Saturday, December 31, 2016

An Audio Book Worth Getting

I am guessing it is available for sale as well...

News About Chiesa

Announcement To the Passengers. Starting January 1, 2017, All Aboard a New Vessel

The website “www.chiesa” is suspending publication. But it will continue with the blog “Settimo Cielo,” which will still offer just as rich a harvest of news, analysis, documents on the life of the Catholic Church

The blog Settimo Cielo.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

David Clayton on "Writing" Icons

The Protomartyr

CWR: The Holiness of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J.
A review of With God in America, a new volume containing various writings and interviews with the remarkable American priest who spent 23 years in Stalinist prisons.
By Edward N. Peters

With God in America landed on my desk hot off the press in September but various projects prevented me from turning to it for some weeks. Finally, late one Monday morning, I poured a cup of hot tea and settled down in my comfy recliner to peruse this collection of writings by and recollections about the American Jesuit missionary, Fr...

Monday, December 26, 2016

Chiesa: The Pope Is Not Answering the Four Cardinals. But Few Justify Him

There are more and more cardinals and bishops, however, who are lining up in support of the authors of the five questions seeking clarification on the ambiguities of “Amoris Laetitia.” Here they are, one by one

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Saint Nicholas Church, Mainz, Germany


The Royal Hours

Do they ever discuss Amoris Laetitia?

Is there a procedure for downgrading a metropolitan see?

I would not be surprised if the Archdiocese of San Francisco shrinks in the short term, parishes having to be closed and the archdiocese reducing its operations because of lack of funding. Meanwhile the diocese of San Jose may be doing better -- is there precedent for a metropolitan see being downgraded and being replaced by another city as the local metropolitan see?

Athanasius Schneider on French TV: "Schism already exists in the Church"

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Another Interview with Cardinal Burke

Lifesite (via Fr. Z)

A formal correction soon?

An Orthodox Education

Without stability, how can there be community?

Liturgy in non-liturgical Spaces by Nicholas Denysenko

Having reflected on many years of visiting missions and serving in a non-liturgical space in Kyiv, I ask myself, is there an argument to be made for establishing Church communities that have no aspirations for permanent parish status, but gather where they can for prayer, fellowship, and perhaps learning and service? Are we comfortable with the possibility that we might have to fine-tune our rite to liturgize effectively in unfamiliar spaces? My initial response to these reflections is to suggest that liturgy in non-liturgical spaces illuminates the qualities of gathering for the privilege of offering liturgy, and embracing the fact that Christian identity need not be shaped solely by a particular parish community. Is there a future for mobile and nimble Church communities that do not aspire to become parishes?

A group of people to meet in a place other than a temple because they cannot afford to build one -- why couldn't they have some sort of makeshift worship space at a home instead? But how can there be an effective practice of charity for the average lay person without a stable network of people?
Pravoslavie: Speaking Painful Truth in Love: Orthodox Ecumenism and St. Justin Popovic by Phillip Calington
St. Justin was a puzzling figure during his lifetime, and remains so, more than 35 years after his repose in the Lord. He was himself never a bishop, which allowed him to speak and write even more freely and openly about the issue of ecumenism.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

CWR: Cardinal Burke: "No, I am not saying that Pope Francis is in heresy."
In an interview with CWR, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke discusses the current controversy over "Amoris Laetitia' and the questions he submitted with three other bishops to Pope Francis.
By CWR Staff

The Nativity Fast

Pravmir: Nativity Fast: Renewing Our Zeal for Life with God by Priest Robert Miclean

One of the most beautiful and favorite classical music of Advent, this time of preparation for Christ’s holy Nativity, is Bach’s popular cantata ...

Metropolitan Anthony on Christian Community

Pravmir: If We Were a True Christian Community… by Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
Pravoslavie: Notes on the order of deaconesses in the Eastern Church (3rd-12th century) by Fr. Silouan Thompson (original)
Pravoslavie: Anastasia Rakhlina, Archbishop Theophylact of Pyatigorsk and Cherkessk
“Power—this word seems to have a negative meaning, but the power of Mt. Athos is Love, which does not coerce but inspires and fills the lungs with air.”

Orthodox Life

a new webzine replaces the printed journal (via Byz, TX)

George Weigel: "Modernity, Biblical Faith, and the Crisis of the West"

George Weigel: "Modernity, Biblical Faith, and the Crisis of the West"


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Third Advent Sermon


Roberto de Mattei

The Husband

St. Herman of Alaska

Consecrated to God

Adequate Acknowledgement of the Political Order?

