Friday, April 29, 2016

Chiesa: The German Option of the Argentine Pope

Cardinal Kasper and the progressive wing of the Church of Germany have gotten what they wanted. On communion for the divorced and remarried, Francis is on their side. He made up his mind a while ago, and has acted accordingly

A Story with Many Facets

Our Lady of the Mount Anjara, Jordan - New Icons of the Mysteries of the Rosary, and a Miraculous Weeping Statue

The continued presence of the Roman rite in the Christian Near East; the IVE trying to get on the good side of Pope Francis; and the icons -- how acceptable would they be to an Eastern Christian, Byzantine or otherwise?

St. Elias Monastery

Eastern Christian Books: Nicholas Denysenko on Liturgical Reform

Eastern Christian Books: Nicholas Denysenko on Liturgical Reform

Liturgical Reform after Vatican II: The Impact on Eastern Orthodoxy is another book from Fortress Press.

Fr. Lawrence Farley, Altar Girls

I now see one way in which Nicholas Denysenko is associated with Pray Tell....

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Real Presence

Not Just Scotland

CWR: Once deeply Catholic, modern Scotland needs a theological revival
From Saints Mungo and Margaret to writer George Mackay Brown, the Catholic roots of Scotland run deep, despite post-Reformation neglect.
By Tracey Rowland

On a recent trip to Scotland Bishop Gilbert of Aberdeen asked me whether I was familiar with the Scottish writer George Mackay Brown. I had to confess that I had never heard of him. A few days later I was rummaging through second-hand book stores searching for everything and anything by Mackay Brown.


With all our wealth and leisure, shouldn't we expect Latin clergy to be more knowledgeable in the "sacred languages" (and the Church Fathers) than their medieval predecessors. And yet most seminaries have no requirement for Latin or Greek (much less, Hebrew and Aramaic). What good is all of the economic advantages that the Western world has?

PhD programs still expect doctoral students to be trained to read texts in their original languages. Why shouldn't a more sizable number of Latin clergy be able to do so with respect to sacred scripture and the documents of the Church and the writings of the Church Fathers? Should we take the lack of standards as evidence of God's judgment?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Chiesa: Indissoluble Marriage? Yes, But For the Chosen Few

Not only the doctrine of the Church, but the very words of Jesus on marriage are now reinterpreted in the most varied of ways. According to the biblicist Silvio Barbaglia, in the Gospels absolute indissolubility applies only to couples living as brother and sister “for the kingdom of heaven”

But Is it Aristotelian Enough?

Another attempt at reconciling evolution with the science of nature that turns out to be too facile?

Bishop Schneider Seeks Clarification on Amoris Laetitia

letter (in Italian) (via Fr. Z)

Iconography Tutorials by Julia Bridget Hayes

at ikonographics (via Byz, TX)

Fr. Andrew on Pentecostalism, Continued

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Papal Message to the 39th National (Italian) Convention of Groups and Communities for Renewal in the Holy Spirit

More from Fr. Andrew on Pentecostalism

Maybe a Counterpoint

Situating Luther

The Catholic Thing: Reflections on “Amoris Laetitia” by Fr. Gerald E. Murray
NLM: The Office of Vespers as Sacrifice - Guest Article (Skyler Neberman)
Gregory DiPippo

John Henry Newman Center of Higher Education Interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider

(via Rorate Caeli)
On Thursday I was reminded of this post... 1 Timothy 2:12 and 1 Corinthians 14:34.

