Tag Archives: Ecclesiastical discipline

Lots of Little Pointed Hats

Fr Jonathan Munn has now provoked me into a reflection about the Episcopate by writing Vaccinations for Purple Fever. In his turn, he found inspiration in my article about the less edifying aspects of our Church’s history. The Episcopate has been … Continue reading

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Anarchy and Community

I greatly appreciate the reflections of Fr Jonathan Munn in Possession, pomposity and power, in which he makes the point that true monastic obedience is in regard to the community and not simply the Abbot. Many years ago, I was … Continue reading

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Birettas

The subject of that odd square hat that goes on round heads has come up in the blog of my dear brother in the priesthood, Fr Jonathan Munn in Get a hat, get a head! I still have the birettas … Continue reading

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The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit.

The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit : a broken and contrite heart, O God, shalt thou not despise. This verse leapt out to me as I read this pearl of wisdom – A Place for the Damaged. It … Continue reading

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Hold up, sir John…

A few times, recently, some have thought it insulting to me to address me as “Mr Chadwick” so as to refuse recognition of my status as a cleric or a priest. Sometimes I would just be called Chadwick like when … Continue reading

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Small Dioceses

Interesting article from Fr Hunwicke – Dioceses. In some of the southern Italian dioceses, the Bishop is as accessible as a parish priest and there is virtually no bureaucracy beyond a secretary / archivist and a bursar. This is one … Continue reading

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Clerical Celibacy Debate

The thread on De spiritali amicitia that veered onto the subject of clerical celibacy in the Roman Catholic Church is now removed from that posting. The comments in themselves are germane and deserve to be kept, so I have transferred … Continue reading

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1962 and 1965

Just as another approach to the subject of auctoritas in canon law as it relates to liturgy, I commented on Patricius’ post Numquam abrogatam? I touched upon the notion of custom, sometimes known as auctoritas, in canon law and its … Continue reading

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Can Mass be celebrated outside a church?

I got this question today in my search box: Can a catholic orthodox priest celebrate mass outside a church? The person might have been looking for an older article, and perhaps found it. The ideal is that Mass is celebrated … Continue reading

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Valid but Irregular?

I have been getting some new responses to an earlier article, Vagante Bishops and Aping Rome, about a small number of individuals who get themselves ordained and consecrated bishops by prelates on whom they count for getting themselves recognised as valid … Continue reading

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