Saturday, May 14, 2016


and disordered self-love? Does the movie exalt the protagonist's desire to complete the mission or excoriate him?

The Other Recent Latin Volume of Essays on Theosis

Edited by Andrew Hofer, O.P. - Divinization: Becoming Icons of Christ Through the Liturgy -- is available for preview on Google.

Jared Ortiz wrote this review of the book for CWR.

Eastern Christian Books: An Interview with Carl Olson on Theosis/Deificiation/Divinization

Eastern Christian Books: An Interview with Carl Olson on Theosis/Deificiation/Divinization

Markos Kampanis Interview

Social Justice is Legal Justice

What Exactly Is Social Justice? by Carrie Gress
Pope Pius XI Defined the New Virtue, Focusing on the Common Good, in 1931

Social Justice Isn't What You Think It Is by Michael Novak and Paul Adams, Encounter Books

Parts of it may actually be good even though Novak is a liberal, i.e. a supporter of capitalism.

Posting This for the Images from the Temple

I'm guessing the iconography is relatively recent.


A Chinese Catechism

Vatican Radio

Friday, May 13, 2016

Papal Trip to Armenia

Why Pope Francis' Visit Matters to Armenians

Interview with David Meconi, SJ

Zenit: INTERVIEW: Humans Become God? Yes, It’s Catholic Theology

A dozen Catholic scholars and theologians examine what the process of “deification” means in their respective areas of study
Kathleen Naab

Centesimus Annus Conference

Mozarabic-Rite Mass in Rome

NLM: Pictures from Last Friday’s Mozarabic Mass in Rome and Chants from the Recent Mozarabic Mass in Rome
Chiesa: Reading Exercises. The “Amoris Laetitia” of Cardinal Müller

In a monumental discourse in Spain, the prefect of the doctrine of the faith leads the post-synodal exhortation back to the course of the Church’s previous discipline. Too late. Because Francis has already written it so as to imply the opposite

St. Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral, Dallas, TX


Deaconesses and Women Deacons

Fr. Z: Francis and the Deaconesses… aka Deaconettes and Some feminine observations about deaconesses (aka deaconettes)
Rorate Caeli: For the Record: Pope on "Deaconess Commission", and clarification

ITC: From the Diakonia of Christ to the Diakonia of the Apostles*

Pope Francis and the Matter of Female Deacons [Updated] by Carl Olson
Why must we continually revisit matters that have been addressed in detail and are, in many ways, already set to rest in terms of magisterial teaching?

The Nephilim

Who are the nephilim? by Fr. Jonathan Tobias

Thursday, May 12, 2016

A Cause of Division Between Croats and Serbs?

Crux: Croatians eager to see Cardinal Stepinac declared a saint

St. Iakovos Retreat Center


Christ is Risen!

The Lordship of God

At first I thought he might be referring to the kingdom of God. But the Latin tweet has "potentia," power of God.

Which language is the normative one for papal Twitter utterances? The Spanish seems closer to the English:

Maybe they need a better Latinist doing the tweets in Latin.

Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong

An Offshoot of Sufism?

No doubt considered a heresy by mainstream Islamic (Sunni) authorities.

The Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society


Crux Now: New book says Vatican II key to understanding Pope Francis by John Allen

His pontificate isn't even over yet and still people are trying to analyze his actions. The author is on the staff of La Stampa, so another Bergoglio partisan?

Giacomo Galeazzi, Il Concilio di Papa Francesco: La Nuova Primavera della Chiesa

Il Concilio di papa Francesco: Nell’analisi di Giacomo Galeazzi il Pontefice realizza la «primavera della Chiesa»

The Theology of Joseph Ratzinger

Crux Now: Love Pope Benedict's Theology? Try a Master's Degree (via Fr. Z)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

George Kordis Exhibition in Taipei

Heavenly Beauty on Earth: Contemporary Egg Tempera Orthodox ICONS - Museum of World Religions current exhibitions

George Kordis gallery

The Union of Uzhorod

He discovered a 370-year document: It’s the “baptismal certificate” of Greek Catholics (via Byz, TX) - original article
CWR: The History, Enemies, and Importance of Natural Law
Philosophy, says Dr. John Lawrence Hill, "played a fundamental role in my conversion to Christianity. I think most non-Christians—at least if they are thoughtful about these matters—really haven’t confronted themselves with the contradictions of their own worldview."

St. John of San Francisco: A Living Legacy

Fr. Alexander Rentel and Archdeacon John Chryssavgis on the Pan-Orthodox Council


The Necessity of Baptism for non-Orthodox Christians Converting to the Orthodox Church

An Orthodox makes the case...

