Saturday, February 29, 2020

Changes in Personnel for the Congregation for the Oriental Churches

Magister: From the East Not Light But Darkness. Strange Shufflings in the Roman Curia

And in fact, rather than a promotion, the new role given to Vasil is a downgrade. His ambition was to return home as the major archbishop of an unprecedented and transnational Church of the Ruthenians, with its metropolitan see in Presov, which would bring together Slovaks, Croats and Hungarians of the Greek-Catholic rite, plus the  the annexation of a Ukrainian diocese, that of Mukachevo, also populated by Ruthenians, for a total of about 200 thousand faithful.
Of course, this project was hardly pleasing to the Greek Catholic Church of Ukraine. It was counting instead on the promotion to Rome, as the new secretary of the congregation, of one of its bishops, Teodor Martynyuk, auxiliary of the Greek Catholic diocese of Ternopil.
But neither aim has hit the mark. Instead of the Ukrainian Martynyuk - or at least another easterner - a Latinizing Italian has been made secretary. While Vasil is for now only temporary administrator of a diocese subordinate to Presov, that of Kosice, whose bishop, Milan Chautur, is still in office, albeit under investigation by the congregation for the doctrine of the faith for allegations of sexual harassment against a minor.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Un'altra libertà

Un'altra libertà by Camillo Ruini, Gaetano Quagliariello
Contro i nuovi profeti del paradiso in terra

Magister: Praise of Freedom, the Real Kind. Dialogue Between a Cardinal and a Lay Thinker

Il cardinal Ruini contro il multiculturalismo: "Non è valore in sé"

In the Foosteps of Marx

CNA/CWR: Secretary of German bishops' conference steps down

Fr. Hans Langendörfer, SJ, has held the position since 1996.
Langendörfer made the announcement Feb. 26, through the official media outlet of the Church in Germany. He said that he is stepping down to make way for someone younger.
“I have come to the conclusion that it is now a good time to hand this position over to younger hands,” he said Feb. 25. Langendörfer is 68.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Martin Earle

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Erich Fromm

CWR Dispatch: Lent, fear of freedom, and love of slavery
This year, during Lent, I am going to focus on this question: “In which areas am I unfree, and why do I prefer this slavery to freedom?”

Eastern Christian Books: Ivan Illich and Erich Fromm on the Corrupt Church

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Advertising New Wine New Wineskins

Church Life: How to Do Moral Theology Today by Alessandro Rovati

But what future for Roman Catholic academia in the United States? And for academics living in the ivory tower?

More on Offering and Sacrifice

CWR: Priest diagnosed with brain tumor offers his sufferings for abuse victims by Bree A. Dail

Last week, Father John Hollowell announced to readers of his blog and followers on Twitter that he has been diagnosed with a brain tumor, and that he will be offering his sufferings for the victims of the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis.
CWR: When you announced your diagnosis, you said that after the revelation of clerical sex abuse scandals in the summer of 2018, you asked God to let you share in the sufferings of the victims. This self-offering is not one that is taken lightly—were you afraid of what God would send as a cross?
Father Hollowell: That day I did it, yes. I was in the rectory saying Morning Prayer. It was clear, this calling. There was a part of me that—looking back on it now makes me smile—even then a part of me knew I was in trouble…in a good way. It’s not something to enter into lightly. I guess everything that I have read, and come to know—all the theological studies I was able to take in the seminary, reading St. John of the Cross and being really formed by him, and Mother Teresa’s autobiography—all of these seem to have gotten me to this point, being totally comfortable making that prayer. I said, “Lord, if there is something I can suffer to bring healing to the Church, I would do that willingly with great joy.”

Byzantine Music


Latin Notions of Sacrifice

Holy Mass: You Cannot Do Anything to Glorify God More by Peter Kwasniewski

Jesus Christ delivered us from the abyss of sin and death by the mysteries of His life and, above all, by His death on the Cross, when He offered Himself to the Father as an infinitely pleasing sacrifice of love.

Faith and Reason

TAC: Call for Papers: College to Host
First-Ever Thomistic Summer Conference

Joshua Hochschild: True Friendship: Insights from the Classical and Christian Traditions

Pope Francis on Tradition

The pope who is "not a theologian" and apparently it shows.

CWR: The Idea of Tradition in Querida Amazonia by Eduardo Echeverria

Pope Francis leaves unspoken the relation of Tradition to the normative Scriptures, the Sacraments and Liturgy, creeds and confessions, councils, the theological exposition of the Church’s dogmas and doctrine, and the magisterium of the Church.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Ed Peters Responds to Adam DeVille

Ignoring law is not remedied by ignoring it even more

The crux:
According to canon law, the Roman Pontiff (nb: a human being) “possesses supreme, full, immediate, and universal ordinary power in the Church, which he is always able to exercise freely.” 1983 CIC 331. Surely some indication from DeVille that he is aware of this law, and of the doctrinal values behind it, is owed lest he seem to imply that, in establishing Peter as the one Rock, Our Lord invited disaster upon his Church.

