Saturday, March 02, 2019

Vatican Guidelines for Church Music: Eastern Christian Prospects and Problems

2017 Saints Cyril and Methodius Lecture given by Very Rev. Peter Galadza, PhD

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Necessary Ecclesial Reforms

RealClearReligion: The Catholic Church Needs a Radically Traditional Revolution By A.A.J. DeVille

And yet there will be disagreement about who gets to participate in such governance.

Comparative Liturgy


The Wrath of God Is Not Taboo. Even Pope Francis Admits It

Related: The case against Cardinal Pell: What are they saying?

Still One of My Favorite Saints

CWR: Newman on St. Philip Neri as a Model of Reform by Fr. Charles Fox
“He will not contend or cry out, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to [...]

George Weigel on the Future Metropolitan Borys

CWR: Homecoming by George Weigel

In the mid-1980s, my wife and I were invited to a baptism and to the post-christening reception at the home of the newborn’s parents. During the latter festivities, I was introduced to a young man [...]

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Something I need to review.

CWR: Genesis, Covenant, and Salvation History by Peter M.J. Stravinskas

One of the unique aspects of the Genesis narratives is that the sacred author(s) have such a profound consciousness of divine election that they see the beginning of the Hebrew people as flowing very naturally [...]

Bishop Steven J Lopes: "Beauty in the Spoken Word and Ministerial Action"

Cupich's Proposal

Some info here and America Magazine. Where is the accountability of the metropolitan to his "suffragan" bishops? If bishops are unfamiliar to one another, then maybe the election of bishops should be reformed, so that the bishops are accountable first to the local synod of presbyters, who are not just co-laborers (co-workers) or co-operators in the harvest - if the canonical and theological distinction in orders between presbyter and bishop is one made through subsequent positive law (and the development of the monoepiscopate) and not by the Apostles, perhaps a return to the Apostolic practice is even more warranted now.

What we need perhaps is less pushing of responsibility "up" but "out."

Beauty of the Liturgy...

When the young Church recognized the cross of Christ as the moment of salvation, Christ himself as the sacrifice of atonement and the lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world, then it was clear for her that all the bloody cult of sacrifice had been abrogated once and for all. Christianity was a cult-revolution in antiquity. The bloodletting of Golgotha makes all man-made victims obsolete. There is now just the “leiturgia logike,” the spiritual, rational liturgy. It is telling that the Epistle to the Hebrews signifies the Christian religious service as “the sacrifice of praise” and “fruit of the lips.” And in the fact, inexplicable in itself, that early Christians refused to express their civic loyalty by sacrificing before images of the emperor, we can see a clear result of this spiritualization. There is no longer any other sacrifice efficacious before God, save the one of Golgotha. There are also no longer any priests in the plural, but only the one Jesus Christ.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Which tradition?

I AM A TRADITIONALIST; THEREFORE, I AM by Aristotle Papanikolaou

Papanikolaou makes use of MacIntyre regarding traditions; but shouldn't he distinguish between different ecclesial traditions? There is Sacred Tradition (or the Orthodox equivalent) and then there are theological traditions. There may also be theological opinions about moral teaching but that doesn't mean that those opinions do not reflect the Natural Law. Does Papanikolaou accept that there is a Natural Law? What is his take on the moral law as revealed in the Old Testament?

For those who seek to innovate, they must meet the burden of proof.

And there is also the question of what in the Byzantine tradition reflects Sacred tradition and what does not (female deacons, as opposed to

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Iveron Icon


More on the Summit

NCReg: Day 2 Abuse Summit Discussions Focus on Accountability by Edward Pentin

On Final Day of Discussions, Abuse Summit Highlights Transparency by Edward Pentin

Pope Francis’ Concluding Address to Participants of Vatican Summit on Child Protection by Edward Pentin
‘The time has come to work together to eradicate this evil from the body of our humanity by adopting every necessary measure already in force on the international level and ecclesial levels.’

Pope Francis Outlines 8-Point Plan for ‘All-Out Battle’ Against Sexual Abuse by Courtney Grogan/CNA

How to Heal the Schism

Public Orthodoxy: HEALING THE UKRAINIAN SCHISM by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Denysenko

Blessed is the Man