Friday, June 28, 2019

Christopher Altieri on the Amazon Synod Working Document

CWR: Working document for Amazon synod is both a catch-all and a cover by Christopher R. Altieri
It is rather unseemly that a coterie of mostly northern European churchmen are apparently using the pressing issues of a long-suffering local Church in the developing world to advance their pet project in ecclesial sociology.

"Compassion" and "Mercy"

Pope Francis' mentions the Sacred Heart devotion but in connection with his own language of "compassion" and "mercy," which may be compatible with sentimentalism but may not be compatible with law or the good. Charity separated from truth.

CNA: ‘The heart of the Church’s mission is prayer,’ Pope Francis says

Catholic Herald: The time is ripe for a revival in devotion to the Sacred Heart by Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith

Can the devotion to the Sacred Heart be separated from Latin soteriology and its concepts of merit, atonement, expiation, and reparation that are logical consequences of it? (It has also been linked to the modern Latin devotion to Christ the King, cf. the reference by Pius XI to Quas Primas in Miserentissimus Redemptor.)

Consecration to the Sacred Heart. Pope Leo XIII - 1899 - Vatican.VA
Miserentissimus Redemptor (May 8, 1928) | PIUS XI
CARITATE CHRISTI COMPULSI Pope Pius XI 3 May 1932 Sacred Heart - EWTN - Vatican.VA
Haurietis Aquas (May 15, 1956) | PIUS XII

One of These Is Not Like the Others

Interview with Professor Pierluigi Guiducci

CWR Dispatch: Symposium attests to Pius XII’s monumental work as Defensor Civitatis by Alberto Carosa
An interview with Professor Pierluigi Guiducci, author of several works on the pontificate of Pope Pius XII during the Second World War.

Entering a Byzantine Temple

Slavic tradition...

Theotokos of the Sign

The Vladimir Icon

Cardinal Brandmüller on the Amazon Synod

Sandro Magister: Heretical and Apostate. Cardinal Brandmüller Excommunicates the Amazon Synod

Fr. Z

Feast of the Sacred Heart

An Icon of the Little Flower

Adam Deville

Eastern Christian Books: On Reforming Diocesan Boundaries and Structures and Episcopal Elites and "Lay Involvement" in the Abuse Crisis

Latin Devotions Interconnected

Crisis Magazine: St Joseph, Dispenser of the Treasures of the Sacred Heart by Leonora Butau

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Truly Speculative Theology

The Incarnation Doesn't End with the Resurrection by James P. Ware

However, David Bentley Hart, in a recent article in this journal (“The Spiritual Was More Substantial than the Material for the Ancients”), argues for a very different reading. For Hart finds in 1 Corinthians 15, and throughout much of the rest of the New Testament, a conception of resurrection—both of Christ and of the faithful—involving the replacement of the corruptible body of flesh with a new “spiritual” or “celestial” body composed of the imperishable substance of spirit (the nature possessed by angels and spirit beings). According to Hart, when Paul, John, and other New Testament authors speak of Jesus or the faithful being “raised” to life, this involves “the transformation of the psychical composite into the spiritual simplex—the metamorphosis of the mortal fleshly body that belongs to soul into the immortal fleshless body that belongs to spirit.” It was, Hart claims, in such a “spiritual” body, “purged of every element of flesh and blood and (perhaps) soul,” that Christ rose.

Is the Latin Intellectual Project Over?

NCReg: Why Philosophy is Crucial to Understanding Theology by Father John P. Cush
Philosophy influences people and culture and shines light on the science of theology

If I had to choose between prioritizing philosophy or scripture study for deacons, I'd choose the latter, so that they could then learn theology properly rather than some version of "scriptural theology" that is really just scholastic theology with scripture proof-texts.

Second, political philosophy is important, especially for helping Latins understand the limits of Roman Catholic social teaching and how it has developed over time, but I can't say who should be the recognized authorities on this topic at this time, since most Latin philosophers and theologians tend to save RC social teaching rather than contest it directly.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

St. Cyril of Alexandria

Jesus Christ in Majesty

On the Invocation of the Name of Jesus, Part 2

Orthodox Music Master Class

The Theotokos Is a Florentine Latin Traditionalist?

Who would have known?

Crisis Magazine: Our Lady of Good Success Speaks To Us Today by Jonathan B. Coe
On December 8, 1634, the archangels, Gabriel, Michael, and Raphael appeared to Mariana with the Queen of Heaven, and Gabriel was carrying a Ciborium filled with hosts. Our Lady then predicted events over two hundred years into the future for the reign of Pius IX:

His pontifical infallibility will be declared a dogma of the Faith by the same Pope chosen to proclaim the dogma of the Mystery of My Immaculate Conception. He will be imprisoned in the Vatican by the unjust usurpation of the Pontifical States through the iniquity, envy and avarice of an earthly monarchy.

