Friday, July 31, 2020

Interview with Fr. Thomas Crean OP

"Open Thomism"

First Open Thomists need to return to Greek, Scripture, and the Fathers...

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Fr. Panayioti, "The Protestant Reformation and the Orthodox Christian East"

Medieval Aristotelian Natural Science

Mary Ann Glendon

The Litany of Humility

A New One from Fr. Aidan Nichols, O.P.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

A Antipope Who Was Venerated as a Saint



Because Economics is an "Independent" "Science"

Public Discourse

John Cavadini on Vatican II

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Public Discourse

The beginning of this sentence, as it is written in Greek, follows the form of decrees made by Greek cities: “It has seemed good to the council and to the people. . . .” We can see the extraordinary audacity of this borrowed usage. We can also see which teachings this “council of the apostles,” drawing out the consequences of Pentecost, emphasizes for the manner in which we must understand “the fact of the Church.” This is not the Church copied from the form of the empire, a prideful power among prideful powers; this is the Church scarcely born, under the direction of Peter, an association deprived of everything that gives strength and credit to a human association. It is this Church that declares her power and her right to deliberate and decide as the human city deliberates and decides. In short, the Church has the form and consistency of a city.

Today Catholics can reject the Church of the crusades, or the throne and altar, or the Church of popes thundering interdicts and excommunications, or the “Constantinian” Church—but they cannot reject the Church of Peter and of the council of the apostles. If the Church today is something other than the sum of our nostalgias—or the print left behind by a “big thing” that we don’t know the meaning of, only we know that it does not concern us any more—it is because she is something other than an association of individuals exercising their right to have opinions. She is a kind of city, a “commanding form” in which a specific work is conducted, a work that operates on the whole man and is proposed to all men—this work that the Church in her weighty but clear language calls “sanctification” and whose source and body dwell in the sacrifice of the Mass.

Sacrifice, Again

Another Defense of Vatican II

An older essay, from 2012.

CWR: The True Spirit of Vatican II by Douglas Bushman
The main desire of the Council was to reinvigorate the Church’s mission of promoting a fully human life in Jesus Christ.

Fr. Weinandy Replies to Vatican II Critics


Monday, July 27, 2020

Gerald Russello Reviews Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reason by Pierre Manent

City Journal

A Shame

A Complaint about the Lack of Collegiality

The Just Price

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Plotinus as Progress

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Another Interview with Archbishop Viganò

Two Perspectives on Vatican II

The first is from theologian and bishop Franco Giulio Brambilla, as relayed by Sandro Magister: A Bishop and Theologian Breaks the Silence Over the “Banality” of Viganò and Company

In fact, this is the contribution of the most significant statements of this last decade, before, during, and after Pope Benedict's statement in 2005.
We could outline the theme of the legacy in three moves:
a) Vatican II as style: to resume the original way in which the council fathers (which historical studies have made known to us) posed problems with the method and resources that they put to work in order to propose a response to the challenges of their time in the interaction between subjects, textual “corpus,” and new readers;
b) the principle of pastorality: to bring out the originality of Vatican II, its creative ideas and its basic intuitions in the areas of both method and content;
c) the future of the Council: to rediscover the state of invention that characterized that epochal turning point and that today needs, at the beginning of the third millennium, a creative recovery and a new ecclesial pragmatics.

And the following is from Adam DeVille: Vatican II as “chosen trauma” and “chosen glory”.

