Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Was it enough?

What were the causes for the evangelization of South America by the Jesuits not being effective? Interference by the secular authorities?

Thomistic Institute at Stanford

Monday, May 13: A lecture by Fr. Stephen Fields, S.J. (Georgetown University)

Icons of God

Monday, April 29, 2019

Should a Pope Emeritus Have Any Voice?

Sandro Magister: When Benedict Entrusted His “Notes” To Francis. An Additional Detail - LifeSiteNews

Altieri on Curial Reform

CWR: Despite much-hyped reform, new Curia remains a governing apparatus by Christopher R. Altieri

Vatican watchers got their first real look at what might be in store for the Church’s central governing apparatus this weekend, when an article appeared in the new edition of Spain’s leading Catholic Vida Nueva [...]

Christos Anesti

Fr. Seraphim Dedes

A New Dicastery for Evangelization?

1P5: Vatican “Super Dicastery”: A Papal Promise Fulfilled?

Sunday, April 28, 2019

John 20:19-25


It is good to see adult converts; certainly has me thinking again about the question of initiating all babies, children, and teenagers into the Christian life without discernment by the pastor.

Keunwoo Kwon Reviews Justice as a Virtue

 Reading Religion

While this book is an excellent work crafted by a first-rate scholar, this reader has a minor quibble about an omission rather than a commission. In this volume Porter does not address the issue of “burdened virtue” raised by Lisa Tessman in her 2005 Burdened Virtues (Oxford University Press). Since Porter discusses with nuance the complicated relationship between justice and eudaemonia in chapter 5, it is a little bit of a surprise that Tessman’s well-noted challenge to the Aristotelian moral tradition is entirely absent in this chapter. To what extent would Aquinas acknowledge the contingent connection between virtue and flourishing? Is it legitimate to see the virtue of justice as a mean in an Aristotelian sense, given that there seems to be no mean for an intense sensitivity to others’ suffering in this tragic world? Would Aquinas’s emphasis on supernatural grace and his eschatology based upon the Exitus-Reditus framework somehow help resolve this tension? These questions deserve a serious response from Porter, especially when her work implicitly touches upon the issues treated with care by Tessman.

Pascha, Resurrection, and Faith

Church Life: What Does Belief in the Resurrection Look Like? by David Fagerberg

The Importance of "Natural Philosophy"

Public Discourse: A Natural Philosopher’s Lament By John G. Brungardt

Friday, April 26, 2019

Gerald J. Russello Reviews Aquinas and the Market

CWR Dispatch: Cui bono? Bringing Thomistic thought to bear on modern economics by Gerald J. Russello

In her new book, economist and theologian Mary L. Hirschfeld makes a welcome contribution to a distinctive, Catholic way of looking at economics.

Two Designs for Notre Dame

Prof Jens Zimmerman on 'The Hermeneutical Significance of Tradition'

Monday, April 22, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Icons of Holy Week

A Reason for Evangelization?

Liberals, statists, and non-believers will not care about the Christian genealogy of rights and rights talk, just as they don't really care about Roman Law or the Common Law, except insofar as it supports their ideology.

RCP: Recovering the Christian Foundations of Human Rights by Peter Berkowitz

Letter of Bishop Milan

In Hungary...

Christ is risen!

Friday, April 19, 2019

"Passover" Meal

CWR Dispatch: When was the Last Supper? by Dr. Randall B. Smith
Was the Last Supper a Passover meal or some sort of pre-Passover “farewell” meal? Does John have the story right, or do Matthew, Mark, and Luke?

Latin Theology of the Priesthood

HPR: Patristic Ressourcement in the Theology of the Priesthood by Dr. Joshua Madden

June 4

The Mystical Supper

Monday, April 15, 2019

This Would Be a Shock to Latin Sensibilities

Pray for France


Christopher Altieri on Benedict XVI's Essay

CWR Dispatch: The problem with Benedict’s essay by Christopher R. Altieri

Sr. Vassa Opines

Saturday, April 13, 2019

More from Psaltikon

Fr. Paul Mariani, SJ on Cardinal Zen's Book

For Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent: On the Situation of the Church in China

Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong Kong: Fighter, Teacher, Risk-Taker by Fr. Paul Mariani, S.J.
The book For Love of My People I Will Not Remain Silent: On the Situation of the Church in China is not for the faint of heart. For—as any fighter—Cardinal Zen calls out his adversaries.

The Price of Catholic Unity by MARY SPENCER
Cardinal Zen In New Book… Vatican’s China Strategy Was All About Compromise And Surrender by Maike Hickson

Friday, April 12, 2019

Carl Olson Comments

CWR: Editorial: Benedict XVI’s essay is both insightful and incomplete by Carl E. Olson
Reaction to the unexpected release of a lengthy text—almost exactly 6,000 words in all—by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, titled “The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse”, has been both swift and polarized. Some have [...]

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Black Hole Photo

NASA (via Fr. Z)

Adaptable to the Byzantine Rite?

Keble College chapel, Oxford. Still not feeling it for the medieval reredos. But Latin traditionalists generally don't care much for anything that smacks of hybridization, even if there was a common Romano-Byzantine style for some time, from which one could develop organically.


Venice in the East

Benedict XVI on the Sexual Abuse Scandal

CWR/CNA: Full text of Benedict XVI: ‘The Church and the scandal of sexual abuse’
The following is a previously unpublished essay from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI: On February 21 to 24, at the invitation of Pope Francis, the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences gathered at the Vatican to [...]

