Tuesday, June 30, 2020
St. Thomas's greatest commentator: "And since a higher end corresponds to a higher agent, moving and directing; the consequence is, that the spiritual power… moves, acts, and directs the secular power and those things which belong to it to the spiritual end." https://t.co/7Kj4fS9UMn— Pater Edmund (@sancrucensis) June 30, 2020
Jacques de Monleon (Charles De Koninck's best friend) on human sharing, and how it is neither entirely selfish, nor entirely self-diffusive. pic.twitter.com/LVDQFm4w6o— Pater Edmund (@sancrucensis) June 30, 2020
Monday, June 29, 2020
Sunday, June 28, 2020
Saturday, June 27, 2020
Friday, June 26, 2020
Presidential Conversations with Thomas S. Hibbs, Ph.D., is finally here! Episode 1: Pursuing Justice with Hope and Courage with @BishopBarron, Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and Founder of @WordOnFire.— University of Dallas (@UofDallas) June 26, 2020
You don't want to miss this: https://t.co/2h3HvFGaCd pic.twitter.com/0E4bXjVRHD
This piece-- based and (and linking to) an exclusive interview with Archbishop Vigano-- is the most important thing I've written recently. Please read and pass it along. https://t.co/AnrzkEKVbG— Philip Lawler (@PhilLawler) June 26, 2020
Thursday, June 25, 2020
"Another excellent contribution comes from Alice M. Ramos, who reminds the reader of Thomas’s arguments that because 'creatures proceed from God, then they are to return to him, & this return is effected by all beings through & in their proper operation.'" https://t.co/ns6N6N9l0X— Russell Kirk Center (@KirkCenter) June 25, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
#LiturgyAndEducation | Continuing his liturgy and education series, @timothypomalley affirms that a liturgical education forms students for contemplating God, which is true happiness. https://t.co/TnP6QdFRj4— McGrath Institute (@McGrathND) June 24, 2020
In this fascinating interview from 1938, Commonweal sat down with Jacques Maritain, one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century, to discuss the war in Spain, the state of American philosophy, and whether Maritain is a freemason (he's not). https://t.co/0KwY590KNC— Commonweal Magazine (@commonwealmag) June 24, 2020
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
- Archpriest Fr. Peter Heers; interview with Herman Middleton
Monday, June 22, 2020
Thomas Royen found the solution at the age of 67 while brushing his teeth
Not only is this important, but it proves many our truths are learned by a form of induction, what can be termed a gift from God. https://t.co/4bhuYtxm6K— Staff Sergeant Briggs (@FamedCelebrity) June 21, 2020
Sunday, June 21, 2020
Bishop Schneider: Catholics and Muslims share no common faith in God, no common adoration https://t.co/DanJv22DgY— LifeSite Catholic (@LSNCatholic) June 20, 2020
Apparently you are unfamiliar with Muhammad's status in Islam as the "excellent example" (Qur'an 33:21) for human behavior in all ages. Unfortunately, hundreds of millions of Muslims are quite familiar with this. https://t.co/O2ap12eFOX— Robert Spencer روبرت سبنسر रॉबर्ट स्पेंसर 🇺🇸 (@jihadwatchRS) June 21, 2020
Saturday, June 20, 2020
Friends, in my homily from the Global Rosary Relay event at Thomas Aquinas College, I make the point that the heart of Jesus is not simply the heart of a great man from the first century, but rather the heart of God himself. Please watch and share! https://t.co/yXk05BnflZ— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) June 20, 2020
Some people have disputed my statement that it doesn’t belong to governments to say whether we can go to Mass. Here is my explanation:— Fr Thomas Crean OP (@crean_fr) June 20, 2020
The temporal power (emperor, kings, presidents, prime and other ministers, parliaments, and courts of law) exists to promote man’s temporal
There's too much support of the German bishops' apostasy coming from the USCCB. Just read the headlines at the Catholic News Service. https://t.co/EuGTkM9U5C @JeanieHannaman @GeraldMurray8 @TitoEdwards @gloriatv @RaymondArroyo @SrHelenaBurns @holysmoke @DrJrobackmorse— John Gravino (@john_gravino) June 20, 2020
Friday, June 19, 2020
I am co-teaching the below course this summer with an old and dear friend for St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. I am really looking forward to it. It can be taken for credit or audited for free. Check it out if you're interested. It's online/synchronous. pic.twitter.com/WMqYCXqZY4— Taylor Patrick O'Neill (@thomaesplendor) June 19, 2020
P. Smith seems to suppose that Integralism: 'A Manual of Political Philosophy' attempts to criticise Roman Law and the Lex Regia. In fact, the book criticises only codification and the misreading of the Lex Regia as an account of the origin of civil legitimacy as such.— Fr Thomas Crean OP (@crean_fr) June 19, 2020
But what is the meaning of the state? You say that it should support and protect the wellbeing of individuals and the whole, that it should regulate and develop economic life, support cultural work. You say it’s everything that corresponds to the laws that the state gives, which it grasps by stimulation and creation through people and agencies. And everything is right. The political designates the economic and cultural significance of the state. But that’s still not the political in the special sense of the word.It is a naive judgment of the state, common to Roman Catholic intellectuals, considering it to be a valid or legitimate form of political organization as what preceded it in history. On this they are in error.