At least Latin traditionalists wouldn't have women as teachers in their seminaries and colleges, respecting older social norms, the distinction of sex roles based on sex differences.
And the Two Become One Flesh by Veronica A. Arntz

A questionable interpretation of the parable of the wedding feast.
Lastly, through this improper reception of the Eucharist, we come to the wedding feast without the proper garment. In one of Christ’s parables, a king is hosting a marriage feast for his son, and after many of those invited rejected the invitation, the king brought in any from the streets who would come. Among these, however, “He {the king} saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless” (Matthew 22:11-12). This man was thrown “into the outer darkness” because he did not come properly dressed (Matthew 22:13). Thus, when we approach the Lord without having gone to the sacrament of Confession, and receive him unworthily, we are likewise approaching the wedding feast of the Lamb without the proper garment. Here, we see the eschatological purpose of the Church: if we do not participate in the Church with the right end of Heaven in mind, then we are doing a disservice to the Body of Christ. How will we be able to respond to the invitation to come to the “Spirit and the Bride” at the end of time, if during our whole lives as Christians we were not properly prepared to receive him? (Revelations 22:17). For the ultimate end of the Body of Christ is to enter the Mystical Body in Heaven, and to do that, we ought to be properly prepared to be part of the Body, and to receive the Eucharistic Body.

Is HPR so hard up for submissions that it is publishing essays by college seniors? (Even if that college is WCC.)

Our understanding of Christian marriage or natural marriage is dependent upon our understanding of the Church and its relation to Christ? Aristotle and Cicero, cited at the beginning of the essay, had no knowledge of the Mystery of Christ. One can just as easily say that the marriage crisis is due to the loss of faith, but what Christian trying to live in Christ doesn't realize that already?

More on Theosis

Andrew Louth's chapter in Partakers of the Divine Nature.

Introductory course: Apophasis & Theosis

Protestants Returning to Theosis

Carl Mosser:

Trinities podcast episode 59 and episode 60

The Byzantine Anglo-Catholic: Incarnation and Theosis

Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology
Eerdman's - Google Books

"The Retrieval of Deification: How a Once-Despised Archaism Became an Ecumenical Desideratum" by Paul Gavrilyuk

Friday, April 22, 2016

English Translation to Be Published by Ignatius Press?

CWR Blog: Vatican liturgist: “We are administrators, and not the masters, of the sacraments” by Alberto Carosa
Msgr. Nicola Bux has a new book out in Italian on the sacraments, and several prominent churchmen were present for its official release.
CWR: Five Serious Problems with Chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia By E. Christian Brugger
The most controversial section of Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation is fraught with problematic arguments and dubious moral theology—and gives the German bishops all they want.

For Catholics who feel weary about the abuse that the Christian family has lately suffered at the hands of militant secularism, Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL) has many encouraging things to say: e.g., its forthright assertion that “no genital act of husband and wife can refuse” the truth that “the conjugal union ...
CWR: The Church in Crisis: Roots and Realities By Carl E. Olson
The crisis in Catholicism today, argues Fr. Martin R. Tripole, S.J., author of a detailed study of the Enlightenment and its continuing influence, is "a crisis of abandonment of fidelity to Christ’s Church and its teachings".

Fr. Martin R. Tripole, S.J., is professor emeritus of theology, Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia who earned an S.T.D. from the Institut Catholique in Paris, France. He is the author of Church in Crisis: The Enlightenment and Its Impact upon Today's Church (CUA, 2012), and has published numerous essays and boo...
Dawn Eden gives an update.

And she will be employed at a Roman Catholic seminary, apparently.
The Imaginative Conservative: The Catholic Enlightenment: A Forgotten History by Bradley J. Birzer

The Catholic Enlightenment: The Forgotten History of a Global Movement by Ulrich L. Lehner

"Modern" Art and Icon Painting

Insight Scoop: New: "Called to Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification"

Thursday, April 21, 2016

David Solomon to Retire


Bergoglio's Populism

Chiesa: “The People, Mystical Category.” The Political Vision of the South American Pope

An essay by Professor Zanatta has come out in Argentina and Italy, on the “populism” of Francis. The thread that ties together his visit to Lesbos and his affinity for the anti-capitalist and anti-globalization “popular movements”
Catholic World Report: Building bridges through filmmaking By Jim Graves
Dustin Kahia hopes his new production company—which has just released its first film—will engage the culture through “a different form of evangelism.”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Does Pope Francis Weaken or Illustrate the Case for Papal Infallibility?

