Saturday, December 23, 2017

Cappella Romana in San Francisco

in Sacramento:

The Laying on of Hands

In the ordination of priests, what is the significance of the laying on of hands on the ordinandi by other priests? (In the Roman rite -- but I think it is also the custom in the Byzantine rite?) What does it mean, if priests do not have the power to ordain priests, only bishops do? Is it merely symbolic? Or does it signify something that has been forgotten?

How far back does the custom go? Is the custom possibly a legacy of the ecclesial order that existed before the development of the monoepiscopate?

Strong Claims

Linking the Roman Curia to the Petrine ministry of the bishop of Rome to the Church Universal and beyond. But where is the foundation in Sacred Tradition for this?

Pope Francis exhorts Curia to avoid “unbalanced and debased mindset of plots and small cliques”

“The universal nature of the Curia’s service,” the Holy Father told Curia members in the annual pre-Christmas address, “… wells up and flows out from the catholicity of the Petrine ministry.”

(original: CNA)

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Roman Curia

Fr. Hunwicke: Pope and Curia, The Curia Romana (1), The Curia Romana (2), and The Curia Romana (3)

The Roman Curia exists primarily to assist a bishop with the local Church. Why should its role extend beyond this? Perhaps it can be a concession that it should play a role with respect to the patriarchate (instead of proper synodality/collegiality), but with respect to the Church Universal? Wouldn't it be better to have certain priests or bishops as recognized advisors or eminent clergy to the synod of Latin bishops?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Gregorian Chant

It Won't Be the Last

Why St. Gregory’s University Is Closing Its Doors by Anthony P. Stine

What have Latin Catholics done to uphold the state of Oklahoma and to evangelize and inculturate there?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Adam DeVille on Reconciliation of the Chalcedonian Churches

CWR: Questioning the prospects of Catholic-Orthodox unity by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille

The latest statement of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation (NAOCTC) begins and ends with questions, and these are both more valuable and certainly more interesting than what is found in many ecumenical statements.

Decentralization, the virtues of which the North American dialogue says we must continue to contemplate, is much more theologically, historically, and practically defensible than the Roman centralization and personality cult of the pope we have been enduring for decades. Perhaps all the novelties and peculiarities of this Franciscan papacy will finally bring us to reconsider papal centralization and begin to rid ourselves of it both for the good of the Catholic Church and also the cause of Christian unity.

The Sun of Justice