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.

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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.