Saturday, February 23, 2013

Updates 2013

Dear readers, I pray that you have been well and that God infuses you with sanctifying grace. Glory to God, I graduated from Fordham University with a B.A. in Theology in May 2012. I need your prayers so that the Holy Spirit comes to my heart and makes me holy.

Let us pray for our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, and let us pray that God grants us a worthy successor to him on the Throne of St. Peter, the Prince of the Apostles. Let us pray for all the members of the Church Militant, the Church Suffering, and the world. Let us pray for a swift end to the clerical sexual abuse scandal, and for prompt healing of the victims in soul and body. Let us pray for widespread conversions to the Catholic faith. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

This blog will hopefully continue to be part of a life that will, God willing, become more balanced and God-pleasing.

Thanks be to God, most of the Dictionnaire de Théologie Catholique is available online (letters T-Z to be available in 2017, God willing). This is one of my favorite Catholic works of all time because it is so useful for apologetics and Church history.

These are some brief updates that are mostly related to my page called "Stances."

Immaculate Conception
Consulting Fr. Xavier-Marie Le Bachelet (1855-1925), "Immaculée Conception," Dictionnaire de théologie catholique (Paris: Letouzey et Ané, 1922), 7.1:845-1218 (PDF pages 427-613) <https://ia600308.us.archive.org/1/items/dictionnairedethv7pt1vaca/dictionnairedethv7pt1vaca.pdf> to address objections to the dogma based on statements by many authors, especially Popes like Bl. Innocent V and Clement VI (the latter while still Cardinal), cited in Edward Bouverie Pusey, First Letter to the Very Rev. J. H. Newman, D.D.: In Explanation, Chiefly in Regard to the Reverential Love Due to the Ever-blessed Theotokos, and the Doctrine of Her Immaculate Conception : with an Analysis of Cardinal de Turrecremata's Work on the Immaculate Conception (London: Rivingtons, 1869).

Pope Benedict V vs. Antipope Leo VIII

False Dimitry I 
See "Tsarevich Dimitry of Uglich Died Accidentally."

Pope Gregory VI and Simony
Today I started to transcribe the article by Denise Feytmans, "Grégoire VI était-il simoniaque?," Revue belge de philologie et d'histoire , 11 (1932 ), 130-137. After I transcribe the article, I will do a rough translation of it. Feytmans concludes (page 137), "It therefore seems prudent to admit the simony of Gregory VI without trying to find justifications or excuses." I have not yet read this article, so I don't know if it will change my mind. In any event, may the Lord lead us to the truth in this controversial matter of history. In the meantime, I believe that Gregory VI was true pope, which would not be the case if he obtained the papacy simoniacally. Click the link for citations of reliable sources that justify the following understanding of events: The wicked Pope Benedict IX (1032-1045) had become pope at age 20 and after ruling the Church for some years he wanted to marry. Benedict IX's holy godfather John Gratian wanted to rid the Church of such an unworthy pontiff, so he gave a very large sum of money to the party of Tusculum to compensate them for their interests, but "not profit Benedict IX personally" [Klaus-Jürgen Herrmann, "BENEDICT IX." The Papacy: An Encyclopedia, First Edition. Ed. Philippe Levillian, John W. O'Malley. Routledge, 2002. Religion Online. Taylor & Francis. http://www.routledgereligiononline.com:80/Book.aspx?id=w064_w064b105]. After a canonical election was observed, John Gratian reluctantly accepted the papacy and became Gregory VI (i.e., he did not plan on becoming pope, but only on making sure Benedict would step down). Later, he abdicated under pressure but voluntarily (he was not deposed) at the Council of Sutri [Dr. Warren H. Carroll, The Building of Christendom, 324-1100: A History of Christendom, vol. 2 (Royal, VA: Christendom College Press, 1987), 462-464, 469; buy this book today!]. He abdicated to avoid the scandal of an outward appearance of simony, because people then and today wrongly thought that he "bought the papacy" from his godson Benedict IX.

Pope Julius III and the Innocenzo Ciocchi Del Monte Scandal

Queen Ketevan of Georgia
A look at Catholic veneration of the queen.

Pope Martin IV & Michael Palaeologus
See the harsh evaluation in Carroll III:312, 315, 316-317, 321.