Though the article is written by Christopher Ferrera, it does include the views of other Catholics who are critical of Amoris Laetitia, not all of whom are Latin traditionalists. Amoris Laetitia: Anatomy of a Pontifical Debacle

Why Amor and Not Caritas?

Besides the parallel with the title of the recent Apostolic Exhortation, but in that context, would caritas be better there as well? The consequence of the Church of Rome falling away from Greek?

Meanwhile, How are the Indian Syriac Churches?

Jesus Youth

An Issue Central to Inculturation

More from Fr. Thomas Hopko

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

As Opposed to the Eternal Word?

Buon compleanno

For Documentation


Metropolitan Anthony Bloom on Prayer

More on St. Mary of Egypt

Front Porch Republic: Just War Doctrine Doesn’t Need an Update by Marc Mason

According to a “first of its kind” Vatican conference co-hosted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the international Catholic peace organization Pax Christi there is no such thing as a “just war.” The participants in this conference go further than this and say that the Catholic Church’s “Just War” doctrine developed by theologians from as far back as St. Augustine must be rejected. They argue that the Church’s just war doctrine has too often been used to justify unjust wars and they go on to argue that the “powerful capabilities of modern weapons and evidence of the effectiveness of nonviolent campaigns make it [just war doctrine] outdated.” The hope of the conference attendees is that Pope Francis will consider writing an encyclical or some other “major teaching document” that will reorient the Church’s teaching on just war doctrine.

Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Pax Christi International
Pax Christi USA

What examples of (successful) nonviolent campaigns are they citing? And how many of those took place in countries where those ruling did not have some remnant of Christian conscience or were otherwise unwilling to do what it takes to suppress those movements?

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Robert Royal and Fr. Gerald Murray on Amoris Laetitia

(via EWTN)
For the white knights to consider: if having women in positions of authority (such as teaching) in the Church is ok then having a seminary where the staff is 100% women should be the best step towards progress and greater inclusiveness and participation of women. But if it isn't, why not?

Not that I expect the white knights to be able to think coherently about this.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Centesimus Annus

Eternal Memory

Parts 2 and 3.

The New Apostolic Exarch for Greece

Making Reparation

Fr. Z: Intense new image of the Sacred Heart and your Act of Reparation (ACTION ITEM!)

On that note, because of the awful confusion that we have experience over the last week, I ask you all earnestly to pray the classic Act of Reparation that the great Pius XI released in 1928 in Miserentissimus Redemptor.

The prayer here.

Making reparation and expiation for the [supposed] sins of others... does such a mindset distort agape?
NLM: The Solemnity of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church 2016

Established back in the high days of Roman pretensions, when Pius IX thought he could legislate such matters to the Church Universal. Is it uncontroversial to say that (apostolic) Christians have always believed that the Theotokos has a special relationship to the Church? Is the same true of St. Joseph?

The Status of Amoris Laetitia

Amoris Laetitia is "non-magisterial"? Not so fast ...
in which the author reminds us:
During this speech, which he addressed to the Synod Fathers, Francis made clear that at the end of the Synodal process, he intended to pronounce authoritatively: "the synodal process culminates in listening to the Bishop of Rome, who is called upon to pronounce as "pastor and teacher of all Christians," not based on his personal convictions but as a supreme witness of “totius fides Ecclesiae” (the whole faith of the Church), of the guarantor of obedience and the conformity of the Church to the will of God, to the Gospel of Christ and to the Tradition of the Church."

Several points, not directly in response to the above:
1. Where does the synodal process, as it is outlined by Pope Francis, in evidence during the first millenium? (Reception or non-reception of canons is not the same as making a pronouncement.)
2. Some have distinguished an (extraordinary) synod from an ecumenical council -- I saw a link to one such article, but I can't find it at the moment. I won't attempt to guess what is says.
3. Even if the synod is more of a consultative body, the pope is still claiming to exercise his own ministry over the Church Universal with the apostolic exhortation (even if it is of a lower authority than other papal documents). Even if he has the authority to do so, what can He do but witness to the unchanging Tradition of the Church with respect to "Faith and morals"? As for being a universal pastor, especially over other bishops and their clergy, the practical, prudential, and legal limits of this may be in dispute.

