I have, again, after the weekend, a whole whack of great links, so here we go:
At First Things, there is an interesting article arguing how the new translation of English in the liturgy is a means to emphasizing the unity between the two forms of the Latin Rite. He argues that the new translation is move closer to the extraordinary form. I have a tendency to agree. However, the only issue I have with it is that it doesn’t take into account the other translations. Just because English is being changed, the Italian, for example, stays the same. So how does the Italian, which has always remained the same, or the Spanish, emphasize a move? It is a tendency of us in the English speaking world to think that we are all that matters in the life of the Church. Still, I think there is some legitimacy to his argument and it is worth reading. Check it out here.
Here is a tear-jerker I got from Creative Minority Report:
The following is intriguing to me only because I know people who are affected by it. The three seminaries in the New York area are making some changes, with the theologians all going to Dunwoodie (St Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York.) I think this is a good move as Dunwoodie is a very large seminary. I talked to one of my friends affected, who is in the same year as I am, and he said this is due to a request of the apostolic visitation that happened years ago to the American seminaries. It will make St Joseph’s a much livelier and larger place, thus much better community. Here is the news article.
Here is a neat way one Catholic businessman is using the new media as a way to encourage people to pray. I think this is really neat because it really emphasizes the concept of the communion of saints. By praying with and for others, and by commenting on prayer requests and needing the candle to be lit by others, it is really a representation in the media of the concept of the communion of saints. Hopefully others will follow his path, for there are many religious apps, but, to be frank, most of them are not that great.
Here is an article I just happened across as I was looking for another article for my paper on the 19th century French Philosopher, Maurice Blondel. The article has nothing to do with Blondel, but rather Balthasar and gives a very good overview about the importance of Balthasar in the realm of modernity and metaphysics. The article is here.
Here is an interesting article on the over-sexualization of girls and its impact on them. What is interesting in it is that the psychological finding adheres to the theological and philosophical conclusions John Paul II came to in his Theology of the Body. John Paul argues that when a man objectifies a woman, she starts to see herself as valuable only as an object. In short, one defines their self according to the mode they are treated. It is a complex topic that I hope to treat one day in a blog post once my papers are done.
The debate over the paper delivered by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace continues to go on. In one of my past round ups, I linked to an article by Sandro Magister about how Cardinal Bertone was enraged by the document and made some swift changes. Others are now responding, stating that that is not the case. I have two links in this regards. The first is from Catholic New Services. The second is from What Does That Prayer Really Say?. I am sure Sandro Magister will have a response because if it is getting this sort of attention in the English speaking world, the reaction will be much stronger in the Italian speaking world. More to come in the future, I am sure.
Over at Whispers in the Loggia is the text of Archbishop Dolan’s speech to the plenary gathering of the USCCB. It’s hot off the press and can be found here.
Here is a neat photo to end off our daily round-up: