Friday, April 17, 2015

Fr. Alexander Men on Pascha

The Essential Meaning of the Paschal Feast by Archpriest Alexander Men (+1990)

Fr. Florovsky on Pascha

This Luminous Night by Protopresbyter Georges Florovsky (+1979)

Christ the Sower

This explanation is really cool.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, April 10, 2015

Last Lecture by Fr. James Schall

I think that the settings may have been changed so that it is no longer embeddable. Here is the link.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paschal Encyclical of Patriarch Bartholomew

And from Archbishop Demetrios:

A message from His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Saturday, April 11, 2015

Serbian Paschal Folk Song

Orthodox Pascha

Christ’s Resurrection Celebrated by Orthodox Christians Around the World (Photos)

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Monday, April 13, 2015

Paschal Great Vespers at Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow


Posted by Митрополит Иларион Алфеев (Metropolitan Hilarion) on Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paschal Messageby Patriarch KIRILL of Moscow and All Russiato the Archpastors, Pastors, Deacons, Monks and Nunsand...

Posted by Митрополит Иларион Алфеев (Metropolitan Hilarion) on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Defning the Juridical Status of Episcopal Conferences

Disapproval Ratings. The Ambassador and the Cardinal by Sandro Magister

The first, designated by France, is rejected by the Vatican because he is homosexual. The second, prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, is opposed by the fans of Pope Francis. Who does not always make himself clear

Paschal Message of His Beatitude Sviatoslav

St. Philip Neri, Pray for Us!

Posted by DC Oratorians in Formation on Friday, April 10, 2015

Jubilee of Mercy

Pope Francis explains the reason he called for a Jubilee Year of Mercy.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

When Pope Francis officially convoked the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy with the publication of the Bull, “...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pope Officially Proclaims Jubilee Year, Presents Bull of IndictionFrancis Asks: 'Many Question in Their Hearts: Why a Jubilee of Mercy Today?'

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Step Forward for Full Communion?

Armenian Catholics and Orthodox seek unity their martyrs enjoy by Cindy Wooden

The Pope, Turks & Armenians: A Lesson for America by Stephen Masty
Rod Dreher

On Divine Mercy Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, Pope Francis celebrated Solemn Mass for the Centenary of the Armenian Martyrdom.

Posted by Beauty of Catholicism on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Accepting Fr. Bouyer for What He Says

And not trying to turn him into a Latin traditionalist.

John Pepino teaches at Our Lady of Guadalupe Semnary; he probably either is a Latin traditionalists or a sympathizer, but he does not use Bouyer to serve an agenda regarding what language should be used for the Roman rite, recognizing that Fr. Bouyer was not a Latin absolutist (nor a vernacular absolutist):
For Bouyer, it goes without saying that the instructional parts of the Mass (the lessons) must be proclaimed in such a way as to be understood of the people. Yet he immediately adds that one should not thereby suppose that the vernacular should be put in just anywhere, or that such an introduction would suffice to make the Mass perfectly comprehensible.In the first place there has to be a standard Latin text that can be used as it is: Luther and his Swedish followers held their services in Latin in university settings (for the benefit of candidates to the ministry in particular), and Cranmer "produced a standard edition of his prayer book in traditional Latin." Furthermore the abandonment of Latin would be a severe loss for priests as it would alienate them from all the sources of Western Christian culture. But even at the parish level, the following must be maintained in Latin according to Bouyer: first, the great Latin Eucharistic Prayer, so that we may follow the very terms used by our ancestors in the faith; secondly, the five stable parts of the ordinary, which everybody can learn by heart and sing (Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus-Benedictus, Agnus Dei). Above all one ought not, under pretext of avoiding archaism, impose a straitjacket of linguistic contemporariness. The liturgy our Lord and the Apostles knew was in Aramaic--their vernacular--but also in Hebrew, their sacred language. This phobia of Latin seems to stem from the naive hypothesis that Latin is the only obstacle to a full understanding of the liturgy while in fact, it is ignorance of Sacred Scripture that is the greatest obstacle. For this reason the Council envisages more room for the Bible, and asks preachers to give homilies explaining its meaning.

"Cassandra's Curse: Louis Bouyer, the Liturgical Movement, and the Post-Conciliar Reform of the Mass," Antiphon, vol 18, no. 3 (2014), 288-89.

[Too lazy to look for a respectable format for the endnote.]

Professor Pepino has lectured on Fr. Bouyer in front of an audience that probably included a few Latin traditionalists. How did they receive Fr. Bouyer?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ninth Meeting Begins

Ninth Meeting of Council of Cardinals Begins"Council of Nine" Continues Work of Curial Reform

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, April 13, 2015

Pope Francis to Religious Formators

Pope: 'If There Is No Witness, No Coherence, There Will Be No Vocations'Francis Tells Religious Formators to Go Ahead With Joy

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Monday, April 13, 2015

Honorary Degrees for the Founders of the Neocatechumenal Way

Catholic University of America Confers Honorary Degree on Initiators of the Neocatechumenal WayKiko Argüello and Carmen Hernandez To Receive Honoris Causa from Pontifical University on May 16th

Posted by Zenit News Agency on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Curial Appointments

Pope Francis has named several of the Cardinals created on February 14th members to various Dicasteries of the Roman Curia.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, April 13, 2015

Where the Classical Orans Gesture Has Not Been Lost

The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, has spoken to Vatican Radio upon his return from Erbil, the...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, April 13, 2015

Archbishop Gänswein on Benedict XVI

The Prefect of the Papal Household and private secretary to Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, Archbishop Georg Ganswein, has...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Here is a photo taken on Saturday of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI and seminarians from the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Pascha 2105 at Most Holy Theotokos


Shurishkan Gospel

Lifesite News: Cardinal Brandmüller: Advocates for changing Catholic teaching on marriage are ‘heretics’ – even if they are bishops

Lifesite (via Fr. Z)

Notes on Divine Righteousness, Satisfaction and Atonement

St. Thomas, ST III 46, 2 obj. 3
Further, God's justice required that Christ should satisfy by the Passion in order that man might be delivered from sin. But Christ cannot let His justice pass; for it is written (2 Timothy 2:13): "If we believe not, He continueth faithful, He cannot deny Himself." But He would deny Himself were He to deny His justice, since He is justice itself. It seems impossible, then, for man to be delivered otherwise than by Christ's Passion.

