obsessed, scrupulous, self-appointed, nostalgia-hankering virtual guardians of faith or of liturgical practices (...) very disturbed, broken and angry individuals, who never found a platform or pulpit in real life and so resort to the Internet and become trolling pontiffs and holy executioners! In reality they are deeply troubled, sad and angry people.
We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.
Friday, June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church, meeting right now in Crete, has been some five decades in the making. Despite news reports to the contrary, the Orthodox Church has had numerous such councils since either the eighth or eleventh century—depending on whether the Seventh Ecumenical Council (787) or the Great Schism (1054, roughly) is the supposed occasion of the last meeting. (We Catholics, of course, recognize 21 ecumenical councils.)
Another misconception that has been repeated in statements and reports (especially by spokesmen of the Ecumenical Patriarchate) is that the convocation of the council was unanimous, signed onto by all fourteen of the universally recognized autocephalous (self-governing) Orthodox Churches. That is not true: Antioch never signed the documents that set the council in motion. (An important point that contradicts the impression given by others.)
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
The great majority of Christian marriages are validJune 17, 2016
Last time a ranking prelate (Cdl. Kasper) opined that half of all marriages were null his attribution of such a reckless assertion to Pope Francis himself could be dismissed as hearsay, deflected as referring to marriage in general and not Christian marriage in particular, or at least minimized as describing merely ‘many’ or even ‘half’ of all marriages. But none of those qualifications can be applied to blunt the impact of the pope’s startling claim “the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null”.
If last time was bad, this time is very bad.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Mindful of the respect due the Petrine ministry, and mindful of the Lord's promise to Saint Peter, Francis' loose lips won't be sinking the Lord's ship any time soon. Even though his comments are frequently, it seems, replete with contradictions, the Holy Father has made clear—thanks be to God!—that the teaching of the Church cannot change.
So far, Pope Francis' comments and writings—e.g., Amoris Laetitia—can be listed in the 'take-it-or-leave-it' category. There are many beautiful passages in his published documents, and there are (too) many dopey bits that might be the subject of humour and/or mild consternation for students of theology for centuries to come.
We can and should take solace in the fact that nothing Pope Francis has said and published in his name thus far rises to the level of "Church-ending". That said, Pope Francis needs to find (much) better ghostwriters. His weak response to those who pointed out the questionable footnote attached to Amoris Laetitia suggests he has allowed himself to become as prone as a puppet dangling from the strings of wicked men. Unfortunately, said wicked men have attempted to use those strings to strangle the faithful who have rightly challenged the poorly constructed parts of Amoris Laetitia.
Let us pray for Cardinal Müller who, as head of the the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, certainly has his hands full. We can be certain the good cardinal will use whatever tools in the fraternal correction tool box in his possession to provide appropriate counsel to the Holy Father and Holy Mother Church.
St. Luke 11:11What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent(?)