Three Tiny Notes on Amoris Laetitia

Antonio Socci: There has been a coup in the Church
Let us rebel against “the dictatorship of relativism” which is destroying Catholicism and our civilization.

De Mattei - The Post-Synod Exhortation, Amoris laetitia: First reflections on a catastrophic document guest piece by Roberto de Mattei

NCReg: ‘Amoris Laetitia’ and the Constant Teaching and Practice of the Church
REGISTER EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Burke says a post-synodal apostolic exhortation, ‘by its very nature, does not propose new doctrine and discipline, but applies the perennial doctrine and discipline to the situation of the world at the time.’

Cardinal Burke’s Exhortation Response Leaves Faithful Wanting
When Europe demands that religions become ‘liberal’
Debate surrounding Islam in the European Union has wider implications for religious freedom.

(via The Catholic Thing)

Someone Will Say Its Alien Technology

Yahoo: Mystery of Nazca, Peru's Puquios: Purpose of Ancient Holes Finally Solved By Satellites

Elder Paisios

Thursday, April 14, 2016

"Post-Conciliar" Reformers

Attempting a human, top-down reform.

The Liturgical Reform and the ‘Political’ Message of Vatican II in the Age of a Privatized and Libertarian Culture by Massimo Faggioli

And then there's Anthony Ruff, OSB: Don’t Miss It: Faggioli on Liturgy Reform and the Rest of Vatican II
Perhaps this test case, which comes from me and not Faggioli, helps make the point: Should women be admitted into the sanctuary and be allowed to exercise liturgical ministry? There was a prohibition of this before Vatican II. But now women are acolytes, lectors, commentators, cantors, lay Eucharistic ministers, and so forth.

Let this change be emblematic of the many changed relationships brought about by the council. The move, broadly speaking, is from authoritarian subordination to (at least increased) collaboration and dialogue. The unreformed liturgical practice that overemphasizes clergy over laity, and lay men over lay women (only boys can be servers) made perfect sense in the larger context of authoritarian subordination in other aspects of the church’s life. The church then related to the modern world and secular states in a stance of privileged superiority (or sought to). Same with Catholic truth and other positions – error has no rights and religious liberty is rejected. Ecumenism? Heretics and schismatics are called back to the one true church, which already possesses within itself all the unity intended by the Lord Jesus. True equality between men and women, between husband and wife? No, not really.

So one version of liberalism over another... sounds familiar?

New Icon of Saints Mary of Egypt and Zosimas

Crisis: The Curate’s Egg: A Reflection on Amoris Laetitia by Fr. George W. Rutler

There was a Victorian member of the Royal Academy who boasted that his paintings were the best because they were the biggest. More perceptively, Cicero and Pascal and Madame Recamier and…

Eastern Christian Books: Conciliar Christology

Eastern Christian Books: Conciliar Christology

A question: Is Timothy Pawl an analytic philosopher?

The Papacy Attempting Too Much

Peters focuses on one school of weighing papal documents; he does not think (as I do) that the problem is with the practice of the bishop of Rome frequently promulgating his opinion (regardless of authoritative weight) apparently to the Church Universal. It's a feature of the modern papacy, not present in the first millenium.

The slow decline of the Ordinary Magisterium by Edward N. Peters
I think many in the Church have been slipping into associating the noun “Magisterium” with the adjective “infallible” and assuming that, if some papal/episcopal assertion is not “infallible” then it is not “magisterial”.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Benedict on the Loss of Missionary Zeal by Jude P. Dougherty

Chiesa: Francis and Antonio, a Couple in Excellent “Society”

The pope has in Fr. Antonio Spadaro, a Jesuit like him, his authorized translator. Here is how “La Civiltà Cattolica” restates in clearer words what “Amoris lætitia” presents in allusive form

For Some (Neo-)Scholastic Humor...

Posted by someone on Facebook:

"The notion of a bazaar is that form of vendition in which things of the least possible value are sold at the greatest possible price, by those who most want to get rid of them to those who least want to acquire them, for charitable purposes.

The efficient cause of a bazaar is the parish priest, and the more efficient he is, the more bazaars he has. The material cause of a bazaar is all unwanted objects, such as photograph frames, pincushions and Japanese screens. The formal cause of a bazaar is that you can't think of any excuse for evading the formality. The final cause is the wiping off of the Church debt. This is the end of all bazaars, having no end itself.

It is asked whether it is permissible to hold parish bazaars. And at first sight, it appears not. The first reason is taken from the principle that it is not lawful to do evil in order that good may come. But to sell anything for more than it is worth is an evil. Ergo... And again, St Paul tells us that charity is not inflated: now 'to be able' follows 'to be'; therefore it is repugnant that charity, not being itself inflated, should inflate prices. Ergo...

The second reason is taken from the principle that nothing is vendible except what is desired by the buyer as a good. Now the buyer desires a good either under the species of the useful or the beautiful. But that the things sold at bazaars are not useful is clear from the terms of the definition, and that they are not beautiful is clear from contemplation of the things themselves. For the senses are not deceived over their proper objects. And from another point of view, it may be argued that the things bought at bazaars are never either used or exposed as beautiful: they are kept in a back room and sold at the next bazaar. And this process will go on ad infinitum. But the concrete infinity is not found in reality.

The third is taken from Scripture, from that passage to wit where the holy Apostles say that it is not right for them to serve tables. Now a stall at a bazaar partakes in some way of the nature of a table; a priest therefore, may not serve a stall at a bazaar, nor cause others to serve at it, for he who acts through another acts in his own person.

Sed contra: Fr Sims is holding a parish bazaar.

It must be replied therefore to the first point, that no injustice can be done to one who knows it and wills it. And everyone who goes to a bazaar knows that he is being defrauded and also wills it - not directly, indeed, but per accidens, in order to avoid greater evils, such as a personal appeal for donations. And also, St Paul tells us that charity endures all things; it is evident therefore that it must endure even a parish bazaar.

To the second, that a thing may be useful to its owner not in so far as he applies it to himself, but in so far as he applies it to another. For an arrow is useful to its owner only when he applies it to another, not to himself. It is useful, therefore, to possess a photograph frame which you can hand over to the next parish bazaar. And that this process is infinite is not true; for the frame will fall to pieces sooner or later, and all the sooner in proportion as it is a bad frame.

To the third, it must be replied that a stall at a bazaar does not fall under the definition of a table, but under the definition of a tent. And St Paul made tents. Now he who wills the means, wills the end; St Paul, therefore, in willing that tents should be made, willed that they should be used. And again, Scripture says that we ought not to muzzle a Knox...

Written by Ronald Knox in May 1924 and published in "In Three Tongues", 1959, Chapman & Hall.

Cappella Romana Sale

Christ, the Divine Physician

Understanding Persons: Materialism, Idealism, or...?

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

CWR: Amoris Laetitia: A CWR Symposium by CWR Staff

Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, “On love in the family,” has been one of the most widely anticipated papal documents in recent years, following the closely watched...

Related: Watch: Ignatius Press editorial staff members discuss "Amoris Laetitia"

Eastern Christian Books: The Mythology of the Third Rome

Eastern Christian Books: The Mythology of the Third Rome

St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral

The St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral located in Washington DC is one mighty wonder that very few people know...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Thursday, April 7, 2016

website - FB

Monday, April 11, 2016

New Book on John Paul II

INTERVIEW SPECIAL: Inside Stories About John Paul II, Also Told by His Successor Pope Benedict XVIPolish Vaticanista’s New Book Features Conversations With Those Who Knew Him Best

Posted by ZENIT - News Agency on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Psalm 88 in the Roman Office

Pray Tell: Does Psalm 88 Make Sense at Compline? by Liborius Olaf Lumma

The current Roman order uses Ps. 88 on Fridays. The mood of this psalm is totally different than that of all the other ones. While Pss. 4, 31, 91, and 134 express confidence and trust in God’s guidance, Ps 88. definitely does not. It is a lamentation and a petitionary prayer, rather in terms of desperation than in terms of hope.

