Saturday, May 11, 2019
"VATICAN TURNS THE VIRTUE OF NATIONALISM INTO A CARDINAL VICE." My @Church_Militant column on @Pontifex globalism & anti-nationalism speech. https://t.co/HGv2d1Nm9d @yhazony @matteosalvinimi @realDonaldTrump @Nigel_Farage #ChangePoliticsForGood @BrexitCentral @EUVoteLeave23rd pic.twitter.com/Rnjm9CezF9— Dr Jules Gomes (@DrJulesGomes) May 10, 2019
Pope Rejects 'Excessive Demand for Sovereignty', Pushes Idea of Global Authority
More SJW posturing:
This actually is reasonable, but to whom is he preaching?
Similarly, who among those disseminating Fake News will listen?
CWR: What’s (not) in Pope Francis’s new accountability measures by Christopher R. Altieri
We spent most of Thursday learning what is in the new law, Vos estis lux mundi, after Pope Francis presented it to the public ahead of June 1st, the date on which is slated to [...]
Friday, May 10, 2019
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First among equals - if we recognize that the bishop of Rome has some responsibility for the Church Universal, then shouldn't that be the main focus of the pope in that regard, rather than globe-trotting and lecturing secular authorities? Much of that of course is tied to the current conception of his role as patriarch of Rome (or the "West") and that conception needs to be re-evaluated also in light of the historical trend of increased centralization in the second millenium, and whether that is too much to expect from one bishop at the "patriarchal" level. (And even the role of the patriarchs in general should be looked at, as it pertains to "national" Churches and autocephaly.)
Have certain of our recent popes felt compelled to make up for a perceived deficiency of the local "institutional" Church (i.e. the public or human face of the Church, the bishop and the clergy but increasingly also lay representatives who work in the bureaucracy)? That was the rationale given for John Paul II's global mission, which lead to the inflating the cult of personality surrounding the bishop of Rome.
At any rate, the trip to Bulgaria, while he was there to give support to the tiny population of Catholics there, was supposed to be an ecumenical visit. But he also did spend some time meeting with the secular authorities and giving witness to his personal beliefs on certain political issues (refugees, for one). Could that time have better spent?
And there is also the Latin conceit that the is still publicly held, namely that the Church of Christ subsists in the Roman Catholic Church, and the other Apostolic Churches are in imperfect communion with that Church. As if communion with the bishop of Rome, and not with Christ, is the touchstone of ecclesial communion. So if by definition the Church of Christ is already in full communion with the bishop of Rome, what more does he have to do as the first of the bishops to ensure harmony and charity? Not that much. And perhaps we see this thinking in how Latins treated members of the Apostolic Churches not in communion with Rome in the latter half of the second millenium, until only recently.
I would argue that the pope's responsibility (or burden) to facilitate the restoration of full communion between the Apostolic Churches is greater than his responsibility to lecture non-Christians about what they should or should not be doing with respect to the political good. If the man holding the office is not up to this task, then he should resign. After all, if he doesn't have the intellectual capability to recognize what is of Apostolic Tradition and what is only a human tradition, even one that may be long-standing and dominant within his patriarchate, then how can he even function as a bishop with respect to his local Church?
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Is it conceivable that the first country to loose ideological revolution on the world could be the same that launches the most intelligent and thoroughgoing intellectual counter-revolution in 230 years?
Time will tell, but it will take a good while for the new system called for by the motu proprio, Vos estis lux mundi, to get up to speed and there are serious questions about the lack of a mandate for lay involvement.
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Fear and the Benedict Option by Leah Libresco Sargeant
Feeling excluded or alone can lead Christians to adopt as fellow travelers provocateurs who may scandalize the secular world, but not because they preach the faith that is “foolishness to the gentiles.” Such grifting agitators are not seeking space to speak the truth, but to revel in division. They may lead people moved by real political concerns to view their opponents as permanent enemies, not our divided brothers whom we are called to pray for and convert into allies. They may lead people who already feel isolated to seek consolation by grounding their identity in race, not Christ. Conveniently, they forget that the most vicious and violent suppression of Christians falls on non-white Christians in China, Southeast Asia, and outside the West. A Benedict Option strengthening persecuted Christians shouldn’t be primarily white or Western.
