Tag Archives: Priesthood

Nihil operi Dei praeponatur

Nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God. These are words of wisdom from the holy Rule of St Benedict. The Work of God, the Opus Dei, is not a Roman Catholic order of dour-faced priests but the … Continue reading

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Long haired priests

I hesitated writing about this, as it concerns something so trifling as not to merit much attention. Some people do ask the question, as attested by my stats page – Are priests allowed to have long hair? I suppose I … Continue reading

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Why be a priest?

E-mails have been sent around with a link to Was Philip North right? – five years on. The person running the Ordinariate Expats blog simply asks for opinions. In the exchange of e-mails, it is all taken as an affront to … Continue reading

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Clericalism

This subject has come up in a couple of blogs. John Beeler writes this: Clericalism. I knew some of this. Even in the Middle Ages and the Counter-Reformation, “secular” (diocesan) priests’ lives weren’t quite like the 1800s Catholic model we … Continue reading

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Fr Hunwicke and Orders

Clarification: In writing this article, I wish to make it clear that I assume readers to have consulted the following articles by Fr Hunwicke and read them fully. Reordination: (1) Reordination (2) Reordination (3): Consummatio Reordination (4); Consummatio; Anglicans I … Continue reading

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Abolish the Priesthood?

In view of the weight of claims for the episcopal consecration of women and the “empowerment” of the laity one keeps hearing in French dioceses, I did a search on Google to see if anyone had seriously considered abolishing the … Continue reading

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Absolute Ordinations Revisited

It was in April 2012 that I wrote Absolute ordinations. I write again on this subject since someone has typed a question into my search box asking what “absolute ordinations” are. It’s a very good question. The short answer is that … Continue reading

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Ars Celebrandi

I have published a posting on The Anglican Catholic with the title Ars Celebrandi. It is something I constantly read about from the mouth of Pope Benedict XVI and in Roman Catholic blogs. It is a haunting theme, and the Pope’s … Continue reading

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