Saturday, March 14, 2015

Tim King on Chiara Lubich


A Dubious Appointment

A review of Marini's A Challenging Reform by Peter Stravinskas.

Fast Tracked to Beatification?

St. Josemaria Institute Podcast

Opus Dei: New Prayer Resource

Talks and meditations by priests of Opus Dei. Recent additions include 3 talks on “Pope Francis: His Life and Papacy and the Synod on the Family,” and meditations for the Sundays in Lent.

CWR Interview with Tracey Rowland

A View From the International Theological Commission: An Interview with Tracey Rowland by John Paul Shimek (via Insight Scoop)

The Science of STII:TWOK

AICN: Copernicus On The Science Of STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN!!

The One Christ

The One Christ: St. Augustine's Theology of Deification by David Vincent Meconi, SJ
Google Books

From earlier this year: Renowned Thomist Fr. Meconi Delivers Lecture to Christendom
At Steubenville: Being Transformed in Christ

He is currently editing a volume of essays on deification in the Latin tradition.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Eclectic Orthodoxy: Elder Sophrony on the Jesus Prayer

Adam DeVille Interviews Fr. John P. Manoussakis

Philosophy, Theology, and the Search for Unity: An Interview with John P. Manoussakis

AD: I was of course especially interested in your chapter on Petrine Primacy, and I genuinely appreciated your direct but courteous disagreement (fn. 26, p.31) with my proposal (in Orthodoxy and the Roman Papacy: Ut Unum Sint and the Prospects of East-West Unity) for a permanent ecumenical synod, which I was modeling more on the "synodos endemousa" of Constantinople than the idea of a permanent ecumenical council which, following Zizioulas (with whom I agree) is indeed an event rather than an institution. Is there value for a permanent or standing synod around the one who exercises the Petrine primacy so that it does not become unilateral or unbalanced--that the papal "monarchism" of the past does not rear its head again?

That’s a good question. I think that the confusion here might be due to a certain equivocity. There are to different bodies that bear the designation of a synod: the synod of one particular Church, assembled around its primus or prōtos, and the ecumenical synod or council. The latter is indeed an event and not an institution and therefore it cannot be a permanent body. The former, however, is an institution and it is characterized by permanence. The difference is the following: the synod of a Church is comprised by hierarchs of that Church alone: a bishop who does not belong to that local Church cannot participate in it. While the ecumenical synod aspires to the maximum representation of all hierarchs of all local Churches (it is for this reason that no synod in the Orthodox Church has been designated as ecumenical after the separation from Rome). One needs to respect the difference of these two bodies, even though they both are synods of bishops. To create a hybrid third synod that would borrow the regularity of the local synod but also be comprised by hierarchs of other local churches, as in the case of an ecumenical council, is, in my view, problematic. Nevertheless, there is a point of cardinal importance implied in your suggestion which is the need to inscribe primacy within synodality (that is, the primus, even “the universal primus,” is always in reference to a synod) and, conversely, every synod (even the ecumenical synod) is headed by a primus. This principle, however, does not necessitate that the synod of the primus on the universal level be also a permanent synod: for whoever this primus is, he is also the primate who presides over the synod of his local church, and that is a permanent body of ecclesial governance. The risk of monarchism would be accentuated were we to grant to one primate the presiding role of two permanent synods at the same time, one of his local Church, the other of the universal Church.

Is the local or particular Church the national Church? Or the church of a "city," over which one bishop presides? Is it a mistake to think of the national Church as the "local" Church? I think so... especially when it comes to properly understanding the office of the primate (or patriarch) and the limits of his office.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

What if you had a conference and nobody cared?

Vatican event tackles tough question of women's role in church

White knights shielding a delusional woman:
The moment of female Islamic theologians has come, they are an antidote to extremists

Is she a recognized Muslim "theologian"? No, a Catholic one, teaching in Rome, not in Iran or in the Middle East:
"A theologian and professor of Islamic studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome, Shahrzad Houshmand Zadeh studied Islamic theology in Qom and Teheran. In Italy she gained a degree in Catholic Theology from the Faculty of Theology in Reggio Calabria (South Italy). The mother of three has always been engaged in the field of Islamic-Christian dialogue. She is co-founder and president of an association called “Donne per la dignità” (“Women for dignity”) and has worked with Rome’s Inter-confessional Center for Peace (CIPAX) since 2005."

Just a fluff piece trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge. Vatican Insider loses respectability as any sort of outlet of critical journalism.

A Few More on Fr. Matthew

“We had the one, and we lost him”: Fr. Matthew Baker’s Significance in Orthodoxy

Naturally Human, Supernaturally God: Deification in Pre-Conciliar Catholicism

Fortress Press
"Naturally Human, Supernaturally God seeks to open a small window upon an interesting case of theological convergence between three of the most important theologians of the pre-Conciliar period of Catholic theology, Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P., Karl Rahner S.J., and Henri de Lubac S.J.,..."

Google Books

Lecture by Dr. Marcus Plested

First time I've come across this: The Dumb Ox and the Orthodox: A review of Orthodox Readings of Aquinas by Andrew Louth

Fr. Matthew would have been keen to follow any developments in the dialogue between Byzantine theology and Thomism...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

This Weekend

Sunday of the Steward

Communion with Christ

Writings and life of Edith Stein shed light on what "Communion with Christ" really means

Fr. Bouyer has high praise for the three 20th century Carmelite saints; maybe Sr. M. Regina van den Berg should do a book tour.

Voice of the Family Talk by Cardinal Burke

pdf (via Fr Z)

Be Careful of Who You Get in Bed With

Latins and Westerners have no problem saying this about Patriarch Kirill and Putin...

Towards a Baptismal Ecclesiology

Pope Addresses Members of Neocatechumenal Way

Biographer of Fr. Luigi Giussani


Still Pushing the Line of Human Dignity

Misapplication of Human Virtues to God?

Does God not reveal His glory in His creation? And even more so in the deification of men? (And of angels?)

Monday, March 09, 2015

This Week in Orthodoxy...

50 Years

NLM: Dom Alcuin Reid on the 50th Anniversary of Mass in the Vernacular by Gregory DiPippo
RC: The 50th Anniversary of Paul VI's First Italian Mass
Some hard truths about the "1965 Missal" and the Liturgical Reform

RC: Pope Francis on liturgical reform and Vatican II: no turning back