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

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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