I did an interview with Suan Sonna at 'Intelligent Conservatism'. https://t.co/kRVZ2b01UR— Fr Thomas Crean OP (@crean_fr) July 31, 2020
Friday, July 31, 2020
I hold to an "open Thomism," one that welcomes Augustinianism, Bonaventurian thought, and contemporary thinkers like Newman, Balthasar, and Ratzinger. To incorporate these frameworks together is to follow a very integrated Catholic spirit. (2/2) https://t.co/ad7Kk05lSb— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) July 31, 2020
First Open Thomists need to return to Greek, Scripture, and the Fathers...
Thursday, July 30, 2020
A historic lecture given in Wittenburg Germany on the 500-year anniversary of the protestant reformation. Fr. Panayioti weighs in with a lecture called: The Protestant Reformation and the Orthodox Christian Easthttps://t.co/Z2GLtp0rpm pic.twitter.com/mUXY6wDQxk— Trisagionfilms (@TrisagionFilms) July 30, 2020
"Encountering and over time growing in familiarity with Mary Ann’s openness and her passion for the world, the law, and the life of the mind quite literally changed the direction of my life." https://t.co/buwlVFl3hc— Harvard Law School (@Harvard_Law) July 29, 2020
In this episode Fr. Gregory and Fr. Bonaventure (unironically) discuss the virtue of humility and the Litany of Humility--a favorite prayer of the last century. What about the virtue of humility is so foundational? Why is this prayer so challenging? pic.twitter.com/ApyMJQFTV4— Godsplaining (@godsplaining) July 30, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
My new essay for @PostliberalTho1 will probably make Thomists mad.— Marc Barnes (@BadCatholicBlog) July 29, 2020
But it should make my chief demographic, Catholic homeschooling moms and Lite Lacanians, very happy.
Sub or buy the issue: https://t.co/ysg5o05ReH pic.twitter.com/pB2Q1aodXf
Bad writing by philosophers and theologians about economics is a moral issue. If their views about economics are taken seriously—as they often are in churches and in policy advocacy—they threaten the life-changing effects of free markets for the poor. https://t.co/pmgb7k83oN— Public Discourse (@PublicDiscourse) July 29, 2020
"Viganò’s letter has at least had the virtue of forcing me to emerge from complacency in accepting half-measures in the reception of the Council."— Church Life Journal (@ChurchLifeND) July 29, 2020
Was Vatican II a Bad Seed?
by @JohnCavadini of @McGrathND https://t.co/W3d5IFlZiG
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Catholics can reject the Church of the crusades, 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, Pierre Manent writes. https://t.co/r6jJ9KmC97— Public Discourse (@PublicDiscourse) July 27, 2020
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.
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.
Father Thomas Weinandy writing a thoughtful reflection on recent attempts to criticize and blame Vatican II....— Fr. Thomas Petri, OP (@PetriOP) July 27, 2020
Monday, July 27, 2020
Gerald Russello Reviews Natural Law and Human Rights: Toward a Recovery of Practical Reason by Pierre Manent
Natural Law for Modern Times | City Journal https://t.co/nL7cjheOHL— Allen Mendenhall (@allenmendenhall) July 27, 2020
Nothing so eloquently symbolizes the optimism and errors of the Catholic Church in the 1960s than the ruins of the hideous St. Peter's Seminary in Scotland. https://t.co/KLhWVosTKc via @church_militant— Nick Donnelly (@ProtecttheFaith) July 27, 2020
What Church has Cardinal Marx been in all these years? Since when does the Pope or the Church need a quorum to issue a teaching? This is why the papacy exists: to teach, correct and protect doctrine. Endless synods are not practical or necessary. Thoughts? https://t.co/gHdJ4XnPbi— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) July 27, 2020
Cardinal Kasper aptly defends the Vatican instruction on parish reform against German critics: Reform begins with conversion - and that is something German bishops do not like to hear. Good for Kasper to speak out! https://t.co/0hckgGcoHc #Theology #Vatican #Parish #Catholic— Ulrich L. Lehner (@ulrichlehner) July 27, 2020
Sunday, July 26, 2020
All this suggests that a Trinitarian ontology will naturally tend to revise Aristotle. Perhaps even more than Aquinas did, though he did revise Aristotelian metaphysics both neoplatonically and for doctrinal reasons. (As neo-Thomism ignores.)— john milbank (@johnmilbank3) July 26, 2020
For Plato and Plotinus there are five genres of being, rest, motion, same and other that are really more like transcendentals. In fully real intelligible reality they fully coincide. In material reality they more tend to exclude each other and come in degrees.— john milbank (@johnmilbank3) July 26, 2020
Plotinus also questions Aristotle’s distinction of action and making. For him even action as thought moves, goes out from itself, emanates. Augustine and Aquinas’s thought on verbum is jn this lineage. (Lonergan totally wrong here.)— john milbank (@johnmilbank3) July 26, 2020
Saturday, July 25, 2020
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 Very Short Introduction to Aquinas— Artur Sebastian Rosman (@cosmostheinlost) July 24, 2020
by Herbert McCabe, OP
A special thanks to @EMWillette1020 of @BloomsburyBooks for giving me permission to reprint this amazing essay in @ChurchLifeND https://t.co/iyb6YTS5U6
Friends, the Mass is our joining together with Christ’s selfless sacrifice, the eternal act of praise.— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) July 24, 2020
Because of the all-encompassing nature of worship, there is a tight link between liturgy and the transformation of the world.
