Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Today’s church chat
Lourdes 150 years ago yesterday (more with a marvellous image)
I had an entry planned but wasn’t satisfied with it

Regular readers of this blog know that although it’s not denominational I believe in Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception. The arguments about original sin go over my head (probably just as well); I understand that in the Eastern churches the Latin definition answers a question that doesn’t come up.

As for devotions, private revelations are not strictly speaking part of the faith. When a bishop approves them it means they’re not heretical nor a hoax; you don’t have to believe in them but when one has propers for the Mass and office written for one and used throughout a rite or church (which is fine) that distinction is sometimes not seen.

Catholics in churches not of the Roman Rite and obedience, neither Rome nor I tell you to latinise (adopt its devotions). In your churches this is in the realm of opinion. Put one way your bishops don’t think they have the authority to rule on phenomena outside their churches so these things aren’t included liturgically, meaning they’re not celebrated in church. Privately however it’s up to you just like you can privately venerate/ask the prayers of anyone: Western Catholic saints and deceased loved ones for example. (Just like a Roman Catholic can with your post-schism saints.) I’ve been told that Russian pilgrims individually go to Lourdes. Middle Eastern Catholics and Arturo understand.

And a shout-out to Treat, Ernst and other friends at Philadelphia’s shrine church of RC restoration for its recent feast of title.

More sense on ++Cantuar and sharia
He assumes that ‘freedom of religion’ isn’t just a case of freedom of opinion, or freedom of speech, or freedom of association — not because religions deserve some extra aura of special ‘respect’, but because none of those freedoms quite captures what religions actually are. To be free to practice a religion is to be free to be involved in a complex, social, ongoing context — a ‘tradition’ or ‘community’ to use some shorthand — that deeply forms one’s identity. If freedom of religion is to mean anything at all, it must mean freedom to be formed by such a community, and freedom to participate as a citizen in public life as one who has been formed by such a community.
Profoundly conservative in the sense that this blog’s name is trying to get at.

The furore seems to prove that Protestants understandably don’t get tradition.

The art of the collect (oratio, prayer)
As easy as ABCDE. Here’s Fr Hunwicke again on that.

On intercommunion and recognition of orders

The founding fathers of Byzantine theology
SS. Basil, Gregory Nazianzen and John Chrysostom

‘Co-Redemptrix’ again
My pennorth

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