Saturday, September 29, 2018

International Orthodox Theological Association


If the "fire" or "heat" of purgatory is God's love purifying those who live in Christ from all remaining perfection, then why might hell not be that same love experienced as a form of torture by those who have rejected God?

(The glory of God, the light of those who have been perfectly transformed or deified is in contrast pleasant.)

Friday, September 28, 2018

CWR: Abp. Vigano’s new testimony has “special appeal” to Card. Ouellet, more criticism of Pope Francis by Carl E. Olson
The strongest words of Viganò’s new testimony are found in the conclusion, where he asks, “Has Christ perhaps become invisible to his vicar?”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Scott Hahn's Latest Book

CWR: How one Protestant's pursuit of the Fourth Cup led him to the Catholic Church

De Mattei Criticizes One Form of Ultramontanism

Rorate Caeli: De Mattei: The Disfigured Roman Primacy by the Successor of Peter Francesca Romana at RORATE CÆLI - Roberto de Mattei Correspondenza Romana September 26, 2018 The impressive rapidity with which events are unfolding one after the other in the Church makes one think that this is due not only to the dynamics of historical acceleration, but a deliberate choice by the agents of chaos to increase disorientation and paralyze the forces that are seeking to resist the rush of the tide.

A Sad Closing

Rorate Caeli: Dying Italian Dominicans Leave Behind Fra Angelico

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bishop Milan

Monday, September 24, 2018

Consecration of Bishop Mariana Andreja

A Polemic by St. John?

Or a fair characterization?

An overview written in 1938
St. John (Maximovich) of Shanghai and San Francisco

The moral authority of the Patriarchs of Constantinople has likewise fallen very low in view of their extreme instability in ecclesiastical matters.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

St Elisabeth Convent Choir, Minsk visiting St John of Shanghai, Belfast

Kyrie Eleison

Protodeacon Vladimir Vasilik

Are catastrophic events connected with envy characteristic only of Byzantium? Alas, no.

Metropolitan Hilarion on the Future of Christianity in Europe

Pravmir: Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk on the Future of Christianity in Europe

On 18 September 2018, in Lisbon, A Junção do Bem Foundation organized a reception in honour of Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, who is currently on a visit to Portugal. After the reception Metropolitan Hilarion delivered an address on the Future of Christianity in Europe.

original: MosPat

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Theologian Comments on the IL for the Upcoming Latin Synod

First Things: THOUGHTS ON THE INSTRUMENTUM LABORIS by Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

The Latest Vatican-China Development

Vatican Press Office announces a ‘Provisional Agreement’ between China and the Holy See, the beginning of a process, says Greg Burke
The Provisional Agreement concerns the appointment of bishops. The Global Times today cited China’s Foreign Ministry, which denied the presence in Beijing of a Vatican delegation. China’s leadership appears divided on the matter. The goal of this “accord is not political but pastoral”.

The excommunication of seven illegitimate bishops lifted, the new Diocese of Chengde established for Mgr Guo Jincai

Card Parolin on the importance of the agreement between China and the Holy See on the appointment of bishops

China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs unaware of any visiting Vatican delegation by Wang Zhicheng

Card Pietro Parolin also appears to have distanced himself from any imminent agreement on episcopal appointments. Mgr Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, praises China, calling it an influential power that respects human dignity and the planet. For him, the critics of the Sino-Vatican agreement are "a little minority", loud “but there are not very many of them.”

Card Zen on the China-Vatican agreement: Saying nothing in many words by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiun

Cdl. Zen calls for Vatican secretary of state Parolin to ‘resign’ over ‘betrayal’ in China deal

Provisional agreement between China and Holy See raises many questions, highlights tensions by Christopher R. Altieri
The central question is whether the Church can trust this Chinese government, and whether Chinese Catholics can trust this Papal administration not to give away the store.

Bound to Disappoint Some of the Latin Conspiracy Theorists

NCReg: Benedict XVI Discusses His Resignation in Newly Published Letters Edward Pentin

Portland is Fortunate

NCReg: Archbishop Sample Emphasizes ‘Liturgy According to the Mind, Heart of the Church’ by Joseph Pronechen

The Portland Archdiocese issues a liturgical handbook to ensure greater reverence for the Eucharist and the Mass.

Friday, September 21, 2018

The Mind of the Ukrainian Catholic Patriarch is Revealed

Does he endorse the use of violence to bring the break-away parts of Ukraine back under the political control of Ukraine? If so, how does he justify this? Does he deny that there is a right to secession and self-determination?

CWR: Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk discusses solidarity, patriotism, power for a free Ukraine by Deborah Castellano Lubov

Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk says that a free Ukraine is strengthened by solidarity and patriotism, while noting that “patriotic feelings are neutral” and “they must be evangelized.” His Beatitude recalls the so-called revolution of dignity [...]

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

CWR: Cardinal Müller: “Corruption of doctrine always brings with it the corruption of morals” by CWR Staff

“The root of this evil is not clericalism, whatever that might be, but rejection of the truth and moral licentiousness.” Homily at the priestly ordination […]

Come Holy Spirit

or the prayer to the Holy Spirit:

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

If the first part of the petition is addressed to the Holy Spirit, does it make sense to ask the Holy Spirit to send forth His Spirit? The second part is addressed to God the Father, so wouldn't it make more sense to include this part:

"Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth."

after that?

