Tag Archives: Pastoral matters

Free Sacramental Christianity

I spent a moment today listening to Damian Thompson being interviewed on the subject of Pope Francis’ ideas of synodality, the same talk-shop and hot air as in most Churches. Who, apart from professional bureaucrats, would have the least interest … Continue reading

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Clericalism

My attention has been drawn to an article about clericalism. Bringing priests into balance by Leila Marie Lawler. The subject seems to have come up because the Pope seems to put all the blame in this respect on the traditionalists. … Continue reading

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Weltschmerz

I have just watched this video from the psychologist Richard Grannon I warn you that there is a lot of swearing and not too many kind words about God or religion. I look behind the front and try to understand … Continue reading

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Roman Catholic Woes

I am one of relatively few who has swum the Tiber both ways, return journey. I left the Church of England and returned to Anglicanism via the Continuum. I experienced the traditionalist world at first hand. I knew the most … Continue reading

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Megachurch or bust?

About a week ago, I read the article Defining Church Growth for Traditional Anglicans: Leaving behind failed models of church growth for new ones. I wondered whether it would inspire some thoughts from me. It didn’t. Then this came up: The … Continue reading

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Ceremonies of the Sarum Missal

A very kind friend bought and sent me a copy of R.J. Urquhart’s Ceremonies of the Sarum Missal. It is not a book I would have bought myself given its high price set by the publisher T&T Clark. I was … Continue reading

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Morality or Wholeness

One of the finest moral theologians I have known of was Fr Servais Pinckaers OP (1925 – 2008) who taught at Fribourg University. I was one of his students, and am proud of that fact. He is one of those … Continue reading

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To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite

I have been looking at an old article from 2013 on Western Rite Orthodoxy, a new proposition. I am staggered by the number of comments that followed my review of some ideas put out by Fr Anthony Bondi of the Russian … Continue reading

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La Douceur Pastorale

One thing that motivated me to go to the Institute of Christ the King at the end of my university studies in 1990 was the influence of Opus Sacerdotale, an association of French parish priests. In the 1970’s, they generally … Continue reading

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Our Church’s outreach in these uncertain times

Fr Jonathan Munn has come up with an excellent initiative on our Diocesan website: Material for use during the COVID 19 epidemic There are recordings of Mass from private chapels, including our Bishop who preached a lovely sermon yesterday. My … Continue reading

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