Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Tobin and Cupich Tag Team

Latin Confusion on the Ministry of Catechist

Not the Catholic Hero We Thought He Was?

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Limits According to... Latin Traditionalists?

David Fagerburg on Fr. Schmemann

Paul Kingsnorth's Story

More on the CDF Letter

Rearranging the Chairs...

CNA/CWR: Pope Francis institutes new ministry of catechist by CNA Staff

Monday, May 10, 2021

The CDF and the USCCB

Saturday, May 08, 2021

The Bergoglio Enigma

Friday, May 07, 2021


Thursday, May 06, 2021

Yes, But Pure Agape Requires a Lifetime of Ascesis

Inculturation in Japan

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

SVS Press Sale

Christ is risen! Enjoy this 25% off Pascha sale from Monday, May 3 through Friday, May 7. Use code "PASCHA2021" at checkout online. SVS Press titles and music only!

Posted by St Vladimir's Seminary Press (SVS Press) on Monday, May 3, 2021

Webinar on May 10: Musical Style and Tradition in American Orthodox Churches: Chant and Polyphony

webinar page

St. Joseph Summit

CWR Dispatch: 3-day Saint Joseph Summit virtual conference to focus on St. Joseph as spiritual father

An interview with Deacon Steve Greco, founder of Spirit Filled Hearts Ministry, about the Sept. 30-Oct. 3, 2021 virtual event, which will feature over 30 speakers.


CWR: What do you think Joseph was like?

Deacon Greco: He was a compassionate man. Imagine how hard it was for him to see his betrothed come back from seeing her cousin Elizabeth, but with a child he knew wasn’t his. Some men at that time would have had their wives stoned in such a situation, but Joseph instead planned to quietly divorce her.

Joseph was also open to the Holy Spirit, the promptings of God. When God revealed to him in a dream that Mary had not sinned, but that the Child was of the Holy Spirit, he accepted what God told him and brought Mary into his home. He did not have to accept that dream; he had to discern that it was from God.

Joseph was a man of great faith, of great patience, and one who loved his family. Imagine the stress on him when it was time for Mary to give birth. He must have been frantic, but in the end was able to secure the perfect place. I’m sure a stable in Bethlehem was not the script he would have been written, but when he saw this was the direction God pointed him, he went with it.

CWR: Do you picture Joseph as old or young?

Deacon Greco: I have to go with what Fr. Calloway said in Consecration to St. Joseph. Not too many old men would have been able to dash from Bethlehem to Egypt to escape King Herod’s soldiers. He may not have been a teenager like Mary, but I suspect he was in his 20s or early 30s.

A Latin Traditionalist's Model Pope

A Model Pope by Roberto de Mattei

Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Schism Just in Germany?

CWR Dispatch: Cardinal Ruini sees ‘risk of schism’ in Germany after Vatican ‘no’ to same-sex blessings by Hannah Brockhaus for CNA

Blessed Margaret Pole

The Wrong Path

Where's the Video of His Prayer Life?

Catechesis does only so much.

Dedication of a New Abbey

Monday, May 03, 2021

Virtue and Meaning: A Neo-Aristotelian Perspective

Cambridge University Press

A Traddie Perspective

Multiple celebrations > concelebration.

What Does "God" Name?

The Roman Saint-Making Machine Continues

A Latin Attempt to Save Vatican II

Crisis: Moving Beyond Vatican II by Eric Sammons

Sunday, May 02, 2021

St. Augustine on Virtue and Politics

Pascha at St. Nicholas

Saturday, May 01, 2021

Alexander Lingas

More Top-Down Paraliturgical Reform

Friday, April 30, 2021

Some Big Reforms?

But are they positive?

Thursday, April 29, 2021

A Narrative on the Descent into Atheism

A Western View of Atonement

Promotion of the Dominicans

"Aquinas and Sacrifice"

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Ines Angeli Murzaku on Bose

CWR Dispatch: Troubles at Bose highlight need for authentic ecumenism, monasticism
by Ines Angeli Murzaku
The focus of the Bose community in Magnano, Italy is ecumenism, but it is not an authentic unity where theological, ecclesiological, and historical differences are discussed, prayed for, and lived out.

"There is, according the Rule, no need to change or convert or change denomination, because one belongs to Christ through the church of his/her baptism to the end."

Baptism without the Gift of the Holy Spirit is incomplete.

