Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt is dead at age 86. Norman Lebrecht has some personal remembrances of Harnoncourt and reposts an essay about Harnoncourt’s great contributions to early music performance.
A recording has made the rounds of Archbishop André-Joseph Léonard, archbishop emeritus of Mechelen-Brussels, entertaining his seminarians by performing for them impressions of the Latin spoken in Rome by professors of various nationalities. There’s quite a bit of French, but when he switches over to Latin, it’s smoother sailing. You’ve got to wait for his impression of the American moral theologian. It’s hilarious. (Keep a copy of De defectibus ready to hand, though!)
Canon lawyer Ed Condon calls for a new Rerum novarum. We haven’t looked at Centesimus annus lately—frankly the tendentious misrepresentation of that encyclical by American Catholics on the political right has put us off it in a big way—but we wonder if Condon isn’t right: the world John Paul addressed in Centesimus annus has changed quite a bit.
“New Catholic” at Rorate Caeli points out a little bit of deck stacking by the Swiss bishops conference regarding a recent interview by Bishop Bernard Fellay, the superior of the SSPX, regarding imminent reconciliation with Rome. It seems that the Swiss bishops have confused “not today” with “never.” “New Catholic” also offers a slight provocation to the followers of the so-called SSPX Resistance regarding Bishop Richard Williamson’s recently announced decision to consecrate Dom Thomas Aquinas, a traditionalist Benedictine in Brazil, as another bishop for the Resistance. (Bishop Williamson also consecrated Bishop Faure.)
Pater Edmund Waldstein, O.Cist., has pointed us to a 1943 article by Dorothy Day, “If Conscription Comes for Women,” which seems especially relevant given the recent statements by American military leadership on that very question. (And Day’s piece is well worth reading for other reasons.)