Вікіманія 2019: про вікіпроєкти та глобальні проблеми людства. Розповідають стипендіати

14—18 серпня у столиці Швеції Стокгольмі проходила щорічна Вікіманія — конференція руху Вікімедіа. Провідною темою було оголошено  роль руху Вікімедіа у контексті Цілей сталого розвитку. Протягом п’яти днів учасники обговорювали як вільні знання можуть змінювати життя людей, як можна побудувати кращий світ через взаємодію та інновації, а також міркували про роль Вікіпедії та інших вікіпроєктів у вирішенні глобальних проблем………….(…)

Wikimania 2019 Group Photo

Учасники та учасниці Вікіманії з усього світу. Авторка: Patricia Costillo, CC BY-SA 4.0

Catholic Masculinity & the Domestic Church

St. Catherine Catholic Culture Center

While I was on the internet this afternoon, looking for good things to pin on this blog’s Catholic boards, I found something interesting. I discovered dozens of sites with hundreds of posts dedicated to affirming, aiding, and assisting Catholic men.   Catholic men—are there any left? In our times, there has been a massive erosion of the Catholic Faith, and nowhere is the damage more stark and evident than with Catholic men.  The statistics are quite depressing. Pondering on the spiritual significance of those numbers reveals a devastating tragedy. Thankfully, many websites and organizations are now devoted to combating the crisis of the Church’s missing men. Through a return to recognition of the masculinity of the Christian life, the Church may once again reach men with the call of Christ.

What is masculinity? What is it that men are by nature, and called to be by God? This is a topic that…

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Lugares del horror para Las Merindades X

Si hay hombres que contienen un alma sin fronteras,

una esparcida frente de mundiales cabellos,

cubierta de horizontes, barcos y cordilleras,

con arena y con nieve, tú eres uno de aquéllos.

“Al soldado internacional caído en España”. 1938


Ubicado  en el antiguo Monasterio del mismo nombre, a 10 Km. de Burgos, contaba  unas buenas instalaciones y una buena logística. Tenía amplias y numerosas naves, dos amplios patios y locales para todas las dependencias. Era el más cercano a Burgos Capital  y a su vez alejado de núcleos urbanos de consideración, el pueblo más cercano Cardeña a 2 km, a la vez que bien comunicado por la proximidad de la carretera Nacional y el ferrocarril y con el río Arlanzón a tiro de piedra.

Hacia finales de1.936 quedó dispuesto como complemento a los cuarteles de Burgos para dar alojamiento a soldados presos…

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Epochal History: Faithful Deliver Charge of Heresy against Francis, Bishop of Rome

A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics

I’m sure all readers are already well aware of the unprecedented submittal to Pope Francis of a letter of Filial Correction against heresy from several dozen people, clerical and lay, this past weekend.  I say the letter is unprecedented, because while, once, in the long history of the Church, a living pope has been formally corrected by his subordinates on a matter related to faith or morals, that was on one, very specific, and rather detailed, matter.  The correction of John XXII (and thus it was 645 years before that name was taken by a sovereign pontiff again, and isn’t THAT revealing) had to deal with whether the saints in Heaven partake of the Beatific Vision at death, or only at the last judgment (John XXII erroneously believed the latter).  This was not heavy, vital to the every day life of the Church kind of stuff.

No, the matter with…

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Coincidence or More?  Multiple Moves Against Tradition, Orthodoxy in Recent Days – Including in San Antonio

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There is an old saying: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, three times, conspiracy.  Now, that might apply to three crimes in the same town, but in an institution as vast as the Church, probably far more than 3 occurrences of something are necessary to prove any kind of conspiracy.  Nevertheless, it was disconcerting late last week to find all the below taking place:

The bishops of Malta, formerly a place of deep faith and devotion, decreed they were accepting Francis’ interpretation of Amoris Laetitia and implementing it, permitting those in adulterous second “unions” to receive the Blessed Sacrament, and suspending any priests who adhered to the constant belief and practice of the Faith (denying the Blessed Sacrament to public adulterers per that practice).

A priest in Colombia was suspended a divinis for having criticized the massive, unprecedented, morality-destroying aspects of Amoris Laetitia.

