Sunday Musical Selections

An organ piece by Buxtehude – who, as you will hear, greatly influenced J.S. Bach, who once walked 250 miles to hear him play. Now, you may listen with the click of a non-church mouse, this rendition by a new and quite brilliant up-and-coming young organist, Anne-Gaëlle Chanon

And I happened upon this incomparable piece by Tchaikovsky, the Violin Concerto op.35 & Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, as played incomparably by his fellow Russian, Alena Baeve:

Their talent could lead one to despair – of the natural sort, not supernatural – were it not all so beautiful and inspiring. Beauty might yet save the world.

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The Science of the Cross

When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God’ (Mt. 14:33). ⧾

‘Truly you are the Son of God’ (Mt. 14:33). This is a belief that we hold firmly and truly because it is the very essence of the Christian faith. Last Sunday, in our meditation we noted that our times are such that the spectre of persecution looms over us and we are faced with existential choices. The forces of this world are arrayed against the Church as they often have been in history. In our times however, and this should cause all of us to be concerned, the overreach of the state, coupled with the cooperation of some of the highest authorities in the Church with secular and patently anti-Catholic ideologues, have resulted in the infiltration of the Church by her enemies. The attempted fusion of our Catholic faith with secular preoccupations of dubious merit and validity such as environmentalism, sustainable development, and social justice – to name but a few, points to what the Catechism of the Catholic Church describes as the supreme religious deception … of the Antichrist, a pseudomessianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of His Messiah come in the flesh (675). Our bishops may be silent as all of this unfolds; but I will not be silent and I will do everything I can to safeguard the integrity of our faith for it determines the manner of our life and our ultimate destiny.

The surest way to preserve and to defend our faith is the unequivocal affirmation of our belief in Our Lord’s divinity. ‘Truly you are the Son of God’ (Mt. 14:33). We can do this most effectively by fostering in ourselves a love for the Mass and a deep and firm devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. I have spoken often to you about this devotion, of its importance and of its power to help us to overcome the madness and persecution of our times; just as it aided the faithful of France at the height of the terror unleashed by the French Revolution in 1789. That revolution and all subsequent revolutions inspired by it, especially the Communist uprisings and tyranny that spread throughout the world and threaten the world even now, perhaps especially now, were and are an affront to the sovereignty of God and the Kingship of Christ Our Saviour, the Messiah come in the flesh. A revolution however, was also unleashed in the Church– and this is the assertion of some of the most influential participants in what has come to be popularly known as Vatican II. The heirs of these revolutionaries in our time propose a church that dialogues with and conforms to worldly ideologies but such a church is counterfeit and indeed is an antichurch. As a result, we are now faced with a stark choice. Will we submit to the overreach of the state and its tyranny? Will we espouse religious relativism? Or will we remain faithful to Christ our King?

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Theology professor: German theology no longer has worldwide impact

Berlin, Germany, Aug 9, 2020 / 03:01 pm (CNA).- Theology in Germany, with a few exceptions, is in a crisis. This is the conclusion reached by a German theology professor, who is the William K. Warren Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Ulrich Lehner earned a doctorate in theology at the University of Regensburg, and a habilitation doctorate in history at the Central European University.

Speaking with CNA Deutsch, the professor and author of numerous books, including God is not Nice, criticized not only a “qualitative regression of German theology”, while noting important exceptions, but also the way some of his colleagues work.

“I have followed many appointments in Germany and can only say: academic mediocrity is always hiring mediocrity,” said Lehner. He believes a “handful of professors” give their former students appointments, “regardless of the weaknesses they have”. It is noticeable that “especially those who are loyal to the Church never get a chance, because they are sorted out beforehand”.

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