In my eyes (and in the eyes of all scholars I know on that point), the meaning of Compline in the old monastic tradition is to express and practice imperturbable confidence in contemplation of death (sleep being an image of death of course). Ps. 88 can be seen as an imitation of Christ’s despair on the cross (cf. Mt 27:46 and Ps 22:1). One might argue that this is exactly why this psalm is a good choice for a Christian night prayer on Friday, but I would argue that this is not what Compline is about. Reading Ps. 88 transforms Compline into something it was not meant to be: it turns from a rite of peace, silence, and confidence into a late-medieval affective and almost painful imitatio crucis (imitation of the cross). And this does not even fit with General Instruction no. 88 which claims for Compline on weekdays that “psalms are chosen which are full of confidence in the Lord.”

The Church of England adopted most of the Roman cycle for Compline, but not on Fridays: They prefer Ps. 139 (and I think they had good reason).

Especially (but not only) in Easter season I would strongly suggest not saying Ps. 88 at Compline. What do you think?

Where was it placed previously?
CWR Blog: The law before ‘Amoris’ is the law after
Those who think Francis' apostolic exhortation has cleared a path to the Communion rail for Catholics in irregular marriages are hearing words that the pope (whatever might be his personal inclinations) simply did not say.
April 10, 2016 04:14 EST
Edward N. Peters

(In the Light of the Law)

Photios Kontoglou

Read about Photios Kontoglou, the greatest icon painter of modern Greece and one of the most important theologians and...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Friday, April 8, 2016

Eternal memory!

More from Elder Ephraim

Watch Elder Ephraim, Abbot of Vatopedi Holy Monastery, Mt Athos. Greece, as he speaks to students.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Saturday, April 9, 2016

Humility... the Beginning

Elder Moses the Athonite (†) speaks for the significance of humility and its relationship with all virtues.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Sunday, April 10, 2016

On Steps to Knowing God

The Fathers say that to really know God, you have to be willing to ascend the Mountain into the “thick darkness” with...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Friday, April 8, 2016
SVOTS: Saying the Jesus Prayer By Dr. Albert S Rossi

QndA with John Haldane on Life, God, and Other Small Topics

Ouresis Todorovich

An artist, byzantinist and a theorist of art, Dr Uros T. Todorovic speaks to Pemptousia about his first steps in the...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, April 4, 2016

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Fr. Hunwicke: OK, then. So, on to the next question.

Rorate Caeli: Socci: The Apostolic Exhortation is a turning-point in Catholic Doctrine

Georges Cottier, O.P.

Pope Francis on Thursday sent a telegram expressing his condolences for the death of Cardinal Georges Marie Martin...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, April 1, 2016

The Swiss Guards remember Swiss Cardinal Georges Marie Cottier.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, April 4, 2016

Cardinal Georges Cottier, O.P., died on 31 March. He is an interview he did with Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, last year.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Crisis Magazine: The Vatican Response to Secularization and Conflict in Ukraine by Alexander R. Sich

Managing Your Daily Tasks with Wisdom

When we wake up each morning, asking, "Have you kissed your eikona today?" is a critical to reminder to manage daily tasks with wisdom.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Friday, April 08, 2016

Amoris Laetitia

Pope Francis’ post-Synodal Exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, on “The Joy of Love”, was officially released to the public at...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, April 8, 2016

Pope’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation ReleasedCardinal Schönborn, Cardinal Baldisseri, and Married Couple Present Widely Anticipated ‘Amoris Laetitia’ on Love in the Family

Posted by ZENIT - News Agency on Friday, April 8, 2016

The Pope's Handwriting

Pope Francis sent a chirograph letter to every bishop accompanying the Apostolic Exhortation "Amoris laetitia: On Love...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, April 8, 2016