How important to the Roman ecclesial tradition?

Fr. Hunwicke, Seminary training (2) :

(3) Para 4 cheerfully informs us (without explanation) that presbyters are ordained "by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit". Such epicletic enthusiasms do not conform to the spirit and genius (or the texts) of the Roman Church and her liturgy, in which the Episcopate is typologically aggregated to the Aaronic High Priest; the Presbyters to the Temple Priests; and the Deacons to the Levites. This was the clear teaching of the Roman Church from I Clement down to the aftermath of Vatican II, when Dom Botte got his hands on the Pontifical.

See also: Seminary training (1)

Vatican Issues New Document on Priestly Formation
Pope Tells Seminarians to Promote "Belonging"
CWR Dispatch: A canonical primer on popes and heresy by Edward N. Peters
Those engaging in loose talk about popes and heresy should be very clear about what is at issue.


For declaring a pope a heretic or deposing the pope -- under what circumstances and perspectives were the canons written? Was the perspective of the Universal Church, especially as embodied in an ecumenical council, included?

Friday, December 16, 2016

Cardinal Burke on The World Over

full episode
Chiesa: Francis Doesn’t Like the Seminaries. Because They Form Priests Who Are “Rigid” and Incapable of “Discernment”

Over just a few days, a hailstorm of rebukes. Which show the pope’s irritation over the criticisms of “Amoris Laetitia,” these too the fruit, in his judgment, of a legalistic and decadent mentality

Bergoglio, Politician. The Myth of the Chosen People

The pope of mercy is also the one of the anti-capitalist and anti-globalization “popular movements.” Castro dies, Trump wins, the South American populist regimes crumble, but he isn’t giving up. He is certain that the future of humanity is in the people of the excluded

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

I'm surprised gravitas hasn't been condemned yet


Words from St. Justin and St. Theophan the Recluse.

Transfiguration of Our Saviour Greek Orthodox Church, Florence, South Carolina


Interesting attempt to inculturate the temple architecture to its South Carolina environment. Colonial/neo-classical style?

Monday, December 12, 2016

Bishop Javier Echevarria Has Passed

CNA: Leader of Opus Dei dies at 84
Reflections on the Christmas Crèche

Sin Cripples

Fr. Z links to a Regina interview with Edward Petin regarding Pope Francis. He also links to an open letter by the two major NNL theorists, John Finnis and Germain Grisez, to Pope Francis regarding Amoris Laetitia, made available by First Things.

Catholic Herald Online

It's not the first time that Germain Grisez has written publicly about/to Pope Francis.

Схиархимандрит Гавриил Бунге Встреча с читателями

Saturday, December 10, 2016


CWR: Fast-growing "FORMED" program harnesses the power and reach of "the new Roman road" {GIVEAWAY}

Insight Scoop: Fast-growing "FORMED" program harnesses the power and reach of "the new Roman road"

Seems like the rising stars in American Roman Catholic apologetics and catechesis, Timothy Gray, Brent Pitre are more focused on Sacred Scripture than using the Fathers or recovering the Patristic tradition -- outreach to the Protestants? The influence of Catholic reverts and Protestant converts? So what form of Roman Catholicism will be reformed? A new Spring in America or was an opportunity lost in the postconciliar era? Is it accurate to say that the influence of Ressourcement theology in the United States is marginal?

official website and FB

Interview with Nikola Sarić

NLM on the icon

Metropolitan Hilarion in Rome

Papal Rights Talk

Latin Religious Orders and the Question of Identity

What if SJWs were to attack Jesuits and their educational institutions for the crime of destroying (or failing to respect) native cultures in their missionary efforts. After all, inculturation was still a means to bringing Christianity to other peoples -- the SJWs could claim that Christianity was nonetheless forced upon them, and thus their original non-Christian culture was destroyed. The Jesuits should have instead recognized that truth is to be found in every culture. Would the Jesuits surrender to the SJWs? I was thinking of the recent controversy surrounding Providence College as well -- couldn't SJWs object to the Dominicans being in charge because of their association with the Inquisition and the suppression of the Albigensians, who should have been free to believe whatever they wanted. Perhaps capitulation on the question of the use of the "Western" canon in a liberal education would not be enough for them.

