Saturday, August 03, 2013

Padraig Purcell Remembers Fr. Serge Keleher

Serge Keleher, larger than life (this was also published at Risu)
Fr. Serge loved and knew the Divine liturgies of all the Churches, East and West, in great detail. He believed totally in the Divine Liturgy and he strongly defended it against those who sought to change or dilute it. Publicly, Fr. Serge offered the Divine Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and Basil. In private, in his latter years, he preferred the Old Latin Rite. He was also involved in the restoration of the Old Latin Liturgy (at the highest levels) because he saw no reason or evidence that this Rite was ever, or could ever be, abrogated. He was vindicated and there was glee in the tone of his mail to me in 2006 that Jorge Cardinal Medina Estevez, former prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, had publicly declared this. Recent statements by Pope Benedict XVI have also copper fastened this.

Friday, August 02, 2013

I don't have much to say about the recent news regarding the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate - you can find commentary over at Rorate Caeli, Fr. Z's blog, and the Mary Victrix. There has been some consternation among traditionalists, and I am posting this piece by Roberto de Mattei, published at The Eponymous Flower, as he may be the best spokesman for the traditionalist concerns and viewpoint: Roberto de Mattei: Franciscans of the Immaculata Models in Situation of Liturgical, Theological and Moral Anarchy.

The Vatican and the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate by Michael J. Miller
Francis Has Not Contradicted Benedict’s Reforms, Say Franciscans of the Immaculate

The Order of Preachers General Chapter Homily by Fr. Augustine Thompson


Thursday, August 01, 2013

A Warranted Ecumenical Gesture?

Been doing some cleaning, and was flipping through the Winter 1997/98 issue of Company. From the article "Gospel First," By Fr. Keith Pecklers, SJ:
During the archbishop of Canterbury's visit to the Vatican in 1996, the press chose to make women's ordination the hot issue between the pope and the archbishop. This was not the case. What was the case was a visible, tangible warmth between the two, evident in the pope's unexpected invitation to Dr. George Carey and his wife, Eileen, to join him for lunch in his apartment.

The press also missed the symbolic significance of the exchange of gifts between the two Church leaders. The archbishop presented the Holy Father with a communion box engraved with the cross of Canterbury, while the pope presented the archbishop with a gold bishop's cross--the same presented to Roman Catholic archbishops during their Ad Limina Apostolorum visits. He gave other Anglican bishops the same silver cross he gives to Roman Catholic bishops.

At the ecumenical Evening Prayer held at the Church of San Gregorio, the archbishop of Canterbury was prepared to wear tradition choir dress--cassock and surplice--as his predecessors had done, so as not to upstage the pope dressed in mitre and cope. (The former is the arched hat worn by bishops and abbots; the latter the cape worn over alb and stole.) Instead, the Vatican sent word that Dr. Carey was to vest in mitre and cope and that his wife was to walk in the processions. In a city where nothing is without symbolic significance, these acts on the part of the Vatican were extraordinary.
A complementary perspective offered by a Roman-rite priest to the article by Fr. Maximos: Do Homosexuals Exist? Or, Where Do We Go From Here? by Fr. Hugh Barbour

Why Boys Will Not Be Boys & Other Consequences of the Sexual Revolution

First Things: Celibacy in Context by Maximos Davies
It seems that the one thing everyone knows about the Eastern Churches is that “they have married priests.” Unfortunately, this often seems to be the only thing many people know about Eastern Christianity. What does not seem to be widely understood is that the Eastern Churches have very distinct theological, liturgical, and spiritual cultures in which the practice of ordaining married men to the priesthood (but not to the episcopate) must be understood. If Western Catholics want to use the example of the Eastern Churches as a guide for their own situation it is imperative that they understand how a married clergy fits into this unique Church culture.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Byzantine Beauty by Joseph Pronechen, Staff Writer
Eastern-Rite Churches Reflect Eternal Truths of Heaven and Earth
Both Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk and Bishop Borys Gudziak will be unable to attend the Napa Institute Conference. I hope they will be able to visit the Bay Area some time, though the Ukrainian Catholic presence here is not so big.
Byzantine Rite - Good Guys Wear Black: Minor Orders: Subdeacon

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Putin visits Ukraine to mark region's conversion to Christianity