Saturday, October 31, 2020

Pietro De Marco Comments on the Pontificate of Pope Francis

Magister: “Brothers All,” Including “Families” of the Same Sex. The Pontificate of Francis Under the Analyst’s Lens

Finality... and Natural Inclinations

The Dies Irae

John Case


Just One Man's Opinion

Not universally true, and maybe not even true for the limited cases to which it applies. Pulling Christian teaching from quotes of individual saints is not moral theology, and even what is taken to be the result of the sanctified, connatural wisdom of a saint must be tested against Tradition and a proper moral theology.

Symbols and the Meaning Crisis

Sergius Bulgakov

A Comparison of the Carmelite and Roman Rites


Temple of Saint Sergius and Bacchus

Reformation Day

Except Francis Himself is One of the Challenges to the Faith of Latins

St. Alphonsus Liguori on Hope

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

Friday, October 30, 2020

Fratelli Tutti: Engaging Pope Francis's New Encyclical on Social Friendship

Christ Our True Light

Thursday, October 29, 2020


Presbyter David McCready

A Collection of Writings by St. Basil the Great

A Nay to the Red Hat for Fr. Cantalamessa

Bishop Barron's Talk to Kenrick Glennon-Seminary

How's that seminary reform coming along?

Commemorating St. Anastasia the Roman

Orthodox Times

More Make-Work for Roman Catholic Academics

But the ultramontanists think they are rendering an important service to "the Church."

Charles Coulombe Interview

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Thank God They Weren't Destroyed

Have We Reached the Excesses of Ecumenism Yet?

Promotion of Bridal Mysticism?

Investiture as a Bridal Ceremony by Peter Kwasniewski

Iconography Tutorials with Julia Bridget Hayes

Not Quite an Apology for Fratelli Tutti on War

George and Anderson Respond to Pope Francis

Who is Funding This?

Upcoming Lecture on St. Thérèse of Lisieux

Commonweal's Fluff Hit Piece on Latin Integralism

A Symbol of the Decay

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Michael Pakaluk Reviews Snead's What It Means to Be Human

A Response to Pope Francis

Holy Nestor, Pray for Us!

Love for Christ

1P5 Has a Copy of Archbishop Viganò's Talk for the Catholic Identity Conference

Scapegoating Francis: How the Revolution of Vatican II Serves the New World Order


The Next Issue of New Polity

Have Circumstances Ruled out the Possibility of a Just War?

A Progressive Latin Asks for Clarification

Others are sure...

There's a Trinitarian/Christological Heresy

Kwasniewski on the Feast of Christ the King


The month of November begins with the great Solemnity of All Saints. But in the traditional Roman calendar, All Saints is preceded shortly before by an even greater feast—that of Christ the King, the One who creates and sanctifies the citizens, ambassadors, and soldiers of His Kingdom.

When Pope Pius XI instituted the feast of Christ the King in 1925, he was, one might say, supplying in the Church’s calendar the missing invisible cause of All Saints, as well as making clear just what the mission of the saints in history is: to be the living members of the Mystical Body under Christ its Head, and to extend this body across the whole earth. Our Lord Jesus Christ is the King of all men, all peoples, all nations, and His saints are those who, taking up their cross and following Him, have conquered their own souls and won over the souls of many others for this Kingdom.
This is close to the justification that Pius XI used in Quas Primas. Note that in the Byzantine rite, the feast of All Saints is celebrated after Pentecost (as it used to be celebrated in the West), and for an appropriate liturgical and theological reason. Otherwise the case could be made that every Sunday is a memorial of Christ who is the Head of His Mystical Body.
As Michael Foley shows in a brilliant article in the latest issue of The Latin Mass magazine, the feast was not merely moved, but transmogrified. It was given a new name, a new date, and new propers, all of which deemphasized the social reign of Christ and put in its place a “cosmic and eschatological Christ.”
But is the Pauline/Consilium's Feast of Christ the King closer in its conception of Christ to the Byzantine representation of Christ Pantocrator? Perhaps.
This leads me back to Pope Paul VI’s suppression of one feast of Christ the King and his creation of another. What is really going on here? It seems to me that the original feast of Christ the King represents the Catholic vision of society as a hierarchy in which lower is subordinated to higher, with the private sphere and the public sphere united in their acknowledgment of the rights of God and of His Church. This vision was put aside in 1969 to make way for a vision in which Christ is a king of my heart and a king of the cosmos—of the most micro level and the most macro level—but not king of anything in between: not king of culture, of society, of industry and trade, of education, of civil government.
Perhaps anything more than this would be pastorally unwise - presumptuous and maybe even blasphemous? Our Lord is not a sports team, and He does not want empty praise coming from the lips of men.

Foley's article was republished at NLM, a link to which I posted here.

The Grave of St. Peter


Ross Douthat's Take on the Crisis in the Patriarchate of Rome

First Things

Monday, October 26, 2020

Institutional Clericalism is Opposed to Humility

Despite his denunciation of clericalism, Francis embodies it as much as his opponents, real or imaginary.

