Monday, May 31, 2021

Uncanonical Images

Arising from the lack of an iconographic tradition in the patriarchate of Rome.

The West Needs to Return to Orthopraxis

Baptism by water and Spirit refers to water Baptism + the gift of the Holy Spirit in what became Chrismation or Confirmation.

An Important Meeting

Sunday, May 30, 2021

A Series of Seminars on the Eastern Churches

Being Baptized into Christ

Photini Downie Robinson

A Manuscript for the Liturgy of St. James

But Who Will Write It?

Progressives with an agenda and a narrative of a certain kind of progress? Or genuine Christian sensitive to the failings of Chalcedonian Orthodox >

Saturday, May 29, 2021


Now if only Christians would live this...

At Least The Greeks and Russians Can Agree This is Newsworthy

Unlike the political stuff that they may publish in the name of inveighing against "schismatics."

Not as Bad as "Monkey Jesus"

Jesuit Graves in Beijing

The Next Season of Cappella Romana

Alma Redemptoris Mater

Some Leeway?

This is Latin centralization? Should a particular Church with a special cult to a person be able to recognize that person in its public liturgy? Roman canon law allows for that this but says it mst be done through an official "legislative" act and not extemporaneously. Even if spontaneity were to be "permitted," should it be up to the discretion of whoever is planning the liturgy, rather the bishop in consultation with the people?

The Latin View

A contrast?

More Speculation About the Future of Summorum Pontificum

Thomas Pröpper

Eastern Christian Books: An Omnium Gatherum of Articles and Books on Synods and Synodality

Eastern Christian Books: An Omnium Gatherum of Articles and Books on Synods and Synodality

DeVille is an egalitarian with respect to certain levels but he gives no principled reason for this egalitarianism not being applied to holy orders as well. (Perhaps he would just throw up his hands and say something about "unchanging Tradition.) With the way the churches are decaying, it may not be possible for him to find enough men to make parish councils 50% men.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Speculation About the New Head of the CDW

A Dominican Would Say This

China is Assyrian territory, and the Assyrians did attempt inculturation.

An Investigation Is Necessary

Deo Gratias

The "Italian" Synodal Path

Latin Progs Continue to Spin Cardinal Ladaria's Letter

More on Poland

This is what I had in mind when I added a cautionary note for this post. Rod Dreher:

I mentioned to my companions last night that the late Father Wlodzimierz Zatorski, a highly esteemed Benedictine (who died last year of Covid), had affirmed to me that the young Catholics telling me that Poland could become Ireland in a decade, regarding Catholic collapse, were on to something. I had asked the Benedictine, while visiting famed Tyniec Abbey, what the main problem is. He said, “the vainglory of the bishops.”

I asked the Pole last night to explain what the late priest-monk meant. The Pole, who is in his twenties, told me that among his circle of friends here in Warsaw, he is the only one who still goes to mass. Two years ago when I first met this man, that was not the case. He went on to explain that many Poles are deeply offended by how openly political many of the clergy are, especially the bishops. He said the exposure of sexual abuse scandals in the clergy devastated many people. The harshness of the bishops’ language against gays and lesbians has put a lot of people off, even as stories about priests and bishops having secret gay lives have come to light. Too many bishops and priests, he said, rest on pious cliches and sentimental appeals to the legacy of Pope St. John Paul II, instead of bringing the Gospel to deal meaningfully with the problems and challenges of contemporary life. Overall, my Polish interlocutor said that the country’s Catholics have come to see that there is a large gap between what the Church claims to be, and what its clergy is — and that outrages people. The fact, he went on, that many in the Polish clergy, especially bishops, are so caught up in clericalism, only makes it harder for the bishops and clergy to grasp their role, and to repent.

Eastern Christian Book: Stupid Ideas about Married Clergy Part MMCCXVII

Eastern Christian Book: Stupid Ideas about Married Clergy Part MMCCXVII

It is the shortest essay in my new book, Married Priests in the Catholic Church, "Reflections on Two Vocations in Two Lungs of the One Church," but David Meinzen's essay is one of the most singular and important ever written on this topic, for he demolishes the idea that a married priest, to avoid being "divided," must always put the parish first. Meinzen shows--drawing on his long experience as son of a married Lutheran pastor (Missouri Synod), and then a married Orthodox, and finally and currently a married Eastern Catholic priest--that any man in holy orders who neglects his family to serve his parish is unworthy of both vocations, and does damage to the one he is serving precisely insofar as he is neglecting the other. Put differently, to neglect his family is to serve the broader church badly for there is no real division between the domestic and wider Church: they are all the one body of Christ, and following impeccable Pauline logic, when one part of the body suffers, every part and everybody suffers. The logic Meinzen uses is very similar to what I used more recently in talking about the Christian case for self-care. 

