Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Sandro Magister: That Argentine Babel Which Is Driving the Whole Church into Confusion
The Francis Reformation by Dr. Douglas Farrow

We will not get far by asking whether the Church is to be a Church of the poor and a Church of the merciful. Of course it is. We must ask instead whether it is to be a Church of all the beatitudes.

The Church is Not a Business

And yet George Weigel thinks that it is one, and that a national Church can be turned into mission territory with proper oversight by Rome. Papal maximalism plus a bad model of the Church. Where is Avery Dulles to offer a comment?

Rethinking “mission territory” by George Weigel

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Friday, February 23, 2018

The Church

That Frank Built Destroyed

Sandro Magister: New Appeal From Fr. Weinandy To the Pope: With This False Mercy the Church Is Destroyed

Catholic World Report: The Four Marks of the Church: The Contemporary Crisis in Ecclesiology
We need to mount a robust defense and clear advocacy of the Church’s four marks, for without such an apology, the Church’s identity – what she truly is – will become disordered, and so will enfeeble her ability to live and to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Comment: Whatever what one thinks of Roman Catholic ecclesiology as explained here, nonetheless one can ask if the crisis affects the whole Church or just the patriarchate of Rome, and whether the essay could still stand as it is written if we take the crisis to be of the patriarchate of Rome only, or if it would have to be written substantially.

Has the Life of Jorge Bergoglio

map on to the history of the Jesuit order after Vatican 2, especially in Ibero-America?

How Bergoglio Is Rewriting His Life. The Years of the "Great Desolation"

Thursday, February 22, 2018

God bless Fr. Rutler.

The Mathematical Innovations of Father Antonio Spadaro by Fr. George W. Rutler

Nearly fifty years go, my parish secretary, who was elderly even then, kept the parish accounts using an abacus. I gave her the latest kind of electric adding machine, which [...]
Rorate Caeli: All Hell Breaks Loose - German Bishops officially open up Holy Communion to Non-Catholics

Interview with James Matthew Wilson

Too Bad the Full Text of Fr. Aidan Nichol's Lecture for the English Fellowship of Ss Alban and Sergius Isn't Available

Fr Aidan Nichols, and the Amoris laetitia Crisis UPDATED "Fr Aidan reminded his hearers that Vatican I in fact limited the papacy; and surmised 'it may be that the present crisis of the Roman magisterium is providentially intended to call attention to the limits of the papacy [in regard to teaching]'"

Fr Aidan Nichols and the people "who ought to know better" UPDATED "It is not the position of the Roman Catholic Church that a pope is incapable of leading people astray by false teaching as a public doctor. He may be the supreme appeal judge of Christendom ... but that does not make him immune to perpetrating doctrinal howlers. Surprisingly ... this fact appears to be unknown to many who ought to know better."

Aidan Nichols, Amoris laetitia, and Tucho

The Catholic Herald article from August 2017.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Eastern Christian Books: The Problems with Orthodox Mysticism

Eastern Christian Books: The Problems with Orthodox Mysticism: Tarazi repeatedly decries the "perversion" that theology--East and West, Jewish and Christian--has wrought to the scripturally revealed God, introducing terminology that is not just unhelpful but unscriptural (ousia, physis, etc)

comment: But what of the Ecumenical Councils?
Crisis: Cardinal Cupich Misreads Vatican II on Conscience by Richard A. Spinello

Just a few short weeks after the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, spoke about Amoris Laetitia as a paradigm shift for the Church, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago [...]
Ὦ γενεὰ ὑπερήφανη καὶ διεστραμμένη, ἕως πότε μεθ’ ὑμῶν ἔσομαι; ἕως πότε ἀνέξομαι ὑμῶν?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Crisis: Cardinal Cupich’s Modernist View of the Family by R. Jared Staudt

The accusation of modernism gets thrown around a lot, especially in traditional circles. As a descriptor of heresy, modernism is a vague term. Modernism can refer to a movement of

Friday, February 16, 2018

More on Cardinal Cupich

On Cardinal Cupich’s problematic, convenient conscience by Carl E. Olson

Conscience is not the ground of moral authority; nor is it the final judge when it comes to what is actually moral and true....