Scientists Are Only Human

Vox Populi: Scientistry and Sciensophy

MDA: 15 Reasons Not to Trust That Latest Nutritional Study

St. Gregory Palamas Orthodox Monastery


Ambrosian Chant

NLM: Ambrosian Music for Eastertide

Dr. Timothy Patitsas

Dr. Patitsas speaks on the topic of “Ethical Justification for Christian Rights and Freedom”...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Thursday, April 7, 2016


Christian Rights and Freedom Institute Holds its 2nd Annual National Symposium

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Saturday, April 2, 2016

FSVF Mass in Rome

NLM: Dominican Solemn Mass in Rome

Nicholas Denysenko, Forming Faithful Orthodox Christians: Mystagogy in the Parish

Thursday, April 07, 2016

New Ecumenical Center in Rome

Pope Francis said on Thursday that Catholics and Methodists have much to learn from one another as they work together in...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Here are a few snaps from Pope Francis' meeting with international Methodist delegations in the Apostolic Palace on...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Pope Francis on Thursday met with members of the World Methodist Council, the Methodist Council of Europe, and the Methodist Church in Britain.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Icon of the Annunciation

Listen to this episode of Come Receive the Light as we discuss the Orthodox understanding of death and the icon of the Annunciation. #CRTL

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Monday, April 4, 2016


At some point, we are all going to feel like Jesus—alone, sorrowful and to have someone “watching” is a comfort.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Mother Maria Skobtsova

There was a group of women who had been singled out in order to be sent to the gas chamber. One of these women, a girl...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

A valid critique of Latin Christianity?

What does the cross mean, apart from that one must die before he can live? Why was there this focus in Western...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Tuesday, April 5, 2016


The Cross beckons us, Christ’s Golgotha calls us, and today’s Golgotha of Christianity call us to love the Crucified One, and through Him, love for one another.

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Sunday, April 3, 2016

In my opinion, the greatest tragedy of theology is that it reduces the Cross to a plan, a schema, a balanced and...

Posted by Orthodoxy and the World on Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Latins Wait for Tomorrow Morning

Chiesa: What’s Inside “Amoris Lætitia.” Two Cardinals Say So

They are Baldisseri and Schönborn, whom Pope Francis has chosen to present his take on the post-synodal exhortation. They have already said what they think. The first in a letter, the second in an interview
CWR Blog: Cardinal Sarah: “There is no forgiveness if there is no repentance”

Let me guess, an atheist?

Daniel Whitmire

Newly discovered planet could destroy Earth any day now

How many of those who talk about natural disasters that could kill a significant portion or all of mankind believe that we are at the mercy of Mother Nature? Is Daniel Whitmire another chicken little who has no trust in God? Or someone trying to make a name for himself and grab funding?

Daniel Whitmire & Planet X: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
U of A Researcher Links Mass Extinctions to 'Planet X'
Caltech Researchers Find Evidence of a Real Ninth Planet

Interview with Bishop Rene Gracida

via Church Militant and Pertinacious Papist

Mark Dooley on Christian Aestheticism

The Great Defense of Tradition
The Irish Catholic philosopher and media personality Mark Dooley discusses why beautiful music, art, and architecture is urgently needed in order to help us escape from rootless exile in cyberspace.
By Christopher S. Morrissey

Mark Dooley is a Catholic philosopher, writer, journalist, and academic who has been a regular contributor to a variety of radio programs, TV shows, newspapers, and journals. His specialties are continental philosophy, philosophy of religion, and theology, and he is the author of articles and books on the thought of Søren Kierkegaard, Jacques Derrida, and Roger Scruton, among others...

CWR Interview with Bishop Slattery

CWR: Bishop Slattery: “I think something good is happening in the new generation”
The bishop of Tulsa, facing retirement age, reflects on the changes in his diocese in the last 20 years, the qualities he’d like in a successor, and the hope he sees in young Catholics.
By Jim Graves

Bishop Edward Slattery, 75, has served as bishop of Tulsa, Oklahoma, since 1994. He is originally from Chicago, having been ordained a priest by Cardinal John Cody in 1966. He served in a pastoral role in Chicago’s parishes, and was active with the Catholic Church Extension Society, which funds the American home missions.

