mission of the New Evangelization

Articles on New Evangelization by Ralph Martin

What is New About the New Evangelization and Who Needs It? by Deacon Keith Fournier
I had seen his name on the Byzantine Catholic forum while reading some old threads, and recently I did a search on his name to see if
there was anything written by him; I did not know that he had passed away recently. (Well, fairly recently...)

More on +Archimandrite Serge Keleher

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Putting the "Equal" Back in Justice

Dr. Helen brings to our attention a new book by Thane Rosenbaum, Payback: The Case for Revenge. The part of the book description that caught my eye:

Revenge, Rosenbaum argues, is not the problem. It is, in fact, a perfectly healthy emotion. Instead, the problem is the inadequacy of lawful outlets through which to express it. He mounts a case for legal systems to punish the guilty commensurate with their crimes as part of a societal moral duty to satisfy the needs of victims to feel avenged. Indeed, the legal system would better serve the public if it gave victims the sense that vengeance was being done on their behalf. Drawing on a wide range of support, from recent studies in behavioral psychology and neuroeconomics, to stories of vengeance and justice denied, to revenge practices from around the world, to the way in which revenge tales have permeated popular culture—including Hamlet, The Godfather, and Braveheart—Rosenbaum demonstrates that vengeance needs to be more openly and honestly discussed and lawfully practiced.

University of Chicago Press

Aquinas does list a virtue whose name is translated as "vengeance."

I don't expect liberals and others with mushy-headed ideas about "love" to accept Rosenbaum's case.

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Where ‘An Eye for An Eye’ Should be the Letter of the Law
CWR: Bergoglio and the Ultimate Questions
Rome Reports: 50th anniversary of Pope John XXIII's 'Pacem in Terris' Encyclical Garrigou-Lagrange bibliography online - here

Rite vs. Particular Church

I don't have time to get links (see the Vatican II Document on the Eastern churches), but it is the case that the language used to refer to churches of rites other than Roman has changed in the past 50 years. Referring to different "rites" of the Church was inadequate, since the rite is used by the local Church and not the highest reality. But it is not evident to me that replacing "rite" with "particular Churches" is an improvement. This may be a useful sociological designation replacing the earlier category or classification (by rites), but does it reflect an actual distinct ecclesiological reality? Is it "theologically correct"? It seems to me that one can refer to a group of local churches which are linked by liturgical rite and culture and ethnic composition, as well as having a common structure of governance, but to refer to this group as constituting a "Church" in some sense, while being part of the Church universal, may be going too far. Do theologians who adhere to "communion ecclesiology," whether Catholic or Orthodox, have the same difficulty?

Edit. Even ifa "Particular Church" were to be equivalent to a "National Church" (tied to a nation or people, rather than a state, though a nation may have its own state), its unity would be grounded in natural and cultural (ethnic, civic, and liturgical) identities and by the decision of the bishops to be united into a certain collective, but this unity would not be the same as the unity proper to the Church Universal.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Pope Francis and Museum-Piece Catholicism (via MoJ)

A tiresome example of the problems besetting Catholic academia and the American Church.

The Liturgy Wars Continue...

The arguing between "theocons" and "traditionalists" continue, and I am getting weary of it. (Never mind that both groups are ultramontanes, even if with some small differences.)

Anyway... The poor, impoverished materially or spiritually, have a "right" to a beautiful liturgy that enables them to elevate their souls and go beyond this vale of tears. The Church's liturgy is a better representation of the corporate nature of worship and communion with the divine that is heaven than solitary, private prayer. (Even if subjectively, the latter for those who are advanced in holiness may better approximate heaven, due to the infused gifts by God.) Something from 2006:

«Liturgy and the poor, the treasures of the Church»

An interview with Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith chosen by Pope Benedict XVI as Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Interview with Malcolm Ranjith by Gianni Cardinale

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The Three Ways of the Spiritual Life, Orthodox Version?

The Way of Purification, Illumination and Theosis By Metropolitan Daniel of Kaisariani, Vyronas and Hymettus


The Stewardship of Creation

While reading about energy and sustainability this weekend, I briefly considered one Christian response -

Sins against environment are serious because they harm the common good and are counter to reason in other ways, but
even these sins pale in comparison to the explicit rejection of God? Even though these sins may involve great injustice and cause the suffering of many, they can still be forgiven -- Christians must keep this perspective even if they share the same concern as non-Christian environmentalists, who may be inclined toward fatalism or misanthropy, particularly when they make prognostications and talk about solutions (such as population reduction). (With the supposed affinity between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in mind... I think they do give a proper Christian understanding of the stewardship of creation.)

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Pope Francis Takes Possession of St. John Lateran

Pope celebrates 'Installation Mass' as Rome's new Bishop