Tuesday, September 30, 2014

One Monk's Story

One Jurisdiction to Unite Them All...

Are You Greek? Unifying the Orthodox Church in the United States by Andrew Stephen Damick (via ByzTX)

Interview with Sr. Vassa

Parts 3 and 4 of the Series on St. Silouan


Monday, September 29, 2014

Let's See if We Can Find the Paper

Divine Liturgies 140929

Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Divine Liturgy With H.H. Pope Tawadros II - Priesthood Ordination of Maged Mourad

I question whether I will ever get used to the clanging of cymbals and such during Divine Liturgy.
Eastern Christian Books: Aidan Hart on His Splendid New Book about Icons

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Benedictine v. Jesuit

NLM: Benedictines vs Jesuits Revisited: Further Thoughts on Models of Liturgy in the Church

Fr. Christopher writes: "The devotio moderna in the late medieval period, as it focused increasingly on the humanity of Christ, and less the Kyrios of glory, took a turn to the more intimate, private and devotional."

Is there a connection between this and Jungmann's insistance on the proper emphasis on Christ as man in liturgical prayer?

Dom Alcuin Reid on the Monastic Office

NLM: Spiritual Conferences on the Monastic Office by Fr. Thomas Kocik

Archbishop Cyril Vasil on Byzantine Marriage and Oikonomia

Sandro Magister: Divorce and Second Marriages. The compliant “Oikonomia” of the Orthodox Churches
Compliant toward the bullying of the civil tribunals, from the times of the Byzantine empire. The past and present of the matrimonial practice of the Orthodox according to the reconstruction of an authority in the field, Archbishop Cyril Vasil, secretary of the congregation for the Oriental Churches

by Sandro Magister

"Up until the end of the ninth century, it was still possible to contract a civil marriage, but by the year 895, on the basis of Emperor Leo VI’s Novella 89, the Church was declared the only institution with legal competence for the celebration of matrimony. In this way, the priestly blessing became a necessary part of the legal act of marriage."

Can we say that Byzantine dogma on the priest being the minister of the sacrament of marriage is a theological opinion and not fixed in the deposit of faith?

Fr. Z

Friday, September 26, 2014

As I've Said

Ecumenism is taking its time

I don't expect it to advance significantly with Pope Francis.

The Wrong Sort of Trumpeting

"No feminism at work here."

DSPT Symposium: God, Reason and Reality

More info.


One Anniversary that Should be an Occasion of Self-Reflection and Criticism.

Monster Prime Numbers

Post by TED.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bragging Rights...

The 13th plenary session of the Joint Commission for Theological Dialogue Between the Orthodox and the Roman-Catholic Churches Comes to an End

St. Silouan the Athonite

Elder Paisios on Children

Ordination of Father Artur Bubnevych

St. Silouan, Part 2

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Order of Saint Romanos

Icons of the Theotokos

Cardinal Martino Reassures

Affirmative Action Decided at the Top?

Greater representation by women on the International Theological Commission.

The Chant Café: Revolutionary appointments by Kathleen Pluth
Vatican Radio
Catholic Herald


Do the Orthodox taken offense when they see the liturgy celebrated like this? Or do they have second thoughts about dialogue?

Ordination of Priests and Pontifical Prayer in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Monday, September 22, 2014

Fessio v. Kasper

CWR: Is Pope Francis upset about an Ignatius Press book?

Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, responds to claims and complaints made by Cardinal Walter Kasper

And from Sandro Magister...
Scola: Four Solutions for the Divorced and Remarried
And the fourth is the newest: to entrust the verification of the validity of a marriage directly to the bishop or one of his delegates, in a nonjudicial forum. With the archbishop of the Milan, there are now ten cardinals who have taken the field against the ideas of Kasper-Bergoglio

The Betting Is Open on the Next Synod
For the first time in decades, bishops and cardinals will get back together to clash over radically opposed ideas, in particular on the yes or no to communion for the divorced and remarried. It is Pope Francis who wanted to reopen the dispute. With an unpredictable outcome

Wherein Fr. Z Rants

Света Архијерејска Литургија - начало индикта и прослава св. Симеона Столпника (храмовна слава)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Intro to St. Silouan

Kasper Against the Church?

Rorate Caeli: The Game is Up on the Synod and Communion for Remarried Divorcees? - Kasper, in Interview: "Everything was agreed with the Pope."

Why Be Constrained by Federalism?

Why not ask for more, independence? Catholics seem to be unable or unwilling to contemplate what is necessary political reform. The identity that has emerged from consolidation and statism is hard to shake.

One Dominican: Godzblogz

Friday, September 19, 2014

Movie on Ss. Cyril and Methodius

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ordination of New Priests in the Armenian Church

Fortunately, He's Not in the Curia

Pope Francis's Series on the Church, Continued

More Local Saints, Please, Less...

"Universal"? Or just Latin?

The "steamroller" continues...

The Voroneţ Monastery in Romania

Fr. Z Speculates

The possible demotion of Cardinal Burke.

‘We have to judge acts’: Vatican’s Cardinal Burke dismantles ‘Who am I to judge?’

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

With a Short Excerpt from Louis Bouyer's Recently Published Memoirs

Original Sins: Eucharistic Prayer II - composed in a few hours in a Roman Trattoria

I need to get a copy of the book.

Some Hope it Will Be "Extraordinary"

Family: After the preventive “wars”, it’s over to the Synod

Pamphlets, books and interviews have focused on the question of communion for remarried divorcees. But there are many more questions that remain open and are to be discussed by the Synod fathers

What to think of this?

