Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Orientalium Ecclesiarum

  • "The apostolic traditions which you maintain enjoy their full spiritual fruitfulness when they are lived in union with the Church universal," said the Pontiff "upon receiving in audience a group of bishops of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church" — Pope Affirms Richness of Living Diversity in Union. The rite's liturgy — Malayalam Qurbana.

  • "Benedict XVI granted ecclesial communion to Archbishop Sviatoslav Schevchuk, 40, as the major archbishop of the Archeparchy of Kiev, Ukraine" — New Primate for Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church. "Archbishop Schevchuk (Rome has not assigned the title of patriarchate to this Church) was the youngest bishop taking part in the synod and is the fourth youngest bishop of the Catholic Church." Dude's His Excellency's the same age as I am.

  • News not from an Eastern church but from a Western church in the East — Pope names two new bishops for Japan. "Father Eijiro Suwa, 63, the pastor at Enoguchi parish in Kochi prefecture, in Osaka archdiocese’s Takamatsu diocese, about 600km southwest of Tokyo, will become Bishop of Takamatsu while Father Paul Hamaguchi, 62, pastor of the Cathedral Church of Takamatsu in Nagasaki archdiocese will become Bishop of Oita." That's a lot of Takamatsus to keep track of, or, if you prefer, of which to keep track.

  • UPDATE: "It is a motive of pride for your Church to be united from the beginning to the Successor of Peter" — Pontiff Affirms Communion With New Maronite Patriarch.
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    Blogger 유미 said...

    "The apostolic traditions which you maintain enjoy their full spiritual fruitfulness when they are lived in union with the Church universal"...I couldn't agree more. Sadly, I would say that its the Roman Rite that isn't maintaining its spiritual fruitfulness, mainly because it has abandoned so much of its traditions that are being kept in the eastern-rite churches (although the Syro-Malabar mass in Toronto is done versus populum, and it's always done ad orientem in Kerala).

    The Syro-Malankara mass ("Qurbana" basically means "mass" in Malayalam) is similar to the Syro-Malabar, but with more of an Orthodox flavour...probably because they only returned to Rome recently. Thanks for the link.

    1:51 AM  
    Blogger Pints in NYC said...

    Know anything about this program in ecumenical studies through the Ukrainian Catholic University?

    http://www.iesdistance.org.ua/Institute_of_Ecumenical_Studies

    6:22 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Yumi, thanks. I know your ancesrty lies in Kerala, Is it Malayalam-speaking?

    Pints, I don't, but it sounds good.

    10:10 PM  
    Blogger 유미 said...

    Indeed my family is Malayalam-speaking. Unfortunately, my ability to speak Malayalam often leaves something to be desired^^. I've tried to compensate by speaking Korean poorly: one more language spoken below par and I get a free sub ㅎ.

    1:24 AM  
    Blogger David Lindsay said...

    Nevertheless, there are certain pernicious tendencies within some Eastern Catholic Churches.

    There is the widespread excision of filioque clause. There is a dangerous Christological imprecision in statements made jointly by Chaldean Catholics and by the Assyrian Church. There is the practice of "delatinisation': consider that Ukrainian Catholics must now have recourse to Lefebvrist bishops if they are to secure the ordination of priests prepared to continue Eucharistic Adoration, the Holy Rosary, and the Stations of the Cross.

    And there is the increasing prevalence among the Melkites of the more-than-familiar concepts of a "bridge church" and of only the "Undivided Church" of the first millennium as normative and definitive. As orthodox Catholics have always reacted to those theories when professed by Anglo-Catholics, who are not necessarily recanting them by joining the Ordinariate, so orthodox Orthodox will react to them when professed by Melkites, who will negate their own position by caring as little as Anglo-Catholics have cared. But the Undivided Church still exists and has always existed, without interruption. The recognition of this fact was the basis of the Melkite, as of every other, unia. Is it the basis of the Ordinariate?

    There is, however, nothing in the theory that the Maronites were once Monothelite. There are only two "arguments" ever advanced for it: that it was alleged by their bitterest opponents, and that the Maronites themselves believe that they have always held fast to Petrine Unity and to everything that it entails, as if their believing it about themselves meant that it must be false. In fact, Monothelitism is a recurring, baseless allegation against those who have been steadfast in Roman Orthodoxy, including the Holy See.

    3:28 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Thank you, Mr. Lindsay.

    6:28 AM  

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