Further according to canon law, the College of Bishops (nb: a small group of people) “is also the subject of supreme and full power over the universal Church.” 1983 CIC 336. Again, no indication is given that DeVille sees how Our Lord’s vesting supreme and full power in this tiny group of believers passes muster under DeVille’s supposedly foundational maxim.

But these claims that I have underlined are theological or ecclesial, particular to the patriarchate of Rome, and not "canonical" and certainly not reflecting the canons of the Church Universal.

But the solution to unenforced canon and civil law is not the further and complete ignoring of those laws and the fashioning of new, institutionally unsound procedures resting on fantastical histories and flimsy logic. The solution is the enforcement of laws by Church and State officials and the visitation of harsh penalties on the perpetrators of wicked crimes.

New laws may be necessary. Is the logic flimsy? I don't think so -- more likely than not, they are logically sound with respect to DeVille's ecclesiological principles. One can debate whether those principles are sanctioned by Tradition, but the ecclesiological principles as held by the patriarchate of Rome may be dear to Rome but they are not universally accepted.

Eastern Christian Books: Divine Guidance

Eastern Christian Books: Divine Guidance

OUP: Divine Guidance: Lessons for Today from the World of Early Christianity

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Friday, February 14, 2020

Magister Returns From Hiatus

Sandro Magister: Francis’s Silence, Ratzinger's Tears, and That Never-Published Statement of His

It Would Be in Opposition to Scripture

but I am curious if there is a theological argument to be made that a baptism that is not immediately completed by chrismation is not a complete baptism and therefore not valid. It is unlikely that this is the justification used by some Chalcedonian Orthodox to rebaptize Latins who decide to become Orthodox, but could they make such an argument? (I say it would be in opposition to Scripture because the New Testament records that many were baptized and received the gift of the Holy Spirit only later through the laying on of hands by the Apostles but they did not have to repeat Baptism.

Perhaps it is just incomplete, then, even if the consequences of this cannot be immediately elucidated.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

An Interesting Reference

There is no evidence for the alleged apostolic obligation of perpetual continence until the third century, and that is contradicted by contemporary patristic evidence, e.g., Clement of Alexandria.

Furthermore, as Vogels notes, ‘… present-day canon law teaching has to regard the fourth century law as void, since the Codex Iuris Canonici regards “the conjugal act which by itself is apt to produce offspring” (conjugalis actus per se aptus ad prolis generationem), as belonging to the enduring “essence of marriage” (ad quem natura sua ordinatur matrimonium), which is guaranteed by “divine law” and i co sewuence, cannot be removed by tbe ecclesiastical lawgiver (canons 1061 s 1; 1057 s 2; 1059 CIC/1983)’ Vogels, Celibacy – Gift or Law?, Kansas City, 1993, p. 42.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

"Ordinary Magisterium"

If the synod is not a real synod but a rigged one, then of what value is it, and of what value is the opinion of the pope on the synod, when he has no infallibility with respect to the judgment of particulars? The defenders of Rome's claims may go as far as to say that the pope's judgment about what is a legitimate synod and what is not falls under his authority and may even be "infallible" but is that true?

Vatican officials: ‘Querida Amazonia’ is magisterium, Amazon synod’s final doc is not

The text of the Post-Apostolic Exhortation.

CWR: Pope Francis’ Amazon exhortation calls for holiness, not married priests
Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis’s much-anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation, presents the pope’s “four great dreams” for the Pan-Amazonian region’s ecological preservation and “Amazonian holiness.”

5 things to know about ‘Querida Amazonia’
America Magazine: Five Takeaways

Even Benedict XVI Is Not Above Criticism

The Ratzingerian Constants and the Maintenance of Harmony in the Church

Bishop Barron: "A similarly illuminating remark was made by Pope Benedict XVI concerning the work of the Church, and I would like to spend a little time exploring it. Papa Ratzinger said that the Church performs three basic tasks: it worships God, it evangelizes, and it serves the poor. The religious activities of over a billion Catholics around the globe, he maintained, can be reduced finally to these three fundamental moves."

If this is an accurate representation of Ratzinger's thought, he is guilty of a simplistic reductionism in his enumeration the tasks of the church. These three tasks flow from the Great Commandment, but they are not the only ones, and the other tasks of the Church, especially of the Christian "laity," are not reducible to these three. Ratzinger leaves no room for explicating the ordinary path to holiness or the lay vocation. This would be bad moral theology or bad catechesis.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Princeton Project

Providing Cover for the Synod? Or Legitimizing Its "Synodality"?

CNA/CWR: Cardinal Marx will not seek re-election as head of German bishops’ conference

Christ and the Forms of Worship

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Apophaticism and Mysticism

Church Life: Prayer and the Darkness of God by Denys Turner

And Weigel Thinks...

That this isn't a respectable Roman Catholic outlet. Who among the respectable is reporting on this?