Watch the full video: https://t.co/vlZyazVzro pic.twitter.com/Lx0hbqCuW5
Therefore, highlighting the Mass isn’t an exercise in irrelevant fussiness; it is rather an emphasizing of the public witness of the Church. Watch the video for more.— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) July 24, 2020
Watch the video on YouTube: https://t.co/lmPQZTCzEe (2/2)
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Lost Patristic work of St. Cyril of Alexandria discovered and published in Armeniahttps://t.co/AbqoOljBiE— Orthodox Christianity (@Orthodoxy2019) July 23, 2020
The work was previously known only in fragments of the Greek original and the Syriac translation. The more complete Medieval Armenian translation was discovered in the M... pic.twitter.com/lKKV7I90MQ
Many thanks to everyone who joined @GDemacopoulos @AliceISullivan & @DavidJHudsonJC for today's discussion-- Hagia Sophia: Caught Between East and West. Watch our YoutTube Channel for the video. https://t.co/urTVl3PNmG— Fordham Center on Religion and Culture (@CRCfordham) July 23, 2020
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
"Now religion... is a virtue whereby a man offers something to the service and worship of God. Wherefore those are called religious antonomastically, who give themselves up entirely to the divine service, as offering a holocaust to God. pic.twitter.com/FAKHMaqF6Q— Thomistic Institute (@ThomisticInst) July 22, 2020
Dante is correct to state that temporal authority does not flow from the Church per se but rather comes directly from God. However, the lower must be subsumed or elevated into the higher. The natural end now serves the supernatural. The passions obey the intellect.— Taylor Patrick O'Neill (@thomaesplendor) July 22, 2020
If it is true that the Church is the head of the City of God on earth, then all lesser societies are subject to that highest one, just as it is Her mission to baptize all legitimate societies that they may come together with the Church to form the triumphant Heavenly City.— Taylor Patrick O'Neill (@thomaesplendor) July 22, 2020
Friends, since the Church’s tradition includes Vatican II, it's therefore impossible to repudiate this council and claim to be a faithful traditionalist. There's nothing traditional about rejecting an ecumenical council.— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) July 22, 2020
Watch the full video on YouTube: https://t.co/l0ZSEOeuzr pic.twitter.com/tGRiC96mln
Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Has rights talk exceeded its bounds? Is contract law bourgeois? Do we need a separate right of non-discrimination? What is legitimacy? Is international law truly law?— John Tasioulas (@JTasioulas) July 21, 2020
Some questions addressed at our launch of the Cambridge Companion to the Philosophy of Law last week. https://t.co/HL2RJXYiV3
Monday, July 20, 2020
New sample article (PDF)— Sheptytsky Institute (@Sheptytsky) July 20, 2020
How Did the Union of Florence Influence the Union of Brest?
Alexander Baranhttps://t.co/b6JLO5ri4A@GregorySMcMuray @EternalSean @byzantinepower @MarkNanneman @BillTooke @AllanRuhl @AUniate @toplis_percy @AveCristoRey @Wandi_Star pic.twitter.com/qeghdlWYef
Hagia Sofia: Caught Between East & West. Join the discussion w/ @GDemacopoulos @FordhamOrthodox, @AliceISullivan @UmichArtHist & @DavidJHudsonJC this Th. 7/23/20, 12:00p.m. Info & Register: https://t.co/kcjsv5Btci pic.twitter.com/ThG21cqVU1— Fordham Center on Religion and Culture (@CRCfordham) July 20, 2020
Sunday, July 19, 2020
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Friday, July 17, 2020
Sandro Magister: The “Fake News” of Viganò and Company. Unmasked by a Cardinal
Roberto De Mattei responds.
Rorate Caeli: 150th Anniversary of the Dogmatic Constitution PASTOR ÆTERNUS (Vatican I): Petrine Primacy, Infallibility, and the Strict Limits of Papal Authority
Come for the Lord of the World scenario of doom, stay for the Dawn of All triumph—& the critique of anti-Vatican/neo-Americanist Catholicism.— Gladden Pappin (@gjpappin) July 17, 2020
My @ThomisticInst talk “Four Futures: The Catholic Church in America” at @SMU is now up on SoundCloud https://t.co/3Mk8wG4VLI
Soundcloud: The Thomistic Institute
From a few days ago...
