Thursday, March 23, 2006

Music Meme

From Don Jim & Zadok the Roman:
Instructions: Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle. Say the following questions aloud, and press play. Use the song title as the answer to the question. NO CHEATING.

How does the world see you? Libera Me (Soundtrack Interview with the Vampire)

Will I have a happy life? Ave Verum Corpus (Mozart composition)

What do my friends really think of me? Nunc Dimittis (Geoffrey Burgon)

What do people secretly think of me? Don't you want me? (Human League)

How can I be happy? The Days of the Dancing (Maire Brennan)

What should I do with my life? Wild Mountain Thyme (Slainte)

Will I ever have children? Wishing You Were Somehow Here (Phantom of the Opera)

What is some good advice for me? Glory to God (Handel)

How will I be remembered? The Lord Ascendeth Up On High (Choir of King's College, Cambridge)

What is my signature dancing song? Dance of the Sugar Plums (Tchaikovsky)

What do I think my current theme song is? In A Dream (Rockell)

What does everyone else think my current theme song is? Love Will Never Do (Janet Jackson)

What song will play at my funeral? Angel of Music (Phantom of the Opera)

What type of men/women do you like? Te Deum Laudamus (Chant)

What is my day going to be like? Ring Of Fire (Johnny Cash)

Uhm.. Okay...
Patriarch of the West, Part 2

The Vatican Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity recently issued a communiqué clarifying the recent action of the dropping of one of the pope's titles as Patriarch of the West:
Without attempting to consider the complex historical question of the title of patriarch in all its aspects, from the historical perspective it can be affirmed that the ancient patriarchs of the East, defined by the Councils of Constantinople (381) and of Chalcedon (451), covered a fairly demarcated territory. At the same time, the territory of the see of the Bishop of Rome remained somewhat vague.

In the East, under the ecclesiastical imperial system of Justinian (527-565), alongside the four Eastern patriarchates (Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem), the Pope was included as the Patriarch of the West. Rome, on the other hand, favored the idea of the three Petrine episcopal sees: Rome, Alexandria and Antioch. Without using the title "Patriarch of the West," the Fourth Council of Constantinople (869-870), the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) and the Council of Florence (1439) listed the Pope as the first of the then five Patriarchs.

The title "Patriarch of the West" was adopted in the year 642 by Pope Theodore. Thereafter it appeared only occasionally and did not have a clear meaning. It flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries, in the context of a general increase in the Pope's titles, and appeared for the first time in the "Annuario Pontificio" in 1863.

The term "West" currently refers to a cultural context not limited only to Western Europe but including North America, Australia and New Zealand, thus differentiating itself from other cultural contexts. Obviously, this meaning of the term "West" does not try to describe an ecclesiastical territory, and cannot be used as the definition of a patriarchal territory.

If we wish to give the term "West" a meaning applicable to ecclesiastical juridical language, it could be understood only in reference to the Latin Church. In this way, the title "Patriarch of the West" would describe the Bishop of Rome's special relationship with the Latin Church, and his special jurisdiction over her.

Therefore, the title "Patriarch of the West," never very clear, over history has become obsolete and practically unusable. It seems pointless, then, to insist on maintaining it. Even more so now that the Catholic Church, with the Second Vatican Council, has found, in the form of episcopal conferences and their international meetings, the canonical structure best suited to the needs of the Latin Church today.

Abandoning the title of "Patriarch of the West" clearly does not alter in any way the recognition of the ancient patriarchal Churches, so solemnly declared by the Second Vatican Council ("Lumen Gentium," No. 23). The renouncement of this title aims to express a historical and theological reality, and at the same time could prove useful to ecumenical dialogue.
Well, there it is. This still may afford opportunities for future western patriarchates, but time well tell.


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