Saturday, March 12, 2016


A very interesting look at the Galileo Affair on the blog of the Vatican Observatory. Why were other scientists opposed to Galileo's theories?

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, March 10, 2016

Fr. Cantalamessa's Fourth Lenten Sermon of 2016

In his Fourth Lenten Sermon for 2016, the Preacher of the Pontifical Household, Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, offered a...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Friday, March 11, 2016

The Bergoglio Machine Goes On

Pope Francis holds his monthly Jubilee Audience in St. Peter's Square. Watch LIVE now!

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Saturday, March 12, 2016
NCReg: Ukrainian Greek Catholic Leaders Encouraged After Meeting the Pope by Edward Pentin

The March 5 meeting in Rome eased concerns that the Vatican might subordinate the interests of the UGCC, to the cause of improving relations with the Russian Orthodox Church.


After his meeting with Pope Francis on Saturday, the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk, spoke to Vatican Radio’s Ukrainian section.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Monday, March 7, 2016

After the meeting with Pope Francis head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church Sviatoslav Shevchuk gave interview to the Vatican Radio's Ukrainian Section about the event.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, March 6, 2016

In Rome on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Lviv pseudo-synod the Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, March 6, 2016

Pope Francis has written a letter of thanks and gratitude to His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevhchuk, Major Archbishop of Kiev and Head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Robot, the Mutant, and the Artist

Latin Legalism

I was trying to recall areas in which Latins may be said to be legalistic, that is, exaggerating law or (the role of) law as a model of understanding something else.

1. I don't think the charge that Latins are legalistic with respect to moral theology is true, at least with respect to the medievals, though it may be true of Counter-Reformation and post-Counter-Reformation moral theology (see Fr. Pinckaers).

2. Popular piety: indulgences, etc. Possibly a consequence of (1).

3. Speculative theology: the understanding of Redemption, i.e. models of Atonement, Divine Justice, tc.

4. Ecclesiology: conception of episcopal/papal authority (though this is probably not a problem only in the West).

Anything else?

Alasdair Macintyre - Newman's idea of a university

Friday, March 11, 2016

1P5 Interview with Bishop Schneider

Exclusive Interview: Bishop Athanasius Schneider on Evangelization, Zika, Freemasonry, the Orthodox & More!

DB: Pope Francis has just met the Orthodox Patriarch of Russia. What is your view about the meeting? Will it bring about unity with Rome, or lead to a synodal Church which allows Holy Communion for the remarried?

BAS: Firstly, the meeting itself is a cause for joy, that it took place, because the Orthodox are a strong Church with beautiful and authentic traditions, images, devotion to Our Lady, angels, devout liturgies, Holy Mass celebrating in a beautiful manner, penance, fasting, monastic traditions, they have so many true Catholic values they have kept.

It seems to me that this meeting was conditioned politically, it was very quickly made, more politically motivated. And, I don’t think that this meeting will have an impact on the Church becoming synodal, or make it easy for the divorced and remarried to receive Holy Communion as they allow in the Orthodox Church.

I agree with the strong statements of the pope and patriarch on the family, and against gender ideology, and against persecution of the Christians, but what I don’t agree with is the statement on the Uniates. This is an injustice, because the Uniates wanted to be united to the pope in the past, since the Council of Florence in the 15th century. It was very positive with many fruits – saints, martyrs, so we can’t say it was wrong.

Also, the statement on proselytism, it was an accusation against the Catholic Church. I am living in an orthodox area and the Church does not do proselytism – this statement was unjust. And so I think the Holy See has ceded to the pressure of the patriarch. It seems the Orthodox dictated some points to accept, and this is against truth and against justice, such a dialogue is not a real ecumenical dialogue. Dialogue has to be fraternal, equal on the human level, so all these compromises, which harm truth and justice will not bear fruits for real unity.

Even [Anglican] Latin Traditionalists Can Be Feminists

Fr. Hunwicke: Yet another bachelor??

But Papa Bergoglio would enhance his Media reputation for being a man who thinks 'outside the box' if he appointed a married man or woman to head the Congregation of the Family.... I see no peremptory doctrinal reason why dicasterial heads should not be lay*; nor would it worry me to see a woman in such a role (Mary Ann Glendon, sadly, is beyond the retirement age).

Ironically, part of the problem of having celibates in charge of the Congregation of the Family may actually be to celibates (and those with very little experience with women) being prone to pedestalizing women and buying into rhetoric about equal opportunity and such. (This does not apply to Fr. Hunwicke insofar as he is married but what of his status?)

Daniel Blackman on feminism.

Sister Vassa on Christian Unity

CWR Blog: Ukrainian bishops meet with Francis; detail crisis: "Ukrainians have endured a new type of onslaught ..." by Carl E. Olson
Pope expresses his "profound recognition for your fidelity and I encourage you to make yourselves tireless witnesses to that hope which makes more luminous our existence and that of all our brothers and sisters around us."

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Fr. Ermes Ronchi

All true Christians should embody the compassion of the Good Samaritan, offering caring witness towards those who...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Thursday, March 10, 2016

The priest leading the spiritual exercises for Pope Francis and the Roman Curia says the Church must not shine the...

Posted by Vatican Radio - English Section on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Someone Needs to Be Fired

Who's minding the newspaper these days?

No To Woman As Priest. But At Least Let Her Give the Homily by Sandro Magister

“L'Osservatore Romano” is calling for this in its women’s supplement. But Francis would have to contradict himself, in addition to the age-old tradition of the Church. Because he as well, two years ago, prohibited women from preaching during the Mass

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Monastic Rules at Byzantine Era

The Ascetic Rules (7) that he drafted for the monastery which he founded in Pontus in 361, inspite of their strict...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

The 40 Marytrs of Sebaste

"A troparion of the liturgical Service in honour of the Forty Martyrs says: ‘Suffering with bravery at present, we are...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Listen to the Daily Reading for the Holy Forty Martyrs of Sebastia.

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Libraries of Mount Athos

"As was the case with all the monastic libraries in the East, those on Mount Athos may well have been infrequently used,...

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Wednesday, March 9, 2016


"Elder Ephraim, Abbot of Vatopedi Holy Monastery, Mt Athos. Greece, at a Speech to a students' audience."

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

More on the Justice Scalia Funeral

Michael Pakaluk

(first post on the topic)
The Chant Café: Cherubic Hymn in English

"They like our liturgy"

... but they don't like our theology. Latin traditionalists in Sacramento regarding the Byzantine tradition -- what I heard from an Byzantine Catholic acquaintance who has talked with Latin traditionalists who visit his church.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Dalrock: The biblical case for women teaching women.

The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham: Status Report

CWR Blog: The UK ordinariate, five years on by Joanna Bogle
The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is thriving—but is it attracting many Anglicans?

Sunday, March 06, 2016

The Basics of Orthodox Christianity

In this edition of CRTL, listen as we go back to the basics of Orthodox Christianity with Fr. Steven Freeman, Mary Danakas and Dr, David Ford. #Orthodoxy

Posted by Orthodox Christian Network on Sunday, March 6, 2016

More Photos of DL at St. Mary Major

NLM: More Photos of Archbishop Shevchuk Divine Liturgy in Rome with