Pravoslavie: The Recognition of the Baptism of the Heterodox as the Basis for a New Ecclesiology (In Step with Vatican II)
A paper delivered at the Theological-Academic Conference "The Great and Holy Council: Great Preparation without Expectations," March 23, 2016 in Piraeus, Greece

(via Byz, TX)

Francis Writes to Tawadros II

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

What would Amerio say about Pope Francis?

Sandro Magister: Francis, Pope. More Infallible Than He There Is None
He displays a willingness to reconsider the dogma of infallibility. But in reality he is vesting full power in himself much more than his immediate predecessors did. And he is acting as an absolute monarch

BCC News

Vatican statement

From the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parm:

Pope Accepts Retirement of Bishop John M. Kudrick and Bishop Gerald N. Dino

May 7, 2016

PARMA, Ohio — Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop John M. Kudrick of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma and has named Archbishop William C. Skurla of Pittsburgh as apostolic administrator.

​Further, Pope Francis has accepted the retirement of Bishop Gerald N. Dino of the Byzantine Catholic Holy Protection of Mary Eparchy of Phoenix and appointed Bishop John S. Pazak C.S.s.R., of the Eparchy of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, based in Toronto, Canada as Bishop of the Eparchy of Phoenix, while remaining apostolic administrator of the Toronto eparchy.

The clergy and faithful of the Eparchy of Parma are saddened by the unexpected news of Bishop Kudrick’s retirement. He was appreciated as a prayerful leader, who loved the Church and the Eastern Catholic Tradition. Among his accomplishments, he showed great pastoral vision in trying to restore Eastern monasticism by establishing a women’s monastery in the eparchy. He also created a new pastoral plan, aimed at invigorating parishes and encouraging efforts for evangelization.

Bishop Kudrick was ordained the fourth bishop of Parma in 2002. Born in Lloydell, Pa., in 1947, he was ordained a priest in 1975 for the Third Order Regular of St. Francis (Franciscan Friars, T.O.R.) in Loretto, PA. He was incardinated in the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Pittsburgh in 1987, serving in Pennsylvania until his episcopal appointment to Parma. He was 68 at the time of his resignation.

Archbishop Skurla is the Metropolitan of the Byzantine Catholic Church in the United States since 2012. Born in 1956, he was ordained a priest for the Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans) in 1987, and was incardinated in the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Van Nuys (western U.S.A.) in 1993. He was ordained bishop of the same eparchy in 2002, and appointed bishop of the Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Passaic five years later. He was named the fifth archbishop of Pittsburgh in 2012.

The Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma includes 12 states in the American Midwest: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin. It was established in 1969. Today, it provides ministry and pastoral care to some 8,000 faithful in about 30 parishes and missions.

More information to follow.

Media contact:
Father Andrew Summerson

Message from ​Bishop Emeritus John M. Kudrick
Message from Metropolitan William C. Skurla

Bishop John Stephen Pažak, C.SS.R.

The Catholic Sun

Monday, May 09, 2016

The fundamental patriarchical structure of the family is sanctioned by Sacred Tradition; but what of the division of sex roles in broader human society? If the delineation of sex roles is not to be found in Sacred Scripture (though it is found with respect to the ordained ministry in the New Testament and also with respect to Jewish society in the Old Testament), is there anything in tradition that condemns it or the principles for the division of sex roles? If not, then on what basis can bishops do so now, other than based on their interpretation of natural law (i.e. "justice" or "equality")?

ON NATURE & THE ECONOMY OF GRACE by Raymond T. Gawronski

Some pedestalizing:
"First, we must ask why God came as a male, not as a female. Although in the last few years I confess I have had reason to entertain doubts, and at the risk of seeming patronizing, I have always suspected it is because men are more in need of salvation than women."

And then...
"In the traditional Catholic understanding, "grace builds on nature without destroying it." So it is no surprise to discover that built into the very nature of things, as revealed in Genesis, is a way of salvation for the male and for the female. Genesis seems to see Adam as basically lazy—he would rather listen to Eve, and enjoy forbidden fruits with her, say, than deny her in the Garden—and so his healing punishment is to till the earth with difficulty, to gather the fruits of the earth from the sweat of his brow."

But the laziness is an archetypical weakness, a characteristic vice, given that men are created to lead, at least within the family and arguably within the political community, and to act in the world. In his sin, Adam fails to assert the authority he is called to exercise. It is not just a way of salvation than a healing of our sin and enabling us to do properly what we have been called to do.