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.)

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