Sunday, May 10, 2020

The Nature-Grace Distinction

What relevance to the distinction between the distinction between "State" and "Church"?

Thomas Pink on Latin Integralism

Public Discourse: Philosophy, Politics, Religion and the Public Square by Thomas Pink

Integralism further involves a conception of the church as an authority over religion that replaces the state. The church is a sovereign potestas, with the authority to make laws and enforce these through punishments, just as is the state. Its authority is based not on natural law as is the state’s, but on the revealed law of Christ. Any interpretation of Dignitatis Humanae that denies this conception of the church as potestas over religion runs directly against the interpretation of that declaration given officially at Vatican II by the commission that drafted it. (For more on this, see my “Dignitatis Humanae: continuity after Leo XIII”.)

Latin integralism depends upon and promotes Latin maximalist conceptions of ecclesial authority, especially the authority of the bishop of Rome.

It is tempting to suppose that there are two quite different kinds of state: an integralist state that prioritizes the good of the community, and a liberal state that fosters the autonomy of the individual. But perhaps the better view is that there simply exist states that serve the common good in a way that involves enforcing an ethical consensus.  

The questions that should be asked are: what is the common good, what defines a political community, and is any state, integralist or otherwise, able to bring about the common good. Maybe integralists will have a new response to MacIntyre and Cavanaugh--until they do, they theorizing merely serves statism, and at best they serve as controlled opposition, inconsequential and no threat to the status quo.

Violence Necessary to Maintain Orthodoxy?

Making any act of heresy tantamount to treason is a papocaesarist's dream.

Vermeule's Response to Straussian Josh Hammer

MOJ: On “Common-Good Originalism”

No Wine and Song

Sandro Magister: Sex, Women, Power. The Three Challenges Germany Is Issuing To the Church

Eugene McCarraher, "You're a Slave to Money, Then You Die"

text version

Latin Medieval Women Mystics in the Service of Feminism

CLJ: Historiographic Sophistications: The Eclipse of Medieval Women Mystics by Cyril O'Regan

Ss. Cyril and Methodius 20th Annual Lecture with Fr. John Behr

Original video has been set to private. Here is a copy:

Praying the Anaphora Out Loud

Vocal Reading of Prayers by John Nichiporuk


Fr. Paul Drozdowski

AFR: Everyday Orthodox - Meet Fr. Paul Drozdowski