Metropolitan Zosimus of Moscow and Judaizing
I mistakenly reported in "Old Rome, Not New Rome" (Friday 7/16/2010) that "radical 'hatred of Rome' led Russians to install 'a Jew named Zosimas' as Metropolitan of Moscow (1490-1494) [Andrew Shipman]." I apologize for the error, and did not mean to libel Metropolitan Zosimus of Moscow. The learned Shipman was mistaken because, according to Fr. Mauricio Gordillo, S.J. in Dictionnaire de théologie catholique, ed. A. Vacant et al. (1938), vol. 14, part 1, there are several good reasons (given by Nikolaĭ Petrovich Popov) to believe that Zosimus of Moscow was not a Judaizer, notwithstanding the allegations of caesaropapist and extremist Joseph of Volokolamsk.

Dr. Warren H. Carroll's Excellent A History of Christendom Series: Buy It Today!

How Catholic Saints are Different from other "Saints" - Dictionnaire de Théologie Catholique
An evalation of Albert Michel's take.

Photius of Constantinople


A History of Catholicism in Romania

Symeon the New Theologian and Gregory of Sinai on Filioque

TheDailyBeast's Gallery on 15 Papal Scandals

Pope Urban VI, the True Pope: Dr. Warren Carroll's Evaluation and Definitive Proof that Urban VI and the Roman Line were the True Popes


Catholic Patriarchs and Metropolitans in the Orthodox Sees of Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Kiev and Moscow, Ohrid, and Georgia After 1054
Most thorough list I can come up with to date.

Job of Pochayiv
I have an Orthodox book on Job of Pochayiv coming in the mail before mid-September 2015. I also plan to consult a Ukrainian book on Job () before October 1, 2015. More to come on the "Coronation of Pochaiv Icon of the Mother of God" in 1773, which is celebrated on May 1 in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Calendar of the Archeparchy of Winnipeg. I will also give information about other Ukrainian icons. Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

John Huss
Orthodox veneration of John and takes from Old (Joseph Wilhelm) and New Catholic Encyclopedia (Paul de Vooght), Dr. Warren Carroll on the Four Articles in III:505 and the execution of Huss in III:488-490, the DTC (P. Moncelle), and Louis Salembier, etc.

From the DTC and Fr. Michael Müller, C.Ss.R, fresh data on Utraquism and abundant new Patristic citations to be added to Catholic Patristics.

Russia Was Catholic Before It Became Orthodox
Continuing to update my thread on the Kievan metropolitans, with a closer look at the secular rulers and some saints whom Orthodox Christians consider to have been Orthodox, but were in communion with Rome--sources consulted include Joseph B. Koncevicius, Oscar Halecki, Aurelio Palmieri, John Stilting, Dmytro Blazejowskyj, Maurcio Gordillo, Yves Congar, and John Meyendorff. Further details on St. Sergius of Radonezh and other post-schism saints.

St. Methodius and Filioque
-Francis Dvornik, Byzantine Missions Among the Slavs: SS. Constantine-Cyril and Methodius (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1970), ##.

St. Andrew the Apostle and the See of Constantinople
-Francis Dvornik, The Idea of Apostolicity in Byzantium and the Legend of the Apostle Andrew (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1958), ##.

St. Sava of Serbia 
Attwater, Meyendorff, and other sources. Some of the professions of Serbian rulers in Joseph Gill, Byzantium and the Papacy.

Saints Loyal to Antipopes During Great Western Schism

The Council of Pisa
Why this council is NOT ecumenical.

Savonarola
Updates from M.-M. Gorce, Donald Weinstein, Herbert Lucas, Jourdan Hurtaud, Warren Carroll, Ludwig Pastor, Roberto Ridolfi, Pasquale Villari, K. Foster, Johann Peter Kirsch, and others.

The Sanctity of Emperors Constantine the Great & Justinian the Great
A look at Catholic and Orthodox sources. Constantine is a saint of the Catholic Church; Justinian is not.

Where and When Did the Blessed Virgin Mary Repose?

Post-Schism Byzantine Emperors, Patriarchs, and Orthodox Saints

Pope Sixtus IV and Stephen III the Great of Moldavia
The primary source for the former's commendation of the latter.

Translations of Fr. Martin Jugie & John Baptist Baur
I hope to translate Fr. Jugie's works: the highest priority is his work on the procession of the Holy Spirit.

Nuggets of Wisdom on Health (Nutrition, Training, Lifestyle)

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