Liturgy & Ecumenism in Tandem

[An article in The Catholic Herald (U.K.) by Fr. James Bradley.] Professor Stephen Bullivant’s excellent article on Ordinariate worship and the “the real spirit of Vatican II” has been well-received by those of us involved with the Ordinariate. It is gratifying to read of his enthusiasm for an experience of the Roman rite that is…

How the CDF Created the Anglican Ordinariates

[Peter Jesserer Smith  of _The National Catholic Register_ conveys, here, a summary of Bishop Lopes’s 28 March address (reported here ) to a wider audience.  An excellent quote: “[T]he CDF protects the meaning of Catholic—as “unity in a diverse expression”—from the forces that would eliminate Catholic diversity for flattening uniformity …” I’m not convinced that the…

Divine Worship bei Aachen

The 18th Cologne International Liturgical Conference was held in Herzogenrath from 29 March through 1 April 2017.  On 30 March, Bishop Lopes, bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, delivered a presentation on the development of the Divine Worship Missal.  The title of the paper: “Unity of Faith in A pdf version of the…

Moving Closer, Inch by Inch

[A reflection on the first Anglican Evensong service at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on 13 March 2017. It is available on the website of The Living Church Foundation, a group devoted to unity within Anglicanism.] Seated behind the altar of St. Peter’s, with the golden afternoon light streaming down from Bernini’s window depicting the Holy…

The Steps of Humility

Thanks to Nathaniel Marshall for this translation of chapter seven of the Rule of St. Benedict into pictorial form.  Marshall, Nathaniel – steps of humility

Transitus Sancti Benedicti

[A blessed Solemnity of the Passing of Our Holy Father Benedict to you all. The passage below is from chapter thirty-seven of Book Two of the Dialogues of Saint Gregory.  It is interesting that whereas Saint Gregory’s account of Saint Benedict’s life teems with instances of miracle and visions, the Rule of Saint Benedict reflects…

Christine Mohrmann and Sacral Language

[Following are excerpts from a series of recent posts by Fr. John Hunwicke on his blog. I’ve tried to remove allusions to current liturgical controversies in favor of allowing Christine Morhmann’s research to speak for itself, free from the turmoil of the moment.] Here is a narrative which I think is often at least implicit:…

Anglican Evensong in Florence

Ecumenical history is going to be made tomorrow [Sunday, 12 March 2017] in Florence when the Anglican service of choral Evensong will be sung in the great baptistery of San Giovanni, next to the Cathedral. The ecumenical significance of this event is noteworthy: this is the first time that an Anglican service will be held…

Sanctes Moniales in Wisconsin

[H/t to Fr. Steve Petrica for bringing my attention to this article from _The Cap Times_ of Madison, Wisconsin.  The first part of the article is attached below.  The link is here.  These are the only Cistercian nuns of the Common Observance (O. Cist., rather than O.C.S.O.s, who are Cistercians of the Strict Observance, also called “Trappistines”)…

Honest Ecumenism

[It would be hubris on my part to think my research and writings on the Anglican patrimony made their way to the pope’s speech writers. But Pope Francis’s comments do read as though they’re a caricature of what I and others have referred to as the monastic influence in Anglicanism.  The thesis we have put…

Papal Visit to Rome’s Anglican Parish

[Rather than post the account (here) of the pope’s presence at the Evensong service today (26 February) at All Saints’ Anglican Church in Rome, I post yesterday’s piece written on the eve of the historic occasion (the first time a pope has visited an Anglican church in Rome; in Rome is also St. Paul’s Within…