"Classical" versus "Modern" Greek

Ah, Fr. Gill... Ministrants

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Pope Francis on Divine Mercy

Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, during the course of which he began a...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, during the course of which he began a new chapter in his ongoing catechetical reflections on mercy.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Watch Pope Francis at his weekly general audience LIVE now!

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

GENERAL AUDIENCE: On God’s Mercy Made Flesh‘The power of the love of the Crucified knows no obstacles and is never exhausted, and this mercy cancels our miseries'

Posted by ZENIT - News Agency on Wednesday, April 6, 2016

St. Peter's Eastern Catholic Mission

NLM: Byzantine Catholic Holy Week Services at St Peter’s in Ukiah, California

YouCat Has Issues?

YouCat Must Be Recalled

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Pope Benedict XVI

Another recent photo of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, April 4, 2016

Some recent photos of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the Vatican Gardens.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, April 4, 2016

Eastern Christian Books: Re-Introducing Eastern Christianity?

Eastern Christian Books: Re-Introducing Eastern Christianity?

Episcopal Conferences

Fr. Hunwicke: Good Reading during a Crisis, if there is a crisis

2014 Interview with Mons Georg Gänswein to ZDF

2015 interview

Is it time for him to be a "real" bishop and to have care over a local Church?

Monday, April 04, 2016

Stuff from the Thomistic Institute in DC

Fr. Thomas Joseph White, OP's Thomistic Institute talk at Hillsdale College Kirby Center on "Life, Liberty, and the...

Posted by Thomistic Institute on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Spinnin' those #ThomistTracks. Stay tuned in for more! #OPPower

Posted by Thomistic Institute on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

St. Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery

QUOTE OF THE DAY... "It was appropriate, since death first entered into the world through the devil’s envy, that the...

Posted by St Tikhon's Orthodox Monastery on Saturday, March 26, 2016

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Has the Divine Mercy Devotion Supplanted That of the Sacred Heart?

Vultus Christi: The Trust I Have In Your Mercy0


Spotlight on the devotion to Divine Mercy

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, April 1, 2016

Pope Francis presided over Mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday for the Feast of Divine Mercy, and encouraged the...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, April 3, 2016

Watch LIVE as Pope Francis presides at the celebration of Holy Mass on the Second Sunday of Easter, liturgical feast of Divine Mercy.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, April 3, 2016

Pope Francis celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday with prayer vigil and Mass.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Pope Francis presided over Mass in St Peter’s Square on Sunday for the Feast of Divine Mercy.See our story at the...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, April 4, 2016

Pope Francis on Saturday lead a prayer vigil for Divine Mercy, in which he spoke of the many faces of the mercy of God.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Pope Francis presides at the Prayer vigil on the Divine Mercy Sunday Watch LIVE now!

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Theotokos Pelagonitissa

Theotokos Pelagonitissa (Greek Η Παναγία η Πελαγονίτισσα) icon of early 15th cent. Monastery Sinai (detail)The...

Posted by Αγιογραφία Iconography Иконография on Thursday, March 31, 2016
Fr. Hunwicke: Botte, his bathwater, and his epicleses

While there is a distinction between the ministerial priesthood and the priesthood of the faithful, is it correct to interpret divisions of the priesthood of the old covenant as types of the degrees of holy orders? (Especially if the there aren't really three degrees, with the diaconate being the lowest degree?)

The New Covenant

The New Covenant calls us to eternal life. We honor this covenant through partaking of Christ in the Eucharist.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

St. John of Damascus

I do not worship matter, but I worship the creator of matter who became matter for my sake... -St John of Damascus

Posted by St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary on Sunday, March 20, 2016

Psalm 103

Saturday, April 02, 2016

The Sin of Judas

Repentance is the key that opens the door to salvation. It could have for Judas. It still can for us.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

St. John Climacus

Listen to daily reading, and the life of Saint John Climacus the Righteous, author of The Divine Ladder of Ascent.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, March 30, 2016