Now do the original writings say this, or have there been some edits/interpolations made by the editor (who is associated with TFP)? Or is this merely a statement of fact, without implying approval of such? (And one can maintain that the appropriation of the papal states was an unjust act without sanctioning the acquisition or maintenance of dominion over those states in the first place.)

Monday, June 24, 2019

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Enthronement of Archbishop Elpidophoros




FOTA Conference Program


Orthodox Traditions

Will the Latins Be Interested in Real Solutions?

CWR Dispatch: The Paralyzed Church by Dr. Adam A. J. DeVille

The decision the Church faces today is a very simple one: to “approach the future as a friend/without a wardrobe of excuses” in W.H. Auden’s memorable words.

Scapegoating McCarrick

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The Amazon Synod

Sandro Magister: The Amazon Train Has Pulled Out. Next Stop Germany

What Makes an Icon Holy?

Ensemble Organum

The Power of Truth

CWR: A sorely needed theological justification of the truth of the Catholic faith by Eduardo Echeverria

Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s book The Power of Truth addresses the challenges to Catholic doctrines and morals today—not only by the culture at large, but also by elements within the Church.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Another Pantocrator

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The First Council of Nicaea



A New Temple

Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation


Latin Triumphalism Lives!

In Latin traditionalists and zealous converts to traditionalism.

1P5: I Left Eastern Orthodoxy for the Church Led by Pope Francis, and I Don’t Regret It by Timothy Flanders

Another reason these attacks fail is that the Orthodox do not give their own doctrines the same scrutiny they give Catholics’. It is true that although the saints have taught the Roman primacy, it is by no means clearly expressed across the Fathers. Yet the Orthodox are willing to confess many other doctrines like Iconodulism or the homoousios while explaining away (rightly) any lack of patristic clarity on these points.

Was there unanimity across the Church Fathers as to the nature of papal primacy? No. And the author fails to note that both doctrines mentioned were accepted as doctrines not because a majority of Church Fathers held them (they did not explicitly), but because they were proposed by ecumenical councils and received as being expressions of Tradition.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

The Main Definitions of the 7 Councils

The Pope as Language Scholar

The prophet is not guaranteed to be an oracle or a prophet, in the sense that every utterance is directly through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

Even in the first millenium, there were misunderstandings about Greek, which arguably was the lingua franca of the early Church. Now, when the bishop of Rome no longer speaks Greek fluently, and many of the apostolic Churches do not use it? At least they have been able to avoid misunderstandings so far in the joint statements that have been released.

Why should we understand the successor of St. Peter as having a special competence as to determining the orthodoxy of some definition of faith or statement in Greek or any other language not his own?
What special competence has he received to ensure that his statements are translated properly into the languages used by the other apostolic Churches for communication? He must rely and trust what scholars and representatives of those churches tell him.

Even when everyone was using Greek, Chalcedon would have not been such a big problem if charity was being exercised in all things, with a prayer for a strong dose of patience with one's brothers, and bishops humbly asked for clarification when in doubt. Now when the representatives of the Apostolic Churches speak other languages (I don't think English is a lingua franca for them but I could be wrong)? This is even more true.

Instead of determining that only one formulation is orthodox, might it be that the bishop of Rome is merely expressing a preference for one statement rather than another, which must be coupled with the fixing of terms and their definitions at that time , or at least including some sort of terminological appendix to any statement so that readers in the future know what the word means? And thus the bishop of Rome plays a role as the final arbiter?

In a Church in which many languages can be used, can any statement of faith be free from problems of translation?

Saturday, June 08, 2019

This Characterization is Probably Correct

Church Life

Edward Feser: A clarification on integralism

Values or Goods?

Who Needs the CDF?

Sandro Magister: “His Most Egregiously Ambiguous Statement.” A Theologian of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Flunks the Pope

There is no counting, by now, the times in which Pope Francis has refused to ask for or accept the view of the congregation whose task it is to ensure compliance with dogma.

If he had done this with, for example, “Amoris Laetitia,” that exhortation on marriage and divorce would have come out written in a much less imprident manner, without eliciting those “dubia” - endorsed and made public by four cardinals - to which Francis then refused to respond, also imposing silence on the congregation led at the time by Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Eastern Christian Books: Orthodoxy and Ecumenism

Eastern Christian Books: Orthodoxy and Ecumenism

Orthodoxy and Ecumenism: Towards an Active Metanoia by Razvan Porumb (Hachette Paris, 2019)

IOTA presentation

Bad Theology?

