Category: Religion & Philosophy

the metaphysical and speculative

Advent 6

Elvis is clearly unhappy about being alone at Christmas, but I’d point out that being alone does not necessarily mean loneliness.… More here ...

The Schism

schismAgain I must stress to N.O.’s non-religious readers that this is not an evangelical piece but something I followed up after Dearieme’s comment about the RCs ‘flouncing out’ in the C11th.

First stop obviously Wiki:

The ecclesiastical differences and theological disputes between the Greek East and Latin West pre-dated the formal rupture that occurred in 1054.[2][3][4]

Prominent among these were the issues of the source of the Holy Spirit, whether leavened or unleavened bread should be used in the Eucharist,[a] the Bishop of Rome‘s claim to universal jurisdiction, and the place of the See of Constantinople in relation to the Pentarchy.[8]

Just for interest, my first thoughts on the source of the Holy Spirit are these:… More here ...

Advent 3

Readers – there are two changes to the programme, accessed through the sidebar. If you click on the carol name [coloured brown on most monitors], it will take you there.

The ones changed are N13, which had been Emerson, Lake and Palmer, plus swapping Nos 21 and 22 round, to put the Westminster Abbey service on Christmas eve.

No further changes are planned.

[H/T JD]… More here ...

Unfit for purpose

Just learnt a lesson. Having only finished saying that I had no desire to write any overtly proselytising posts around Christmas time, along comes this from David Warren, via haiku, himself hardly a cardinal of the church. Methinks it’s best just to go with the flow and run what comes in.

Issue is this:

Father Mark A. Pilon’s piece in The Thing this morning (here) gives an unusually frank account of the mess Holy Church is now passing through, which (Warren opining now) may yet prove a blessing. Sometimes war offers the only way forward; or in this case, the “moral equivalent” thereto. There are acts — there could be acts even by a pope — that must be confronted and corrected. Surrender is not an option, when one has Christ’s own Church to defend, whether the enemy be from without or within.

In his refusal to reply to the Dubia of the happily-dubbed “Four Cardinals” — Walter Brandmüller, Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meisner — all learned, sober, and impressive men — Pope Francis has displayed a shocking insolence, a caudillo hauteur.

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