If nothing else, the decision to be faced by Catholics today is whether we will allow ourselves to manifest the maturity necessary to stop treating Vatican II as either a trauma or a glory and instead to see it as all councils from our past: an event where some of the crooked lines of human history were used by God to write straight the salvation of the world. If He is content to leave some lines askew on the page, some tares and wheat in the fields of the Church until the end of the age (cf. Matt. 13: 24-30), why can we not grant ourselves the same freedom to stop clinging to pseudo-intellectual genealogies helpful to nobody and instead get to work healing today’s myriad crises in Church and world alike?
Even though DeVille is Ukrainian Catholic, he assumes that Vatican II was an ecumenical council, or at least a council of both Roman Catholics and of Eastern Catholics. As far as I'm concerned, even if various Eastern Catholic bishops signed the documents, that does not make Vatican II an ecumenical council, and even the claim that it was a "general" council of the churches in communion with the bishop of Rome is question, given the lack of equal weight given to Eastern perspectives. I see it in content and function as being a synod of the Latin churches in communion with the bishop of Rome, and it needs to be understood carefully: not as an ecumenical council, but as a Latin council with certain pretensions, to be historically situated in the development of the Roman papacy in the second millenium and with reference to the claims of Rome, which go back to the first millenium. It also must be understood with the proximate and not-so-proximate causes that lead up to the council, which explain why Latin bishops and theologians thought some sort of reform was necessary.

Friday, July 24, 2020

A Fireside Chant Chat, Part 3


A Prayer Service for a Sad Day

Herbert McCabe, O.P. on St. Thomas Aquinas

A Different Notion of Sacrifice

Thursday, July 23, 2020

From Charismatic to Chrismation


A Discussion of Ecclesiology

Armenian Translation of Lost Text of St. Cyril of Alexandria Found and Published

That Fordham Discussion on Hagia Sophia

A Discussion of Hagia Sophia

AFR - FB video

Mother Maria

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

The Structure of Divine Liturgy


Life Principles of Grand Duchess Elizabeth

Can't Say Scholastics Are Not Consistent

Leonine Institute Policy Paper on Usury

An Integralist Response to Dante

A Common Vocation

Latins Will Throw Their Ecclesiological Opinion Around

Dr. David Bradshaw: "The Cappadocian Fathers as Founders of Byzantine Thought"

Protecting Veil

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

DB Hart Responds to Feser's Review of His Book

Eclectic Orthodoxy

Academic Discussion of Law

Monday, July 20, 2020

Friday, July 17, 2020

What if...

Constance and Florence aren't ecumenical either?

Sandro Magister: The “Fake News” of Viganò and Company. Unmasked by a Cardinal

Roberto De Mattei responds.

And today:
Rorate Caeli: 150th Anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution PASTOR ÆTERNUS (Vatican I): Petrine Primacy, Infallibility, and the Strict Limits of Papal Authority

Gladden Pappin, "Four Futures: The Catholic Church in America"

Soundcloud: The Thomistic Institute

Ecumenical Patriarch in Saint Marina of Imbros Castle


Orthodox Times

From a few days ago...
Ο Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης στην Ιερά Μονή Παντοκράτορος

1η Συναυλία Βυζαντινής Μουσικής Νέος Κόσμος 10

Sermon by Archpriest Andrey Lemeshonok for the Feast of St. Elisabeth the New Martyr

Sermons on the Spiritual Life by St. Philaret of Moscow

A Form of Latin Legalism?

Is there a connection between the Latin emphasis on rubrics and their conception of worship and sacrifice?

Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

The Moral Economy by Samuel Bowles

Yale: The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives Are No Substitute for Good Citizens

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Why Should Roman Catholics Care About the "Mosquing" of Hagia Sophia

CWR Dispatch: The “Mosquing” of Hagia Sophia: Why should Catholics care? by Adam A. J. DeVille
Catholics should have a greater awareness of Eastern Orthodoxy for at least three reasons.

Unalienable Rights


Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Daniel Strand on Latin Integralism

Providence: Catholic Integralism Should Not Be Dismissed by Daniel Strand

Strand spends much of the essay responding to David French; I would have rather read Strand's own response to Latin integralists.

The Patronal Feast of SVOTS

The Just Price


St. Bonaventure

More from Bishop Barron's Series This week

Bissera Pentcheva Interview on Hagia Sophia

Cappella Romana

Todor Mitrović on the Canons of Iconography

Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

On Catholic Integralism: An Introduction

A Severe Lacuna

No discussion of the schisms affecting the Church in the first millenium and after. (First between the Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Churches and those with the Church of the East, and then the schism between the Chalcedonian Churches of "East" and "West.") The discussion of the Protestants is very much slanted towards a Latin pov.

Quo Primum


Existential Thomism or Thomistic Existentialism?

