Names, Titles, and other Distractions

By | 2018-03-11T12:30:35+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Articles|

Humanity seems to be having many problems with the name of God. This does not only concern swearing or the many flippant uses of “OMG”. It is not even limited to all the bad things that were done in the name of God in the course of history. It goes further than being ashamed to [...]

Adam and Eve as priests

By | 2018-03-09T22:13:59+00:00 February 4th, 2018|Articles|

The first three chapters of the book of Genesis seem an unlikely place to start our reflections about the priesthood, for priests and priesthood are not mentioned in them. However, sometimes things which are not spelt out are almost as important as the ones that are. The natural state of Adam and Eve before they [...]

The untenable pedestal

By | 2018-02-05T19:56:31+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Articles|

In a way, I am glad I have not (or not yet) been ordained . Otherwise, I might be tempted not to address a persistent abuse and its feeble justifications. In his blog[1] an ex-Anglican priest argues why in the Roman Catholic Church only the “ordained clergy” (a pleonasm!) may preach at Mass. The subject [...]

Hebben ambtsdragers een eigen soort spiritualiteit?

By | 2017-10-10T11:45:20+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Artikelen|

Op 25 juni 2017 organiseerde de oud-katholieke kerk in Amsterdan een symposium over de vraag of er zoiets bestaat als een spiritualiteit van het “ambt” (de voorganger). Naar mijn smaak kwam het duidelijkste antwoord van Pr. Mattijs Ploeger, hoogleraar systematische theologie. Hij defineerde spiritualiteit als “dichtbij Christus en Zijn zending leven” en kwam tot de [...]

Do pastors have their own kind of spirituality?

By | 2017-07-04T16:00:28+00:00 July 2nd, 2017|Articles|

On the 25th of June 2017, the Old-Catholic Church in Amsterdam hosted a symposium on the question whether there is such a thing as a specific priestly spirituality. For me, the clearest answer came from Revd. Mattijs Ploeger, lecturer in Systematic Theology. Defining spirituality as living close to Christ and His mission, he came to [...]