To me the political meaning of the state actually appears to be sublimity [Hoheit]. It is the incorporation of majesty for its own sake. But sublimity has at its essence God alone. Thus, the political meaning of the state seems to me such that, since it is itself given by God, it demonstrates and validates His majesty among the natural matters and realities of life. Not in moral and religious matters. For those responsibility lies not with the state, but the church. The state has to represent the majesty of God in the matters of natural life.
It does this most of all by way of its presence. It is legitimate. It does not simply exist, but it exists “with right,” by the grace of God, and this rightful existence demands recognition from other states and from individuals. And it does this by way of right in the life of its citizens: it makes right. It does not have a political character insofar as it pursues goals, provides benefits, facilitates commerce, or seeks to bring welfare, but insofar as it carries its meaning within itself. That means that just “being right” is beyond every goal. Said more precisely: the state is the right that God affirms, and that is the essential order itself. It is right, then, as a natural revelation of divine sublimity. It is on this right that the state stakes in its entire legitimate existence, the intellectual brunt of its sublimity, i.e. the state is “authority.” At the end every law proceeds “in the name of God.” The state, however, even stakes its power on right. It coerces obedience to right.
Thursday, June 18, 2020
PHOTO of the day: This is how our beloved Benedict XVI looked when he traveled to Germany this morning to accompany his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who is very ill. The two brothers celebrated Mass together. Let us keep them in our prayers! 📸Courtesy: Fondazione Ratzinger pic.twitter.com/tFGc9mTbml— EWTN News Nightly (@EWTNNewsNightly) June 18, 2020
A glorious Latin Psalter created for an Archbishop of Trier, which came with a princess into Kyiv, where some 11th century Old Rus pictures were added, brilliant golden Byzantine illuminations of saints and princes. Today Cividale del Friuli, Museo Archeologico CXXXVI. pic.twitter.com/26EwdJ2hsV— Arthur Westwell (@ArthurWestwell) June 18, 2020
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Princeton University Press: How to Think Like Shakespeare: Lessons from a Renaissance Education by Scott Newstok
Princeton University Press Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life by Zena Hitz
Penguin Press: Breaking Bread with the Dead: A Reader’s Guide to a More Tranquil Mind by Alan Jacobs
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
A playful and compelling piece by @NotoriousTIB. I especially appreciate that she ends with the inimitable Gerard Manley Hopkins, who really is the most attentive poet I've read, both to language and to the realities language seeks to describe.https://t.co/5GrZwyj66U— Onsi A. Kamel (@onsikamel) June 12, 2020
The Public Discourse: Where (Not) to Begin with the Common Good by Mark Hoipkemier
The question “Who are we to become?” is always answered together. In a world where this fact were understood, we would use the grammar of the common good in the course of deliberations about how to act justly. Needless to say, that is not our world. https://t.co/ziSxBwWZcj— Public Discourse (@PublicDiscourse) June 16, 2020
Monday, June 15, 2020
A summary of ‘Abp.’ Carlo Maria Viganò’s powerful indictment of Vatican II and the strange new church it created. More here: https://t.co/PFTyJxHucw #vigano #CatholicTwitter #CatholicChurch #fssp #sspx #fsspx #fatima #popefrancis pic.twitter.com/F1gT4I9B0c— Novus Ordo Watch (@NovusOrdoWatch) June 15, 2020
LSN: Abp Viganò on the ‘roots of deviation’ of Vatican II and how Francis was chosen to revolutionize the Church
In a historic text, Archbishop Viganò agrees with Bishop Athanasius Schneider in his criticism of the Second Vatican Council.
In his new statement, Archbishop Vigano clearly distances himself from the controversial Abu Dhabi statement. He says: “we know well that the purpose of these ecumenical and interreligious initiatives is not to convert those who are far from the one Church to Christ, but to divert and corrupt those who still hold the Catholic Faith, leading them to believe that it is desirable to have a great universal religion that brings together the three great Abrahamic religions ‘in a single house’: this is the triumph of the Masonic plan in preparation for the kingdom of the Antichrist!”
