Thursday, August 31, 2017

Two Jesuits Respond to the Nashville Statement

CWR: When some Christians affirm traditional moral teaching, other Christians freak out by Carl E. Olson

The angry responses to the Nashville Statement reflect the sort of “moral therapeutic deism” that has increasingly dominated the public square in recent years.

Sandro Magister: The Counter-Statement of Cardinal Sarah

Monday, August 28, 2017

Yes, the train is fine.

This is how a Jesuit spins the loss of vocations and decline in numbers and the corresponding reduction in need for administrative support and consequent downsizing.

"Our new province is part of the Society of Jesus' worldwide effort to restructure its administrative model, cutting down the number of geographic provinces throughout the world to foster greater collaboration amongst our works while enabling us to be more nimble to meet emerging demands in service to God's people."

-Fr. Scott Santarosa, SJ, Provincial Jesuits West

Aquinas and the Greek Fathers

Ave Maria University: Upcoming Conference on Aquinas and the Greek Fathers

Includes a short Q&A with Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Pertinacious Papist: Sammons and Lawler: why we pretend nothing went wrong after Vatican II

Three articles were published recently revisiting the confusion following Vatican II and suggesting how to make sense of it: - Martin Mosebach, "Pope Benedict's Red Thread," *First Things* (August 10, 2017) - Eric Sammons, "Evangelization, Vatican II, and Censorship," *Crisis* (August 15, 2017) - Phil Lawler, "Let's stop pretending: something DID go wrong after Vatican II," ** (August 23, 2017) The last article by Lawler draws the three together by summarizing points made by Mosebach and Sammons. Mosebach's and Sammons' articles, however, sh...

The Church is More than the Patriarchate of Rome

The knowledge of Roman Catholics remains abysmal on this point.

Making sense of Pope Francis’ statement about “the liturgical reform” by Christopher R. Altieri
The Holy Father is focusing his (and our) attention on the rational substance of the reform process.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

"Sure thing, Boss."

It is interesting how "boss" has replaced "sir" as a colloquial way of showing respect (to a man). (I have not yet heard a woman use this form of address yet.)

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Bienheureux l'homme, air de Valaam


If Adam had not sinned, would there be any sex differences? Would men and women have had interchangeable minds/psyches? How can one claim that men would not have been the head of women if there had been no fall, except by inferring (erroneously) that this headship is a consequence of the Fall or that it is sinful domination?

Friday, August 18, 2017

Does he even consider international law on refugees?


Trumpism, Terrorism, and Thomism by Joseph G. Trabbic

On Thomistic principles, Trump’s ban on Syrian refugees whose lives are in danger is not morally justifiable. Bans on other travelers and immigrants, however, are not as problematic.

Banning Muslim Travel to the US? A Thomistic Perspective on Donald Trump’s Proposal by Joseph G. Trabbic

Is there a moral obligation for the US not to enact Donald Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim travel into the US?

More on Latin Silence During the Anaphora

On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Is lex talionis part of the natural law?

It is certainly in operation in the animal world. Even if it is a consequence of the Fall, can a Christian deny that it is ordered to a good, even if a limited or subordinate good?

Eastern Christian Books: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem

Eastern Christian Books: Liturgy and Byzantinization in Jerusalem

Monday, August 14, 2017

Psalm 118

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Monday, August 07, 2017

The Unia

Do Latins still use the Uniates in their apologetics/polemics against the Orthodox? "See there are some Eastern Christians who admit Rome's claims about the papacy and are rightly in communion with its bishop! You Orthodox just need to see the truth."

I am guessing that even in 2017 there are still Latin apologists who take this approach.

Given the lack of opposition by many Eastern Catholic churches to the pretenses of Rome, should the Orthodox not be wary of the restoration of communion still? Latins would deny that this is a legitimate form of dissent. But would it be possible for communion to be restored while there is still disagreement about the office of the bishop of Rome?