Saturday, January 28, 2017

The Way of Love

God's love

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The Use of the Apocrypha in the Liturgy

Ad Multos Annos!

CWR: The Docile Visionary, James V. Schall, SJ by David Paul Deavel
Observations on the life and thought of a remarkable priest, philosopher, professor, and author on the occasion of his 89th birthday.

Fr. John Guy Winfrey on Pistis

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Another book that looks at the symbols of the Eucharist at the expense of the meaning of the Eucharist?

Many such books have been written, both for the Roman rite and the Byzantine. (A problem affecting the other Apostolic Churches?) While I dislike the term "rationalism" being applied to those who seek to clarify the meaning of the Eucharist (Fr. Bouyer, Fr. Schmemann), at this point I think it is the correct approach. Seeking to enshroud the Eucharist in a counter-rationalist (even Romantic?) notion of "mystery" does not really help the laity develop a proper Christian spirituality.

Fr. Z: BOOK: Nothing Superfluous: An Explanation of the Symbolism of the Rite of St. Gregory the Great

The Importance of Having a Common Direction of Worship

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Fr. Hunwicke Reacts to the News About OLA

Diversity?? (1) [with clarifications]
CWR Dispatch: Three ways to not deal with Canon 915 by Edward N. Peters
Or, three ways in which the "pro-Amoris" wing is trying to get around the Church's clear teachings about admitting divorced-and-remarried Catholics to holy Communion.


His latest: Maybe ‘adjusting’ Canon 915 is not such a good idea after all

Edward Pentin: Bishop Grech Defends ‘Maltese Guidelines’ in Radio Interview
Says he and Archbishop Scicluna are in “complete unity” with Pope Francis, thereby offering a “guarantee that the teaching is authentic.”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Homily for the Closing of the Dominican Jubilee

Message of the Fifth European Catholic-Orthodox Forum (via Byz, TX)

More on the Stanford Hagia Sophia Acoustics Project

What is the justification for the regular rotation priests in the Patriarchate of Rome? Was it originally intended to prevent priests from accumulating too much wealth and power? We don't rotate children around to different parents, so why would we do that for spiritual fathers? Is a priest a mere functionary, or dispenser of the sacraments? Is it correct to assume that leaving a priest in place is more of a norm than not in the Eastern churches?

Eastern Christian Books: Alasdair MacIntyre on Ethics Amidst the Conflicts of Modernity

Eastern Christian Books: Alasdair MacIntyre on Ethics Amidst the Conflicts of Modernity

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Conclusion of the Dominican Jubilee

Christian Unity

Thinking about the taxonomy of Latin Catholics and the second Vatican Council... who were the "progressives" during the council? What did they seek to change? And the "conservatives"? What did they seek to conserve? The status quo? For the conservatives, perhaps, orthodoxy is identified solely with scholastic formulae, a tradition within the Latin ecclesial tradition but not the only one. Some of the progressives may have wanted to shift the expression of teaching to other traditions; the Ressourcement theologians for example wanted some sort of return to the Church Fathers. Does that mean all progressives were right-minded? There may have been some who were heterodox, seeking to change the beliefs or moral norms of Tradition, just as there are heterodox among Latin clergy and theologians today. And even if some progressives were correct that the Latin churches need to shift their expression of doctrine away from neoscholasticism, it does not mean that their judgement about necessary changes in discipline or liturgy were also correct.

How many of the Ressourcement theologians were willing to concede that what had been taken to be definitive expressions of Sacred Tradition by western councils and popes in the second millenium may not be so?

CWR Dispatch: A "Conclave" for Camelot by Mary Jo Anderson
Robert Harris's new thriller is about papal intrigue and Vatican politics; it is also an example of how progressives envision the Catholic Church changing with the times.