Now it is possible that the pope may not be promoting some sort of indifferentist humanism but rather, this is just a logical consequence of Can. 747 §2 and the desire to foster good "interfaith relations" in the name of Christ as a part of exercising that "duty" under Can. 747 §2. Would the archbishop be critical of the canon and the Latin ecclesiology that supports it?
From the letter:
Some may remember that the first ecumenical gatherings were held with the schismatics of the East, and very prudently with other Protestant sects. Apart from Germany, Holland, and Switzerland, in the beginning the countries of Catholic tradition did not welcome mixed celebrations with Protestant pastors and Catholic priests together. I recall that at the time there was talk of removing the penultimate doxology from the Veni Creator so as not to offend the Orthodox, who do not accept the Filioque.
Here he speaks more like a Latin traditionalist, though I've never read anything that would confirm him as such (an overt preference of the EF to the OF), and he may lose the sympathy of non-Latin Catholics who would read this. Maybe he and non-Latins could come to an agreement on ecclesiology that would allow for a critique of the council though I don't see anything to show that he does not consider Vatican II to be a valid ecumenical council.
For St. John Paul II, Vatican II is a concrete, historical realization of Christ’s promise to be with His Church through the work of the Holy Spirit. For this reason, it makes a claim on his faith.
It's another essay by a Latin about a Latin council, which may exaggerate certain Latin pious beliefs about the relationship between the Holy Spirit and a supposedly valid ecumenical council (but really a synod of the Patriarchate of Rome).
To view the Council in faith, with St. John Paul II, is to see that at Vatican II the apostolic Church experienced anew the fulfillment of Christ’s promise to send the Holy Spirit, Who “will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you” (Jn 14:26). For this reason, “Obedience to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council is obedience to the Holy Spirit…. Obedience to the Holy Spirit is expressed in the authentic carrying out of the tasks indicated by the Council, in full accordance with the teaching set forth therein” (Address to the College of Cardinals, November 9, 1979).One cannot make historical judgments about a council without the exercise of faith, and Latin critics of the council, such as Latin traditionalists, have their own starting points which are held in faith.
Just as the pope may have been canonized in part for "ecclesial" reasons, to promote the credibility of Vatican II, so his judgments concerning the council are perceived to have more weight because he has been canonized.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
Saturday, June 13, 2020
CHRISTIAN PLATONISM: A HISTORY— Alexander JB Hampton 🦉 (@ajbhampton) June 13, 2020
Publication Fall 2020 @CambridgeUP
How one of history’s most influential philosophies shaped one of its most important religions.
Contents https://t.co/eXy0PefcuX @CambUP_Religion @UofTReligion @AP_Davison @pickstockc @Shermanicus @DrkMichaud pic.twitter.com/VBBAM8X7y7
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge Centre for the Study of Platonism
The Cambridge Platonism Sourcebook
Platonic Cabbalism in Cambridge Platonism
Friday, June 12, 2020
"Houser, whose text primarily relies on the deductive reasoning of Aristotelian logic—with a healthy dose of grammar and rhetoric at the beginning—helps us identify the prevalence of illogic in public discourse." @CUAPress https://t.co/QfGeKv66Bu— Russell Kirk Center (@KirkCenter) June 12, 2020
Two important articles on Catholicism and phenomenology in light of Edward Baring's book "Converts to the Real."— Genealogies of Modernity (@GenofMod) June 12, 2020
@HumbGonzGonzalez in @GenofMod and Michael Gubser in @ChurchLifeND
Read them both. #Philosophy https://t.co/932U9Hs8Wxhttps://t.co/uL0NC4uAi9
What Is Continental Philosophy? An Interview with Edward Baring
Phenomenology’s Influence in the West by Graham McAleer
Sophia Institute Press
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Happening now: Sociologist José Casanova, a Berkley Center senior fellow, and philosopher Charles Taylor discuss Taylor’s seminal work #ASecularAge (2007) and the divergent religious dynamics that can coexist within our global secular age.— Berkley Center (@GUberkleycenter) June 11, 2020
Watch live: https://t.co/KxCnU77kNI
Stefan Bauer, The Invention of Papal History: Onofrio Panvinio Between Renaissance and Catholic Reform.
Speaking to @Crux, @BauerStefan says Onofrio Panvinio "invented" papal history, since he assembled more material on than any scholar up to his time and ask hard questions about the reality of change in the Church’s past. #CatholicChurch https://t.co/T4eXMVDYHn— Charles Collins (@CharlesinRome) June 10, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Tuesday, June 09, 2020
In the podcasts, Mazza brings up the fact when Christ conferred on Peter what was clearly intended to an office that was to be handed down, when Christ gave Peter the “keys” and clearly made him head of the Apostles, earthly head of the Church built on his “rock”, when Christ at the Sea of Galilee confirmed Peter’s office, intended to be handed down, Peter had not yet been anywhere near Rome.