Those Cupich seminars: Why now? by Christopher R. Altieri

An Overhaul of the Aristotelian Sciences Is Needed?

Do the categories need to be reconsidered in a way going beyond the phenomenologists (e.g. William Marra)? What about the predicaments? Are the predicaments and attributes/properties confusing to the neophyte to Aristotelian philosophy? While the categories seem to be integral of the Metaphysics, are they so important to the Physics? Can one limit a discussion of change, generation, and corrruption to substance and accident? No, Aristotle does mention alteration of quality, quantity, and place. Out of those three, it seems that the category of quality is the one that may need to be revised in light of a better understanding of the natural world, even if it itself is a rather broad category that includes both color and thought?

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pope Francis Appealing to Vatican II for Cover

Catholic Conclave: Pope- "Do not read blogs that call me a heretic" - source

«¿Dónde es que nuestro pueblo ha sido creativo?» Conversaciones con jesuitas de Chile y Perú

China en la mirada del papa Francisco

Russell Shaw on Germain Grisez

CWR Dispatch: The quiet, wide-ranging influence of Germain Grisez by Russell Shaw

The late moral theologian, who died on February 1st at the age of 88, had a profound impact on moral theology over the past sixty […]

Couldn't Be Bothered

So the Melkite had to concelebrate with the bishop of Rome in the Roman rite. Understandable. But the bishop of Rome couldn't celebrate Mass ad orientem just this once out of respect for Eastern sensibility?

CNA: Pope of Rome, Melkite Patriarch concelebrate mass

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Forgiveness Sunday

Fr. Rutler on Cardinal Cupich

Crisis Magazine: The Clarity of Cardinal Cupich by Fr. George W. Rutler

Does Fr. Rutler have to worry about Cardinal Dolan and the New York chancery?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Echeverria on the Douthat-Faggioli Debate

CWR: Douthat-Faggioli debate highlights two key, contested issues of Francis’ pontificate by Eduardo Echeverria

Two major issues—the meaning and significance of Vatican II and the doctrinal implications of AL’s moral logic of pastoral reasoning—will continue to present the Church with challenges until such time as the Magisterium makes clear where the Church is headed.

Monday, February 05, 2018

Crisis Magazine: Germain Grisez’s Defense of Orthodox Faith by John M. Grondelski

Germain Gabriel Grisez, 88, died February 1, 2018. Philosophy and Catholic theology in the United States lost a giant in his passing. After Karol Wojtyła, I probably owe my greatest [...]

Is the language of Jesus Christ endangered?

From 2008:

Sunday, February 04, 2018

CNA: Debate IRL: Douthat/Faggioli debate moves from Twitter to Fordham campus

Germain Grisez Has Passed

Eternal memory.

In Memoriam: Germain Grisez, Great Defender of Humanae Vitae (1929-2018) by Matthew E. Bunson
The Christian ethics professor, called ‘a towering figure in contemporary Catholic thinking about morality,’ died Feb. 1 at the age of 88.

Aramaic Syriac Chant at Mor Shmoni Telkaif

Mar Behnam and Mart Sarah Monastery

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Friday, February 02, 2018

Byzantine Rite of Ordination for Minor Orders

An English Orthodox priest on the UK, Anglicanism, and Orthodoxy
Sergei Mudrov, Archpriest Gregory Hallam

Thursday, February 01, 2018

If Excommunication Is Not a Remedy, Then What Is?

What ecclesial punishment exists for the senators who voted against the bill to outlaw abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy?

CWR Dispatch: The Bloody 14 and the question of excommunication by Edward N. Peters

Preparing for the Great Fast

CWR: “Exceeding glad shall he be of thy salvation”: On Handel and preparing for Lent in the East by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille