Saturday, September 17, 2016

How many pre-Christian Semitic cultures had the custom of veiling prepubescent girls in addition to women? (What was the rationale?) Or is this a custom found only inIslamic societies?

Kyrie Eleison

Inculturation and Conservatism

Where is the balance?


Friday, September 16, 2016

The Divine Agape

Chiesa: How Ratzinger Sees Francis: “He Is the Man of Practical Reform”

The reigning pope as described by his predecessor: “So different from how I had known him.” And also very different from him

Thursday, September 15, 2016

We Are? Or Adam and Eve?

Reader's Services

Archbishop Demetrios

Hermitage of the Holy Cross

Harmonizing Codes of Canon Law

Dominican Foundation: The Thomistic Institute at NYU

I would hope a video or podcast is forthcoming.

Cluny Media Reprints The State in Catholic Thought

Nomocracy in Politics: “Heinrich Rommen on the Community and the State,” By Bruce Frohnen

Cluny Media

John O'Malley on the Council of Trent

Could a liberal Jesuit (not necessarily Fr. O'Malley) conceptualize and theologize without a Vatican I conception of the papacy (and its relation to Sacred Tradition) even though he may dissent from certain papal teachings? After all, to what does he appeal, if not some version of Sacred Tradition? Even if its his own opinion masquerading as Sacred Tradition.

Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture Featuring Dr. William Cavanaugh

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Forefathers' Sin

CWR Dispatch: On the Buenos Aires directive by Edward N. Peters
If some pastors, after "Amoris Laetitia", were already being told by irate parishioners that ‘Pope Francis says you have to give me Communion’, what might they expect in the wake of his sweeping approval of this Argentine interpretation of AL?
September 13, 2016 03:10 EST

Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Eastern Christian Books: Will Cohen on Sister Churches

Eastern Christian Books: Will Cohen on Sister Churches


Monday, September 12, 2016


Confirmed as Authentic?

The documents leaked to Rorate Caeli -- officially made public now?

Ironic, given that he said this:

Liturgical Architecture

Crux Now: American elected new abbot primate of Benedictine order by Cindy Wooden

Abbot Gregory Polan of Conception Abbey in Missouri has been elected the new Abbot Primate of the worldwide Benedictine order, an office designed to represent the Benedictines at global meetings and to promote the unity of the order's various abbeys and priories.

St. Sophia

Ferrera on Vultum Dei Quaerere

CFN News: Francis Attacks the Cloistered Convents, Ominous Power Grabs – Part III (via Pertinacious Papist)

But the Latin traditionalist is stuck in his conception of Papal authority:

Yes, of course, the Pope has plenary power in the Church. But this Pope pays no heed to the limits on that power enunciated by the very Pope he unexpectedly replaced under such mysterious circumstances...

Would Benedict XVI agree that the Pope has plenary power in the Church? Or would he be more nuanced in his exposition of what that means?

Not Warning Non-Catholics about the Consequences of Not Entering Into Full Communion

Prudence, and not an endorsement of indifferentism...

or just meeting people where they are and not attempting to displace Divine Providence by assuming the burden of bringing about the full conversion of someone else, unless one is so aided and moved by the Holy Spirit.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

How to pray the “Cursing Psalms” against our enemies

Rather than talking about "Divine Justice" (as an analogue to human retributive justice) as Pius Parsch does in his introduction to the breviary, wouldn't it be better to talk about punishments/chastisements/etc. in relation to Divine Mercy or Righteousness?

Can God will an evil (or punishment) to a sinner for its own sake, without willing the further good of conversion or penitence, or just as a means to maintaining good order or discipline or to prevent them from doing greater evil, for the sake of others only? Or does sin suffice as its own punishment?

Wolfhart Pannenberg

Thinking of getting the English translation of his Systematic Theology.

The Achievement of Wolfhart Pannenberg by Michael Root

New and more determinative for his later theology is its thoroughgoing trinitarian character. In a way similar to some other recent theologians—most notably, in their different ways, Karl Rahner and Karl Barth—Pannenberg does not begin with a discussion of God as one and of the divine attributes, both understood without reference to God as triune, but begins with God as Trinity and allows that understanding to frame both the presentation of God’s unity and the elaboration of the divine attributes. Against that background, God’s act of creation is presented as analogous to the differentiation of the Son from the Father (hence, creation is through the Word) and salvation is participation in the life of the Trinity (an idea more familiar to Catholic than to modern Protestant theology).

He passed away in 2014.
Wolfhart Pannenberg—In Memoriam by Philip Clayton

The Strange Legacy of Theologian Wolfhart Pannenberg by Fred Sanders
He vehemently defended the Resurrection but denied the Virgin Birth. He was hugely influential but leaves few disciples. What you need to know about the German giant who died this month.

A Good One to Repost