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.

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)