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An avoidable tragedy – still avoidable.
The following article, written 26 years ago this spring, is still as fresh as a daisy in its valuable lessons.
An Avoidable Tragedy by Eric de Saventhem
Or, “Object lessons to avert artificial estrangements that can last a millennium”.
The essay appeared originally in the April (more…)
Three newly ‘declassified’ projects from NCCL’s ‘TOP SECRET’ archives
Read about three recently declassified projects by clicking on the respective hyperlink. (more…)
Is there anything one can promise Christ in return for a blessed outcome of the Conclave, and a resolution to the crisis of faith?
It’s 11pm in Rome, and the first ballot shows (more…)
Returning to the future.
Generally speaking of course, the Orthodox of the ‘old country’ do not care for (more…)
More correspondences ‘declassified’ from NCCL’s ‘TOP SECRET archives’
Two more letters have been recently declassified. Both are written to an Anglo-Catholic bishop, some time before his reception into communion with the See of Rome. Find the first one (more…)
Rome is ‘occupied’
The following post, written in July of 2005, might have been written yesterday. (more…)
Small is beautiful
In continuation of the post of March 26, what does the Pope’s vision of reform in general mean for a traditional reform?
First, it, too, will be small in numbers, composed of members “with the élan of faith”.
Second, it will be joyful and convinced.
Third, it will be about reform, gradually (or quickly as the case may be) transforming the rest of ecclesial life; but definitely not ‘babysitting’ Catholics of any one sort or stripe. Pope Benedict is not concerned with babysitting anyone or marginalizing them by use of labels or prejudices. One could even say, his sole aspiration for the Church is reform of Her ecclesial life. He, perhaps better than anyone, is painfully aware of the need to reform.
Fourth, it will live at peace with the rest of the Church’s members: hierarchy and people. But the intensity of its joy living the faith will irradiate to the rest.
Those above four points pretty much summarize the crux of the response which former Cardinal Ratzinger gave to Raymond Arroyo’s question about renewal or reform in the interview of September 2003, published elsewhere on this blog. (See the post dated March 26, 2012 for the link to the interview.)
Hardly unexpected, but hard to bear nonetheless
First the bad news. (more…)
“We are not greater than our Fathers” … not, that is, at Le Barroux, near Avignon, where the Benedictine community founded forty years ago has flourished in strict observance of the Rule and in love of the ancient liturgical tradition of the Roman Church
Except for the gaff about “schism” and a few other unexplained or mischaracterized events — to be expected in telling decades of history in a few hundred words or less — it is a very moving and informative story.
How not to lose sight of the goal
As the year commences, let us look back a moment in order to look ahead together in Christian hope. (more…)