Joseph Ratzinger On Sexual Abuse in the Church: “The Ultimate Reason Lies in the Absence of God”

Archbishop Chaput
R. R. Reno

Gender in Genesis: Father Lawrence Farley

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Saturday, April 06, 2019

SVOTS Chorale

The Icon

Ancient Faith Blogs: 112. The Icon, Part Two – Iconoclasm, the Seventh Council, and after that by Fr. Bill

Fr. Lawrence Farley on the Charismatic "Renewal"

Ancient Faith Blogs: Why I Am No Longer a Charismatic by Fr. Lawrence Farley
Rorate Caeli: “That which thou dost, do quickly” for the Masquerade is over by Francesco Lamendola
H/T Riscossa Cristiana

Pieces of Biblical History

OrthoChristian/Times of Israel: Tiny First Temple find could be first proof of aide to biblical King Josiah by Amanda Borschel-Dan

Accepting the Narrative and Running With It

Church Life: Faith and the Expanding Universe of Georges Lemaître by Jonathan Lunine

On October 29th of last year, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) voted to recommend renaming Hubble’s Law the “Hubble-Lemaître Law.” That such a vote would take place today—during a...

A Poetic Christ: Thomist Reflections on Scripture, Language, and Reality by Olivier-Thomas Venard, O.P.

T&T Clark

The Gospels Manifest a Poetic Christ by Timothy O'Malley

Fr. Venard's Aquinas Lecture for the DSPT in 2016: Life, Language, and Christ: A Thomistic Approach

Friday, April 05, 2019

Rules for the Intellectual Life

CWR: Rules for Christian Intellectuals, Part I by Dr. Kelly Scott Franklin
For those Christians with an intellectual calling, Fr. Antonin-Gilbert Sertillanges, OP (1863-1948), offers a guide, a method, and a spirituality for that life.

Still a Latinocentric View of Things

Crisis Magazine: Is Vatican II Irrelevant Now? by David G. Bonagura Jr.

Does this mean that the actual teachings of Vatican II will fade into oblivion? Not in the short term, since the Council’s documents and approach have been incorporated into the extensive and widely consulted Catechism of the Catholic Church, which itself was created to rein in the wayward Spirit of Vatican II.

The Illusory “Success” of Francis, Under the Lens of a Sociologist of Religion (Il Paradosso di Papa Francesco: La Secolarizzazione Tra Boom Religioso e Crisi del Cristianesimo by Luca Diotallevi)

Fr. Alexander Men on the Cross

Pravmir: The Cross Sweetens the Bitterness of Life by ARCHPRIEST ALEXANDER MEN (+1990)
In the morning, finding at least a minute in the midst of your normal daily tasks to stand before His countenance, you will feel how He is gazing at you lovingly and summoning you to labor. God’s blessing is with you in labor during every minute of life. The Kingdom of God, which is coming in power, is established in the heart, for Christ said: The Kingdom of God is within us – come and drink the living water of the Kingdom of Heaven

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Mother Maria

Pravmir: Mother Maria: Love Without End
"No amount of thought will ever result in any greater formulation than the three words, 'Love one another,' so long as it is love to ...

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

Eastern Christian Books: How Apostate Was Julian?

Eastern Christian Books: How Apostate Was Julian?

WITNESS - Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria

More on the 50th Annivesary of the Promulgation of the Pauline Missal

Fr. Z: It was 50 years ago today… Paul VI’s Apostolic Constitution “Missale Romanum”

Responding to Gender Ideology

Part 1
Part 2

A Memorial!

Rorate Caeli: Exactly 50 Years Ago, Paul VI tried to destroy the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

7. Cena dominica sive Missa est sacra synaxis seu congregatio populi Dei in unum convenientis, sacerdote praeside, ad memoriale Domini celebrandum. Quare de sanctae Ecclesiae locali congregatione eminenter valet promissio Christi: "Ubi sunt duo vel tres congregati in nomine meo, ibi sum in medio eorum" (Mt. 18, 20).

"7. The Lord's Supper, or Mass, is the sacred meeting or congregation of the people of God assembled, the priest presiding, to celebrate the memorial of the Lord. For this reason, Christ's promise applies eminently to such a local gathering of holy Church: 'Where two or three come together in my name, there am I in their midst' (Mt. 18:20)."

I don't recall Fr. Bouyer criticizing the General Instruction of the Roman Missal itself, rather than the Roman Missal, but I am guessing that para 7 would not be problematic for him. After all, what is to prevent a memorial from also being the re-presentation of the sacrifice of Christ, through the ministry of the Church (CCC 611, 1323, 1330, 1341)? (At the moment I am accepting Latin theology and expression on this point for the purposes of this post.) Granted, Pope Paul VI does not seem to say this explicitly, but even if he doesn't, it doesn't imply that he denies that the Eucharist is a sacrifice.

Of course, it may be that he had reasons for not elaborating on sacrifice and it is not clear that the received Latin tradition on what sacrifice means, and how Christ's Passion and Death constitute a sacrifice, are correct.

The Sacrifice of the Mass by Fr. William G. Most
The Sacramental Life of the Orthodox Church by Rev. Alciviadis C. Calivas, Th.D.
The Liturgy in the Thought of Benedict XVI by Giles R. Dimock
Peter Leithart: The Non-Eucharist Eucharist

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