Bishop Barron on Vatican II

Sunday, July 12, 2020

St. Paisios the Athonite

Eastern Christian Books: Herbert McCabe's Legacy

Eastern Christian Books: Herbert McCabe's Legacy

Wipf and Stock/Cascade

Saturday, July 11, 2020

Dom Prosper Guéranger

What will be left of Solesmes in 100 years?

For the Feast of St. Benedict on the New Roman Calendar


CWR Dispatch: The original vision and attraction of Saint Benedict by Peter M.J. Stravinskas
Benedict’s dream of communities of holy men became the motive force for a Christendom to replace the corrupt and desiccated old Rome.

A Discussion of Usury

Friday, July 10, 2020

St. Sophrony

Holy monks should be venerated. But I have to ask, given certain developments within Greek Orthodoxy in the US -- do the Greeks have a crisis of holiness among the laity? Has activism replaced holiness? Who was the last lay person recognized as being worth of veneration by the Greeks? Are the monastics all they have? (And not even their "secular" clery, including their bishops who were once monastic, qualify?)

Thursday, July 09, 2020

The Seal of the Prophets

Leaving Boston?

Alan Fimister Responds to Plaza's Review of Integralism

Reality Journal

Luis de Molina, Latin Integralist

Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights

Cambridge University Press

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

40 Years in the Desert


More on Co-Responsibility

The Will as Rational Appetite


Sovereignty RIP by Don Herzog

Yale UP

EJIL: Talk

Global Byzantium at Ankara

Monday, July 06, 2020

Kwasniewski on "Mysterium Fidei"

NLM: The Displacement of the Mysterium Fidei and the Fabricated Memorial Acclamation by Peter Kwasniewski

For centuries, going back into the mists of time, the priest has said the words “Mysterium fidei” in the midst of the words of consecration whispered over the chalice. These words powerfully evoke the irruption or inbreaking of God into our midst in this unfathomable Sacrament. The consecration of the wine completes the signification of the sacrifice of the Cross, the moment when our High Priest obtained for us eternal redemption (cf. Heb 9:12), the re-presentation of which, together with the application of its fruits, is the very purpose of the Mass.
Even if the words mysterium fidei are not necessary for signifying transubstantiation (and thus, the consecration can be “effective,” and the Mass “valid,” without them), the removal of the phrase from its age-old position exudes the attitude: nothing is sacred.
Does this use of "mysterium fidei" match what St. Paul means by the Mystery, Christ becoming Incarnate so that we may be incorporated in Him? If that is what St. Paul meant, then why would "mysterium fidei" be used before anyone had actually received Holy Communion?

With Latin in the Service of the Popes

Fr. Z: GREAT BOOK: With Latin in the Service of the Popes: The Memoirs of Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1885?1971)

Rorate Caeli


Progressives within Greek Orthodoxy?

A New Explanation

Friday, July 03, 2020

I See the Word Liturgy in the Title

Worth the time to read?

Another Scandal

Magister: Father Master. The Founder of the Apostolic Movement of Schönstatt Abused His Nuns

Personnel et Societe

Thursday, July 02, 2020

A Response to Latin Trads

But still making use of a Latin notion of sacrifice.


Shaun Blanchard on the History Behind Vatican I


This is more a history essay than a theological one; I presume the author is a Latin and so is unable to critically evaluate Rome's claims regarding the authority of the pope. Certainly the claims of hours
Isdiction have been recognized as being serious by the Eastern Orthodox for quite some time, and rejected as not being of Apostolic Tradition.

JD Flynn on the Latin Problem Who Is Archbishop Viganò


To be sure, few theologians or bishops would argue that Vatican II’s documents are above reproach, in terms of their style, their language, or their presentation of the faith. And scholars continue to disagree about how to interpret some key texts of the council. But accepting the legitimacy and authority of the Second Vatican Council is a necessary component of maintaining communion with the Church herself.

Latins can go on believing Vatican II was an ecumenical council; they need a Divine Rebuke.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Eternal Memory

Orthodox Evangelism


More from Milbank on Empire