Ο Οικουμενικός Πατριάρχης στην Ιερά Μονή Παντοκράτορος
SAINT ELISABETH FEAST DAY SERMON— St Elisabeth Convent. Orthodox Life And Chants (@StElisabethConv) July 17, 2020
On the 18th of July, we celebrate our Convent's Patron Saint Feast and commemorate the Holy Royal Martyr Grand Duchess Elisabeth.
To read or listen to the full sermon by Archpriest Andrey Lemeshonok: https://t.co/XoRH6je6ug#StElisabethConvent pic.twitter.com/kR6e35h2mR
Patristic Nectar Publications is pleased to present our first book publication: 'Sermons on the Spiritual Life' by St. Philaret of Moscow! Translation by Dn. Nicholas Kotar. https://t.co/3uI31QPKPi pic.twitter.com/TWTilt0UvZ— Patristic Nectar (@PatristicNectar) June 25, 2020
We are pleased to offer our readers first English translation of the General Rubrics of the Missal promulgated by Pope Clement VIII, which remained in force until the reign of John XXIII. https://t.co/bIKrCdSLLX— Canticum Salomonis (@Polignacus) July 17, 2020
Is there a connection between the Latin emphasis on rubrics and their conception of worship and sacrifice?
The Glendon Commission (the U.S. Dept. of State Commission on Unalienable Rights, chaired by the magisterial legal scholar Mary Ann Glendon of Harvard Law School) has issued its Report. It re-roots human rights discourse in the principles of 1776 and 1948.https://t.co/dN9j2yH8Za— Robert P. George (@McCormickProf) July 17, 2020
This is a good book and even talks about “the Aristotelian legislator” but it made me wish classical philosophical language about motivation were more readily available to economists. It’s a book about the relation between reason, desire, and thumos. pic.twitter.com/qPylQpO5yd— Josh Hochschild (@JoshHochschild) July 16, 2020
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Catholics should have a greater awareness of Eastern Orthodoxy for at least three reasons.
Attention ACS followers! This is a game-changer: Dumbarton Oaks is reprinting the translation of John Scotus Eriugena's _Periphyseon_, a text standing at the crossroads of the thought of Pseudo-Dionysius, Maximus the Confessor, & the Carolingian Latin tradition. Details below 👇 https://t.co/kWKdROWnvB— American Cusanus Society (@CusanusSociety) July 15, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
We wish you a most blessed feast of our patron, Great Prince Vladimir, Enlightener of the Russian Lands, and we seek his fervent intercession for you and our Seminary! pic.twitter.com/lHxkYE3t69— St Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary (@stvlads) July 15, 2020
30 minutes!https://t.co/lfmlmh46FJ— Catholic Economics Podcast (@CatholicEcon) July 1, 2020
Today is the feast of #StBonaventure, the 13th-c. Italian Franciscan scholar and professor, colleague of Aquinas, Minister General of the Franciscans, Cardinal Bishop of Albano, and Doctor of the Church. His philosophy and theology point to Christ as the source of all knowledge. pic.twitter.com/tvHCna3L6j— Fr. Aquinas Guilbeau, OP (@FrAquinasOP) July 15, 2020
Others believe that the Church should turn backward and inward on itself. But Vatican II avoids both extremes by emphasizing both doctrinal stability and a robust missionary zeal. https://t.co/oeyi74dbZi (2/2)— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) July 15, 2020
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
The Church’s history has not been, as commanded in John's Gospel, a record of a united community of love ushering in the kingdom of God & thereby transforming the world as a whole in an enduring way. Its history is much more mixed... --Brad Gregoryhttps://t.co/6RUnreDfJX— Church Life Journal (@ChurchLifeND) June 3, 2020
Friends, in this series of brief reflections on Vatican II and the Church, I discuss the actual purpose of the council. In its missionary focus, the Church’s gates have been opened to let the beauty and holiness of the Church out into the world. https://t.co/s7EOVzGMBx— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) July 14, 2020
Monday, July 13, 2020
Sunday, July 12, 2020
Today we celebrate Saint Paisios the Athonite!— Trisagionfilms (@TrisagionFilms) July 12, 2020
We made a 40+ minute documentary on his life a few years ago!
enjoy and lets us know what you think of it!!https://t.co/EfD7KUo3Wk
Saturday, July 11, 2020
How One Monk Began Rebuilding the West (essay by R. Jared Staudt) https://t.co/y2YmSeAais— ImaginativeConservat (@imaginativecons) July 11, 2020
What will be left of Solesmes in 100 years?