As that is taken from Psalm 104, verse 30, can it be argued that it is actually addressing Christ (and the Father)?

Introduction to Christianity at 50

A conference at Notre Dame.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

CWR: Why the Church needs philosophy: On the 20th anniversary of Fides et ratio by Joseph G. Trabbic

The philosophical currents that troubled John Paul II two decades ago and moved him to write Fides et ratio haven’t disappeared. […]

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Lord, Have Mercy

We need to pray, with everything that is going on between Constantinople and Moscow, with Ukraine in the middle.


Rorate Caeli: Benediction of the Conventual Church - Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer by New Catholic

The new conventual church of the wonderful Fraternity of St. Vincent Ferrer (an order of Priests and Brothers dedicated exclusively to the Traditional Dominican rite and customs), in Chéméré-le-Roi, in Mayenne, France, will be dedicated with a Pontifical Mass celebrated by the Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Abp. Guido Pozzo, on the Feast of St. Michael the Archangel, Sep.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Rorate Caeli: De Mattei: The Church and the Men of the Church

The courageous denunciation of ecclesiastical scandals made by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has generated the consensus of many, but also the displeasure of others, convinced that everything discrediting the representatives of the Church should be covered up by silence. This desire to safeguard the Church is understandable...

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

If he is serious, he will resign.

CWR: Is Pope Francis serious about addressing abuse crisis and its causes? by Christopher R. Altieri
Francis apparently believes that airing bishops’ dirty laundry is not the right thing to do—and that is a large part of the attitude that got us to this point in the first place.

Monday, September 10, 2018

The College of Cardinals

Fr. Keenan needs to get over his Latincentricism. The college of Cardinals should reverted into the special form of the local synod of the Church of Rome, concerned only with matters of the Church of Rome. It should have no role to play in the Church Universal.

CWR: Should the Church have women cardinals? As we speak about power in the Church, we must ask: is this not simply a form of clericalism, a phenomenon much decried by Pope Francis? by Nicholas Senz

Saturday, September 08, 2018

The Issue at Hand

Taking The Gay Priest Issue Seriously by Rod Dreher
The cognitive dissonance within the Catholic Church around homosexuality has reached a breaking point

Friday, September 07, 2018

Greater Use of Traditional Iconography Will Save the Church?

CWR Dispatch: Iconography workshop emphasizes beauty of sacred art, Eastern liturgies by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille

The “Beauty Will Save theWorld” summer camp is an iconography workshop that includes discussions about beauty and vocations, all held together by sung liturgical prayer.

CNA: Letter acknowledges Vatican receipt of allegations against McCarrick in 2000

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

Resigning the Episcopal Office

CWR: Now it is not the time to “turn down the temperature” by Edward N. Peters
Sometimes even allies offer advice that is ill-conceived, and I think that applies to some of what Fr. Raymond de Souza wrote recently for the National Catholic Register.


Synaxis of the Patriarchate of Constantinople

Byz TX: Synaxis of Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne

Archbishop Daniel of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA gives a report.

Archbishop Viganò Comments on Videos


Fr. Z: Why was Archbp. Viganò publicly polite to disgraced ex-Card McCarrick? Answered.

De Mattei on Archbishop Viganò

Rorate caeli: De Mattei: Archbishop Viganò - punished for telling the truth?

Probably Won't Be Negative on the Current Pontificate

Fr. Z: New book by Jesuit @antoniospadaro about Francis

Dr. Rao Comments on the Crisis

Rorate Caeli: Op-Ed: "The City of Light under the Regime of Darkness: Historical Meditation on Current Events" (by John C. Rao)

The City of Light and the Regime of Darkness: Historical Meditation on Current Events by Dr. John C. Rao Monday, August 28th, the Feast of St. Augustine, followed hard upon the Sunday statement of Archbishop Viganò regarding papal delinquency in the chastisement of episcopal evildoers. Mulling over the possibility of some providential connection of the annual commemoration of the

Homily of Bishop Stephen Lopes for August 19

Catholic Herald

Something Rotten in...

Being Frank about Francis by Dr. Douglas Farrow

The McCarrick scandal, let us all admit, is just one powerful gust in the swirling tempest that now surrounds Francis and threatens to capsize both […]

Sunday, September 02, 2018

The Theory of Evolution and the Question of Death

Something to ponder after reading the following...

Russian Priest: Most Holy Men Denounced Evolution and So Should We “I’m not ashamed to be a daughter of the Heavenly Father. Let those whose ancestors are apes[1] be ashamed” by Fr. Valery Dukhanin (OrthoChristian)

Bishop Eleganti Interview

CWR: Bishop Eleganti: “The Pope’s silence is a classic non-denial!” by CWR Staff

“The attempts to rewrite the traditional doctrine that regards homosexual acts as disordered in themselves,” says the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Chur, Switzerland, “and […]