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