Saturday, March 08, 2014

No cassocks?

It's not summer yet, either... some of the priests of Rome:

Such clerical dress is permitted - but is there any push for Roman priests to wear the cassock? Or is that an incidental that is not necessary for the new evangelization?

Interview with Benedict XVI


The Secretary of 3 Popes Talks About Benedict's Renunciation (Part 1)

The Meaning of the Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian

STOTS: God is With Us - Great Compline 3/6/2014

By the Waters of Babylon

Tomb of Apostle Philip Found
Mospat: Meeting of Primates of Orthodox Churches starts in Istanbul

Civitas Dei Medallion Award - Villanova University

2012 - Given to Alasdair MacIntyre. I don't think I've posted this video before.

Alasdair MacIntyre - Catholic Instead of What?

Friday, March 07, 2014

Fr. David gave a presentation on St. Maximus the Confessor - I definitely will need to read more, especially his use of "nature." For now it would have to be his writings in English translation. I should improve my Greek! Is there a study of his appropriation (and rejection) of Aristotle's teachings?

Thursday, March 06, 2014

"There is no 'Christian style' without Jesus or the Cross."

Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy: Is Orthodoxy the Same Everywhere?: Understanding Theological Controversy Within the Church by Fr. Andrew Stephen Damick

Brotherly meeting of Primates of Church of Constantinople and Russian Church takes place at the Patriarchate of Constantinople
Commission for the preparation of the meeting of Primates of Local Orthodox Churches concludes its work
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill arrives in Istanbul to take part in the meeting of Primates of Orthodox Churches

Fisher More Responds

Rorate Caeli: For the record: College responds
Both Board and President release statements

CWR: Bishop of Fort Worth draws the line [UPDATED] By Michael J. Miller
CWR: Can We Talk About Fasting? by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille
Some thoughts on the Western and Eastern approaches to food and fasting during the Lenten season.
First Things: Against Heterosexuality by Michael W. Hannon
The idea of sexual orientation is artificial and inhibits Christian witness.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Fisher More College

Rorate Caeli: Guest Op-Ed: First Things First
The Traditional Latin Mass and the Fort Worth Affair

Dr. Taylor Marshall provides some information as to what has been going on with the school:

Canon of St. Andrew of Crete

Pravmir: The Who’s Who of The Great Canon of St. Andrew of Crete


Coffee with Sister Vassa Ep.20 (Adam's Lament / 1st Week of Lent)

Vatican: Eucharist on Ash Wednesday

his homily

Kasper Changes the Paradigm, Bergoglio Applauds by Sandro Magister

The no-longer-secret text of the bombshell talk that opened the consistory on the family. With the indication of two paths of readmission to communion for the divorced and remarried. According to the example of the ancient Church

Orthodox Arts Journal: Holy Icons in Today’s World (Pt.1): Insight into Contemporary Issues by Aidan Hart

Related: Book Review: Icons in Time, Persons in Eternity
NLM: The Theology of Church Archtitecture - a lecture by Denis McNamara
by David Clayton

Interview with Alice von Hildebrand: Should Pope Paul VI be Canonized?

EWTN Bookmark - 2014-2-2 - Dark Night of the Body

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

NLM: The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts: Guest Article by Dr. Kyle Washut

The Pope as Universal Teacher

One of his roles that is in dispute by the Orthodox, and not something that was definite in the first several centuries, though papal claims to this authority were made in the 400s (according to Wilken; I'll have to look up the reference). The exercise of this function does seem to contribute to the personality cult surrounding the pope (especially the current pontiff, Francis) and to certain understandings of the papal office (an interpretation of Vatican I and the like) - one brand of ultramontanism.

Would all of this communication be possible without the mass media, a staff of translators, and cheap energy to sustain both? Will it always be possible to have translators would be sensitive to the nuances of another theological language? And is there any guarantee that a pope will know another theological language well enough (e.g. Greek) so as to effectively communicate with a different ecclesial culture? Or other languages to evangelize every non-Christian in the world? Are "universal" languages even possible? (MacIntyre would claim no.)

A pope may be a polyglot, but knowing every language necessary to teach every single human being effectively? Impossible, without a gift of the Holy Spirit, and we have seen in the normal "operation" of the Church, such a gift has not been given, except at Pentecost?

Now it may be necessary for someone to address a concern affecting the Church Universal, during some time of emergency or crisis. But as an 'normal,' everyday exercise? Would that be possible in an energy-constricted world?