Saturday, February 16, 2019

Edward Pentin Collects Some Responses

On the "It's not theology, it's diplomacy, or something" document. By what authority does the bishop of Rome have to make such a statement, with a representative of Islam?

Confusion in the patriarchate of Rome:

NCReg: Does the New Catholic-Muslim Declaration Deviate From Catholic Teaching? by Edward Pentin
The document’s statement that ‘diversity of religions’ is ‘willed by God’ has generated controversy.

What problem?

NCReg: The Church’s Long ‘German Moment’ by Father Raymond J. de Souza
COMMENTARY: The Church in Germany has heavily influenced the post-conciliar era at the Vatican, most notably during the ...

NCReg Symposium: “Abuse and the Way to Healing”

Despite Grave Problems, the Lord Will Never Abandon His Church by Archbishop Carlo Viganò
REGISTER SYMPOSIUM: I continue to have hope, because the Lord will never abandon his Church.

The Rotten Fruit of Secularization by Cardinal Gerhard Müller
REGISTER SYMPOSIUM: Only he who lives according to the commandments of God can be a good shepherd and a model for the flock.

Love, Care and Justice Must Be Paramount by Cardinal Wilfrid Napier
REGISTER SYMPOSIUM: “To each according to his needs” is a principle worth considering.

A Proliferation of Spiritualities?

Fr. Bouyer would have something to say about this. For that matter, so would Fr. Gabriel Bunge:

Another problem is that Christians have different personalities. Not all are given over to outward expressions of heartfelt piety even while they have deep faith and knowledge of God. Karl Rahner—who I suppose could be considered a pietist, even though he regarded pietism as exclusively Protestant—once said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or simply will not be.” That’s certainly within the spirit of pietism, but the problem is that mysticism is difficult for many. We should all attempt to engage in meditative and contemplative prayer, but different personalities gravitate towards different spiritualities. Carmelites are not Benedictines, and Dominicans are not Jesuits, and Franciscans are not Augustinians. Mysticism, above all, is a divine gift, and as such shouldn’t be expected of all.

The Problem of Pietism by Dr. Leroy Huizenga
We must overcome an overemphasis on religion as orthodoxy assenting to true doctrines while also resisting the reduction of our religion to feelings and activism.

"Aquinas the Biblical Theologian"

Forgot about this year's conference at AMU. Schedule and list of speakers here.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Dissertation on Gennadios Scholarios

Fordham University: A Greek Thomist: Providence in Gennadios Scholarios
by Matthew Christopher Briel, Fordham University

More on Newman

CWR: Newman’s Canonization: A Summons to Truth by Edward Short

Once the news came out today that John Henry Newman (1801-90) would soon be made a saint, after the Vatican announced that the pope had formally approved a second miracle attributed to the great convert’s [...]

Now that's a cultus!

St. John Henry Newman?

CNA: Pope Francis approves canonization of John Henry Newman

As much as I like Newman, I'd be content with him remaining a Blessed until a local cult developed, rather than having another declaration from the modern Roman saint-making machine.

Faith, Natural Law And The Common Good

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas in Toulouse

Traditionalist Latin Liturgical Theology


What notion of sacrifice?
What is needed, rather, is to see the Mass through the lens of the Office. We need to see the Mass as a sweet-smelling sacrifice of praise offered up in psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles, thanking God for His great glory, adoring, placating, supplicating Him. Only after that does it make sense to see it as a banquet to which we are invited. We are invited to a sacrifice of which we may then partake if we are properly disposed; we reap spiritual fruit in proportion to how well we have been prepared by the very liturgical action in which we have participated.

What notion of gift?
The Mass is not a utilitarian process designed to maximize the efficient delivery of goods. The Mass is not, as such, a communion service. It is a complex ceremony of repentance, adoration, petition, and thanksgiving, with a sacramental sacrifice at its core. It was given to us by our Lord and His Church as the highest form of prayer, which prepares for, culminates in, and gives thanks for the gift of His Most Holy Body and Blood. It does not begin and end with that gift.

Throw in some mystical bride spirituality, too, which admittedly can be found in some of the Eastern fathers like Origen and St. Maximos.
Think of it this way: If you were Mary of Bethany, sitting at the feet of Jesus and soaking in His words, would you want to sit there quietly, for quite some time, preparing yourself deeply for the spiritual marriage with Him — “the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath prepared herself” (Rev 19:7) — or would you want to listen for a few minutes, jump up, give Him a hug and a kiss, and be off to the next thing?

Mass is a service of prayer:
In short: the Mass is not just about communion. It is a many-sided service of prayer
But you don't need to understand it to pray it, because "Mystery" is important too. Or, just use a bilingual missal!

Let us consider this fact. It would have been a lot “simpler” if Jesus had remained among us under His natural appearances until the end of time. He surely could have done that; the Ascension was not necessary, in the strict logical sense of necessity.

What does 'logical' necessity have to do with practical reason? It was 'morally' necessary, means to end. (John 16:7)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Enthronement of His Beatitude, Epifaniy, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine

TCH clip


TCH clip from 3 weeks ago

From the Common Good to Public Order (and Back)

Gladden Pappin

Gerard Wegemer on Shakespeare, the Book of Sir Thomas More, and the Common Good

Delivery of the Tomos, January 6


Signs it in Constantinople. clip

Ethiopian and Assyrian Ecclesiologies of the First Millenium

What do they have to say about the place of St. Peter among the apostles and the relation of this datum to the bishop of Rome? Anything?

Rod Dreher: The Age Of Antichrist by ROD DREHER

When the papacy, the second principle of Latin ecclesiology seems like it is about to fail as a principle because of a bad pope, Latins declare that we are in the end times. Maybe they should just reconsider their ecclesiology and how rooted it is in Tradition.