Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Monday, April 29, 2019
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 [...]
Sunday, April 28, 2019
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.
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Friday, April 26, 2019
In her new book, economist and theologian Mary L. Hirschfeld makes a welcome contribution to a distinctive, Catholic way of looking at economics.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Monday, April 22, 2019
Sunday, April 21, 2019
RCP: Recovering the Christian Foundations of Human Rights by Peter Berkowitz
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Friday, April 19, 2019
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?
Thursday, April 18, 2019
John M. McCarthy on the Implications of Changing the Pater Noster
Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
How about something that is based on presenting salvation history through the Roman liturgy tradition and Sacred Scripture? Or would that be too much to ask of the Pauline Missal?
Monday, April 15, 2019
"I really care about the Seminary and firmly believe in the importance of sound theological education. St. Vladimir’s has never been just 'the OCA Seminary.'" --Fr. David Barr (SVOTS Class of 1983).— St Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary (@stvlads) April 12, 2019
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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 2019
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
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
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”
R. R. Reno
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
What then of the incomplete work of the fourth ecumenical council?
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Monday, April 08, 2019
Sunday, April 07, 2019
Saturday, April 06, 2019
H/T Riscossa Cristiana
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.
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
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.
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)
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
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
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