The Jesuits are already doing whatever they can to accomodate multiculturalism; the Dominicans have shown some resistance at Providence College but it is not clear that the administration will be able to defend their preference for the Western intellectual tradition. Can Dominicans be "nation-less" while at the same time upholding the Western intellectual tradition as being an important part of Roman Catholicism? How can they do so if Roman Catholicism is not Western but aspires to some sort of univeralism? What relation do American Jesuits and Dominicans have to Western/European identity? And how can they take a stand on the question without alienating one group (Anglo-Americans and those identify with them) or the other (those who reject that identity)? Would they understand that any sort of compromise solution (in the direction of multiculturalism) is nonetheless a failure at the political level? Can they pretend to remain above ethnonationalism even if they believe they must be so for the sake of preaching the Gospel? (And if that were their ultimate justification, is it the case that their educational endeavors are a necessary part of that?)

In Christendom it could be possible for members of international religious orders to identify as being part of a united Christendom with a common language (Latin) and culture (even if the Holy Roman Empire never achieved political unification). They could still be attentive to the differences of local cultures and peoples. (Did they or the Church in general do anything to resist the homogenization of language and culture that accompanied nationalism and the rise of the modern nation-state?)

If peoples are determined to separate, should they stand in the way or preach a (non-existent) duty for them to stay together? It is proper for missionaries to assimilate to whatever people they wish to evangelize (in so far as it is morally possible for them to do so), but religious orders cannot have a multicultural university without destroying the university as such. They must either create an alternative institution or acquiesce to the fact that the university cannot serve those who reject its mission of passing on a particular intellectual tradition and culture.

A Recent Public Appearance of Archimandrite Gabriel Bunge

Consecration of Holy Trinity Cathedral in Paris

(via Byz, TX)

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

What Manner of Interfaith Dialogue?

Another Jubilee Year

What's the health of this religious order?

First Advent Sermon

And a LC speaks on the EF.

Holy Nicholas

The One Thing Needful

Rorate Caeli: Don Pietro Leone: Cheerfulness
Chiesa: New Appeal to the Pope. The Catholic Doubts of “The New York Times”

In California the bishop of San Diego, a favorite of Bergoglio, admits de facto divorces and remarriages, as in any Protestant church. From the news arises the question: Can “Amoris Laetitia” be interpreted this way, too?

Monday, December 05, 2016

But will it teach men how to lead?

CWR Dispatch: Holy League Men's Conference to feature noted speakers, challenging messages
Held in Salem, Oregon, the December 16-17 conference will include Mass and homily by Abp. Alexander Sample, and talks by Dn. Harold Burke Sivers, Fr. Donald Calloway, Jesse Romero, and others.

Carl E. Olson, editor of Catholic World Report, will give a talk titled "The Vocation of Sons by Grace", which will focus on the divine call for every man to be, by virtue of baptism, a prophet, priest, and king. The talk, says Olson, will highlight themes found in Called To Be the Children of God: The Catholic Theology of Human Deification, which he co-edited with Fr. David Meconi, SJ. "Drawing on Scripture and the Fathers," says Olson, "I will emphasize the truly radical gift of divine sonship and show how it relates to our everyday lives as men, husbands, and fathers." True men of God, he adds, "see and understand this life in the light of supernatural, Trinitarian grace and our call to share that grace with our families, friends, and everyone we encounter".

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Faith and Works

St. Francis Xavier

The Field: Cultivating Salvation

St. Andrew the Apostle

Friday, December 02, 2016


Monastery of the Holy Transfiguration

More on Deaconesses

The Mind of Christ


A 6 Minute Tour

Pray Tell: Book on Deaconesses (in Greek)

Nicholas Denysenko

Orthodox theologians devoted to restoring the order of deaconess have published a book on the ordination of deaconesses and the question of women in ordained ministry dedicated to the Patriarch of Alexandria. This news is significant as it demonstrates that interest in and research on the deaconess is of international concern, and not merely a […]

St. Thomas's Commentary on the Book of Job

Fr. Schall on the Controversy

The “Concern” by Rev. James V. Schall, S.J.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Purity Laws for the Reception of Communion?

"Physical preparednes"... the Copts. (via Byz, TX)

The Papacy a Source of Division

CWR: On the Cardinals Critical of the Pope: The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Fears Polarization
Cardinal Müller: The Cardinals’ letter is directed to the Pope personally—but the Pope could commission the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “to mediate the differences of opinion ad hoc.”
CWR Staff

Another solution?

A New Council, Like Sixteen Centuries Ago
The conflicts set into motion today by “Amoris Laetitia” have a precedent in the Christological controversies of the late Roman empire. They were resolved by the ecumenical council of Chalcedon. From Chile, one scholar proposes that the same journey be made again

Didn't the last Catholic synod lead to the current situation?

The Liturgy of the Faithful

What is the Ethiopian Feast of the Miraculous Medal?