The emotion in question is not fear.
CWR Dispatch: Analysis: Power, and its appearance, in Vatican curial reform by Ed Condon
Who could this mysterious "someone" be? I suppose we'll have to listen to the podcast to find out: https://t.co/nNayARk7o2— Bradley Lectures Podcast (@BradleyLectures) May 8, 2019
It's all still relevant today. We promise.
As Israel commemorates its Memorial Day today and its Independence Day tomorrow, there's no better time to revisit @yhazony's June 2000 lecture on Zionism, post-Zionism, and the Jewish character of the Jewish state. Check it out: https://t.co/WTbeLiCBCX— Bradley Lectures Podcast (@BradleyLectures) May 8, 2019
The brit mila is the ceremony inducting the baby—in this case baby grandson—into the covenant. Jews have practiced it since biblical times.— Yoram Hazony (@yhazony) May 7, 2019
How many men would be repulsed by their bishop if they were to find out through regular face-to-face communication that he was effeminate, catty, and lacking in masculine demeanor and virtue?
The institutional crisis of the patriarchate of Rome is an ecclesiological crisis and a crisis of leadership.
“This is more than just a friendship, it’s an invincible alliance.”— Tolkien (@TolkienMovie) April 25, 2019
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Dr. Patrick Fagan, in an address at the recent Family Life International UK., contends that since the key target of the sexual revolution was manhood, the way to overcome the effects of that revolution is to create and nurture a culture that forms strong men.
Helping sons become "virtuous, productive members of all three societies" is not enough -- sons must learn how to become warriors and leaders within society and the family.
We're happy to launch our Pride Collection, partnering with six individuals connected to the LGBTQ+ community who show the power of expressing one's true self. Contributions are supporting @ItGetsBetter @OutMetroWest & @FenwayHealth. https://t.co/N7VTHLhf98 pic.twitter.com/ip2GGhtCE9— Converse (@Converse) May 6, 2019
The Army brings back its ‘pinks and greens’ uniform, but it will take more than nostalgia to revive this era.
The documentary Hesburgh is educational and instructive; it is also a one-sided work of sophisticated hagiography.
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
The Archdiocese of Toronto joins in offering our prayers for the loss of Jean Vanier, called home to God on May 7, 2019. We give thanks for his example to the world, reminding us of the dignity of every individual. May we continue to be inspired by his humble witness. #catholicTO pic.twitter.com/HaXnZflPAU— Archdiocese of Toronto (@archtoronto) May 7, 2019
CWR Dispatch: Francis expresses gratitude for Jean Vanier’s “great witness”
The Pope said of the beloved humanitarian, “He was a man who knew how to read the Christian existence…from the mystery of those who are despised and rejected in the world.”
There is a war raging around us, one we can not avoid, we've all been conscripted and the conflict is for our minds.— Jack Murphy (@jackmurphylive) April 28, 2019
Men are the primary targets.
Technology is fueling rapid change.
Nothing is as it was ten years ago.
Understand the battlefield.https://t.co/QcuI7vAfep
Monday, May 06, 2019
Your biological clock doesn't give a #@$! about your career
If Pope Francis is not qualified to study the issue and lead the discussion on the reconciliation of the Catholic Church with the Orthodox Churches (both Chalcedonian and non-Chalcedonian) then that is sufficient reason by itself for him to resign.
Institutional inertia is no excuse.
Pope Francis met Patriarch Neophyte and the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church on a May 5-7 visit to Sofia and Rakovski, Bulgaria, and to Skopje, North Macedonia.
Actually, Catholics and Orthodox are united in Christ through the Holy Mysteries -- if Francis had the theological acumen he'd realize that one of the obstacles to full communion is the pope's continued adherence in word and partly in deed to a claim to ordinary and immediate jurisdiction over the Church Universal.
At least they allowed him to pray in their cathedral. That was hospitable.
The editorial director is a Latin engaging in spin. Perhaps there are official Latin neologisms that have been created as the equivalents to "spin" and "fake news."
Progressives please stop trying to rehabilitate “gun culture” as if it’s not 200% rooted in white settler violence, plantation hegemony, and misogyny— Mark Tseng-Putterman (@tsengputterman) May 5, 2019