Peter was Vicar of Christ before he was Bishop of Rome.
When Christ takes the Apostles to Caesarea Philippi (Matthew 16:16-18) he gives people the “keys”. About a year later, the Apostles are ordained at the Last Supper.
Peter has the keys from Matthew 16 onward, but he is not a “bishop” until the Eucharist and Holy Orders were established by Christ.
Consider that when Christ gave primacy to Peter, there were no sees or dioceses. Peter later would found the Church at Alexandria and Antioch. Wouldn’t Antioch have been the primal see? But Peter left Antioch and went to Rome. So there seems to be nothing absolutely necessary about the one we now call “Pope” being Bishop of Rome.
This is a Latin interpretation of the proof texts used to back Rome's claims regarding the papacy. Non-Latins would interpret them differently. Those who hold to Latin ecclesiology are forced into interesting intellectual puzzles...
Monday, June 08, 2020
Sunday, June 07, 2020
Italian theologian Don Divo Barsotti (1914-2006), writes for the heart, not the head alone. He is concerned to present Christianity as new life, not simply a new philosophy or new politic.
Saturday, June 06, 2020
Friday, June 05, 2020
Thursday, June 04, 2020
I am not sure if most of the essays were previously published or not, but some of the titles look familiar. At least the title isn't Reclaiming Our Catholic Birthright.
Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg says he is “very much in favour of transporting to Rome, to the level of the whole Church, the insights and decisions that we garner from the Synodal Process – also with regard to [the role of] women and ecclesial ministry.”
Last year the German bishops announced plans for a two-year “Synodal Way,” bringing together lay people and bishops to discuss four major topics: the way power is exercised in the Church; sexual morality; the priesthood; and the role of women.
They said the process would end with a series of “binding” votes — raising concerns at the Vatican that the resolutions might challenge Church teaching and discipline.
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Nevertheless, I cannot in good conscience, relate the triumphs of the past while neglecting a duty to urge my fellow Traditionalists to join together to raise up our moribund Mother in her present plight. I do so through this four-pronged Plea that is as simple to state as it will require the greatest self-effacement and willpower to act upon effectively.
It is now or never. This is the last act in the modern revolutionary drama and the enemy is determined.
- Let each segment of the Traditionalist Movement— each “clan”, to use The Remnant’s terminology — avoid the very understandable temptation to secure its own particular survival in this moment of worldwide pandaemonium, and work together as one unit;
- That a Central Committee of representatives of each Traditionalist “clan” be established — clerical and lay, or lay supporters alone if there be danger to the priestly fraternities and congregations concerned — to coordinate intellectual, spiritual, and practical advice and actions, whether formally or informally;
- That every opportunity be exploited immediately to restore public worship according to the Traditional Rite, whether they are permitted by unjust State or episcopal fiat or not;
- That as a symbol of our failure to accept the mass hysteria around us, we visibly wear a symbol of the Sacred Heart of Christ instead of the Mask of Oppression.
I'll just ad this: the EF Mass and Holy Communion are important, but they are ordered to living the life of Christ, and Latin Traditionalists, if they want to preserve their communities, need to do the heavy lifting that is required for that, rather than assuming having a common form of worship is enough.
Álvaro d'Ors on the way in which the kingship of Christ and the liberty of the Church exclude absolute state sovereignty. pic.twitter.com/DaNqHAAL36— Pater Edmund (@sancrucensis) May 31, 2020
It's an argument against a modern notion of sovereignty, but by itself it is not a sufficient check against tyranny.
"The human rights project, perhaps intoxicated by its remarkable recent successes (such as the redefinition of marriage) is overreaching," Carson Holloway writes. https://t.co/DipHYjjV80— Public Discourse (@PublicDiscourse) June 2, 2020
Monday, June 01, 2020
"We wrote this book to assist others in offering all that they have in consecration, with the Angelic Doctor as a teacher and guide. After all, it’s not just religious who are called to holiness. We all are!" https://t.co/zh2rrUgIpm— Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP (@FrAquinasOP) June 2, 2020
"Manent’s prescient critique of human rights may be the best tool at our disposal to interpret the weaknesses that COVID-19 has revealed." ~@Ross_Hunt in @theammind— UNDPress (@UNDPress) May 30, 2020
Read the full essay here: https://t.co/75wQS9dHIv pic.twitter.com/4Fo1ARUNL9
"The Lord Jesus is the prototype and foundation of the new humanity. In him, the true 'likeness of God' (2 Cor 4:4), man – who is created in the image of God – finds his fulfillment."— Fr. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, O.P. (@ThomasAquinasOP) June 1, 2020
-Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 431
But it doesn't mean that everything that is written at (R)CST in connection with it is well-reasoned.