Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Liturgical Organist

The craft of the church organist is an old one. I first accompanied a hymn in my school chapel in 1973 – and made a mess of it. I was totally nerve-racked and little less than racked by my housemaster … Continue reading

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Numbers

I can just about handle my finances, calculate dimensions and angles, anything with a practical application. My confrère Fr Jonathan Munn is a true mathematician, but even for him, numbers aren’t everything. He has just written Synod 2014: Crunching the … Continue reading

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Christian Country?

Update: I am grateful to read this article inspired by mine. The article is courteous and shows respectful disagreement with my tendency to reject the Throne and Altar Alliance out of hand. I recommend reading the article, as this will … Continue reading

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Papal Absolutism

There is a new article by Fr Hunwicke – The Montini years: a sadly maximalising Papacy. May it rest in peace. He makes a point that Vatican I defined the limits of papal power. The Pope’s office is limited by … Continue reading

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Aristocracy of the Spirit

The term aristocracy of the spirit may seem pretentious or arrogant, especially if it comes from those who think they are better than others or have a right to flout the laws that bind “lesser” mortals. The notion can lead … Continue reading

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Pius V

The Roman rite today celebrates the feast of Pius V, a great favourite of traditionalists. In his honour as Grand Inquisitor before he was elected to the Papacy, I give you the immortal sketch of Monty Python.

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John Wesley

Not being a Methodist, I have not taken much notice of that “renegade” Anglican cleric from the eighteenth century. However, being a north countryman, I have had quite a good deal of contact with Methodists. The first thing that struck … Continue reading

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My trip to England

I returned home last night via the ferry from Dover to Calais after five days in England including travelling time. I set off on Tuesday evening in my Renault van full of all sorts of useful things including a camp … Continue reading

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