Saturday, May 28, 2016

CWR: "Amoris Laetitia" and Vatican II’s Project of Inculturation
Vatican II sought to initiate a dialogue with the modern world, meant to be an extension of the Church’s evangelizing mission. But things have not gone as hoped and planned.
By Dr. R. Jared Staudt

"Pope St. John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council amid great optimism. Pope John called for aggiornamento and an opening of the windows of the Church, but we know that the 1960s were not a time of fresh air. In fact, I would argue it was the breaking forth into daily life of a long trajectory of radical individualism. The Council sought a renewed encounter with the modern ..."

Luther and Protestantism get blamed for the rise of individualism (subjectivism); is Protestantism the roots of the modern turn? Did Luther and the Protestant "Reformers" destroy the authority of the Church? Whence voluntarism and false notions of freedom?
The Promise and Prospects of Retrieval: Recent Developments in Roman Catholic Thought that Shape Contemporary Dogmatic Theology by Fr. Thomas Joseph White, O.P.
First Things: The True History of Women Deacons by Charlotte Allen (via Fr. Z)

Ten Days on Mount Athos

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dr Anna Silvas on Amoris Laetitia

via a comment at Fr. Hunwicke:

Dr Silvas currently resides in Armidale, NSW, and is a member of the Romanian Greek Catholic Church, in union with Rome. She is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Humanities at the University of New England, Australia, and also a Professorial Adjunct Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Her undergraduate studies were in Greek and Latin, Hebrew and Aramaic/Syriac. Her research has concentrated on late antiquity, particularly on the Cappadocian Fathers, the development of Christian monasticism, the spirituality of ascetic women in early and medieval Christianity. Her published works include translation of ancient literature as well as monographs. Her magnum opus was a first critical edition of the Syriac Questions of the Brothers. She has also been associated with the JP Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne, where she is a sessional lecturer in the Catholic Tradition of sexuality, marriage and family.


The Jesus Prayer


Monday, May 23, 2016

Eastern Christian Books: Seven Ecumenical Councils

Eastern Christian Books: Seven Ecumenical Councils
Rorate Caeli: One is Simon, the other is Peter? - Gänswein: Papacy was changed in 2013 into an "expanded" Petrine Office with two members. - Does this confirm the Socci-Messori thesis of a papal diarchy? -- column by Edward Pentin

By What Power of the Bishop of Rome?

Rorate Caeli: False Collegiality: Full Text of new Rule demanding Bishops consult with Vatican before erecting Diocesan Institutes, and Our Comment

What does not pertain to the Church Universal? Why should a diocesan bishop have the final say over whether a woman can become a consecrated virgin? Isn't her vocation a gift to the Church Universal? Maybe some dicastry in the Roman Curia should have a voice in approving her.

Because marriage is a gift to the Church Universal...


Sunday, May 22, 2016