Thursday, November 30, 2017

News on the ROC Catechism

His Holiness Patriarch Kirill told members of the Bishops’ Council about the preparation of the Catechesis of the Russian Orthodox Church (via Byz TX)

We Are Special Snowflakes

Are they passing out purple (and red) zuchettos in Cracker Jack boxes these days? Re: De Incarnatione, Latin Christianity goes from one extreme (certain Western theories of atonement) to the other (an absolutist humanism/anthropocentricism).

Go read the Church Fathers on the Divine exchange and deification.

Archbishop José H. Gomez:
The archbishop explained that Advent is a time of waiting for the coming of Christ at Christmas, but it is also an opportunity for God to draw closer to his people in relationship, noting this desire of God to be close to creation is a unique aspect of Christianity.
“And we believe that our God comes to be with us, that he loves us so much that he makes himself one of us – sharing in the whole experience of our humanity, beginning as a little child in a mother’s womb.”

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

An Orthodox Perspective on Justification

Fr. Schall on Moral Action by Fr. Sokolowski

On the Creases of Being by James V. Schall, S.J.

Monsignor Robert Sokolowski’s insightful Moral Action is, in a sense, is a polemic against the subjectivizing of moral action as if the word or act we put into the world itself had no significance.

Monday, November 20, 2017

CWR: Is opposition to the death penalty Thomistic? by Joseph G. Trabbic

Given Pope Francis’s own high regard for St. Thomas (together with the historical papal approbation he has enjoyed) when it comes to doctrinal issues, we might ask how the opposition to the death penalty articulated by the Pope compares with the teaching of the Doctor Communis.

Holy Martyr Edmund

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Friday, November 17, 2017

Another St. Edmund

Fr. Hunwicke: Nobis in hoc exsilio, Sancte Pater Edmunde ...

Local Liturgical Translations

Cardinal Sarah may be admirable in his defense of the prerogatives of the CDW and a traditional understanding of the authority and role of the Roman Curia, but is he right? Meanwhile even if it is proper to entrust local liturgical translations to local ordinaries, is now the right time for it? And is there a way to embrace liturgical translations without accepting modern nationalism and its fruits? That is what the recognition of national episcopal conferences does, at least -- they are not approving different local translations for a region, but a single uniform one for that region, regardless of the diversity of peoples and cultures in that region.

This problem should have been forestalled in the first millenium, had the Latins and Franks permitted the official use of liturgical texts translated from Latin into hieratic versions of the local tongues.
Rorate Caeli: De Mattei: Friendly Criticism of Rocco Buttiglione’s Theses

A Good Resource for Roman Documents

But it is not the well-developed theological treatise on political life that Roman Catholics need.

CST at its present stage of development is more likely to mislead and confuse than to clarify political questions. (Like the legitimacy of the modern nation-state.)

Newly published Reader in Catholic Social Teaching emphasizes traditional doctrine

St. Gregory the Wonderworker

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Missed This in 2015

Byzantine Empire—or Republic?
The Byzantine Republic: People and Power in New Rome, Anthony Kaldellis, Harvard University Press, 312 pages
By Brian Patrick Mitchell

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hank Hanegraaff Addressing John MacArthur's Comments about the Eastern Orthodox Church

The should be a movie for ultramontanists: Pope Francis, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ignore Non-Magisterial Papal Opinions.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Part Three

Tuesday, November 07, 2017


Christian joy cannot be faked or forced; it is the gift of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of the exercise of agape, ascesis, and suffering in Christ. It is certainly not the same as niceness.

Monday, November 06, 2017

The Chant Cafe: CDW Clarifies: Reports of Ecumenical Missal Unfounded
CWR: Superstition, Dissent, and Scandal? by Dr. Michael Sirilla
A brief defense of Fr. Thomas Weinandy Some pundits from both progressive and orthodox quarters have been quick to criticize and even condemn Fr. Weinandy and his missive to the Pope. Thus, a brief defense of Fr. Weinandy is in order.

Something to See in Tucson

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Friday, November 03, 2017

CWR Dispatch: Fr. Weinandy: “The USCCB strongly encouraged me to resign.”

The Origin of All Saints in the Roman Rite?

CWR: Fr. Weinandy was clear and direct. The USCCB was not. by Christopher Altieri

The Bishops had the right – perhaps the duty – to require Fr. Weinandy’s resignation. Nevertheless, the Catholic faithful in every state of life in […]