Or worse, heretical?

CNA: Holy See confirms changes to Italian liturgical translation of Our Father, Gloria

Links to discussions of the proposed translation of the Our Father can be found here. I am going to focus on the Gloria:

In the Gloria, the line “in térra pax homínibus bónae voluntátis” (on earth peace to people of good will) will be translated “pace in terra agli uomini, amati dal Signore” (peace on earth to men, loved by the Lord). It was translated “pace in terra agli uomini di buona volontà” (peace on earth to men of good will).

The Lord loves everybody for they can have no good whatsoever unless they first be loved by God. But God loves them even if they sin against him, and sinners do not have peace. Peace can be found only in Christ, for someone who lives in Christ and by extension those who may not be living in Christ yet but are cooperating with God's grace. (Or perhaps they may not have been sacramentally incorporated into Christ but have been done so in some other way.) Hence, "men of good will." A better translation of the original Greek would be "men, with whom God is pleased" -- and with whom is God pleased? Those who are righteous by His grace.

So, is Luke 2:14 to be taken as being in the indicative mood, or is it expressing a command (imperative mood) or a wish/desire? Most interpreters seem to take it as being in the indicative mood. If it is in one of the other moods then the new translation may be more defensible though it would still require a lot of proper catechesis to explain the meaning.

Unqualified to be Protos

NCR: 'Let's not wait for the theologians,' says Pope Francis about sharing the Eucharist

Byz, TX

Elder Paisios

More from the Enthronement

Thursday, June 06, 2019

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Who, Indeed?

Sandro Magister: Who Covered Up McCarrick’s Offenses. The Silences and Words of the Pope

A Maronite Diaconal Ordination in Rome


Rome, liturgical Disneyland for liturgical tourists?

The Maronites are unfortunately content with their Latinizations.

More from the Enthronement

Icon of the 7 Greek-Catholic Martyrs

Sandro Magister: The Gulag Archipelago in Romania: The Story No One Has Told Before

The Enthronement of Archbishop Borys Gudziak

Intra-Latin Debates

How do we reconcile our Latin ecclesiology centered on the bishop of Rome with the pontificate of Francis? On one side, the Latin traditionalists, on the other Latin postconciliar "conservatives" who are not necessarily in agreement on all points.

Mirus's piece is more detailed and some of his rebuttals are on point, and while he is correct about the 20th century liturgical movement, it would be wrong to identify that with the postconciliar reform (which had begun under Pius XII) spearheaded by Bugnini.

Nonetheless, both sides are incorrect in so far as they adhere to that Latin ecclesiology, which informs their perspective on matters pertaining to the patriarchate of Rome.

CWR: Infiltration, innuendo, and the longing for certainty by Jennifer Roback Morse
We must not cling to certainty beyond what the facts allow. Infiltration, under-researched and over-stated, fails to meet this standard.

Infiltration: An idiot’s guide to the problems of the Church by Dr. Jeff Mirus

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

02.06.2019 Божественна Літургія у Патріаршому соборі

Ad Orientem

By what authority over Greek Catholics?

A Latin Traditionalist Conception of the Liturgy


Some Latin Soteriology?

CWR: Pope Francis, the uniqueness of Christ, and the will of the Father by Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM., Cap.

Given the pluralism of world religions, many contemporary academics and pundits argue that Christianity can no longer claim itself to be the one true religion. Not only do those who profess other religious beliefs question [...]

Monday, June 03, 2019

An Orthodox Response to Michael Reeves’ Eastern Orthodoxy: An Evangelical Assessment

Overstating the Case

The Case for Confucianism in America: How an Ancient Chinese Philosophical Tradition Could Save Our Fraying Democracy by Alexander Zubatov

Was Confucianism sufficient by itself to prevent the Chinese imperial government from turning it into a state ideology and using it to support the imperial system? Or, for that matter, is it preventing the Chinese Communists from attempting to do the same? Confucianism does not address the origin of political authority, nor the nature of the relationship between ruler and ruled, and whether equality between the two is possible. Confucianism, as it currently exists in the classics and whatever tradition of commentary, simply does not have the resources to support republicanism. Perhaps someone can develop the tradition in that direction, though it will be the case that such novelties will be contested by some as not being part of the original tradition, even if the additional premises can be shown to be in harmony with the principles found in the classical texts.

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Eternal Memory.

"Ἔξελθε ἀπ’ ἐμοῦ, ὅτι ἀνὴρ ἁμαρτωλός εἰμι,Κύριε."

War and Peace Continued