Friday, April 19, 2013

Rome Reports: Pope Francis meets with president of Ecuador and shows his 'environmentally friendly' side

On the bishop's staff (in the Byzantine rite): Orthodox Arts Journal (via Byzantine, Texas - the explanation goes beyond Moses.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 CUA Press to Distribute Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University's Books

Ignatius Press had been the distributor; fiscal or sound business reasons for this change (not renewing the contract?) or is this another consequence of the falling-out between AMU and Fr. Fessio?

Becoming a Dominican

Province of St. Joseph: Formation Process

The Akathist Hymn

Fr. Schmemann on Liturgical Reform

Fr. Alexander Schmemann was familiar with the work of Fr. Bouyer. (Did they ever meet in person?) Did he agree with Fr. Bouyer on the principles of liturgical reform? He did write a review of Liturgical Piety. It is apparent that Fr. Schmemann did think that some reform was needed. In which of his books does he discuss this? There are the following essays online:

On the question of liturgical practices
Problems of Orthodoxy in America: The Liturgical Problem

Not all Orthodox have been accepting of his work.

On the Importance of Attending the Evening Divine Services by Protopresbyter Valery Lukianov

Monday, April 15, 2013


Shortly after Benedict XVI became pope, Eamon Duffy gave a lecture at BC speculating on the direction of his pontificate regarding liturgical reform, and iirc, he guessed that the feast of the Divine Mercy (the second Sunday of Easter) would not be kept on the universal calendar long. It was added because of the devotion of John Paul II. (After all, Sr. Faustina was Polish.) Given the conservatism of Benedict XVI the feast has been maintained, and [Pope] Francis has not removed the feast, either.

Is the devotion of the Divine Mercy itself superfluous? Is the second Sunday of Easter the appropriate place for the observance of the devotion? Are there not other comparable Western/Latin devotions that already existed? I think Dr. Duffy mentioned the Sacred Heart of Jesus precisely in connection with the Divine Mercy.

The Difference is in the Emphasis
The Sacred Heart of Jesus and The Divine Mercy, Part Five
By Dr. Robert Stackpole, STD
(more in the website's library)

A Monk Reflects on Divine Mercy and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Given the image that accompanies the devotion, though, is the Divine Mercy any more Trinitarian than the Sacred Heart, as Fr. Ignacy Rozycki claims (see Dr. Stackpole's essay)? Fr. Sopocko argues that the devotion to the Divine Mercy is a development of the devotion to the Sacred Heart.

I was also thinking of the comments by Fr. Louis Bouyer on the devotion to the Sacred Heart in his Liturgical Piety (p. 249, 251 ). Bouyer's criticisms of paralitugies replacing the liturgy of the Church is understandable, given his concern to ground Christian spirituality within the liturgy. There has been a multiplication of devotions in the Latin West,
each focused on a particular aspect of God or His Saving Action in history. Bouyer writes that they have served as a necessary help for a people who were not formed in an authentic liturgical spirituality. The answer to the question of whether some may obscure the spirituality of the Roman-rite liturgy would be yes, for Bouyer. (Is there anything comparable in Eastern Orthodoxy, in terms of the number of devotions?) What would Fr. Bouyer have made of the devotion to the Divine Mercy? Another modern devotion that potentially misleads? Or a beneficial corrective?

We should reflect upon the great mercy and love of God, of Christ - the Jesus Prayer of the East in many ways resonates with both of these Western devotions, but is in a way more "simpler" - with respect to the imagination, at least. It is focused less on a sensible reality (as given by the images propagated with both Western devotions) and more on the person of Christ - and more tied to the objective Mystery, as Bouyer might write?

Pius XII, Haurietis Aquas - On Devotion to the Sacred Heart

Benedict XVI, Papal Letter on 50th Anniversary of "Haurietis Aquas"

From 2006: Benedict XVI's mission to restore the glories of the Catholic liturgy

The legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

From NCR, Eamon Duffy on Liturgical Reform and Pope Benedict - Where truth and beauty meet: Understanding Benedict - 7

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Zenit: Pope Francis' Address to Members of the Pontifical Biblical Commission
Zenit: Francis' Homily at Cathedral of St. John Lateran
"We hear many offers from the world around us; but let us take up God's offer instead: his is a caress of love"

Kingdom of God

Regarding imperium/Βασιλεία - there is the old Catholic Encyclopedia entry. What has been written (by good Catholic theologians) more recently on the meaning of this? (In what way is the term linked to "Messiah"?)

Video: Robert Louis Wilken on The First Thousand Years

Robert Louis Wilken Discusses 'The First Thousand Years' at 2013 VaBook

Impertinent Questions with Robert Louis Wilken by Meredith Hindley