Speaking of ironies, the day (July 22, 2014) Pope Francis appointed Br. Bianchi as consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, this how Bianchi responded to the unexpected appointment: “The Pope will reform the papacy, and this will favor the relations with the Orthodox,” adding that “the reform of the papacy means a new balance between synodality and primacy…This would help to create a new style of papal primacy and the government of bishops.”

One Take on Personalism

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Meinvielle Contra Maritain

Cover-Up in Cologne

Monday, April 26, 2021

Koine Greek for Levantines

Sunday, April 25, 2021

One of the Contemporary Errors in the West

An Oldie from Augustine Di Noia

Suffused with Latin Theology of the Presbyterate

As one would expect...

Saturday, April 24, 2021

A Prefect of a Congregation that Should be Abolished

Springtime of (False) Synodality

Excommunicate Him

Friday, April 23, 2021

Hochschild on the Proof for the Existence of God

Monday, April 19, 2021

"How McCarricks Happen"

St. Alphege, Pray for Us!

The Return of the Pre-55 Holy Week

Sunday, April 18, 2021

MacIntyre's After Virtue

Saturday, April 17, 2021


Baptism here means baptism by water and by Spirit (Chrismation), it is fine. But that's not what Latins mean.

Anathema Sit

Don't Heed St. Paul

This results.

Friday, April 16, 2021

Fr. Alexander Webster Responds to OTSA on the COVID-19 Vaccines


Orthodox Theology in the 20th Century and Early 21st Century

The Passion of Christ

The Hymn of Kassiani

The Undivided Self

In Need of a Deep Cleanse

Rome needs to be divested of all the trappings and institutions of an imperial papacy.

Ratzinger on the Question of Images

Keeping Up Appearances

of fostering "dialogue"...

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Fr. David Anderson on the Traditional Cycles of Prayer

Aristotle's Silence on Piety?

A Good and Faithful Servant... of Bergoglio

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

A Presentation of Pure Thomistic Theology of the Presbyterate, No Doubt

Liturgical Bows

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Precious and Life-Giving Cross


Monday, April 12, 2021

The Word

An Article on Paul Kingsnorth

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Psalter of Basil II

Andrew Rublev

A Controversial Book for Latins

Charles Malik

No Movement Is Immune

A Dependable Endorsement?

"Exsultate Iusti in Domino"

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Daniel Codrescu

Fr. Marie-Étienne Vayssière , O.P.

Friday, April 09, 2021

What Is the Agenda of the Greek Churches?

And their allies?

Interview with Jonathan Pageau

Interview with Michael Hesemann

Holy Ephraim of Katounakia

Thursday, April 08, 2021

The Fake Synodal Path

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Lord Have Mercy

The Worst Sort of Ultramontanism

Taking everything written by a reigning Roman pontiff as having value, merely because he wrote it.

A Documentary on Mount Athos

Monday, April 05, 2021

Byzantine Icons of the Crucifixion

The Good Shepherd

The Mission of the Church

Of Course a Latin View

CWR Dispatch: Full text: Pope Francis’ Easter Urbi et Orbi blessing 2021

“Dear brothers and sisters, once again this year, in various places many Christians have celebrated Easter under severe restrictions and, at times, without being able to attend liturgical celebrations. We pray that those restrictions, as well as all restrictions on freedom of worship and religion worldwide, may be lifted and everyone be allowed to pray and praise God freely.”

The crucified Jesus, none other, has risen from the dead. God the Father raised Jesus, his Son, because he fully accomplished his saving will. Jesus took upon himself our weakness, our infirmities, even our death. He endured our sufferings and bore the weight of our sins. Because of this, God the Father exalted him and now Jesus Christ lives forever; he is the Lord.

Sunday, April 04, 2021

Christ Is Risen!

Kabarnos Nikodimos - Hristos Anesti

Eastern Christian Books: The Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies

Eastern Christian Books: The Oxford Handbook of Ecumenical Studies


Saturday, April 03, 2021

Gesualdo Six: "Ave verum corpus" by William Byrd

Eastern Christian Books: Eastern Christianity: a Reader

Eastern Christian Books: Eastern Christianity: a Reader


Friday, April 02, 2021

Liturgical Differences Between the Russian and Greek Churches

Why Confession?

A New Edition of a Personal Favorite

And Why Is Fraternity among Roman Catholics Wounded?

Is there a source of divisiveness in Rome itself?

Tenebrae Choir Sings Tenebrae

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Mary: Co-Redemptrix?

"Ne Irascaris Domine"

A Latin Perspective, Naturally

The emphasis on giving back to God...