The Lamp

The Story of Khalid Ibn Al-Walid

The Mosaics of St. Sava Cathedral

Orthodox Christianity

On Miracles

Water Found on the Moon

Holy Demetrios, Pray for Us!

“Our Lady of Guápulo”

One Can Do Anything with Allegory

Including preventing any future changes, even those that would seem to be sensible.

Peter Kwasniewski

This Needs a Reform that the Current Pontificate Will Not Implement

The real problem is having men who don't know each other well enough to know each other's qualifications select from among themselves the next bishop of Rome.

Phil Lawler

Another Latin Appropriation of Something Eastern

It is especially bizarre as it is to advertise a missal for the Roman rite.

The Final Pagan Generation by Edward Watts

UC Press

Sunday, October 25, 2020

I Could Guess the Author from the Title Alone

NLM: In Defense of Allegorical Interpretation of the Liturgy by PETER KWASNIEWSKI


Gregory DiPippo

Protestants Transitioning to Orthodoxy


Latinizations Still Present

A Scandal

Orthodox Reflections: Archbishop Elpidophoros, Ecumenism, and Orthodox Jurisdictional Unity

Conservative Ultramontanist Latins Busy Popesplaining

Lindau Gospels

Following Fratelli Tutti's Lead

And its interpretation of the parable of the Good Samaritan.

George Neumayr on Pope Francis

Fact or Propaganda?

People and Power in Byzantium

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Mosaics Discovered in Sinope Koimesis Temple

A Byzantine Seal

A Summary of Recent Updates


More from Michael Foley on the Feast of Christ the King

NLM: The Orations of the Feast of Christ the King by Michael P. Foley

Sacrosanctum Concilium

Gregory DiPippo

Patriarch Bartholomew on Fratelli Tutti

What is Sant'Egidio's Agenda?

Not Exactly Quiet


From a Greek POV, Obviously

Archbishop Viganò's Address for the (Roman) Catholic Identity Conference


Burial Service for Metropolitan Theodosius


St. Sava Cathedral

Holy Nikodimos on the Divine Eucharist

Reason and Theology: Dr. Matthew Minerd Lecture on the Prima Pars of Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae

The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem Should be Abolished...

Fr. Weinandy on Fratelli Tutti


Consequences: Intended or Unintended?


Friday, October 23, 2020

The Greeks Will Be Soon Following Suit

Patriarch Bartholomew...

Some Byzantine Catholics Are Still Latinized

Robert George on the Commission on Unalienable Human Rights Report

On the Consolation of Philosophy

Bishop Schneider's Response to the Documentary

Another update:

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Perhaps in a Hundred Years, a Fair Account Will be Written

Not only of Jorge Bergoglio, but of Karol Wojtyła's impact on the patriarchate of Rome. The last stages of the imperial papacy?

A Sore Spot

Which needs the healing of memories...

Holy Mary of Egypt

A Recommendation to the Ukrainian Catholic Churches in the Americas


The Mystery of Christ

Cardinal Cordes on the Latin Churches in Germany

David Clayton on the Necessity of Sacred Art


News about and Reactions to Pope Francis' Controversial Remarks in That Documentary

Fr. Agustino and Corazon Puro

John Paul II

(The Council of) Constance

Srdja Trifkovic

Selective Editing of the Interview of Pope Francis for the Francesco Documentary

"Joe" points out that a second clip, which was never aired as a part of the official interview done by by Valentina Alazraki or released subsequently, was added onto another clip, which made it seem like the other clip (that those with SSA should have be a part of a family [with their parents]) was being used as a justification or rationale for the claim concerning civil unions in the second clip. Even if that it is the case, Pope Francis nevertheless did make some statements concerning civil unions. Will the deleted portions of the interview be made available? Will the Vatican Press Office issue a clarification or denial on behalf of Pope Francis? I wouldn't be surprised if there is no clarification issued.

Archimandrite Seraphim Bit-Haribi

The Papacy and Oriental Orthodoxy

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Hochschild's Apology for the Pope's Statement on Same-Sex Civil Unions

But the Natural Law does have something to say about non-procreative sex acts. It also arguably has something to say about what status should be given to those who engage in such acts with members of the same-sex. After all, Thomists recognize that law as a teacher, and in this case, it is not merely about the "union" alone, but everything that is associated with it and is legitimized by it. The fact that SSA may be involuntary does not mean that mercy requires that we validate their lifestyle choices.

The Feast of Christ the King


The Papal Magisterium

Where in Vatican I does it say that it (along with infallibility) is limited to certain document types written by the bishop of Rome, or that certain formulae must be used to signal that it is ex cathedra?

Rome: "Heresy is Preferable to Schism"

Could this be extended by Latin traditionalists to possible criticisms of Rome's negotiations with the Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian Orthodox?