Meinzen goes beyond this to make a positive case: a strong clerical family by that very fact builds up the entire body of Christ, making it stronger as well. In other words, a man living up to his sacramental vocation to marriage, and working to strengthen and protect that marriage and family, is going to be in a stronger position to work to strengthen and protect his equally sacramental vocation to priesthood. Any idea of competition between the two is the grossest of theological mistakes which must be abandoned.

This is the order of charity; now some Latin apologists may still argue the duty to a parishioner who is not a family member is still greater than the duty to one's family. They may even used the flaw analogy of a priest being married to the Church (in a literal sense).



Thursday, May 27, 2021

A Laudable Change

even if Latin traditionalists don't agree.

From : Calendar Clues: Pope Francis and the Lex Orandi of Papal Maximalism

The alterations to the quasi-octave of 22 July-29 July are twofold: Magdalene is now a feast, and Martha’s day is now Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. The latter change follows what had become the practice of the monastic rite. It makes an implicit declaration that Magdalene and Mary of Bethany are not the same woman; this had been asserted in the unofficial commentary that accompanied the 1969 calendar. The traditional liturgy for 22 July is a composite liturgy: there are allusions to Magdalene; to Mary of Bethany; and to the anonymous peccatrix of Luke’s gospel. No woman is omitted; no rigorous delineation of identities is imposed on the lex orandi.

As far as I'm concerned, for the Roman rite to be aligned with the East in recognizing that the three women were distinct individuals and not one in the same, is correct.

Will Francis Heed Müller?

Can a Latin Define Synodality?

Protecting Families

New Head of the CDW

And does Msgr. Aurelio García Marcías look too polished to be a cleric?

One Take on Bishop Morerod

St. Theodore of... Canterbury

Revisions to Roman Canon Law

Archbishop Sample Speaks on the Catholic Politician Communion Controversy

Why Do Planes Fly?

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Karl-Heinz Menke

A Legitimate Scoop?

Canonists on Vos Estis

Will any of them dissent and say that it was bad legislation?

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

A Crushed Stone Workshop

VOCES8 Sings Byrd

A Good Choice for CUA Press?

Mark Brumley on Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicans

Cardinal Müller Gives the Traditional Christian Teaching on Sex

Vatican Double-Speak

The Book of Nature

Latin Chauvinism

Panagia Mouchliotissa

"Toward the Dawn"

An Icon of (St.) Constantine

Special Sale at Ignatius Press

Will Bergoglio Pull the Trigger?

Aided by his new choice for the CDW? URGENT: Pope tells Italian Bishops he plans to abolish the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum

One Take on a Developer of the Medieval Papacy

Clerical celibacy is that important to Latin identity.

A Latin View of the Spirit of God?

The True Tomb of St. Peter?

Monday, May 24, 2021

His Off-the-Cuff Unfiltered Remarks Reveals His Pontificate

Is that why he was cut-off? Or was it just a technical difficulty?

800th Anniversary of the Death of St. Dominic

This Will Be an Important Appointment

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Mary Beard, the "Academic"

A Website for the "Synod"

Stile Antica Sings Palestrina

Fretwork and An Elizabethan Christmas

Cur Deus Verba

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Triptych with the Crucifixion

A Valuable Treasure

Friday, May 21, 2021

A Three-Year Synod on Synodality

Grace for Grace

Constantinople 1200

And the Source of This Representation?

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Guess How This Will Turn Out

The discussion of synodality will be dominated by Latins.

Too Optimistic About Poland?

What will the state of the Polish churches be in 10 years?

Ultramontanist Centralizing of Power Continues

Papal Ghostwriters Doing Their Part

for an imperial papacy.


Fake Synodality in Italy

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Cardinal Zen

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

History of Monasticism: The Eastern Tradition


Dr. Mario Baghos on Constantinople

The Most Holy Theotokos of the Inexhaustible Chalice

Man of God

A Temple...

They Do Exist - Are the Proper?

A Documentary on St. Nektarios of Aigina

Legacy of an Imperial Papacy

If the pope's infallibility is really limited, why should his representatives be making statements such as this? They shouldn't, but this is perfectly in accord to Roman pretensions regarding primacy.


Monday, May 17, 2021

Unworthy of the Red

What Sort of Culture of Obedience?

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Neumayr on Rome and the USCCB

VOCES8, "Scene Suspended"

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Last Week's USCCB Controversy

Wisdom and First Principles According to Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P.

"Musical Style and Tradition in American Orthodox Churches"


Patristic and Scholastic Theology and Their Environment

"The Cross and the Machine"

The Greeks in Canada...

Christ the Pantocrator

Still Lamenting the Fall?

Reminder to Self

A New Documentary on St. John Maximovitch

The National Cathedral in Bucharest

Friday, May 14, 2021

Aquinas Colloquium

Khouria Krista West

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

A Mind at Peace

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.