First, Pater Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist., has been engaged at Sancrucensis in dialogue with an anonymous author who has, as the result of the author’s philosophical speculations, defected from the Christian faith. You need to read the comments, too, as the author, Pater Edmund, and Fr. Thomas Crean, O.P., have a very interesting, very complex discussion. (Of your charity, pray for the anonymous fellow.)
Then, over at The Josias, there was an interesting piece by Elliot Milco about liberal democracy and the crisis of pluralism. It drew an interesting response from “Petrus Hispanus,” covering Catholic Action and Carlism. The response drew its own response from Gabriel Sanchez at Opus Publicum, citing Pius X’s statements on Catholic Action.
Sanchez, a much keener observer of eastern matters than we are, also has a comment on the upcoming meeting between the Holy Father and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow.
Fr. John Hunwicke has a couple of interesting posts about the Requiem celebrated by the Cardinal Duke of York for his brother, Charles IX, in 1788, in which he observes, “Must have been a unique liturgical occasion, don’t you think, a reigning monarch being buried by his own brother, a Suburbicarian Cardinal Bishop, who had already succeeded de jure to his Three Crowns?“ (Italics in original.)
Given shifts in the American political landscape in the last four years and the fragmentation of the Republican primary field, it’s hard to know what has happened to the Millennials who backed the ‘Ron Paul Revolution’ the last time around; I’d love to see some pollsters ask young voters who backed Ron Paul in 2012 who they’re supporting in 2016 (at the very least, it seems safe to say that a lot of them have chosen not to back Rand Paul, who hasn’t achieved anything the near the level of support his father enjoyed four years ago). I look forward to finding out how securely the Pied Piper mantle rests on Bernie Sanders’ shoulders as the 2016 presidential primary season runs its course, but I look forward with even greater curiosity to seeing what becomes of this new youth movement in American politics in the years to come.
Finally, Edward Pentin has a lengthy interview with Velasio Cardinal de Paolis, the eminent canonist, Curial cardinal, and, perhaps more relevantly, one of the contributors to Remaining in the Truth of Christ, a book which Cardinal Baldissieri found all too convincing. It is a wide-ranging discussion, touching not only upon communion for bigamists but also the Holy Father’s apparent plan of synodality and decentralization.