Vatican Diary / Exile to Malta for Cardinal Burke by Sandro Magister

As the impeccable prefect of the supreme tribunal of the apostolic signatura, he is on the verge of being demoted to the purely honorary role of “patron” of an order of knighthood. At the behest of Pope Francis

Reigning and “Emeritus.” The Enigma of the Two Popes by Sandro Magister

It is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church. With many unknowns still unresolved, and with serious risks already in play. An analysis by Roberto de Mattei

Assyrian Orthodox Patriarch

St Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral marks the anniversary of September 11

The Significance of Saint Paisius Velichkovsky by Father Herman Podmoshensky

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mass for the Dead of All Wars

Structure of the Eucharist


Temple of Christ's Resurrection - Montenegro (Podgorica)

A repeat:

Synodality and the Primate

Thomistica.net: Otto Hermann Pesch (1931–2014)

Divine Liturgies, 140915

Contrast - ACROD:

Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian):

Divine Liturgy in St. James Cathedral, Jerusalem

An Aristotelian Proof of the Existence of God - Edward C. Feser, PhD

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Rule of Faith

Polemics or Accurate?

Fr. Z: The hard truth about marriage, mercy and Eastern “oikonomia”

Divine Liturgy (in Arabic)

Lecture by Dr. Anthony E. Clark at USF

Alexander Lingas Lecture

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Presbytera's Perspective on Religious Education for Children

Interview with Metropolitan Joseph

St. Ignatius of Antioch

Архиєрейська Божественна Літургія з нагоди 400-річчя Берестейської Унії

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Akhtamar Takes a Deep Spiritual Breath

Kyrie eleison.

The Works of Mercy

Saint Sergius

One Man A-Capella

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Your birth, O Mother of God

The Experience of God

Saint Simeon


Decrees of the Ecumenical Councils 2 Volume Set

And the Latin reckoning/counting of ecumenical councils...

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Nativity of the Theotokos

Olive Oil Vigil Lamp

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Divine Liturgy and Consecration of St. Mark's Cathedral in Toronto - September 2014

Divine Liturgies, 140907

Only part of the Divine Liturgy:

The Road to Canonization

The Lamentable Decision to Suspend Sheen’s Cause by FATHER ROGER J. LANDRY

Donald Prudlo, Thank Goodness Fulton Sheen’s Cause Has Been Suspended

Some responses to Prudlo in the combox at NLM: “Thank Goodness Fulton Sheen’s Cause Has Been Suspended” - An Excellent Article on Canonizations

I agree with much of Professor Prudlo's post, though I would probably dispute the link between canonization and papal infallibility:
This is encouraging in the age of fast-tracked canonizations which tend to minimize the gravity of such elevations, bound up as they are with historical affirmations of papal infallibility. It is good to slow processes, indeed sometimes stop them altogether. Cults should arise out of spontaneous devotion and proper ecclesial supervision and care. Saints should be “from the ground up” as it were. Saints were never intended to be top-down impositions of models of life or patterns of holiness dictated by mere authority. Cults should be allowed to spread organically, and sometimes be permitted to die out of their own accord, with careful shepherding by Church authorities. This is why the old fifty-year rule was in place. This should permit enough time to make sure that a cult was genuine, that it was a result of the unfolding of an authentic discernment of holiness in the life of the Church, and provides the needed leisure for the operations of the various complex tasks associated with presenting a cause. The Church should not conform itself to this age of instant gratification, with its attendant shallowness. The old rule also provided a cooling-off period so that people too intimately involved in the life and career of the potential saint had been mostly laid in their graves. Unfortunately a kind of historical chauvinism afflicts many today, thinking that they either live in the darkest times in Church history or in the “broad, sunlit uplands” of Pollyanna-ish progressivism. The endurance of a cult long after the principals are dead is a telling mark of its validity.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Concelebration, East and West

NLM: Concelebration in the Byzantine Rite by Gregory DiPippo

Saint Jacob Netsvetov

Intellectualist or Human?

Was she a feminist as well?

New: "Not God's Type: An Atheist Academic Lays Down Her Arms"

Ignatius Press Pushing Symbolon

“The Symbolon video series proclaims the truth and beauty of the Catholic faith..." - competition with Fr. Robert Barron's Catholicism? I bet it will be more "Roman" than Catholic, with a heavy emphasis on the Latin perspective. To be expected, perhaps, but I do not think it is the ideal.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Müller’s first meeting with Fellay

Vatican Insider

Holy Mother Church

Francis: We are all Church, not just the bishops and the Pope

Francis: “Some simple old women speak better than any theologian”

From Ocean to Ocean

Eastern Christian Books: Praying to Christ through the Psalms

Eastern Christian Books: Praying to Christ through the Psalms

Blessing of Teachers in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Past Cold War, to a Hot One?

Pray Unceasingly

They Won't Quit

Still Active

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Coffee with Sr. Vassa Ep.35 (St. Irenaeus)

Western Iconography

NLM: Paintings from Students in the Style of the Gothic School of St Albans - next class is in Columbus, OH in October by David Clayton

Alexander Lingas Interview

Papal Affirmative Action

Müller: More women to join the international theological commission
The Vatican newspaper “L’Osservatore Romano’s” monthly women’s insert interviews the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “We are not misogynists!” he says, revealing that the number of women in the Congregation will go from two to five or six, at the Pope’s request

What will come of the October synod?

Rorate Caeli: Editorial: The Synod of Bishops and Divine Law by Roberto de Mattei (via Pertinacious Papist)

Monday, September 01, 2014