Saturday, May 21, 2016

Do Christians have a political identity?

That is, does membership in a political community have any moral relevance?

There should be an ordering of our actions based on the good of the political community -- modern Catholic "social justice" proponents may even agree that there is an order of charity. But there will be disagreements in our judgment of particulars: what is to be considered a community, whether this group of people is a community, whether this community has the same group identity as another, and so on.

What is to be done in the absence of any real membership?
Chiesa: The Four Hooks On Which Bergoglio Hangs His Thought

They have been his guiding criteria ever since he was young. And now they inspire his way of governing the Church. Here they are for the first time, analyzed by a philosopher and frontier missionary

Aidan Hart on the Training of Iconographers

Thursday, May 19, 2016


More Naturalistic

but for me, still an icon and not just religious art.

Putting on Christ

To Live Truly

CWR: Fr. Alexis Toth, Bishop John Ireland, and the Grace of Reconciliation by Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
The history of the "two lungs" of the Catholic Church in the United States has been marked, at times, by acrimony, misunderstanding, and controversy.

Puissance de Dieu chez Saint Thomas d'Aquin par Pasquale Porro Journées thomistes

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

CWR Blog: St. Thomas Aquinas and St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body by Daniel Blackman
A new book by Dominican priest and theologian Fr. Thomas Petri focuses on the Thomistic background and roots of the late Polish pontiff's challenging catechesis on sexuality, marriage, and personhood.

CWR: Lord, Not Legend: A Review of Brant Pitre’s The Case for Jesus by Dr. Leroy Huizenga

The new book by a notable young Scripture scholar addresses both the dominant paradigm in academic biblical studies and the more popular errors about Jesus and the New Testament.

Divine Mercy Icon

Done by Pachomius Meade, O.S.B., featured on the cover of the April 2016 issue of Give Us This Day. (Reproductions available through Printery House.) I should take that issue and compare it with the April 2016 issue of Magnificat.

Tommaso e la sua eredità - con l'autore Pasquale Porro, O. Grassi, L. Bianchi e C. Esposito

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Scholasticum: Annuario Academico 2016-17
Chiesa: Yes, No, I Don’t Know, You Figure It Out. The Fluid Magisterium of Pope Francis

He never says all that he has in mind, he just leaves it to guesswork. He allows everything to be brought up again for discussion. Thus everything becomes a matter of opinion, in a Church where everyone does what he wants

Reminds me of a piece by Carl Olson, the link to which I posted here.

See also: Pope's Forte: Spilling the Beans