On Saint Benedict (remarks by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) https://t.co/ZgO4CufJHK— ImaginativeConservat (@imaginativecons) July 11, 2020
St. Benedict and the Spirit of the Council https://t.co/g44UBD2JIn— Pater Edmund (@sancrucensis) July 11, 2020
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.
Friday, July 10, 2020
Tomorrow is the first official feast of St Sophrony the hesychast and theologian of Essex. I don't know why but I really feel a subtle, strong joy.— Aurelian Iftimiu (@AurelianNicolae) July 10, 2020
St Sophrony, pray for us! pic.twitter.com/5ycsZxbQvE
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
Romanus Cessario, O.P., to occupy the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Theology - Ave Maria University awarded the Adam Cardinal Maida Chair of Theology to the Reverend Romanus Cessario, O.P. and will be teaching graduate theology courses for the... https://t.co/ovt7X2aD16— AMU Grad. Theology (@AMUGradTheology) July 9, 2020
"political order it describes might be attained. The first of these assumptions is entirely false; the second entirely misses the point of the book."https://t.co/pBeZ7ld3GK— Fr Thomas Crean OP (@crean_fr) July 9, 2020
Glad to say I've recieved a first print of my new book 'Catholic Cosmopolitanism and Human Rights'. Indebted to @samuelmoyn for his foreword and guidance, & to @hmtennapel & @smullallylaw for their endorsements. Available 5th March. @CUP_Law @IrishCentreHRhttps://t.co/9yor8YOgbn pic.twitter.com/glvjOoA445— Leonard 'Emperor of Teaching' Taylor (@leonsaviour) February 24, 2020
Cambridge University Press
Wednesday, July 08, 2020
The others in the series:
Henri de Lubac
Hans Urs von Balthasar
Tuesday, July 07, 2020
Join us Wed., July 8, 3:30–4:45pm EDT for this seminar focused on "Co-Responsibility for Care of the Vulnerable." @jessfkeating is hosting; @JohnCavadini, @CCamosy, & Margie Pfeil are speaking.— Leonard J. DeLorenzo, Ph.D. (@leodelo2) July 8, 2020
This seminar is FREE but registration is required: https://t.co/mk96Xb56gg https://t.co/PTCZfunO7X
A new episode of Sed Contra is now available. Join Drs. William Diem, @MDugandzic, @thomaesplendor, and @FrDylanSchrader as they discuss whether the will always chooses the good that it perceives to be higher. https://t.co/xS3epiY2XN— The Sacra Doctrina Project (@sacradoctrina) July 7, 2020
"Global Byzantium at Ankara" series of Zoom-talks coming up on Friday 10, 17, and 24 July at 7pm Istanbul / 12pm EST, with lots of great speakers on timely topics! See link --> https://t.co/2x0NmGG96m pic.twitter.com/VSPAJ5RDYR— Jordan Pickett (@jordantpickett) July 6, 2020
Monday, July 06, 2020
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.and
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?
Progressives within Greek Orthodoxy?
Saturday, July 04, 2020
Friday, July 03, 2020
1200+ people have watched Sarah Hamilton's RHS lecture “Responding to Violence: Liturgy, Authority and Sacred Places c. 900-1100"! On the blog now we present the lecture & a written Q&A as a permanent resource: #medievaltwitter #twitterstorians @exetercliohttps://t.co/Qox6Wb5m5q pic.twitter.com/jZVaHza0cI— Royal Historical Society (@RoyalHistSoc) June 18, 2020
Thursday, July 02, 2020
The Twists and Turns That Led to the First Vatican Council https://t.co/yQQI6ntZ4K #wednesdaymorning #CatholicTwitter #WednesdayWisdom #Catholic #religion #theology— Church Life Journal (@ChurchLifeND) July 1, 2020
Shaun Blanchard is one of the most interesting young Catholic theologians in North America. I am proud to call him my student. Here a new piece of his: #Catholic #CatholicTwitter https://t.co/TEDnApD3cw— Ulrich L. Lehner (@ulrichlehner) July 1, 2020
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.
Enough already.https://t.co/p0pWS2A4rm— Taylor Patrick O'Neill (@thomaesplendor) July 1, 2020
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
The older brother of Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger has died at 96— Latin Mass Society (@latinmassuk) July 1, 2020
Msgr. Georg Ratzinger
January 15, 1924 - July 01, 2020
Requiescat in pace pic.twitter.com/1DmwdMFpuB
Thanks very much for this. Responses: I think no easy line between supposed organicism of states and artificiality of empire. China is historically an empire and organic. Roman Empire had a shared ‘organic’ culture. In some ways empires more than states put culture first. https://t.co/2iH95pguL0— john milbank (@johnmilbank3) July 1, 2020