ST III 46, 2 ad 3:
Even this justice depends on the Divine will, requiring satisfaction for sin from the human race. But if He had willed to free man from sin without any satisfaction, He would not have acted against justice. For a judge, while preserving justice, cannot pardon fault without penalty, if he must visit fault committed against another--for instance, against another man, or against the State, or any Prince in higher authority. But God has no one higher than Himself, for He is the sovereign and common good of the whole universe. Consequently, if He forgive sin, which has the formality of fault in that it is committed against Himself, He wrongs no one: just as anyone else, overlooking a personal trespass, without satisfaction, acts mercifully and not unjustly. And so David exclaimed when he sought mercy: "To Thee only have I sinned" (Psalm 50:6), as if to say: "Thou canst pardon me without injustice."

One can say that Christ's human acts are meritorious and that His life, that in which we participate through the holy mysteries/the sacraments, provides the template for our deification. This much can be harmonized with Christus Victor theories .

Beyond this, the problem arises when Aquinas writes (ST III 48, 2): "He properly satisfies for an offense who offers something which the offended one loves equally, or even more than he detested the offense."

Usually it is understood as a form of quantitative equalizing, the "accounting ledger." It might be possible to make Aquinas here verbally agree with a Christus Victor theory of atonement, Christ satisfies Divine Righteousness for the sin of Adam (and our sins) by doing what Adam failed to do and thus countering his sin and fall, taking upon the condition of fallen man and healing him, etc..

But St. Thomas continues in III 48, 2: "But by suffering out of love and obedience, Christ gave more to God than was required to compensate for the offense of the whole human race."

The language still remains that of measuring or "accounting, as given in the language of the third objection, "Further, atonement implies equality with the trespass, since it is an act of justice," which Aquinas does not deny in his response.

Similarly, forcing an interpretation of justice as Divine Righteousness (in its wholly holy sense) could be done for ST III 46, 1 ad 3 but it would notbe a good fit :
That man should be delivered by Christ's Passion was in keeping with both His mercy and His justice. With His justice, because by His Passion Christ made satisfaction for the sin of the human race; and so man was set free by Christ's justice: and with His mercy, for since man of himself could not satisfy for the sin of all human nature, as was said above (Question 1, Article 2), God gave him His Son to satisfy for him, according to Romans 3:24-25: "Being justified freely by His grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God hath proposed to be a propitiation, through faith in His blood." And this came of more copious mercy than if He had forgiven sins without satisfaction. Hence it is said (Ephesians 2:4): "God, who is rich in mercy, for His exceeding charity wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ."

The article from the new Catholic Encyclopedia may be an attempt at a corrective to "A rigorously juridical concept of satisfaction [that] can suggest an exchange governed by commutative justice. Excessive humanization of the Creator-creature relationship can effect the theological discussion of whether or not Christ's payment of satisfaction in mankind's name was in the strictest sense a work of justice."

It goes a way to try to return to Christus Victor theories of atonement and return to a fuller sense of Divine Righteosness, but it also takes steps back as soon as it advances. For example:
The Prophets and the Psalmist appeal to the justice of god when yearning for deliverance. Goodness, mercy, fidelity, constancy—all these are aspects of the Biblical notion of God's justice. When Saint Thomas speaks of "the severity of God" that was "unwilling to forgive sin without punishment," he rightly couples this immediately with "His goodness" in giving mankind one who could adequately satisfy in behalf of all those who deserved punishment (Summa theologiae 3a, 47.3 ad 1).

[Hampered by too much attachment to Aquinas.]

And: "The word propitiation reminds one that Christ's suffering and death were an expiation for an offense or an appeasement of an offended God."

And yet what follows does not support this as the explanation of propitiation, but rather propitiation as understood in Christus Victor theories : "Though God's loving justice was not punishing His innocent Son, He did so plan the redemptive Passion as to enable Jesus to express His filial love through experiences that came to mankind historically as punishments for sin, namely, suffering and death "


Tuesday, April 14, 2015


Congratulations to Fr. Ankido Sipo and Fr. Simon Esshaki, who were ordained to the priesthood last Friday. As...

Posted by Western Dominican Vocations on Monday, April 13, 2015

The Christian Mystery and Sacrifice

Monday, April 13, 2015

What sort of spirituality?

Imbuing the Ordinary Form with Extraordinary Form Spirituality by Peter Kwasniewski

While the author claims that such changes will be beneficial to the people (and there are spiritual benefits to the people for a reverent celebration of the Divine Liturgy), the article is mostly centered on the clerics. There is very little about fostering an authentic liturgical spirituality in the Christian faithful in general.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Christos Anesti! (Julian calendar)

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tomb bestowing life!

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Sunday, April 12, 2015

Got my back issues of Antiphon yesterday afternoon; will enjoy reading more about Fr. Bouyer.