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Defending the Faith Against Present Heresies

New Book about Pope Francis' Pontificate (Arouca Press) -

Posted by Arouca Press on Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Rorate Caeli: Announcing the Publication of Defending the Faith Against Present Heresies

Latins Gonna Latin

Interview with Monsignor Steenson

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Gladden Pappin on Liberalism

Bissera Pentcheva Lecture

Julia Bridget Hayes Painting the Holy Apostle Paul

Is This a Correct Representation of Bergoglio's Pontificate?

Where Now, Patriarchate of Rome?

Maybe He Will Leave Soon

Introduction to Sacraments according to the Theology of the Syriac Orthodox Church

Monday, March 29, 2021

A Recent Photo of Benedict XVI

G*d Bless Cardinal Sarah

The Mosaics of the Basilica of St. Praxedes

Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research

O sacred head, sore wounded (Passion Chorale)

Eastern Christian Books: Byzantine Religious Law in Southern Italy

Eastern Christian Books: Byzantine Religious Law in Southern Italy



If taken literally and not as hyperbole that excludes the fact that the only way to become an orthodox Christian is to be incporated in Christ, then how can this be not wrong? We are first grafted into Christ and His Life, and we learn from others and their experiences. How does this differ from what St. Justin Popovic said: "Christians today can become true Christians only if they're guided on adaily basis by God's saints"? Teachers, guides, mentors are important -- but can these mentors be found outside monastics?

Temples of God

Sunday, March 28, 2021

The Symphony of Truth

Fr. Serafino Lanzetta's wonderful book is now available. The paperback edition arrived with the hardcover edition...

Posted by Arouca Press on Monday, March 8, 2021

Arouca Press

What Christian Shouldn't Give Himself "Totally" to God?

Love of God is first for all Christians -- love of others is subordinate to, and motivated by, this love of God. Can the monk says that he loves God alone? No -- even the monk must love the rest of the Church and mankind, even if he lives apart from them. And unless he is a hermit, he doesn't live apart from others, though the amount of time he spends with others is limited. So "totally" is the wrong way to describe this sort of calling. It would be more accurate to say that the monk lives alone for God. ("Living only for God" would be inaccurate, too.) Even religious must be careful of pride and any sense of Christian elitism.

What Notion of Sacrifice?

Hosanna to the Son of David

A Latin View on Concelebration

Two from Fr. Hunwicke:
Pope Innocent III on Concelebration

Vandalism in S Peter's, and S Thomas on Concelebration

S Thomas Aquinas, as his custom was, covers pretty well most of the problems of late C20 Christianity, and does so in a neat formulaic way. First, he crisply formulates an erroneous opinion; then disposes of it with Respondeo.

So first he states a propositio sometimes advanced in neo-traditionalist circles: That many priests cannot consecrate one and the same Host. He disposes of this - he was a good Catholic - by pointing to what the Church does. "According to the custom of a number of Churches the newly ordained concelebrate". The problem of rogue concelebrants Jumping The Gun he disposes of in exactly the same way as Pope Innocent III (see previous post) had done: "And it is not true that by this the consecration over the same Host is doubled; since, as Innocent III says, the intention of all must be referred (ferri) to the same instant of Consecration".

Having disposed of that little technical difficulty, he justifies the practice in itself: "Since a priest does not consecrate except in the persona of Christ, and the many are one in Christ, therefore it does not matter whether this Sacrament is consecrated through one or through many".

There is no doubt that the practice of Concelebration has become unseemly since the Council. Those of us who are hermeneutic-of-continuity traditionalists will do well to rethink the way we use Concelebration. But the fashion in some circles of ridiculing all use of Concelebration, and of even denying that what the newly ordained do with their Bishop really is true Concelebration, is ill-informed and gives 'traditionalism' a bad name. We must avoid the temptation (as we defend our Holy Faith against the latest aggressions of Bergoglianism) to propose our own narrow circumscriptions of 'Tradition'.

Understood in terms of Latin scholastic sacramental theology regarding the presbyterate and the Eucharist: in persona Christi, etc.

Update: One more...
Benedict XIV on Concelebration

Symbolism of the Beasts in the Book of Revelation

Saturday, March 27, 2021

A Cult...

Sandro Magister: The Founder of Schönstatt's Has Been Exposed. But His Own Insist on Wanting Him Sainted

Another Book by Olivier Clément

Middle Byzantine Temples in Athens

What Agenda?

Cardinal Burke on World Over