In the Diocese of Rockford…

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Rising opposition? Open-letter from bishop-emeritus strongly denounces direction of Church

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A very important exclusive from Rorate below, an open letter from Archbishop Emeritus Jan Pawel Lenga, formerly ordinary for the Diocese of Karaganda, Kazakhstan.  I suspected that the very strong defense of the Faith given by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, also of Kazakhstan, was indicative of a relatively strong episcopal backing in his home country.  This letter seems to confirm that at least to some degree.  I only wish Archbishop Lenga was still ordinary, and not retired (mandatory episcopal retirement being another innovation of Pope Paul VI) – his words would have that much more effect.

The crisis in the Faith has been going on for 50 years.  But the potential for further revolution, which in many respects seemed to have slackened under Benedict XVI, has accelerated of late, or at least the threat of it doing so.  Perhaps that is why this archbishop chose now to make his statement…

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The Uncreated Splendor of this Day

The Amish Catholic

Transfiguration-of-the-Lord-Jesus-Christ-FraAngeliocTransfiguration, Fra Angelico. Convento di San Marco, Florence. (Source)

I am currently engaged in an argument on Facebook over whether the Transfiguration or Pentecost is the most Sophiological Feast of the Church. Although I hold that the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon Our Lady and the Apostles in the Cenacle is, in fact, the most Sophiological event commemorated on the Kalendar, I’m willing to concede that today’s liturgy is refulgent with the splendor of Eternal Wisdom. I had the opportunity to attend a Solemn High Mass, complete with asperges and vesting at the chair. All the propers, all the readings, and all the prayers were as so many lights set one by one upon the altar, until their glow was consumed in the Uncreated Light of the Eucharist.

Consider the Propers. At the Introit, we pray:

Illuxerunt coruscationes tuae orbi terrae: commota est et contremuit terra…

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On the Coronation of the Coredemptrix

The Amish Catholic

WCorredenzione2Corredenzione, by Giovanni Gasparro. This painting convinced my heart of the doctrine of the Co-Redemption of Mary. (Source).

It is appropriate on this Feast of Our Lady’s Coronation and Everlasting Queenship that we contemplate the fleeting thrones of this lesser world. Let us commemorate the loss of two great English dynasties, fixed on this day by Providence.

On Aug. 22, 1485, His Majesty King Richard III was defeated on Bosworth Field by a usurper from the House of the Tudors. The Red Dragon of Wales eclipsed the White Rose of York; years later, T.S. Eliot would wear the flower every 22nd of August.

RIII-Banner-RIIIF The Personal Standard of Richard III. (Source).

On Aug. 22, 1642, His Majesty King Charles I raised the Royal Standard at Nottingham. This act has widely been considered the formal start of the English Civil War that would end in Puritan…

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When the Sacred is Strange: The Art of Giovanni Gasparro

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Screen Shot 2017-11-11 at 11.25.56 PM.pngSt. John Damascene and the St. Virgin Tricherusa, Giovanni Gasparro. Here we see Gasparro depicting a legend from the Saint’s life that is particularly appropriate for an artist. The work also represents the unity of Western and Eastern visual traditions in the transcendent Divinity. (Source)

Recently there came into my newsfeed an article by Hilary White Obl.S.B. of What’s Up with Francischurch?. The piece was an extended criticism of Giovanni Gasparro, an Italian artist whose paintings inspired a few of the meditations I have written before on this blog. As someone who has long admired Mr. Gasparro’s Neo-Baroque art, I was happy to see that Rorate Caeli recently profiled one of his pieces. Ms. White was, it seems, partially responding to this attention. However, the more I read of her article, the more I found myself in stark disagreement with her analysis and broader…

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Excavations at Baturyn in 2016



Martin Dimnik and Volodymyr Mezentsev

Published in Canadio-Byzantina, no. 28, University of Ottawa, January 2017, pp. 12-16.


Last summer, the Canada-Ukraine archaeological expedition proceeded with its annual excavations at the town of Baturyn, Chernihiv province, Ukraine. The Kowalsky Program for the Study of Eastern Ukraine at the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS) at the University of Alberta, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (PIMS) at the University of Toronto, and the Ucrainica Research Institute in Toronto sponsor this project. The W. K. Lypynsky East European Research Institute in Philadelphia also awarded a generous grant for the historical and archaeological investigations of early modern Baturyn during this academic year.

Prof. Volodymyr Kravchenko, Director of CIUS, heads the Kowalsky Program. Prof. Zenon Kohut of CIUS is the academic adviser of the Baturyn project. Dr. Volodymyr Mezentsev (CIUS) and Prof. Martin Dimnik (PIMS) participate in this research and dissemination…

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