Saturday, June 08, 2013

Vatican Diary / The scourge of divorce between bishop and diocese

Can't a case be made that much of this careerism (and the possibility of transfer upon which it relies) is due to the centralization of the Western Patriarchate?
Vatican Insider: Claire, the woman who became a Christian in Pol Pot’s Cambodian killing fields

The book about the story of the Cambodian exile is being presented at the Vicenza Bible Festival
Some relative inexpensive copies (less than $50) of Fr. Taft's Divine Liturgies: Human Problems in Byzantium, Armenia, Syria and Palestine (Hardback) available through ABE.
The Light of the Desert (Documentary on St Macarius Monastery, Egypt)

Friday, June 07, 2013

A Pricey Volume

113 pounds

I had forgotten that there was a Centre for Eastern Christian Studies at the International Theological Institute. I was looking through the news section and found this from From February of last year:

On 16th February the Eastern Centre hosted Dr Judith Ryder of Wolfson College, Oxford. She addressed the ITI and a number of other visitors from the wider academic and ecclesiastical communities on the topic 'Demetrius Kydones: Statesman and Thomist in the Twilight of Byzantium'. Demetrius Kydones and his brother Prochorus were amongst the most prominent of the Byzantine Thomists of the fourteenth century. Kydones also served as Mesazōn (Prime Minister) to three Byzantine Emperors. Personally in communion with theHoly See, he worked to accomplish the (canonical and intellectual) reunification of Byzantium and Rome and to obtain the assistance of a Crusade for the Empire ever more threatened by the rise of the Ottoman Turks. Dr Ryder persuasively argued that for Kydones the key to his task was the effort toconvince his fellow Byzantines that they must remain in dialogue not just with each other but with both the Latin Fathers and their Western contemporaries. Dr Ryder is currently working on eleventh century Byzantium. Her study of Kydones "The Career and Writings of Demetrius Kydones" (2010) is published by Brill.

Has anyone done a review of her book on Demetrius Kydones?

The Installation of Bishop Borys Gudziak

From February 2012:

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Rome Reports: Benedict XVI: 'I'm fine. I live like a monk'
Rome Reports: Pope Francis: Idolatry is dangerous. God is the one true Lord Taparelli's magnum opus available from La Civiltà Cattolica

Taparelli is perhaps best remembered (if at all) for his contribution to the concept of subsidiarity and for coining the term “social justice” (giustizia sociale). His understanding of social justice is not exactly the same as our contemporary notion of it. Thomas Burke (one of the few people who write about Taparelli in English — Thomas Behr is another) has this to say about Taparellian social justice:

It is one of the ironies of history that the quintessentially “liberal” idea of “social justice,” as it was to become (in American terminology), should have been originated by an ardent conservative … Unlike the conception of social justice generally accepted in our society at the present time, which is socialist and difficult, if not impossible, to harmonize with our ordinary conception of justice, Taparelli’s conception 1) is simply the ordinary and traditional conception of justice applied in a new area, namely the constitutional arrangements of society, 2) does not apply to states of affairs in society that could exist independently of human actions, 3) constitutes a defense of societal inequality, and 4) is conservative.

I will have to read Thomas Burke's paper.
Communio: Milan Lach nominated auxiliary bishop of Presov

Some photos of the ordination: Vysviacka pomocného biskupa Milana Lacha.
I am curious as to what Anthony Rizzi does with Newtonian Mechanics in his textbook but as it is priced like a textbook I won't find out for a while.

Turns out he was on Coast to Coast AM back in 2004.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

An Interview with Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk

From 2012: The B.C. Catholic interviews Major Archbishop Shevchuk

Something at Zenit.

A liturgy from last year, I believe:
Nothing new at Four Causes, the blog for the Society for Thomistic Natural Philosophy.

But there is the 2013 West Coast Meeting of the Society for Aristotelian-Thomistic Studies being held at TAC on June 13 and 14. The organization's website has a new look and all of the materials are probably accessible to members only, as I don't see them on the website. It's been a while since I paid membership dues, as very little was being done with the website.

Pope Francis on the Culture of Waste

Today's General Audience - Asia News: Pope: counter the culture of waste, man not money must "cultivate and care” for Creation
Vatican Radio
Zenit text.

Rome Reports:

Another Book from Matt Levering

A Sure Guide to St. Augustine’s Thought and Theology by Jared Ortiz
A review of Matthew Levering’s new book, The Theology of Augustine: An Introductory Guide to His Most Important Works

(via Insight Scoop)


Had a brief discussion about physics and science with a "professional" phyisicist yesterday on Facebook; I had to dust off the cobwebs in the attic of my mind. I was thinking about inertia (especially as formulated by Newton). How would one go about questioning or even refuting it as a postulate or axiom? By looking at the explanation of change? Does anything non-living move itself? And should we not take into consideration natural versus violent motion?

If simple bodies do not move themselves but are moved by another... and if it is the First Mover that moves them when the motion is natural, then the end or purpose of that motion is determined by the First Mover as a part of their nature.

It may be natural for some things to persist in changing place (locomotion) until they come to rest for some reason. But is it possible for other things to be in perpetual motion for a reason that we cannot readily discern? The end of motion is not rest but some perfection extrinsic to the thing? (example: the celestial bodies? - motion in a 'circular' path) At the moment I cannot think of a reason to rule out this possibility outright.

On the other hand, I do not have any a priori reason yet to claim either that all instances of natural locomotion must be of the second kind either. (As the principle of inertia would seem to entail.)

[Various forms of 'rectilinear' motion are due to attractions proper to the natures of certain things? Are there any exceptions?]

One who has been instructed in modern physics will assume inertia is an uncontroversial or evident truth, on par with the fact of the earth being round. How would awaken him from such a dogmatic slumber? (He did subscribe to a form of scientism, saying that the only valid knowledge of physical reality was obtained through the scientific method. And he claimed that teleology was pseudoscience.)

Monday, June 03, 2013

Notre Dame: Cardinal Dolan delivers the Commencement Address

Zenit transcript


Modern Questions, Ancient Answers: Defining and Defending Human Dignity in Our Time

Sunday, June 02, 2013


The plainchant of the Ruthenians; according to the wiki entry, it is closely related to Znamenny chant. I've heard some Znamenny; the two forms of plainchant don't sound that similar. Maybe it's because the Znamenny I've heard primarily comes from Valaam, and I haven't really heard pure Znamenny. (Or is it because it's an all-male group?)

Paschal Ode 1 - Prostopinije

Palm Sunday Vespers 2011

Znamenny Chant?
Valaam - this example seems to be more like a mix of Byzantine and Znamenny - Valaam chant?

In English:

Not Valaam:

The Znamenny Chant of the Russian Church--Part I; Part 2 [alt]
Church of the Nativity page
Znamenny Chant by Fr. Simon Pimen Pt.1 (Parts 2 and 3)