LSN: EXCLUSIVE: Vatican bishop defends giving Communion to pro-abortion Argentine president and mistress
It’s a ‘problem’ only for U.S. Catholics and Cardinal Raymond Burke, Bishop Sorondo said.

(via Fr. Z)

He Shouldn't, But...

LSN: Bishop Schneider: ‘The Pope cannot be silent as he watches the wolves devour the flock’
Bishop Athanasius Schneider speaks out against the German bishops’ ‘synodal path.’

Saturday, February 08, 2020

A Photo

Edward Pentin Interviews Cardinal Sarah

NCReg: Cardinal Sarah: The Priesthood Today ‘Is in Mortal Danger’
In an exclusive English-language interview, the African cardinal discusses his new book, the status of the Catholic priesthood, and addresses those who say he opposes Pope Francis.
Edward Pentin

(via Fr. Z)

But what about exceptions to the law of celibacy that already exist, for example in the Eastern Catholic rites or the Anglican Ordinariate?

An exception is transitory by definition and constitutes a parenthesis in the normal and natural state of things. This was the case of Anglican pastors returning to full communion. But the lack of a priest is not an exception. It is the normal state of any nascent Church, as in the Amazon, or dying Churches, as in the West. Jesus warned us: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” The ordination of married men in young Christian communities would prohibit the raising of vocations of unmarried priests. The exception would become a permanent state. A weakening of the principle of celibacy, even if limited to one region, would not be an exception, but a breach, a wound in the internal coherence of the priesthood. On the other hand, the dignity and greatness of marriage is increasingly better understood. As Benedict XVI points out in this book, these two states are not compatible because they both demand an absolute and total gift.

In the East, some churches have married clergy. I do not in any way question the personal holiness of these priests. But such a situation is only livable because of the massive presence of monks. Moreover, from the point of view of the sign given to the whole Church by the priesthood, there is a risk of confusion. If a priest is married, then he has a private life, a conjugal and family life. He must make time for his wife and children. He is unable to show, by his whole life, that he is totally and absolutely given to God and the Church. St. John Paul II stated it very clearly: The Church wants to be loved by her priests with the very love with which Jesus loved her, that is to say, with an exclusive spouse’s love. It is important, the saintly Polish pope said, that priests understand the theological motivation of their celibacy. He said: “Priestly celibacy should not be considered just as a legal norm or as a totally external condition for admission to ordination, but rather as a value that is profoundly connected with ordination, whereby a man takes on the likeness of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd and Spouse of the Church” (Pastores Dabo Vobis, 50). This is what we wanted to recall with Benedict XVI. The true foundation of celibacy is not juridical, disciplinary or practical; it is theocentric. On this subject I refer you to the extraordinary speech of Benedict XVI to the Roman Curia on Dec. 22, 2006. Celibacy for God is an absurdity in the eyes of the secularized and atheistic world. Celibacy is a scandal for the contemporary mind. It shows that God is a reality. If the life of priests does not concretely show that God is enough to make us happy and to give meaning to our existence, then who will proclaim him? More than ever our societies need celibacy because they need God.

Friday, February 07, 2020

What Will It Say Regarding Clerical Celibacy?

CWR Dispatch: Pope’s exhortation on Amazon synod to come out next week
Sources say something similar to the process for ordaining married Anglican clergy coming into communion with Rome is being suggested in the case of the Amazon.

Thursday, February 06, 2020

A Secular Endorsement Worth Having?

NCReg: UNESCO Recognizes Byzantine Chant as Part of World’s Treasured Heritage
Byzantine chant takes its place among 42 other traditions and practices recognized by the United Nations as part of the shared intangible patrimony of humanity.
Peter Jesserer Smith

Eastern Christian Books: Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and the Nazis

Eastern Christian Books: Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky and the Nazis

Brill: Metropolit Andrey Graf Sheptytskyj und das NS-Regime

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Part 2 of Echeverria's Critique of Francis

CWR: Making sense of Pope Francis on faith, evangelization, and proselytizing (Part II) by Eduardo Echeverria

Does Francis recognize that the Church makes determinate truth claims, and hence that the central truth claims of Christianity conflict with the truth claims of other religions about God?

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Keeping Museum Pieces?

Perhaps traditionalists monastic communities will continue to grow and there will be a use for side altars. But what about diocesan temples? What will prevent the further contraction of the size of Latin local churches?


Saturday, February 01, 2020

Pope Francis Is No Theologian

But he does theology nonetheless.

CWR: Making sense of Pope Francis on faith, evangelization, and proselytizing by Eduardo Echeverria

Pope Francis diminishes the significance of the fides quae creditur, the beliefs which one holds to be true, affirms, and asserts, in the initial evangelical encounter. However, there is no such thing as a non-doctrinal encounter.

Eastern Christian Books: John McGuckin's New History of Orthodoxy

Eastern Christian Books: John McGuckin's New History of Orthodoxy

Yale University Press: The Eastern Orthodox Church: A New History